Conspicuous belt-tightening

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"While a depression or steep recession is a terrible thing, it does lead to a few less Rolexes. And if the Terkel interviews are any indication, it was that diminished sense of disparity - the fact that everyone was going without - that made the time bearable."

Jonah Lehrer looks at money and happiness through the lens of Studs Terkel's Hard Times.

Today the Sun-Times cover asks: HOW LOW CAN IT GO? I dunno, but lower. Much lower, I suspect.

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