Friedmann Space/The Rich are Different from You and Me

Fellow humans:

As I gather my things to roll communal internal combustion Conestoga across the great plains of the middle western desert, I hand off to you a couple of pieces of reading material.

The first is a quick review of some research done on the impact of money or social status on generosity that appeared this past week in The Economist.

The second is an excellent story from Victor Pelevin, courtesy of Google Books, excerpted from 2010’s Best European Fiction about how money changes everything.