What I’m Reading
Radical Reconstruction by Lebbeus Woods (this book is stunning and mind-blowing way of looking at architecture. his ideas for rebuilding Kosovo seem…human but aspirational at the same time. Great NYT article on Lebbeus)
Built for Show: Four Body-Changing Workouts for Looking Good Enough to Hook Up by Nate Green (first book I’ve been asked to blurb)
The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet by Daniel J. Solove (decent, mainly cliche anecdotes)
The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis
How Judges Think by Richard Posner (frankly, this book was disappointing. i put it in my strategy section because it ultimately had a few redeeming parts)
Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men by Michael Kimmel (Kimmel was the only gender sociologist i remembered respecting in college – decent so far, like a male Unhooked. )
Five Ways to Use Social Media to Reach People Who Don’t Use Social Media (I can’t say enough how important the thinking behind this post is. I used it last week for something that ended up directly touching the mayor, a government agency and hopefully a few thousand employees who deserved some results)
Some ridiculous article about the illegal tiger trade
BBC: Cattle align North/South (proof that we have such a small understanding of even the most basic things)
I read about guyland and was interested but turned off by some of the excerpts I read. He seemed to have this politically correct lens that kept him from being objective.
For example, in writing about firemen he would talk about how they were sexist in lamenting the good old days before women firefighters, but he did not seem to consider the possibility that there were actual social cost to having women around.
Thematically, he seemed to be saying- Guys are immature. Sexism and other isms are immature. Guys need to grow up. How did we fail to motivate them to see the truth and goodness of doing what they are supposed to?
I am hoping the book contains more actual analysis of the situation guys are in. Sure, sitting around and making disparaging homosexual remarks to each other is pretty gay, but as far as lifestyle and job choice- it’s not just slacking off. The world doesn’t seem to have room for a lot of men right now.
Let us know if i’m completely wrong.
I found that Cows align North/South articles a little bit before you. Tagged it “for:ryanholiday”, but don’t know if it actually popped up in your delicious feed.
My thought upon reading it: “Does this mean predators go East/West?” Further reflection leads me to believe that they’d want to come from behind, so it’d be northeast/west and southeast/west.
Here’s my feed: http://delicious.com/BenThapa/
Of course – that’s where I go it. Great article, thank you.