1. The problem with macroeconomics: uninformative data (Noah Smith)
2. In the recent blog genre of Reinhart-Rogoff bashing, Kieran Healy wins the prize. May seem a bit cruel, but that's what you get for using Excel for your data analysis. And a weighting scheme that is so bonkers that people may well think it's politically motivated. But it's mainly for using Excel.
3. Audio of BBC interview with Vladimir Nabokov (presented by Maria Popova). If the answers sound written rather than spoken, that's because they are.
4. How quickly do cultural works depreciate? (Matthew Yglesias)