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Unnamed and Unsurveilled | Tom Thor Buchanan
"An Internet for the People: The Politics and Promise of craigslist by Jessa Lingel. Princeton University Press, 208 pages."
book  review  internet  business-model  culture 
yesterday by tsuomela
Back to the Future by Peter Thiel | Articles | First Things
"The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success by ross douthat avid, 272 pages, $27"
book  review  futures  culture  declension-narrative  decadence 
5 days ago by tsuomela
Review of *Duress: Imperial Durabilities In Our Times* | Society for US Intellectual History
"Duress: Imperial Durabilities in Our Times. Duke University Press, 2016, 436 pp. Ann Laura Stoler"
book  review  postcolonialism  colonialism  empire  power 
6 days ago by tsuomela
The New Class War by Michael Lind: 9780593083697 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books
"In both Europe and North America, populist movements have shattered existing party systems and thrown governments into turmoil. The embattled establishment claims that these populist insurgencies seek to overthrow liberal democracy. The truth is no less alarming but is more complex: Western democracies are being torn apart by a new class war. In this controversial and groundbreaking new analysis, Michael Lind, one of America’s leading thinkers, debunks the idea that the insurgencies are primarily the result of bigotry, traces how the breakdown of mid-century class compromises between business and labor led to the conflict, and reveals the real battle lines. On one side is the managerial overclass—the university-credentialed elite that clusters in high-income hubs and dominates government, the economy and the culture. On the other side is the working class of the low-density heartlands—mostly, but not exclusively, native and white."
book  publisher  class-war  populism 
10 days ago by tsuomela
Three books diagnose the decline of American greatness - Richard Beck - Bookforum Magazine
"Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century BY George Packer. New York: Knopf. 608 pages. $30. The Education of an Idealist BY Samantha Power. New York: Dey Street Books. 592 pages. $30. The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory BY Andrew J. Bacevich. New York: Metropolitan Books. 256 pages. $27. "
book  review  foreign-policy  liberal 
11 days ago by tsuomela
Heaven Help Us | Megan Marz
"The Self-Help Compulsion: Searching for Advice in Modern Literature by Beth Blum. Columbia University Press, 344 pages."
book  review  literature  self-help  criticism 
17 days ago by tsuomela
Decomposed | The MIT Press
"Music is seen as the most immaterial of the arts, and recorded music as a progress of dematerialization—an evolution from physical discs to invisible digits. In Decomposed, Kyle Devine offers another perspective. He shows that recorded music has always been a significant exploiter of both natural and human resources, and that its reliance on these resources is more problematic today than ever before. Devine uncovers the hidden history of recorded music—what recordings are made of and what happens to them when they are disposed of. Devine's story focuses on three forms of materiality. Before 1950, 78 rpm records were made of shellac, a bug-based resin. Between 1950 and 2000, formats such as LPs, cassettes, and CDs were all made of petroleum-based plastic. Today, recordings exist as data-based audio files. Devine describes the people who harvest and process these materials, from women and children in the Global South to scientists and industrialists in the Global North. He reminds us that vinyl records are oil products, and that the so-called vinyl revival is part of petrocapitalism. The supposed immateriality of music as data is belied by the energy required to power the internet and the devices required to access music online. We tend to think of the recordings we buy as finished products. Devine offers an essential backstory. He reveals how a range of apparently peripheral people and processes are actually central to what music is, how it works, and why it matters."
book  publisher  music  materiality 
18 days ago by tsuomela
On Michael Lind’s “The New Class War”
"The New Class War Saving Democracy from the Managerial Elite By Michael Lind Published 01.20.2020 Portfolio 224 Pages"
book  review  america  class  class-war 
19 days ago by tsuomela
Americans’ Dignity, and the Nation’s Shame | The Russell Kirk Center
"Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America by Chris Arnade. Sentinel, 2019. Hardcover, 304 pages, $30. "
book  review  america  class  class-war  dignity 
19 days ago by tsuomela
The Long Arm of the Law | Lyle Jeremy Rubin
"Badges without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing by Stuart Schrader. University of California Press, 416 pages."
book  review  foreign-policy  police  law  surveillance 
20 days ago by tsuomela
Barons of Crap | Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein
"Billion Dollar Brand Club by Lawrence Ingrassia. Henry Holt and Co., 272 pages."
