On Being a Theorist
Theoretical Economists are like us. They have reductionist arguments that lets them focus on direct revelation mechanisms, they have revenue equivalence that lets them construct classes of problems, etc. Like theoretical computer scientists, they too preen themselves on their "difficult" math and construct mental hierarchies of researchers and results. And like us, they too angst about relevance. There is a great article by Ariel Rubinstein called Dilemma of Economist where he develops an economic model for Adam (of Eve fame), a delicious read, that describes the dilemma of models and applications, just dont read the ending first.