Hi, I’m Kyra (kee-rah). I’m a former economist turned English and History teacher. A few years ago, I wrote a book called The Misfit Economy; it chronicles stories of creativity from dark and informal markets around the globe. I spend a lot of my time reading and writing about what I read. Together with a friend, I write Snail Mail, a slow monthly newsletter which only shares long-lasting, in-depth content. On my own, I write Marginalia, a monthly(ish) newsletter that focuses solely on sharing great book recommendations. Say hello!

Hi, I’m Kyra (kee-rah). I’m a former economist turned English and History teacher. A few years ago, I wrote a book called The Misfit Economy; it chronicles stories of creativity from dark and informal markets around the globe. I spend a lot of my time reading and writing about what I read. Together with a friend, I write Snail Mail, a slow monthly newsletter which only shares long-lasting, in-depth content. On my own, I write Marginalia, a monthly(ish) newsletter that focuses solely on sharing great book recommendations. Say hello!

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The Misfit Economy argues that lessons in creativity, innovation, salesmanship, and entrepreneurship can come from surprising places: pirates, bootleggers, counterfeiters, hustlers, and others working on the margins of business and society.

The Misfit Economy was named a top business book for 2015 by The Telegraph, included in a list of books “all leaders should read” at the World Economic Forum, featured in TIME Magazine, and called “lively and insightful” by The Economist.

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