Full-Time at Priceonomics

I mentioned in my previous post that my recent articles have been published at the incredible blog Priceonomics.  Now I am happy to have been hired as a full-time writer with them.  It’s an incredible opportunity to continue to to grow as a writer and thinker. My most recent article on the Gender Gap in Fine Art was posted last week. I may continue to post articles here at Datatante periodically, but checking the Priceonomics blog will now be the best way to find my work.  You... Read More

Datatante Articles at Priceonomics

My most recent work has been published over at the awesome Priceonomics blog.  I wrote a story on the peculiar American bail system and the death of one-hit wonders. Priceonomics publishes a ton of fantastic content.  I recommend checking out the following articles to get you started: How Employees Get Out of Paying Their Workers How Photography Was Optimized for White Skin Color The Business of Phish ... Read More

Celebrating and Quantifying Public Libraries

Click here to go straight to the library app. If you are interested in my reminisces about libraries and what I learned in analyzing the data, continue reading.  The app is also embedded in the article.  As a child, I dreaded most of the errands I ran with my mother. Going to the department store, getting groceries and stopping at the synagogue were slogs that kept me away from playing Madden ’94. But I didn’t mind going to the library. There were magazines and... Read More

Rural Prisons and Race Imbalance

There is a silent and forced migration underway in the United States.  A perverted kind of desegregation. Hundreds of thousands of Black and Hispanic people who are incarcerated are being moved from urban counties with high proportions of racial and ethnic minorities to overwhelmingly White, rural counties. Tracy Huling, a researcher on criminal justice and rural economic development, suggests that the decline of  rural manufacturing and farming jobs combined with the vertiginous rise... Read More

Who Gets Adopted?

The United States of Adoption Child adoption is as American as jazz, baseball and apple pie.  We have, by far, the highest rate of formal adoption per 100 children and the first modern laws concerning adoption were passed here.  E. Wayne Carp suggests in “A Historical View of American Adoption” that adoption thrived because the economic and cultural circumstances of Colonial America made us “less preoccupied with the primacy of biological kinship…” than other... Read More

The Venue Match App

In a homogenizing country, music venues are often one of the most storied cultural spaces in a city.  Don’t tour the country to visit baseball stadiums all built to look alike, but visit the music venues that still have deep histories and local idiosyncrasies.  And use the Venue Match App to do it!!   The app is embedded at the end of this post, but click here for a version with the best performance Music Venue Match. The app uses upcoming concert data to find which venue in a... Read More

It Needs More Salt

Recent research has suggested that “trading carbs for fat” can lower cholesterol levels and improve heart health. To find out whether recent recipes have adjusted in response to the discovery, I visited Epicurious, one of the internet’s most popular recipe websites. The site includes over “30,000 professionally tested and created recipes from the premier brands in food journalism, renowned cookbook authors, and celebrity chefs.” The majority of the recipes are from the... Read More

On NBA Players and Wear and Tear

In response to the recent trade of Slovenian point guard Goran Dragic, Tom Haberstroh of ESPN wrote that the Miami Heat were receiving  “an elite point guard who has 6,000 fewer minutes on his legs than fellow 2008 draftee Russell Westbrook. That’s three fewer seasons of mileage for Dragic, who will be 29 years old in May.”  Reading this quote, I was immediately dubious that these 6,000 fewer minutes actually counted for Dragic and not against him.  Are not... Read More

Where Do Premier League Players Come From?

It is, in part, the cosmopolitan nature of the English Premier League that attracts Euro-jealous Americans like myself.  Arsenal Football Club, led by the great French tactician/aesthetician Arsene Wenger, has players in the first team from England, Wales, France, Spain, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Colombia.  Melting pot or salad bowl, a large draw of the Premier League is seeing players from around the world interact so intimately. Since the beginning... Read More

The Beer Boom: Here, There or Everywhere?

Beer in America is having quite the moment.  The number of breweries and brewpubs has been growing at an impressive clip.  It’s a lovely time to be a beer drinker, if you are not averse to hops.  It’s clear from this Budweiser ad that the macrobreweries are scared. In my home town of Minneapolis, the growth of the craft beer industry can feel vertiginous.   Is this unique?  True for the nation as a whole, or just particular pockets?  Is the growth slowing down?  Or will... Read More