Live from Planet Gutenberg: The day's book haul. These both look very good. Unfortunately, the first day of classes is absolutely the last day you want your book showing up in my mailbox in the form of a review copy...
James Kwak (2016): Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality (New York: Pantheon: 1101871199) https://amzn.to/2k1yt3y
Daniel Wolff: Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913 (New York: Harper: 0062451693)https://amzn.to/2ixYJSP
Must-Read: Erik Loomis: Jacobin: Walking on the Fighting Side of Me: "Were you thinking, I really need to know what Jacobin has to say about Merle Haggard? Probably not...
...Unfortunately, Jacobin decided to publish a Merle Haggard obituary of sorts, by Jonah Walters. It is, without exaggeration, the worst essay I have ever seen in that publication and one of the worst essays on music I have ever read. It is essentially an exercise in Aesthetic Stalinism, arguing that Merle Haggard was a terrible person and overrated artist because he was supposedly the voice of American reaction for a half-century...
Stephen S. Cohen and J. Bradford DeLong: Concrete Economics: The Hamilton Approach to Economic Growth and Policy (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business Review Press: Harvard Business Review Press 1422189813)...
Hamilton: Cabinet Battle #1:
...without becoming an intellectual property-appropriation test case:
I must say, the idiom of Lin-Manuel Miranda and his company is absolutely perfect: these weren't Men of Marble, these were highly-energetic highly-flawed highly-ambitious young men seriously on the make...
Stephen S. Cohen and J. Bradford DeLong: Concrete Economics: The Hamilton Approach to Economic Growth and Policy: (Allston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press: 1422189813) https://amzn.to/1XxIyPV
From the Good Germany--the one that has more to offer the world than austerity and general depression. Bonus: the most expensive special effects for a music video ever:
From the hag and hungry goblin,/That into rags would rend ye,
The spirit that stands/By the naked man
In the Book of Moons, defend ye,
That of your five sound senses,/You never be forsaken,
Nor wander from/Yourselves with Tom,
Abroad to beg your bacon.
"I now know it is a rising, not a setting, sun" --Benjamin Franklin, 1787
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