A few links for your holiday reading pleasure.
Conservation easements as a tax dodge for the wealthy. It seems the main issue is that the size of the tax write-off for granting one particular type of easement depends on rather arbitrary claims about how much the land would’ve been worth had it been developed. I know little of the issues here; discuss.
A Darwinian theory of narrative fiction. I haven’t read it, but it looks interesting. (ht Brad DeLong).