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The economics of book publishing are usually not sensible, predictable, or even explicable. This New York Times article by Shira Boss is a good beginner’s guide to the subject.

Not all real-estate agents are fond of the National Association of Realtors. This one calls the organization “routinely, habitually, congenitally anti-free market” as well as “a protection racket — vicious, awful, evil crime — dressed up in Brooks Brothers suits.” Compared to this guy, we sound like N.A.R. boosters. (Hat tip: Reuben Moore.)

Rock Paper Scissors, one of our very favorite sports, continues to gain momentum.