Policy Profs read The Castle

That’s right, and I got such a kick out of it. Let’s just say some faculty weren’t sure we should cover fiction on the podcast, but I’m persevering.

Perhaps The Trial would have been better, but I love the idea of discussing the never-ending bureaucracy of The Castle. That we never really get to an ending, that we aren’t really sure of the main character.

Kafka really knew how to describe the frustration and utter endlessness of dealing with the endless machinations of “the system.” Great, if a bit terrifying read. Maybe every time some customer is on hold, the call center is filled with the sounds of this audio book, in loop forever and ever.

What role education?

Book 4 in my experimental audio book club with the Bedrosian Center : Beyond the University by¬†Michael S. Roth.   One of the fundamental questions – what makes a good citizen in a democracy? Mustn’t a citizen be well-rounded in their education to have the right tools with which to make good decisions voting? Roth gives the reader an overview…

Police ethnography everyone should read

I feel really lucky to be able to do something like this. Book number three in this book club experiment put so many things in perspective. The latest book the faculty discussed is Didier Fassin’s Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing, a study of anti-crime squad in the outskirts of Paris. I’m not even sure anymore how I found…

Can government take risks?

Another work post.

This time, our faculty discuss California lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom’s book Citizenville.

My opinion? On the whole, this is a pretty dull read. But … he does ask some important questions. What if government could be more agile? What if government were able to take the same risks as business?

I’m not sure he offers real solutions, or even real ideas – but at this point it’s nice to see any politician thinking about the what ifs. The faculty had a good conversation tho.

Work Life: new podcast experiment

The Bedrosian Center is experimenting …

An audio book club. We’ll gather 3-4 faculty to discuss a book that has some governance relevance to jaw about it.

This is a huge book, I asked them to keep it to 45 minutes … ha! Our team decided to split it into two segments.

Part 1 addresses Piketty’s grand scholarly undertaking, why a data driven economics book is a sudden “summer” bestseller, as well as some of the economic theory behind Piketty’s now famous equation R > G.

 

 

In part 2, our discussion turns to Piketty’s prediction of greater inequality.

 

two fates

if you live in Los Angeles, this might seem vaguely familiar … my dear (awesome) friend¬†is adding some positive street art to the scene.

“I promise not to lose her again”

Obsessed. I bought this album last summer, amid a SoCal bands kick, strictly for the song “Airplanes.” Released in 2010, Gorilla Manor is one of my favorite albums, and yes, I’ve been obsessed with it for the last few months. I listenedd a few times last summer – but I was so focused on the perfection of “Airplanes” and was…

pleasure and pain

So I’ve been thinking about some things for a while and I’m not sure where I want to go with this post, but I have some thoughts and questions that need to get out. A few weeks (or months) ago a man I was corresponding with asked about my feelings about domination and submission. Quite honestly, my feelings are all…