Monday is New Yorker day

Asbestos litigation gone wild, by James Surowiecki. The article mentions the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which I first read about in another New Yorker article, by Atul Gawande, on malpractice. It's an example of an interesting economic solution to areas where litigation is out of control.
Also up at the this week is audio from a talk Malcolm Gladwell gave on Feb. 21 at Columbia University on the phenomenon of prodigies and late bloomers in art. The inspiration for the talk is University of Chicago economist David Galenson's book Old Masters and Young Geniuses : The Two Life Cycles of Artistic Creativity, which divides artistic innovators into two groups: experimental innovators (Michelangelo, Jackson Pollock, Virginia Woolf, Alfred Hitchcock, e.g.), who peak later in life, and conceptual innovators (Picasso, James Joyce, Sylvia Plath, and Orson Welles), who make sudden breakthroughs in their youth.
Malcolm Gladwell recently started a blog, a supplement to his regular writing and a place for reader comments and reactions to those pieces. As Will Ferrell said in Wedding Crashers, "Good! Good! More for you and me."