Fraud vs larceny

Towards the end of the 1980s George Saunders, then in his early thirties, was employed by Radian International, an environmental engineering company based in Rochester, NY; In his spare time he wrote “Hemingwayesque” short stories that took as their material “the time I’d spent working in the oil fields in Asia”. (The work was in … Read more

The Paris Review – Speculative Tax Fraud: Reading John Hersey’s White Lotus

Rison Thumboor from Thrissur, India, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons. I’m defeatist when it comes to taxes (meaning: I don’t understand deductions and pay whatever TurboTax tells me to), but I’m fascinated by those who aren’t. In 2001, for example, eighty thousand Black Americans filed for reparations with the IRS. Some made this their … Read more