Pop Quiz: What is Money?
a. a piece of iron shaped like a shovel
b. the cause of global warming and corporate pension scandals
c. a way to pay the bills while sculpting Joe DiMaggio from wood
d. a tool for making even more money
e. all of the above
If you answered “e,” you can skip the following pages. Otherwise, read on to discover the strange and varied roles that money plays in the lives of Sarah Lawrence alumnae/i—and the wider world. From the struggling artist’s first royalty check to the economics of global climate change, we look at the pleasures and pitfalls of money in modern life and, hopefully, offer a glimpse of what it’s really worth.