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November 04, 2003

Checking in from Houston

Dear readers,

Been busy recently-business trip to Houston, etc. So as you see, I haven't been blogging much (additionally, I also make behind-the-scenes-changes on this blog technically, so sometimes you don't notice what I do). But, I have read some books, had some thoughts, etc. which I will elaborate, summate, etc. when I get back to Imbler in a few days.

On the flight out I read Adam Bellow's In Praise of Nepotism: A Natural History. The first 2/3 of the book, ranging from evolutionary biology to cultural history, will interest readers of this blog (something I didn't know: the medieval Catholic Church campaigned against adoption), though I suspect the last 1/3 that focuses on modern day socio-political dynasties and current affairs will be less illuminating (you can get much of this material in high-brow newspapers & magazines). Overall, a pretty good book-ignore the low-ball rating from Amazon, people are attacking Bellow's normative conclusions & assertions, not his scholarship.

I also re-read Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There. I'm more politically conservative than when I first read this book (more honestly, skimmed back then), so I suspect that is one reason I was more infuriated by the descriptions of Bobo pretentiousness. Overall, you could probably get the gist from Brooks' pieces scattered across various magazines, but the book rolls it all into one. I have to be honest and say that I kind of hate the fakery of Bobo culture, but I am one too.... (sigh)

Finally, just purchased Human Accomplishment by Charles Murray. Plan to read it on the flight out back to Imbler-will report in detail when done.


Posted by razib at 03:46 PM