book  review  business-model  internet  lifestyle  brand  disruption 
24 days ago by tsuomela
The Posthuman Enlightenment | Public Books
"Fiction without Humanity: Person, Animal, Thing in Early Enlightenment Literature and Culture Lynn Festa University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019"
book  review  enlightenment  humanism  philosophy  object-oriented-ontology 
25 days ago by tsuomela
Enlightenment Later - The New Atlantis
"Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason By Justin E. H. Smith Princeton ~ 2019 330 pp. ~ $29.95 (cloth)"
book  review  philosophy  irrationality  rationality  history  public-sphere 
4 weeks ago by tsuomela
Modernist Crisis and the Pedagogy of Form: Woolf, Delany, and Coetzee at the Limits of Fiction: Matthew Cheney: Bloomsbury Academic
"What is the role of the author in times of crisis? Modernist Crisis and the Pedagogy of Form examines how Virginia Woolf, Samuel R. Delany, and J. M. Coetzee developed literary strategies in common to cope with crisis periods they were anticipating, living through, or looking back on. Matthew Cheney outlines how the three writers shaped their art to create an author/audience relationship congruent with the goals of critical pedagogy espoused by such thinkers as Paulo Freire and bell hooks. Seeking to stimulate ethical thought, Woolf, Delany, and Coetzee required their readers to be active interpreters of their texts' forms, contents, and contexts. By pushing against fiction's fictionality, these writers of very different backgrounds, geographies, privileges, situations, tastes, and styles discovered complex ways to address the world wars in England, the AIDS crisis in New York, and apartheid in South Africa, going so far as to question the value of fiction itself."
book  publisher  literary-criticism  crisis  authors  sf 
4 weeks ago by tsuomela
Educating Librarians in the Contemporary University | Litwin Books & Library Juice Press
"Library education is changing. At a time when librarianship is increasingly seen as part of the information industry, Library and Information Science is also searching for its place in a new and rapidly developing university landscape. This book analyzes the development of the contemporary university in light of present critical social theory, focusing on such aspects as academic acceleration, organizational accretion and the rise of an ”entrepreneurial spirit,” all of which have both epistemological and organizational consequences. Library and Information Science has proven well-suited to meet this development. One way has been through the rapid international growth of the iSchool movement, now counting close to a hundred member schools all across the world. iSchools not only meet the requirements of contemporary university development, but also contribute to a recontextualization of librarianship and library education. As the iSchool movement relates to a view of information as a commodity and the ”iField” to increased economic growth, it recontextualizes the library sector, traditionally connected to democratic development based on the ideas of the Enlightenment."
book  publisher  libraries  education  lis 
4 weeks ago by tsuomela
Not So Nasty, Brutish, and Short | Boston Review
Review of "The Better Angels of Our Nature" by Steven Pinker
book  review  violence  history  evolution 
4 weeks ago by tsuomela
Product Details | Society of American Archivists
"Family history is important. Photos, videos, aged documents, and cherished papers—these are the memories that you want to save. And they need a better home than a cardboard box. Creating Family Archives is a book written by an archivist for you, your family, and friends, taking you step-by-step through the process of arranging and preserving your own family archives. It’s the first book of its kind offered to the public by the Society of American Archivists. Gathering up the boxes of photos and years of video is a big job. But this fascinating and instructional book will make it easier and—in the end—much better."
book  publisher  archives  family 
5 weeks ago by tsuomela
The Early Days of a Better Nation
"Lenin Lives! Philip Cunliffe Zero Books, 2016 "
book  review  communism  alternate  history 
5 weeks ago by tsuomela
The Fight to Redefine Racism | The New Yorker
"In “How to Be an Antiracist,” Ibram X. Kendi argues that we should think of “racist” not as a pejorative but as a simple, widely encompassing term of description."
