Sarah Skwire is a fellow at Liberty Fund, Inc. She is a poet and author of the writing textbook Writing with a Thesis.
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Wheeling, dealing and saving in the 17th century
OCTOBER 09, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Samuel Pepys's diary (1660–1669) allows readers to track his substantial increase in wealth over the course of a decade.
From risky surgery to lithotripsy
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
A 17th-century sufferer of "bladder stones" reminds us how far we've come in medical innovations that ease our pain and make us better.
Literature can inform economics, but not if it’s used carelessly
SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE, STEVEN HORWITZ
Literature can provide excellent data about how people felt about economic data; it's not economic data in its own right, though.
A Guardian writer frets about anti-statism in young adult fiction
SEPTEMBER 05, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Young adult fiction is supposed to poke holes in the pieties of today's parents along with paternalism writ large.
The Princess Bride reminds us that human action is unpredictable
AUGUST 28, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
The man of system always runs into the inconceivable. That's because he can't conceive of other people who also make plans.