TRANSLATION: New book sees capitalism conquering last frontier, sleep
- Written by Mark Jensen
If you're reading this late at night or in the middle of the night, you're corroborating the thesis of a new book published by Verso: Jonathan Crary's 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep. -- Jacques Dubois discussed the Columbia professor's ideas on Thursday in an article posted on the French news website Mediapart and translated below. ...
IDEAS: Disruption craze 'well outside anything resembling plausible historical analysis'
- Written by Hank Berger
BOOKS: History of nuclear accidents illustrates absurdity & irresponsibility of nuclear weapons
- Written by Marie Neptune
Reviewing in the London Review of Books Eric Schlosser's Command and Control, a book about Cold War nuclear weaponry accidents, noted Harvard sociologist of science Steven Shapin concluded that when it comes to nuclear weapons, "the rational attitude sometimes looks like irrational anxiety." -- The last commander of the Strategic Air Command, Gen. George Lee Butler, said in 1999 that "We escaped the Cold War without a nuclear holocaust by some combination of skill, luck and divine intervention, and I suspect the latter in greatest proportion." -- And we're not out of the woods: "[W]hile the risk of a world-ending nuclear exchange has probably diminished, the risk of some form of proliferation-related hostile nuclear explosion, accidental or intentional, has probably increased." ...