I’m enjoying Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From, and already thinking about which chunks I will cannibalize for my history of science and technology class next semester. Good Ideas brings together themes that Johnson has been developing for years: the networked nature of innovation, the ingenuity of cities, the power of thinking across disciplines and scales. It’s […]
Entries Tagged as 'Books'
November 12th, 2010 · 4 Comments
January 4th, 2010 · 10 Comments
Métis grooviness, hard working brackets, and my beef with John Ralston Saul’s “A Fair Country.”
September 28th, 2009 · 5 Comments
Alec Guinness on Star Wars, The Simpsons, syphilis, and Marlene Dietrich’s alien lover.
September 11th, 2009 · 4 Comments
As soon as I said, “But nobody can name the inventor of television,” the class shouted in unison: “Philo!”
September 4th, 2008 · Comments Off
Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, the huckster visionary whose mail-order superhighway paved the way for civil rights, feminism, the sexual revolution and the information age. Also, he may have been murdered by the FBI.
May 30th, 2008 · Comments Off
Excerpt from Benjamin Nugent’s new book of the same name. If you date a writer/star of The Office are you still really a nerd?
May 27th, 2008 · Comments Off
Lenin’s Brain and Other Tales from the Secret Soviet Archives, online free from the Hoover Institution (who are eager to get the word out, I guess, that the Soviet Union was bad).
May 21st, 2008 · 2 Comments
You’ve got to admit, that’s a great title for a book about the economics of pirates.
May 9th, 2008 · Comments Off
Tom Englehardt posts Chalmers Johnson’s review of Alex Abella’s new history of RAND.
March 28th, 2008 · 2 Comments
You heard it here first:* Moby Dick is awesome! (*No, you didn’t.)