Archive for the social theory category

March – mid-June 2008 reading review (1): books

I have not published a reading review since June 2007. Instead of beginning with July, I’ll work my way backward. At the moment there is too much non-book material to document readily, so this is an effort at compiling a list of books I’ve read part or all of since the beginning of March. I […]

Wired’s Patent-Pending Big-Idea Book Generator

This is the big idea for our time! Honan, Mathew. “Concoct a Best-Seller With Wired‘s Patent-Pending Big-Idea Book Generator,” Wired Magazine, Issue 15.10, 09.25.07. I discovered this brilliant article in January. It’s more than an article; it both characterizes the “idea” sector of the culture industry and enhances its productivity. I envy the author’s ability […]

Stephen Eric Bronner: Critical Theory, Enlightenment, radical politics (1)

Stephen Eric Bronner is not content to regurgitate the critical theory of its European originators of an earlier era, and he is not averse to criticizing their lapses. None of his books are to be missed, but for critical theory I suggest Of Critical Theory and Theorists above all. In October 2006 I read the […]

June 2007 reading review (2): Vonnegut, Marxism, positivism

More Vonnegut When I picked up Kurt Vonnegut’s Timequake (New York: G.P. Putnam’s, 1997) off my table for the first time, I thought this might be a throwaway book. I was wrong; it was hilarious, and there’s much in there. It is a combination memoir and science fiction tale. A whole decade has to be […]

February-April 2007 reading review

I have long delayed summarizing the books I read in all or part from February through April 2007, partly in hope of writing extensive reviews of some of them. For now, I will just list the books and some other materials, and I can always return and delve into more detail at a future date. […]