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This entire week I'm discussing CHEAP: The High Cost of Discount Culture with Atlantic colleague Megan McArdle on her fascinating and informative site. It seems that Megan and I both spent a portion of our younger years in menial jobs that required us to share bedrooms--and in Megan's case a bed--with strangers. Interestingly, this did not lead us to similar world views....so the discussion should be lively and possibly even enlightening. I look forward to your comments....

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Ellen Ruppel Shell is a professor and science journalist who teaches at Boston University. She is the author most recently of Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture. More

Atlantic contributing editor Ellen Ruppel Shell teaches at Boston University, where she co-directs the Graduate Program in Science Journalism. She writes on science, medicine, the media, economics, and sometimes even sports and the arts, and tends to focus on the underlying cultural and societal implications. She is the author most recently of Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture.
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