For a long time I had a secret shame: a fondness for the economic writings of P.J. O'Rourke. Perverse of me, I know. But Michael Lewis is showing me that there's a way out, having neatly adopted O'Rourke's style without the overlay of hysterical Republicanism (there used to be moderate Republicans but they seem to be extinct now - O'Rourke used to be one, but not anymore, it seems). I liked Lewis's article on the current state of the German economy, and most of the Internet does, too.
In this week's other #firstworldproblems, my dishwasher, three weeks ago, made mad-scientist-electronics noises and started issuing smoke. I have called around all the local purveyors of secondhand dishwashers, and to a bloke, they all have Fisher and Paykel machines available. But these have been panned by Consumer magazine's reviews. Nobody is letting go of their Bosch or Miele machines. Anybody out there living happily with a non-dish drawer Fisher and Paykel dishwasher?