I will now read Wealth of Nations

I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time, and here I am. I got myself an unabridged single volume, which weighs in at 1000 pages plus another 150 pages of notes and appendices. I don’t mind the length

I will now read Wealth of Nations

I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time, and here I am. I got myself an unabridged single volume, which weighs in at 1000 pages plus another 150 pages of notes and appendices. I don’t mind the length

Darwin

A review of Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin

Origin of species is a single, clear, and beautifully articulated argument for how life on earth works. It is an idea that I’d heard and understood over the years, and its an idea that is deeply embedded in our culture.

Darwin

A review of Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin

Origin of species is a single, clear, and beautifully articulated argument for how life on earth works. It is an idea that I’d heard and understood over the years, and its an idea that is deeply embedded in our culture.

Part-way through Darwin

I’ve been working my way slowly through Darwin, which is more an indication of the other pressures in my life than of the challenge of the book. Indeed, Origin of Species is a very pleasant, highly approachable work. Unlike Veblen,

Part-way through Darwin

I’ve been working my way slowly through Darwin, which is more an indication of the other pressures in my life than of the challenge of the book. Indeed, Origin of Species is a very pleasant, highly approachable work. Unlike Veblen,

Moving on to Darwin

So after finishing Theory of the Leisure Class, I took a detour into another of Veblen’s books, not on my list, The Instinct of Workmanship and the State of the Industrial Arts. I swore I wasn’t going to add more

Moving on to Darwin

So after finishing Theory of the Leisure Class, I took a detour into another of Veblen’s books, not on my list, The Instinct of Workmanship and the State of the Industrial Arts. I swore I wasn’t going to add more

Thorstein Veblen

A review of The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

I spent about six months reading this book, and I thought about it nonstop as I did. I can’t think of another book which was more cathartic for me, nor one that I found as intellectually invigorating. Depressing as all

Thorstein Veblen

A review of The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

I spent about six months reading this book, and I thought about it nonstop as I did. I can’t think of another book which was more cathartic for me, nor one that I found as intellectually invigorating. Depressing as all

Veblen Excerpts

My copy of Veblen is marked up all over the place, and here’s a chapter by chapter rendering of the passages I flagged.  Mostly I focused on highlighting key points or ideas, for the sole purpose of remembering what the

Veblen Excerpts

My copy of Veblen is marked up all over the place, and here’s a chapter by chapter rendering of the passages I flagged.  Mostly I focused on highlighting key points or ideas, for the sole purpose of remembering what the

Finished Veblen!

After one of the most satisfying long slogs of my reading career I finished Veblen last night.  Hooray!  What a great book, and what a relief to have finished it.  My copy is marked all to hell, and I’ve already

Finished Veblen!

After one of the most satisfying long slogs of my reading career I finished Veblen last night.  Hooray!  What a great book, and what a relief to have finished it.  My copy is marked all to hell, and I’ve already

The conservation of dubious genetics

Veblen is right on the money on just about everything he talks about, but a couple of times in the book he veers into genetics and ethnic theory which I find dubious at best, and makes me sort of question

The conservation of dubious genetics

Veblen is right on the money on just about everything he talks about, but a couple of times in the book he veers into genetics and ethnic theory which I find dubious at best, and makes me sort of question

Walden Pond Visit

I happened to find myself in possession of a free afternoon and a rental car in the greater Boston area, so I took a trip to Walden Pond to see where the old boy got up to what he was

Walden Pond Visit

I happened to find myself in possession of a free afternoon and a rental car in the greater Boston area, so I took a trip to Walden Pond to see where the old boy got up to what he was

Industrial exemption and conservatism

So I read this chapter straight through three different times trying to find where he defines Industrial Exemption, which he never does, and I couldn’t move past it.  The chapter is all about how the leisure class has the most

Industrial exemption and conservatism

So I read this chapter straight through three different times trying to find where he defines Industrial Exemption, which he never does, and I couldn’t move past it.  The chapter is all about how the leisure class has the most