Mary Pilon

is New York-based sports reporter at The New York Times and is writing a book about the history of Monopoly.

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U.S. Olympic Leaders Mending Ties With I.O.C. »

Tucked into this story is chatter about the next US cities that are trying to host the games. Guys! It’s only 11 years away!!! 

PSA: In Chicago Talking History, Monopoly, Journalism

I’ll be in Chicago this Saturday for what is looking to be a fun-filled panel "Writing History at the Wall Street Journal."  (More info about the American Historical Association’s Annual Meeting here.)

I’m on to talk about Monopoly, now a book in the works, and we’ll hopefully address some of the broader chatter about the relationship between history and journalism. Giddy to be sharing the stage with some of my fave reporters at a great venue for history buffs. 

The Brooke Astor Effect »

In another dispatch from Chicago, we look at Harvard professor David Laibson’s research on aging and financial decisions. It’s no injection of happy, but interesting noodling nonetheless. 

Those over the age of 50 end up paying higher interest rates, even though on average they had better FICO scores and lower default rates, Prof. Laibson said. “Middle aged people get better deals,” he said. In terms of risk-adjusted returns on investments, the young do relatively well, but the “old are doing absolutely abysmal,” paying more in fees and suffering from poor asset allocation, he said.

Read rest here and previous coverage on elderly fraud here

A local Chicago TV station profiles my rad Aunt Ronda and Uncle Bob’s great used book store, The Bookworks

Yes, there is another Oregon-bred Pilon that can be found chugging coffee in city bookstores. Rock on, fam!