9.16.2010

Augustine's "Confessions" versus "The House on Mango Street," or, This Anthology Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us

Revisiting the canon wars. Great article in the New York Times. You know what I think, and you probably know what you think -- but let's refresh our memories. And this is a link to a maybe-even-better article on the same general topic. The second one features Bob Dylan, walking the narrow path that leads to eternal life, disappointing natterers on the left and the right:
When Wenner pressed him as to who would solve the world’s problems if not politicians, Dylan came out with words so Biblically harsh or nakedly Libertarian they are frankly astonishing to the modern ear. Forget politicians: “The world owes us nothing,” he told Wenner, “not one single thing.” And: “Human nature really hasn’t changed in 3,000 years. … It’s not meant to change. It cannot change. It’s not made to change.” Which does rather leave social engineers out in the cold.
Social engineers, or "behavioral economists" who are into "nudging."

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