book  review  racism  politics  america 
6 weeks ago by tsuomela
Pinker’s Pollyannish Philosophy and Its Perfidious Politics
"Enlightenment Now:The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress By Steven Pinker Published 01.15.2019 Penguin Books 576 Pages"
book  review  enlightenment  anti-enlightenment  skepticism  rationalism 
8 weeks ago by tsuomela
Snowden: A Whistle-Blower Who Lived to Tell About It
"Permanent Record By Edward Snowden Published 09.17.2019 Metropolitan Books 352 Pages"
book  review  surveillance  technology-effects 
8 weeks ago by tsuomela
An Uneven Showcase of 1960s SF - Los Angeles Review of Books
"American Science Fiction: Eight Classic Novels of the 1960s By Gary K. Wolfe Published 11.05.2019 Library of America 1500 Pages"
book  review  sf  1960s 
9 weeks ago by tsuomela
In the Interest of Others | Princeton University Press
"In the Interest of Others develops a new theory of organizational leadership and governance to explain why some organizations expand their scope of action in ways that do not benefit their members directly. John Ahlquist and Margaret Levi document eighty years of such activism by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in the United States and the Waterside Workers Federation in Australia. They systematically compare the ILWU and WWF to the Teamsters and the International Longshoremen’s Association, two American transport industry labor unions that actively discouraged the pursuit of political causes unrelated to their own economic interests. Drawing on a wealth of original data, Ahlquist and Levi show how activist organizations can profoundly transform the views of members about their political efficacy and the collective actions they are willing to contemplate. They find that leaders who ask for support of projects without obvious material benefits must first demonstrate their ability to deliver the goods and services members expect. These leaders must also build governance institutions that coordinate expectations about their objectives and the behavior of members. In the Interest of Others reveals how activist labor unions expand the community of fate and provoke preferences that transcend the private interests of individual members. Ahlquist and Levi then extend this logic to other membership organizations, including religious groups, political parties, and the state itself."
book  publisher  collective-action  groups  unions 
9 weeks ago by tsuomela
William Davies reviews ‘Irrationality’ by Justin E.H. Smith · LRB 5 December 2019
"Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason by Justin E.H. Smith Princeton, 344 pp"
book  review  irrationality  philosophy  public-sphere  algorithms 
10 weeks ago by tsuomela
Crusoe at the Crossroads - The New Atlantis
"On Robinson Crusoe, Lost, and why we keep returning to mysterious islands where science blurs with the supernatural"
book  essay  criticism  enlightenment  history  psychology  supernatural 
10 weeks ago by tsuomela
blog.ayjay.org
"What follows is a review of The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries-Long Argument over What Makes Living Things Tick, by Jessica Riskin (University of Chicago Press, 2016)."
book  review  biology  science  history  sts  philosophy  reductionism 
10 weeks ago by tsuomela
Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country | Francesco Duina
"Why are poor Americans so patriotic? They have significantly worse social benefits compared to other Western nations, and studies show that the American Dream of upward mobility is, for them, largely a myth. So why do these people love their country? Why have they not risen up to demand more from a system that is failing them? In Broke and Patriotic, Francesco Duina contends that the best way to answer these questions is to speak directly to America's most impoverished. Spending time in bus stations, Laundromats, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters, public libraries, and fast food restaurants, Duina conducted over sixty revealing interviews in which his participants explain how they view themselves and their country. He masterfully weaves their words into three narratives. First, America's poor still see their country as the "last hope" for themselves and the world: America offers its people a sense of dignity, closeness to God, and answers to most of humanity's problems. Second, America is still the "land of milk and honey:" a very rich and generous country where those who work hard can succeed. Third, America is the freest country on earth where self-determination is still possible. This book offers a stirring portrait of the people left behind by their country and left out of the national conversation. By giving them a voice, Duina sheds new light on a sector of American society that we are only beginning to recognize as a powerful force in shaping the country's future."
book  publisher  class  america  poverty  pride  patriotism  sociology 
12 weeks ago by tsuomela
In the Ruins of Neoliberalism | Columbia University Press
"Across the West, hard-right leaders are surging to power on platforms of ethno-economic nationalism, Christianity, and traditional family values. Is this phenomenon the end of neoliberalism or its monstrous offspring? In the Ruins of Neoliberalism casts the hard-right turn as animated by socioeconomically aggrieved white working- and middle-class populations but contoured by neoliberalism’s multipronged assault on democratic values. From its inception, neoliberalism flirted with authoritarian liberalism as it warred against robust democracy. It repelled social-justice claims through appeals to market freedom and morality. It sought to de-democratize the state, economy, and society and re-secure the patriarchal family. In key works of the founding neoliberal intellectuals, Wendy Brown traces the ambition to replace democratic orders with ones disciplined by markets and traditional morality and democratic states with technocratic ones. Yet plutocracy, white supremacy, politicized mass affect, indifference to truth, and extreme social disinhibition were no part of the neoliberal vision. Brown theorizes their unintentional spurring by neoliberal reason, from its attack on the value of society and its fetish of individual freedom to its legitimation of inequality. Above all, she argues, neoliberalism’s intensification of nihilism coupled with its accidental wounding of white male supremacy generates an apocalyptic populism willing to destroy the world rather than endure a future in which this supremacy disappears."
book  publisher  neoliberalism 
12 weeks ago by tsuomela
Political Masochism: On Trisha Low’s “Socialist Realism”
"Socialist Realism By Trisha Low Published 08.13.2019 Coffee House Press 168 Pages"
book  review  essay  memoir  politics  activism 
12 weeks ago by tsuomela
The Thousand Masks of the Unreal - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent By Paul Mendes-Flohr Published 03.26.2019 Yale University Press 440 Pages"
book  review  philosophy  religion  faith  existentialism  dialog 
12 weeks ago by tsuomela
Against Economics | by David Graeber | The New York Review of Books
"Money and Government: The Past and Future of Economics by Robert Skidelsky Yale University Press, 492 pp., $35.00"
book  review  economics  heterodoxy  ideology 
november 2019 by tsuomela
This Changes Everything, Again: On Naomi Klein's "On Fire"
"On Fire The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal By Naomi Klein Published 09.17.2019 Simon & Schuster 320 Pages"
book  review  climate-change 
november 2019 by tsuomela
The Right’s “Judeo-Christian” Fixation | The New Republic
"IMAGINING JUDEO-CHRISTIAN AMERICA: RELIGION, SECULARISM, AND THE REDEFINITION OF DEMOCRACY by K. Healan GastonUniversity of Chicago Press, 360 pp., $25.00"
book  review  history  rhetoric  religion  christian  judaism  american-studies 
november 2019 by tsuomela
Overdoing a Good Thing | Chapter 16
"In Overdoing Democracy, Robert B. Talisse makes the case for stepping back from the maelstrom of politics"
book  interview  political-science  philosophy  democracy  community  volunteer 
november 2019 by tsuomela
The Keys to Robert Graves’s Mythologies
"Robert Graves: From Great War Poet to Good-bye to All That (1895–1929) By Jean Moorcroft Wilson Published 10.23.2018 Bloomsbury Continuum 480 Pages"
book  review  literature  mythology 
november 2019 by tsuomela
What Makes Science Trustworthy | Boston Review
"Why Trust Science? Naomi Oreskes, with Ottmar Edenhofer, Martin Kowarsch, Jon A. Krosnick, Marc Lange, Susan Lindee, and Stephen Macedo Princeton University Press, $24.95 (cloth)"
book  review  science  philosophy  trust  agnotology 
november 2019 by tsuomela
Daring to Hope for the Improbable: On Bernard Stiegler’s “The Age of Disruption” - Los Angeles Review of Books
"The Age of Disruption Technology and Madness in Computational Capitalism By Bernard Stiegler Published 08.27.2019 Polity 380 Pages"
book  review  technology-critique  technology-effects  capitalism  madness 
november 2019 by tsuomela
All Activities Monitored - The New Atlantis
"Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All By Arthur Holland Michel Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ~ 2019 336 pp. ~ $27 (cloth)"
book  review  surveillance  military  military-industrial-complex 
november 2019 by tsuomela
301 Moved Permanently
"A virulent strain of antifeminism is thriving online that treats women’s empowerment as a mortal threat to men and to the integrity of Western civilization. Its proponents cite ancient Greek and Latin texts to support their claims—arguing that they articulate a model of masculinity that sustained generations but is now under siege. Donna Zuckerberg dives deep into the virtual communities of the far right, where men lament their loss of power and privilege and strategize about how to reclaim them. She finds, mixed in with weightlifting tips and misogynistic vitriol, the words of the Stoics deployed to support an ideal vision of masculine life. On other sites, pickup artists quote Ovid’s Ars Amatoria to justify ignoring women’s boundaries. By appropriating the Classics, these men lend a veneer of intellectual authority and ancient wisdom to their project of patriarchal white supremacy. In defense or retaliation, feminists have also taken up the Classics online, to counter the sanctioning of violence against women. Not All Dead White Men reveals that some of the most controversial and consequential debates about the legacy of the ancients are raging not in universities but online."
