Monthly Archives: July 2008

Gang Leader for a day by Sudhir Venkatesh

From NPR’s interview and review– there’s an excerpt of the book there as well, “Sudhir Venkatesh was born with two abnormalities,” says Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner, “an overdeveloped curiosity and an underdeveloped sense of fear.” Dubner continues: “A lot of … Continue reading

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How does a bank account help the unemployed?

I’ve just written a long piece for Vanderbeeken’s Putting People First blog, here’s a longish snippet to enthuse you to go read the rest of it: Curious to more about what we were doing, he shared with us that he … Continue reading

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The End of Food by Paul Roberts

What’s been fascinating about these two books that i’ve been reading lately is that there is more than one book out there with the exact same title – both Affluenza and now The End of Food show up online with … Continue reading

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Affluenza by Oliver James and thoughts on mainstream consumer culture

The title caught my eye in the local Borders the other day – I’d gone to look for Zakaria’s Post American World which they still can’t find any. I suppose I’ll have to pop into Kinokuniya in the city to … Continue reading

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Its still the 7th of July in the UK, for a few minutes more

I just got off the phone with my friend Emma in Yorkshire when it struck me that it was the 7th of July, 2008, to be sure, but three years is a good space of time on which to reflect, … Continue reading

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Pondering the flux

Its been a very long time since i’ve either felt the urge or given in to the fleeting impulse to ramble on in a late night post, circumlocuting my way to my heart’s content. Perhaps I haven’t felt like circumlocuting … Continue reading

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