Sunday, May 20, 2007

Book on tape

At PB's urging, we listened to Freakanomics by Steven D. Leavitt and Stephen J. Dubner on tape across the course of several car trips. It took a while to get through, but I liked the experience.

The book was interesting - I think the authors are very good at reframing questions in new ways and looking for data sources to answer those questions. As an exercise in creativity in research I think it's brilliant. The link between abortion and violent crime is a particularly interesting hypothesis and I can't believe they actually came up with it.

That said, I feel that many of the authors demonstrations fall prey to the same crticisms they make of other research - they are almost all correlation / anecdote based. I guess I am too much of an experiementalist at heart. Sigh.

No time...

Books I've read recently but not had the time to post about:

Citizen Girl by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus: these are the authors of the Nanny Diaries. I liked the book. I think it had a lot to say about feminism that I really haven't had time to process.

Rattled by Debra Galant: OKish. I finished it because I find it very hard to not finish a book once I've started it. Interesting environmental themes and a good portrait of an obsessive SAHM.

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious: Loved it, loved it, loved it. Can't believe I just now got around to reading it.

The Second Assistant by Clare Naylor and Mimi Hare: Loved this one too - hysterical account of a second assistant to a hollywood producer. I suspect a little reasearch would reveal which agency and which stars the author loosely veils in the novel. Too bad I don't have time to actually do that research, huh?