So, this endless summer may be coming to an end. And the long, lazy days of G&T in the sun will be over - and blogging resumes. A friend of mine really liked Yuval Harari's Sapiens, while I found the first part (all I could manage) disappointing, and that Harari cherry picks debatable features of theories and twists them into fitting his own view. My thought in general was Man merkt die Absicht und ist verstimmt. Now, there is this more or less soporific interview, but also this snarky review. I feel that Mr. Harari is becoming part of the entertainment industry and not the knowledge industry. But sellable, no doubt.
Nobody "Votes Against Their Interests" this blog post says. I guess whatever has been written about an Sich and für Sich and so forth can hereby be dismissed? Not. But interesting to see how far from a European mindset and framing those Muricans are. Gramsci does not go away because you say that his view did not work, you know. Also, how bad can a piece about soccer and France be if it is written by a Murican not familair with either? Bad, it appears..
I used to read The Atlantic and thought it was vaguely liberal. I guess it is - but in that strange Murican way. Here they write about the resurgent democratic socialism, and go directly to the Gulags. Nice one. American "progressives" never let you down. Anti-communism as bad faith is a good antidote. As it says:
I’m old enough to remember anti-communists in the 70s and 80s. Which means I remember just how much crass bad faith and hypocrisy they contained. Some of this bad faith was clear at the time, some is more evident with hindsight. Here are seven examples of what I mean:"
Do read these seven points and see if you can spot them in the wild (The Atlantic article is number two.)
LA's Awesome History Of Weird, Food-Shaped Restaurants has nice and strange photos, as does The winners of the 2018 iPhone Photography Awards (How far we have come.) Photographer Niall McDiarmid travels from town to town to capture the essence of Britain and create stunning and beautiful photography. A curiosity: 35mm footage of London's King's Road in the late 1960s that cannot but make you smile.
Oh my pet peeve: Death to the Open Floor Plan. Long Live Separate Rooms - and, hopefully, open floor plan offices. Yikes.