Selections from the Web:
- Andrew Liu: Who Digs the Mines?
A review of Mae Ngai’s The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics.
- Computer History Museum: Real Time Computing
A web exhibit with lots of great material on Whirlwind, SAGE, and early real-time computing.
- John Warner: Produce or Perish?
On the productivity lessons of doing government work.
- Mark Novak: Larry Ellison’s Oracle Started As a CIA Project
A short 2014 article looking at the long relationship of Oracle with the national security state.
Books and Journal Articles:
- Peter Gay: Weimar Culture: The Outsider As Insider (1968).
This has aged a little unevenly, especially in its (underdeveloped) Freudian framework and its hand-wavey treatment of the political “irrational.” But it’s a quick read–easy to knock out of a Saturday afternoon–and has some especially vibrant sketches of Weimar literary, artistic, and academic life.
Journal Articles and Chapters:
- Erika Lorraine Milam: “A Field Study of Con Games,” Isis (2014)
On Huey P. Newton and Robert Trivers’s abortive attempt to find a biological basis for con games and self-deception.