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The Popcorn Theory of Economics

A conversation at ARTech Charter School between two middle schoolers:

Boy: Why is popcorn sold at movies?

Girl: They sell popcorn to make you thirsty, so you have to buy a large drink, which makes you have to pee, so that when the DVD comes out you have to buy it to see the part of the movie you missed while you were in the bathroom.

Reading Journal: "Jenny Wren"

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E.H. Young, Jenny Wren.  Virago Modern Classics 1985.  First published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape Limited, 1932.  
Comparisons to Jane Austen are inevitable.  "Jane Austen" becomes a kind of shorthand for an English novel that concerns itself primarily with the lives and relationships of women, and in particular their pursuit of husbands.  Jenny Wren centers on the lives of two sisters, Dahlia and Jenny Rendall, who live with their mother in the upscale suburb of Upper Radstowe, where the widowed Mrs. Rendall keeps a boarding house. The girls' father, Sidney Rendall, was a scholar who married below his class, and his younger daughter, Jenny, has inherited his cultured distaste for her mother's rusticity.  She dreams of marrying a squire—and when she actually meets one, she hides the shame of her mother's origins, and the deeper shame of her mother's affair with the farmer Thomas Grimshaw.  
Like Jane Austen, E.H. Young has a a subtle sense of humor, a sa…