What is wrong with the economies of the West—and with economics? It depends on whether we are talking about the good or the just.
William Finnegan has written the oddly uncommon story of a life shaped by leisure. Barbarian Days is a motivated memoir: it explains why he is who he is, and how he got to do the things that he’s done. Surfing, in the most basic of ways, determined for decades where in the world he was at a given time, and with whom he spoke and laughed and ate.