America Calling: A Social History of the Telephone to 1940
Claude S. Fischer
My capacity for procrastination is legendary.
That’s probably not news around here, where I routinely fess up to getting around to books I acquired decades ago. By that standard the present volume, acquired sometime in the last seven to ten years, is almost contemporary.
Except for the fact that I read it that long ago and am just Continue reading
Down and Out in Paris and London
Why, I wonder, in reading a book set in early 20th century London and Paris, did I find my mind wandering ever closer to home and New York during the same era?
I’m always the first to point out that reading helps me connect things otherwise unconnected. So what I was Continue reading
American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus
As a young social science student I took a class sure to be easy. A 200-level course, it promised to use popular culture to illustrate major concepts in sociology.
Piece of cake, I thought. I like to read, it’s popular culture. How hard can it be?
Sixteen weeks later I was dead from the punishing pace of reading 600-page novels, such as Thomas Mann‘s Continue reading
My cognitive dissonance meter started to peg about the time I reached the fish counter.
In Austin, Texas for a conference (working, not attending), and a retail marketer from way back, I had to visit the flagship store of Whole Foods, the behemoth ($14.2 BB in 2014 annual revenue) organic grocery chain that calls that burg home. I’m glad I did if only to have had an experience that Continue reading