book  publisher  classics  alt-right  western-civilization 
november 2019 by tsuomela
Book Summary: "Range" by David Epstein - Heterodox Academy
"David Epstein (2019). Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. New York, NY: Riverhead Books."
book  review  generalist  innovation 
october 2019 by tsuomela
What John Rawls Missed | The New Republic
"IN THE SHADOW OF JUSTICE: POSTWAR LIBERALISM AND THE REMAKING OF POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY by Katrina ForresterPrinceton University Press, 432 pp., $35.00"
book  review  political-science  philosophy  intellectual  history  justice 
october 2019 by tsuomela
Narrative Economics | Princeton University Press
"In a world in which internet troll farms attempt to influence foreign elections, can we afford to ignore the power of viral stories to affect economies? In this groundbreaking book, Nobel Prize–winning economist and New York Times bestselling author Robert Shiller offers a new way to think about the economy and economic change. Using a rich array of historical examples and data, Shiller argues that studying popular stories that affect individual and collective economic behavior—what he calls “narrative economics”—has the potential to vastly improve our ability to predict, prepare for, and lessen the damage of financial crises, recessions, depressions, and other major economic events. Spread through the public in the form of popular stories, ideas can go viral and move markets—whether it’s the belief that tech stocks can only go up, that housing prices never fall, or that some firms are too big to fail. Whether true or false, stories like these—transmitted by word of mouth, by the news media, and increasingly by social media—drive the economy by driving our decisions about how and where to invest, how much to spend and save, and more. But despite the obvious importance of such stories, most economists have paid little attention to them. Narrative Economics sets out to change that by laying the foundation for a way of understanding how stories help propel economic events that have had led to war, mass unemployment, and increased inequality. The stories people tell—about economic confidence or panic, housing booms, the American dream, or Bitcoin—affect economic outcomes. Narrative Economics explains how we can begin to take these stories seriously. It may be Robert Shiller’s most important book to date."
book  publisher  economics  narrative  story-telling  policy 
october 2019 by tsuomela
American Taxation, American Slavery, Einhorn
"For all the recent attention to the slaveholding of the founding fathers, we still know remarkably little about the influence of slavery on American politics. American Taxation, American Slavery tackles this problem in a new way. Rather than parsing the ideological pronouncements of charismatic slaveholders, it examines the concrete policy decisions that slaveholders and non-slaveholders made in the critical realm of taxation. The result is surprising—that the enduring power of antigovernment rhetoric in the United States stems from the nation’s history of slavery rather than its history of liberty. We are all familiar with the states’ rights arguments of proslavery politicians who wanted to keep the federal government weak and decentralized. But here Robin Einhorn shows the deep, broad, and continuous influence of slavery on this idea in American politics. From the earliest colonial times right up to the Civil War, slaveholding elites feared strong democratic government as a threat to the institution of slavery. American Taxation, American Slavery shows how their heated battles over taxation, the power to tax, and the distribution of tax burdens were rooted not in debates over personal liberty but rather in the rights of slaveholders to hold human beings as property. Along the way, Einhorn exposes the antidemocratic origins of the popular Jeffersonian rhetoric about weak government by showing that governments were actually more democratic—and stronger—where most people were free. A strikingly original look at the role of slavery in the making of the United States, American Taxation, American Slavery will prove essential to anyone interested in the history of American government and politics."
