12.14.2022 The stock market lost 2% of its value today, after data came out showing that November retail sales slowed more than foreseen. The Dow closed down 711 points, after being down 950 earlier in the day.
12.6.2022 Raphael Warnock wins the Georgia runoff, defeating Hershel Walker in a suspenseful but blissfully decorous way.
12.5.2022 Some time ago, my accountant advised me to resolve the question of whether American Inquiry is being run as a hobby (in which case it really should be abandoned) or a business. Despite knowing the difficulties of turning a profit from a publishing venture as small as this, I successfully petitioned the IRS earlier this year to reclassify American Inquiry as an S corporation, putting it on a conventional for-profit footing. I have written a business plan for the website which envisions for generating revenue by various means, including an online bazaar and very low-cost classified advertising. As I go about building these features into the site, American Inquiry may look unusually bare or ugly at times, and, for that, I humbly apologize. I hope that the changes will lead to new kinds of engagement on the site, thus making the inconvenience of transitioning worthwhile.
Among the most consequential changes I have made:
American Inquiry will no longer have followers. New content will no longer be emailed to you. I may later offer a paid subscription option, but until then I invite you to navigate to the website at your convenience for the newest content. I am sincerely grateful for the readership of my followers in the past, and I hope it will continue in the new era. Susan Barsy
Downton Abbey has ruined us all!
After Sybil’s death, I thought of similar junctures in Dickens’ serialized novels, and the grip they had on the popular imagination. . . Sometimes the representation of a reality, especially a historical reality, can have overwhelming power, “stamping” one’s conception of the period forever. . . and when that happens, it’s cool. Susan