What I might be reading more of, or not

1. Hélène Cixous, Stigmata.  I didn't find anything of value here.  Probably the poetic element is better in the French but I wonder what the big deal is about.

2. Erika S. Olson, Zero-Sum Game: The Rise of the World's Largest Derivatives Exchange.  Good inside the scenes account of the CME-CBOT merger, also with material on the rise of ICE.  I read some of it and was glad I did.

3. Kaushik Basu, Beyond the Invisible Hand: Groundwork for a New Economics.  The author is a smart guy and he writes clearly, but I object to the subtitle and what it implies.  I want The New Economics, not the Groundwork for a New Economics.

4. They Live, by Jonathan Lethem.  Scene-by scene commentary on the John Carpenter movie of that name.  I'd like to see more books like this.  It's short.

5. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Yo no vengo a decir un discurso.  Transcripts of some of his lectures, so far very eloquent although the level of substance remains to be seen.

6. David Edwards, The Lab: Creativity and Culture.  He wants to revitalize labs with a blend of "Artscience" and encourage them to cultivate more ideas which appear impractical but may have long-term payoffs.

7. Bethany McLean and Joseph Nocera, All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis.  Alex liked it, Arnold Kling liked it, and I like it too.  It is more conceptual than most of the crisis books.

7. Robert Alter, translator, The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes.  He is my favorite Biblical translator and this is a sure thing, I will read this one.

8. Wolfgang Fengler and Homi Kharas, editors, Delivering Aid Differently: Lessons from the Field.  This is too specialized for my current reading interests, but overall the content looks substantive and interesting.

I am still impressed by having watched Lars von Trier's Antichrist.  I believe no one (at least no male) can watch that movie straight through, for reasons which I cannot explain on a family blog (though perhaps it will someday be part of TSA procedures?).  Yet more than a month later I continue to think about the good parts of the movie and I am not overall a von Trier fan.  The film is dedicated to Tarkovsky.


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