Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Marginal Utility Book Club: An Inauspicious Start

by Tom Bozzo

Even though the stack of reading material on my nightstand, which is actually now a stack of reading material mostly in the closet so that it won't (a) get in the way of the cleaning people, and/or (b) cause the nightstand, which (given the diminutive size of our bedroom) is a tiny drawer unit attached to the wall, to fall down, hasn't gotten any smaller in recent weeks, I have succumbed to the temptation to get even more books.

Unfortunately, after having half-jokingly suggested that some of my social science blog pals and I start a book club, taking on 2005 Nobel (yeah, yeah) laureate Thomas Schelling's Choice and Consequence (alternatively, The Strategy of Conflict or Micromotives and Macrobehavior, the latter of which Isaac of Armchair Capitalists has been reading) as the first read, Schelling was not part of the order.

So if anyone wants to take on Charlie Stross's Accelerando (an free e-text version is available here) or Chris Mooney's The Republican War On Science, that's what's actually going to be added to my pile. Or, for an oldie but goodie of non-mathematical economics which I can get from my personal library, how about Mancur Olson's The Logic of Collective Action (which I've been meaning to re-read)?
I'll do War on Science. Been meaning to get my hands on that book anyway,.
I've hit this weird mid-semester pile of work, aided by spending too much time at talks and starting up an extra-curricular reading group that has significantly diminished my extra-curricular individual reading. But in the abstract "Logic of Collective Action" sounds appealing. Though by appealing I may well mean winter break.
I'm in for both, sooner or later. My extra-curricular reading timing is eccentric, so it's not like there'll be posts on these next week. (I have a slight unfair advantage on LoCA, as I was Olson's RA for a semester.)

Of course, Isaac, you should do your real homework first.
I recently bought a copy of "The Strategy of Conflict," and am curious about "Accelerando," but it ain't gonna happen for a bit yet.
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