|Tonight on TDS, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg , Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead; and on TCR, A.C. Grayling, Author of The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism.|
|The Daily Show|
|Mary Roach, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
B&N, many reviews
excerpt: The Chemistry of Kibble: The billion-dollar, cutting-edge science of convincing dogs and cats to eat what’s in front of them.
excerpt: The Marvels in Your Mouth
|Jonathan Sperber, "Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life"
Columbia Missourian.com article
If you have the stomach for it, the Daily Show guest page links to an interview at the National Review
B&N has the major reviews
(Harpers is subscription only)
Assuming you know something about history/poli sci, these are the two to read:
That's Karl Marx and Intellectual History, at SUSIH-Society for US Intellectual History (which you should take a look at). Takes a look at those NYTimes & Harper's reviews -- and make sure to read the comments.
|Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and the author of "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead."
Lots of stuff about the book out there. B&N has several full reviews (snippets from some majors). Some sexism (let's post silly pictures of the latest silly woman thinking she should get attention! And what should she be dressing like?), lots of agreement (fawning and/or sincere) and a whole lot of disagreement, especially (but not exclusively) from our intellectual compatriots on the left.
Good snippet at goodreads:
Someone asked me for a cliffs notes version and the best I can say is to search online for Sheryl Sandberg's TEDWomen talk in 2010. It is a 15 minute long speech that basically sums up her most pertinent points in this book.cognoscenti.wbur.org
Her central point is that more women need to aspire to leadership roles and “lean in” — try harder — to get there, and it carries special weight coming from a woman whom Fortune Magazine named the fifth most powerful in the world — above Michelle Obama.UK Guardian review
But that is exactly the point: this book isn't offering a new spark for a feminist revolution. Rather, it says, your revolution has stalled – why don't you try getting what you want my way? Perhaps predictably, this involves a lot of flexibility, and even more smiling. "A woman needs to combine niceness with insistence," she concludes, having surveyed all the evidence that people respond badly to women who lobby in their own interests. "I understand the paradox of advising women to change the world by adhering to its biased rules and expectations. I know it is not a perfect answer but a means to a desirable end." We're back at the prom. Zip it, smart-arse, or you won't get laid. Except you probably wouldn't want to get laid, because it would erode your value proposition.
“We talk too much about the fight for the corner office,” she told Bloomberg Television's Stephanie Ruhle in advance of her Women in the World Summit taking place later this week. “We don’t focus on the real needs and wants out there that women don’t own as much as men.
Lean In and 1% Feminism (new to me, read this one if nothing else)
Of course Sandberg is masterful at self-inoculation and her book is chock full of preemptive moves to immunize against critique. Yes, she graciously grants, not everyone can or wants to have it all. And yes, there are structural barriers that continue to block women's advancement. But, while offering to jump-start and lead a feminist revolution, she has essentially produced a manifesto for corporatist feminism, career advice for the distaff side of the 1%. That advice is, in fact, about how to have it all, while offering precisely zero guidance on how to dismantle the structural barriers to gender equity that still impede most women...Lean In is not about feminism in general, but about a very particular brand of feminism that, delusions aside, has nothing whatsoever to do with inspiring a social movement. We need to understand the core features of the brand, and then decide whether to buy in or take a pass.
It is well-known that Facebook clones small apps and rolls them out to Facebook’s broad user base when an outside app becomes threatening to Facebook’s business model. Given that strategy, it’s not hard to see how Facebook may want to incubate its own feminist movement in order to prevent a more activist and transformative feminism from affecting Facebook’s business. Just as with any of Facebook’s competitive moves, the need to create an in-house version of a product arises due to an external threat. And put very simply, feminism is a threat to Facebook, just as Instagram or Snapchat were threats to Facebook’s photo-sharing business...Now, with Sandberg’s Lean In, we have a book that tells the story that she and Facebook want to tell about sexism: women can solve it themselves by working harder. This story works in the first instance to supplant a more structural feminist critique of the workplace, but beyond that it promotes Facebook as a cutting-edge work environment where men and women are encouraged to work “harder better faster stronger” in support of the company’s domination and success.
|Danny Boyle is an Oscar-winning film director, writer and producer. His latest film is "Trance" (2013).|
|The Colbert Report|
|Sigourney Weaver, Broadway: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Village Voice blog
vaguely related New Yorker blog
broadwayworld.com review roundup
|Jim McGreevey, Former Governor of New Jersey
The former governor of New Jersey discusses his resignation and newfound salvation in the HBO documentary, "Fall to Grace."
Really? Jim McGreevey Is a Recovering Politician?
An HBO documentary examines the former governor's renewed passion for religion and for helping female prisoners get a second chance.
The redemption of Jim McGreevey: believe it, you scowls.
Jim McGreevey’s Second Act
Author, "The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism"
Philosopher A.C. Grayling looks at religion from a humanist perspective in his new book, "The God Argument."
Director, National Institutes of Health