If you feel CONSTANTLY OVERWHELMED BY THE FLOOD OF NEW BOOKS THAT YOU SHOULD READ OR AT LEAST KNOW ABOUT, the New Books in Political Science podcast delivers wonderful, commute-sized reviews / interviews with the authors right to your earphones.
Hidden bonus track: what you always wanted to know about Derrida but were too afraid to ask 👇
When Derrida was at Yale he used to take his students out to a bar called The Anchor. So he's holding court, glass in hand. Last orders are long past but he won't stop talking. Eventually, a waitress goes over, takes Derrida's glass, slams it down & says, "Fini, Frenchie, fini." https://t.co/zl34BJ4vzu
Why do some political actors spout obvious lies? There is a Rand paper on Russian propaganda which claims that this is a deliberate strategy. And this article in the Guardian applies the idea to anti-vaxxers. Fun fact/bonus track: this is what I see in position 0 (i.e. before any hits) when I type “he spouts lies” into Google.
When it’s all getting a bit too much, read this wonderful article about the unlikely environment / management culture in which the world’s favourite operating system was hatched. I have filed “selective enthusiasm” for use in future faculty meetings. Also has some seriously weird pictures of nerds in front of historic computers.
On a very slow news day, two third-tier politicians for the centre-right CDU phantasise over future coalitions with the “moderates/liberals” within the AfD (where would they find them?). Ah yes, they also want to re-unite “the National” and “the Social”, which, by the lego-like greatness of the German language, becomes the “National-Social”.
People in rich & healthy countries stop believing in vaccinations. In the so-called developing world, vaccinations are still trusted. Find these and other fascinating findings in the latest Wellcome Monitor