At the Health Clinic

Doctor: So, you teach. What subject?

Me: Economics.

Fifteen minutes now pass without discussing my sore throat at all. Instead, I am quizzed about health care reform, the recession, the Euro...

From now on, when asked that question, I think I shall answer, "Seventeenth-century Albanian literature."


  1. You don't even have to be teaching it. I was reading Why Nations Fail on the plane to Spain, and one of the flight attendants comes up and starts asking me whether I'm a "capitalist" or not and what I thought caused global inequality.


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