by Doctor Science
Tomorrow's another looooong day for me, as I work the polls for NJ's Special Election to fill the late Frank Lautenberg's Senate seat. I voted by mail more than a week ago -- for Cory Booker, of course. I can certainly understand why many of my fellow Jerseyites feel as though Booker's ambition for national prominence is a bit too obvious -- because it is. But given that Steve Lonegan is Tea Party, and can be expected to be part of the "we destroyed the full faith and credit of the United States to save it" caucus in the Senate, I don't see how there's much of a choice.
Turnout is expected to be light, so my day will probably be quite boring. I'm bringing:
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss. It's a biography of Alex Dumas, the biracial father of Alexandre Dumas pere, who rose to the rank of general-in-chief in the Napoleonic army -- before he was imprisoned and poisoned. Looks good so far, with *fascinating* stuff about the shifting positions of non-white people in Europe in the 18th century.
Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir. I've only glanced at it, I gather it's along the same lines as Thinking, Fast and Slow but focused on problems of lack of time and lack of money.
Don't burn the place down while I'm gone. LJ or others, please check the comments "spam" folder at some point and rescue anyone who doesn't belong there.
And let's all hope we still have an economy and government when I get back.