I have just started reading two books. The first is a new edition of David Schweickart's 2001 book, After Capitalism. I knew Dave way back when he published his first book, Capitalism or Worker Control, a terrific book from which I learned a great deal. One of you suggested I read this one, and then my sister did also. Well, when my sister says "Read a book," I pay attention. I will let you know what I think as I work my way through it.
The second book is Working Knowledge: The Making of the Human Sciences from Parsons to Kuhn, by Joel Isaac. Professor Isaac is, it turns out, a reader of this blog, and was kind enough to send me a copy, which I am now starting to read. This book is, for me, a rather odd experience, because Isaac is talking in a systematic, very knowledgeable way about a time and place [Harvard in the fifties and sixties] that I lived through. I knew some of the people he writes about, and was there when the books he discusses were published. Somehow, that world sounds very different when described in this scholarly way than it seemed when I was there. I think that must be true of every period and any person situated in the middle of it. I am just now reading the long Prologue, so I have a good way to go.
I think I mentioned that I read Turing's Cathedral by George Dyson. I actually read it before the New York Review of Books and the NY TIMES Book Review Sunday Section reviewed it, and I must say the reviewers seem to have read a different book from the one I read, judging by what they had to say.
Meanwhile, I am "vamping 'til ready," to use an old musical phrase, waiting for the meeting this Friday.