Monthly Archives: December 2008

The FT, the Guardian and Deep Throat

In his obit of Mark Felt, FT 20th December, Jurek Martin concludes with this: “He escaped implication in Watergate for years but Mr Felt did encounter legal problems of his own. After leaving the agency which he joined in 1942, … Continue reading

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Do I like kids? Yes, but I couldn’t eat a whole one…

My niece is kind of angelic (as long as you get to hand her back when she’s being grumpy. Now that she’s in the terrible twos, that’s a lot of the time). Was at a Turkish restaurant in London- the … Continue reading

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bait and switch, feet of clay…

Here’s a blog posting that never got beyond scribbles on a (now unearthed) bit of paper. Back in August I did a workshop on “growth economics as a suicide machine” at a festival. And although it was not bad, it … Continue reading

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Fiction to read in 2009. Still no women…

The Radetsky March by Joseph Roth The Man without Qualities by Robert Musil Trance by Christopher Sorrentino Sidetracked by Henning Mankell Decision before Dawn by George Howe

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Non-fiction books to be read and reviewed in ’09

OK, here in no particular order are the non-fiction books I am definitely going to read and review in 2009. Crushingly white, and 28 out of 29 are by men. That’s kind of appalling… Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel GilbertElectric … Continue reading

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Nobody knows anything (much)

Way back when I was young, shortly after the invention of the printing press, a book appeared by Hollywood screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Princess Bride, Marathon Man, Misery etc). It was called “Adventures in … Continue reading

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Humans as nonviable organism? Chomsky

QUESTION: Right. Can I ask you about your position on the possibility of ecological constraints on the realisation of human needs? Do you think — even if there were the political will to achieve it — that it might be … Continue reading

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