book  publisher  american-studies  taxes  anti-tax  ideology  slavery 
october 2019 by tsuomela
A Meaning to Life - Michael Ruse - Oxford University Press
"A prominent and distinguished philosopher writing on an essential question of perennial interest Written accessibly and presents complex issues in an entertaining way Integrates Darwinian explanations of human life with deeper existential questions about meaning"
book  publisher  philosophy  meaning 
october 2019 by tsuomela
The Changing Face of Higher Education: Is There an International Crisis in the Humanities?, 1st Edition (Hardback) - Routledge
"Over the last decade, a heated debate has raged in the US and the UK over whether the humanities are in crisis, and, if there is one, what form this crisis takes and what the response should be. Questioning how there can be such disagreement over a fundamental point, The Changing Face of Higher Education explores this debate, asking whether the humanities are in crisis after all by objectively evaluating the evidence at hand, and opening the debate up to a global scale by applying the questions to twelve countries from different continents. Each carefully chosen contributor considers the debate from the perspective of a different country. The chapters present data on funding, student enrolment in the humanities, whether the share of total enrolment in this area is falling, and answer the following questions: What does each country mean by the ‘humanities’? Is there a ‘crisis’ in the humanities in this country? What are the causes for the crisis? What are the implications for the humanities disciplines? Uniquely offering an objective evaluation of whether this crisis exists, the book will appeal to international humanities and higher education communities and policy-makers, including postgraduate students and academics."
book  publisher  humanities  crisis 
october 2019 by tsuomela
Women Under the Spell – Quadrant Online
"Satanic Feminism: Lucifer as the Liberator of Women in Nineteenth-Century Culture by Per Faxneld Oxford University Press, 2017, 576 pages, $62.95"
book  review  satanism  feminism  intellectual  history 
october 2019 by tsuomela
Playing at the World: Jon Peterson
"In the second half of the twentieth century, a new form of popular entertainment captivated the youth of America: games of simulation. The first commercial form of these games, the board wargames sold by Avalon Hill and others, reached a small but devoted audience in the 1950s. Two decades later, growing interest in fantasy genre fiction combined with the principles of wargaming to create the new category of role-playing games, which began with the hugely successful Dungeons & Dragons (1974). These new games matured simultaneously with the personal computer revolution, and the principles of simulation pioneered by role-playing games laid the groundwork for much of the multi-billion dollar computer gaming industry."
book  publisher  role-playing  game-studies 
october 2019 by tsuomela
What we talk about when we talk about books – TheTLS
"Leah Price WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT BOOKS 224pp. Little, Brown. £20."
book  review  reading 
october 2019 by tsuomela
The Atheist Illusion - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Seven Types of Atheism By John Gray Published 10.02.2018 Farrar, Straus and Giroux 176 Pages"
book  review  atheism  religion 
october 2019 by tsuomela
The Ravages of Revelation - Los Angeles Review of Books
"High Weirdness Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies By Erik Davis Published 06.11.2019 MIT Press 550 Pages"
book  review  drugs  1960s  religion  mysticism 
october 2019 by tsuomela
301 Moved Permanently
"From a leading expert on addiction, a provocative, singularly authoritative history of how sophisticated global businesses have targeted the human brain’s reward centers, driving us to addictions ranging from oxycodone to Big Macs to Assassin’s Creed to Snapchat—with alarming social consequences. We live in an age of addiction, from compulsive gaming and shopping to binge eating and opioid abuse. Sugar can be as habit-forming as cocaine, researchers tell us, and social media apps are hooking our kids. But what can we do to resist temptations that insidiously and deliberately rewire our brains? Nothing, David Courtwright says, unless we understand the history and character of the global enterprises that create and cater to our bad habits. The Age of Addiction chronicles the triumph of what Courtwright calls “limbic capitalism,” the growing network of competitive businesses targeting the brain pathways responsible for feeling, motivation, and long-term memory. We see its success in Purdue Pharma’s pain pills, in McDonald’s engineered burgers, and in Tencent video games from China. All capitalize on the ancient quest to discover, cultivate, and refine new and habituating pleasures. The business of satisfying desire assumed a more sinister aspect with the rise of long-distance trade, plantation slavery, anonymous cities, large corporations, and sophisticated marketing. Multinational industries, often with the help of complicit governments and criminal organizations, have multiplied and cheapened seductive forms of brain reward, from junk food to pornography. The internet has brought new addictions: in 2018, the World Health Organization added “gaming disorder” to its International Classification of Diseases. Courtwright holds out hope that limbic capitalism can be contained by organized opposition from across the political spectrum. Progressives, nationalists, and traditionalists have made common cause against the purveyors of addiction before. They could do it again."
