pimento cheeseburger bound

It’s been great blogging this month, and I hope I haven’t dragged the level of discourse on the blog down too far from Delia’s and David’s lofty heights, despite the appearance of furry thermometer and bacteria costumes.

To sign off, some topics I didn’t get to:

  • sociology of biography: Gerald Berk’s new book on Brandeis, Anders Walker’s award-winning LSA article on James P. Coleman this year, Lloyd Kramer’s book on Lafayette, Shapin’s work, of course. Is this (modified) return to the great man the outgrowth of a more actor-centered take on institutions? As may be apparent from my posts, I happen to love this genre.
  • the multi-institutional politics model: How historically specific is this model to the current era?
  • engels pulling an andrew young w/ marx’s illegitimate son by the housekeeper: I’ve been reading Tristram Hunt’s biography of Engels to get inspired for an intro course I’ll be teaching this fall. Aside from harvesting some lovely details– reproductions of Engels’ doodles, his answers in a game of Confessions, his lobster salad-making abilities– wow, Engels and Marx both come off wretchedly. I know it’s not hip to care about their moral failings or shoddy treatment of other people, but I’d recommend this book because it changed my understanding of their relationship to workers’ movements, 1848, etc. pretty dramatically.
  • transferring logics, models, and tools across contexts, and cases where some or all of those don’t transfer: Some thoughts comparing Dave Tompkins’ fantastic new book on the journey of the vocoder from WWII cryptography to hip hop, which I’m teaching in my senior seminar this semester, with Jennifer Light’s book on defense intellectuals and urban planning– parallel trajectories but very different stories.

I’ll leave everyone with the following, which tickles me on the one hand because Vanity Fair is still asking the same parlor game questions in their back page “Proust questionnaire,” and on the other because the answers are so pedestrian…

Engels plays Confessions:

Favourite virtue… in a man: to mind his own business; in a woman: not to mislay things; Idea of happiness: Chateau Margaux 1848; Idea of misery: going to a dentist… Your aversion: stuck-up, affected women; Favourite occupation: chaffing and being chaffed… Favourite flower: bluebell; Favourite dishes: ‘cold: salad; hot: Irish stew’… Motto: Take it easy. (Hunt 2009: 232)

Most importantly, I’ll see anyone wanting to claim their boiled peanut prizes at the CBSM section reception at ASA Saturday night!

Written by carolinewlee

August 12, 2010 at 9:27 pm

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  1. Great posts! (Stay on for another month, if you would like, to write up the above posts as well.)



    August 13, 2010 at 1:23 am

  2. Thanks! It’s been a blast. I’d love to stay and deconstruct Engels’ doodles, but Intro Sociology calls…



    August 13, 2010 at 11:23 am

  3. Thanks for the posts Caroline. See you in Atlanta!


    brayden king

    August 13, 2010 at 11:51 am

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