Mary Pilon

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



“Whether vulnerable populations are helped will tell us whether the revolution has really been won or lost.”

– PIMCO’s Mohamed El-Erian talking about how to rebuild Egypt’s economy. Read our full convo here.

Stingy Princes, Generous Paupers »

“This might explain why a boss may give a crappy gift,” Prof. Rucker says. “They’re in a position of power, but they feel good about it because to them, they feel good giving it. It’s not much different than Michael Scott from ‘The Office.’ They’re the type that give crappy gifts, but may want better gifts themselves.”

On how we give based on our perception of power. Just in time for the holidays! 

Stamps, Abigail Adams and the Economics of the Postal Service »

The U.S. Postal Service recently announced a proposal to hike up the cost of stamp 2 cents to 46 cents. 

The how and why of the price increase is a slice of the downturn that points to issues in the public, private sectors. And the fact that I hand wrote a letter the other day for the first time in years. Then, when done, I kept looking for the “send” button. Eeek! 

But if we stop mailing letters, does that mean we must stop dreaming of being immortalized in stamp form?