book  publisher  capitalism  addiction 
october 2019 by tsuomela
Why Technologists Fail to Think of Moderation as a Virtue and Other Stories About AI - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Possible Minds 25 Ways of Looking at AI By John Brockman Published 02.19.2019 Penguin Press 320 Pages"
book  review  artificial-intelligence  risk 
october 2019 by tsuomela
How to Forget: On Lewis Hyde’s “A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past” - Los Angeles Review of Books
"A Primer for Forgetting Getting Past the Past By Lewis Hyde Published 06.18.2019 Farrar, Straus and Giroux 384 Pages"
book  review  memory  forgetting  history  national 
october 2019 by tsuomela
I’d Fight the World: A Political History of Old-Time, Hillbilly, and Country Music, La Chapelle
"Long before the United States had presidents from the world of movies and reality TV, we had scores of politicians with connections to country music. In I’d Fight the World, Peter La Chapelle traces the deep bonds between country music and politics, from the nineteenth-century rise of fiddler-politicians to more recent figures like Pappy O’Daniel, Roy Acuff, and Rob Quist. These performers and politicians both rode and resisted cultural waves: some advocated for the poor and dispossessed, and others voiced religious and racial anger, but they all walked the line between exploiting their celebrity and righteously taking on the world. La Chapelle vividly shows how country music campaigners have profoundly influenced the American political landscape."
politics  music  genre  country  book  publisher 
october 2019 by tsuomela
Country Soul | Charles L. Hughes | University of North Carolina Press
"In the sound of the 1960s and 1970s, nothing symbolized the rift between black and white America better than the seemingly divided genres of country and soul. Yet the music emerged from the same songwriters, musicians, and producers in the recording studios of Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama--what Charles L. Hughes calls the "country-soul triangle." In legendary studios like Stax and FAME, integrated groups of musicians like Booker T. and the MGs and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section produced music that both challenged and reconfirmed racial divisions in the United States. Working with artists from Aretha Franklin to Willie Nelson, these musicians became crucial contributors to the era's popular music and internationally recognized symbols of American racial politics in the turbulent years of civil rights protests, Black Power, and white backlash. Hughes offers a provocative reinterpretation of this key moment in American popular music and challenges the conventional wisdom about the racial politics of southern studios and the music that emerged from them. Drawing on interviews and rarely used archives, Hughes brings to life the daily world of session musicians, producers, and songwriters at the heart of the country and soul scenes. In doing so, he shows how the country-soul triangle gave birth to new ways of thinking about music, race, labor, and the South in this pivotal period."
politics  music  genre  country  history  book  publisher 
october 2019 by tsuomela
Unmaking the Real Estate State - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Capital City Gentrification and the Real Estate State By Samuel Stein Published 03.12.2019 Verso 208 Pages"
book  review  urbanism  cities  development  capitalism 
october 2019 by tsuomela
Let Us Now Praise Unfamous Men | Poets & Writers
"In William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life, the latest entry in Ig Publishing’s Bookmarked series, Steve Almond writes about John Williams’s 1965 novel Stoner, which, despite positive reviews, was not a popular success until it was rediscovered in the early 2000s and went on to become an international bestseller. The plot of the novel is straightforward enough—“Stoner, the only son of subsistence farmers, attends college, unexpectedly falls in love with literature, and becomes a teacher; he endures a disastrous marriage, a prolonged academic feud, and a doomed love affair, then falls ill and dies,” Almond writes—but in William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life, the author sees the novel as a personal reckoning, a catalyst for sharing his own struggles as a writer, father, and husband grappling with his own mortality. Below is an excerpt from the book, published by Ig on June 11."
book  review  commentary  fiction  academic 
september 2019 by tsuomela
Practical Time Series Analysis - O'Reilly Media
"Solve the most common data engineering and analysis challenges for modern time series data. This book provides an accessible well-rounded introduction to time series in both R and Python that will have software engineers, data scientists, and researchers up and running quickly and competently to do time-related analysis in their field of interest. Author Aileen Nielsen also offers practical guidance and use cases from the real world, ranging from healthcare and finance to scientific measurements and social science projections. This book offers a more varied and cutting-edge approach to time series than is available in existing books on this topic. "
book  publisher  statistics  time-series 
september 2019 by tsuomela
A Stronger America Needs ‘Strong Towns’ First | The American Conservative
"Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity, Charles Marohn, Wiley, 256 pages"
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september 2019 by tsuomela
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