David Brooks is a New York Times columnist and author of books such as “Bobos in Paradise“, and his Dec. 22nd article is a nice teaser on how to think about our current and future economic “arrangements” – or protocols, as he calls it. His tip is to read not just the book he’s reviewing but also another that complements and corrects what he feels are the first book’s weaknesses. This is always a nice way to help readers better form opinions of their own, and it’s what we will always try to do here as well.
As in Part 1 below, we’ve put together a group of links that serves as a starting point for anyone interested in this author’s work or in the issues he raises – and as we said there, remember to check the author’s intentions, biases, backgrounds… Questioning isn’t easy, but it’s vital: we bring so much “luggage” that it’s hard not to overlook important analytical issues or inputs. Most other humans suffer from this “problem”, including “experts”, witnesses (if you think of it as a trial), sources (if you think of it as an investigation), and so on.
Other David Brooks articles (as always, the New York Times requires a free registration):
Update (Dec. 29th): The Sidney Awards, Part 2!
The Sidney Awards – This one just out today! It serves one of the purposes this blog is supposed to serve, in this case “the filter”, in that Mr. Brooks doles out his awards for the best articles/ essays of 2009. Maybe he thought that the Buysiders team has been good and deserves a gift? Well, since we want to continue in Santa’s favor, we’re sharing it with you. There are three pieces on Health Care reform.
The Other Education – How Bruce Springsteen started his “second education”, the emotional one. How this affects our “mental models” and frameworks for dealing with “real life”. And how to get carried away with a rock concert. Of lighter fare and still interesting.
The Rush to Therapy – This is a tough one to justify, because it’s a tough topic. Mr. Brooks talks about the media coverage regarding a terrible incident in which a US army major opened fire at his colleagues and proceeded to murder 13 people and injury a number of others. But this article raises a very important issue: there is always a choice, there’s always a a priori opportunity to do what it takes to avoid the moral pitfalls – especially important in mass-media coverage of unfortunate events.