Positive review of a new book that explains soccer. With video of "one of the most famous moments in the history of soccer"--a missed goal by Pele.
Also Jonah related: his moving eulogy for his father-in-law.
A positive review of a book that is highly critical of Freud. I like this line:
". . . as Allan Bloom argued 30 years ago in The Closing of the American Mind (1987), behind every baneful idea in the popular culture there lurks a German intellectual.
James Gleick reviews What is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics.
Spoiler: quantum physics is just as weird as it ever was.
How influential was it? This influential:
“Bruce Springsteen’s obsession with the record led him to tap Richard Davis to play bass on his 1973 debut and on Born to Run in 1975,” Walsh writes. “Martin Scorsese claims the first 15 minutes of Taxi Driver are based on it. Philip Seymour Hoffman quoted it in his Oscar acceptance speech. Elvis Costello called it ‘the most adventurous record made in the rock medium’; part of the late Jeff Buckley’s own myth is tied with his choice to cover ‘The Way Young Lovers Do.’ Joni Mitchell was so taken aback by the album that she badgered one of Van’s guitarists for information about him.”
I've always thought sobriety has a lot to recommend it.
"Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean"
MacLean’s own responses and the unwillingness of so many other progressive historians and scholars to call her out on her obvious scholarly transgressions are very sad outcomes. A serious attempt to engage public choice theory by progressive scholars would have been welcome, as would a subsequent exchange that involved more than progressives taking legitimate scholarly criticisms as coordinated attacks and then shouting “Koch!” as if that were an answer to said criticisms. Such a conversation will have to await the publication of a different book.
Well worth remembering when you read about the next big Health Scare.
"Most research findings are false or exaggerated, and the more dramatic the result, the less likely it is to be true . . ."
Review of Never Call Me a Hero, the story of Lieu. J.G. N. Jack Kleiss of Coffeyville KS, who flew one of the Enterprise's Dauntless dive bombers at the Battle of Midway.
He was the only American flyer to bomb successfully three Japanese ships. And he survived the battle.
Ironman at Political Calculations briefly touts--and links to a free online copy of--the American Council on Science and Health's The Little Black Book of Junk Science.