I LOVED this article from the NY Times. It's not an exceptionally well-written article, but it raises that ultimate taboo- discussing salary. I find it fascinating, as I work in a huge field where we are all covered by collective agreements and the salaries are publicly available in our contracts. So you kind of always know what your friends are making, so we never really have to talk about it. But to be in the private sector - that must be such a hot-button issue! Think of the dinner parties and potential social faux-pas and awkwardness!