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Sunday, October 09, 2005


American narcissism revealed through criticism of the narcissism of others: "A sociologist who wrote on such worthy subjects as life in housing projects, Kaufmann hit pay dirt, so to speak, in 1992 when he published a book on French attitudes to daily tasks such as ironing and emptying the trash. This was followed by books on similarly unconsidered themes which proved a great attraction to the French since they were about their favorite subject, themselves." The French, I suppose, should be reading the sort of sociology that Americans read, like Freakonomics, which shows how economics can explain such universal questions as:

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime? In Freakonomics, [the authors] set out to explore the hidden side of … well, everything.... The myths of campaign finance. ... The secrets of the Ku Klux Klan.