What’s the Matter with Kansas is Thomas Frank’s attempt at understanding why so many people are voting against their economic interests.
Frank builds a compelling argument which essentially boils down to Values: By focusing on value issues such as prayer in schools, abortion, and gun ownership, neo-conservatives are framing the political discussion in such a way that economical issues are marginalized. This is compounded by a Weltanschauung of victimization in which “real” Americans are being hounded and persecuted by a shadowy, condescending liberal elite that, apparently, for some reason hates America and all that is Good and Just.
The book is well worth reading for anybody who wants to understand the current political climate. It is also very depressing.
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.