It appears I am not the only one who first got mesmerized by economics from reading Paul Krugman's pathbreaking work as an undergrad in 2004. Granted, this guy ended up being much more successful, a lot earlier with it than me. Oh well.
Also it's just simply a good post. But I found the personal history interesting.
This is part of the reason why those Krugman-haters out there sound like such idiots to a lot of us. I know you have your issues with him, but he's the guy that made economics cool, interesting, and important to a lot of people.