Knowledge nom-noms

A short blog on what I’m listening to and reading at the moment.

Podcasts

If you haven’t yet listened to Stephen West’s podcast Philosophize This, you’re really missing out. It’s a regular go-to when I’m unsure I’ve got the hang of an idea. West’s explanations are clear and accessible, but boy oh boy has he really read those texts!

Check it out: http://philosophizethis.org/

David Harvey’s new podcast is also really good for getting a handle on political economy from a Marxist perspective if it’s foreign territory to you.

Books

On the non-fiction side of things, I’ve recently finished James Bridles’ The New Dark Age published by Verso Books.

Bridle is one of those few authors that can combine sociology with deep technical knowledge of his own, and is charting new territory in how we perform sociological analyses of the technology that dominates our everyday lives.

At times a little flamboyant, this does nothing to detract from the importance of Bridle’s message.

The insights presented in the book are astounding and a must-read for anyone who is concerned about who is in the driving seat of postmodern society in the 21st century. Bridle’s book is the first serious attempt I’ve found at getting a handle on the emergence of ‘post-truth’ as a phenomenon and what it might mean for democracy, economics and our social fabric’s survival.

On the fiction side of things, have just devoured Nabokov’s Laughter in the Dark  (can’t wait to find the movie). Few do character like Nabokov: by the end you can’t help but love and loathe almost everyone involved. Short but a gem.

Next on my bedstand reading pile: The Bass Saxophone by Josef Škvorecký and the new edition of How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney.