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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

High Wind in Missouri

Sorry about the disappearing act. I had to travel unexpectedly this week, and just returned. Posting should be back to normal next week.

In the meantime, why not read Karel Capek's War With the Newts? It's a frighteningly prescient dystopian satire that's all the more brilliant for having been written in the 1930s. Capek targets bigotry, jingoism, the dangers of multinational corporations, and too many other social ills to list. Although it's extremely funny, the humor is pitch-black and the tone is ultimately bleak. If my recommendation ain't cuttin' it, how about Kurt Vonnegut ("brilliant, blackly funny, and prophetic") or Arthur Miller ("It is time to read Capek again")?