Weekend Edition: 4-2

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

  • Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1% (“The rich don’t need to rely on government for parks or education or medical care or personal security—they can buy all these things for themselves. In the process, they become more distant from ordinary people, losing whatever empathy they may once have had.”) (via)

Blog Headline of the Week

Bookish Linkage

  • I wonder what Anis Shivani really thinks about the NYT Book Review? A couple excerpts from his post this week:

    • “If American literary culture is in serious trouble–reflecting the perverted groupthink of empire’s intellectuals in the last stage of decadence–then a sure barometer is the unmitigated trash one finds without fail on the Times‘s book review pages.”
    • “…we are talking about a pervasive corruption, an intellectual deceit that what is being offered is an honest assessment of the wide range of books being published in America, when what is being delivered is the narrowest spectrum of opinions about the narrowest spectrum of books one can imagine slicing off from the main body of publishing.”

  • Not the 50 books you must read before you die

Nonbookish Linkage

Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.

Saul Alinksy, Rules for Radicals

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