- Josh Marshall sums it up. [Talking Points Memo]
- On Facebook I called the president’s second inaugural the most radical address ever and I stand by that. Kevin Drum argues it was also partisan. [Mother Jones]
Nickel book reviews:
- The Victory Lab, Sasha Issenberg. So good I changed my course syllabus for January 2013 after reading this book in December 2012. Seth Masket [The Mifchiefs of Faction] has more.
- Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of belief, Lawrence Wright. Interesting and well-reported. Clearly chary of lawsuits, Wright’s investigations never cohere to a full-throated examination of the Church of Scientology. Nevertheless, generally recommended.
- Absolute War: Soviet Russia in the Second World War, Chris Bellamy. Even at 700 pages, this book occasionally feels superficial. A good overview, sometimes overly chatty. Better on the military than on the social or political side of things. Also recommended (not exhaustive): Death of the Wehrmacht (Citino), Stalin’s Wars (Roberts), Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar (Montefiore).
- The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office, Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan. Breezy and interesting, but the first several chapters could be easily skipped if you’re familiar with either Coase paper. Useful for an early reading in an undergraduate course on organizational behavior.
- The “faculty” grade is the lowest rank at Davos [Financial Times, subscription only]
- The Dead Sea Scrolls, academic rivalry, and prison time [Tablet]
- High school never ends, journalistic summary on adolescence and adulthood [New York Magazine]
- “High School Never Ends”, a song [Bowling For Soup]
- The Kanye/West Wing meme phenomenon [Buzzfeed]