kind of stealing from James Surowiecki

I’ve loved James Surowiecki’s column, “The Financial Page” in The New Yorker for years.

Aproveching* that I have a Kindle now, I went to my US library’s website to see if they offer his book The Wisdom of Crowds on electronic loan, but they do not (two branches do have the hardcopy). I went to see if I should buy it from Amazon, and other online stores, and… the download costs the same as the hardcopy– 13.09 USD, exactly, on Amazon. That’s incredibly lame!

Sorry, James, but I know you understand the forces at work here– I would have paid for your electronic book if the hardcopy price comparison were more favorable. Since it’s not, I am just going to download the electronic book in a bit torrent. I’m looking forward to reading it!

Here is the link to his 2005 Ted Talk, related to the content of said ebook. Watching that is what prompted me to look for his book.

*Aprovechar¬†means “to take advantage of” in Spanish.¬†

P.S. – I’ve been reading books so much more since I got my Kindle. I think this means that the physical inconvenience and yes, cost, of obtaining and managing printed books was a deterrent to reading for me.


Girl With Floral Headband

Also, last night I went to some art galleries — there were three of them open all in the same block on Colima. Not sure if that’s normal for Thursdays, as I don’t get out much. This was at Fifty24MX doing an exhibit with Detroit’s 1xRUN¬†group.

It was my favorite piece at the exhibit, by Erik Mark Sandberg. I thought about buying it because I am going to a baby shower tomorrow, but I don’t know if it’s going to be a boy or a girl.


san francisco twerking trio

My friend Enrique posted this online with the comment, “Sometimes I feel like I’ve read too much theory to enjoy things. This is complicated, but if you have any critical faculties whatsoever, you may want to just turn them off and just enjoy. Or, if you’re a performance studies scholar, here’s your next conference paper. You’re welcome.”

My critical faculties applied to this video make me recognize that twerking is an underanalyzed area of pop culture. Booty dancing in general makes a lot of people uncomfortable, meaning it is inherently interesting and socially charged, yet because of that we don’t talk about it. Maybe we should examine why that is the case and see what insight we can gain by discussing it.


I miss the USA!