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Money for Nothing, Chopin Kickstarter, Modern Greats


Money for Nothing, Film website, here. Why can’t I just watch this now on my Mac? So annoying.

MONEY FOR NOTHING: Inside the Federal Reserve is an independent, non-partisan documentary film that examines America’s central bank from the inside out – in a critical yet balanced way.

Cory Doctorow, boing boing, Kickstarting a free, open archive of recording of all Chopin, here. How about a Kickstarter project to collect all of Stu Feldman’s make files ever, just as a proof of concept?

Erik sez, “Three years ago, Musopen raised nearly $70,000 to create public domain recordings of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Schubert, and others. Now they’re running a new campaign with a simple but ambitious objective: ‘To preserve indefinitely and without question everything Chopin created. To release his music for free, both in 1080p video and 24 bit 192kHz audio. This is roughly 245 pieces.'”

Brad DeLong, Grasping Reality, “Modern Greats: …, here.

And Rich Yeselson asked:

As I look at [Landes’s “The Unbound Prometheus”] as an interested non-specialist, it… changes the subject completely, engenders countless augmentations/rebuttals/extensions/revisions/reconsiderations. Foundational work. Like The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Or The Interpretation of Cultures (despite being an essay collection). Ground shifts. It would be interesting to think of just the postwar books in the social sciences/humanities that meet that standard. And how many? Six? Ten? 25?

After some further discussion with the History Department’s Patrick Iber and others, I have come up with my own–very personal–list of twenty such books, or sets of writings, written since 1930 that have shifted the ground on which I think. But it is a personal list: your will surely be different:

  • Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities
  • Bernard Bailyn, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
  • Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
  • Daniel Bell, The End of Ideology
  • Nancy Chodorow, The Reproduction of Mothering
  • Milovan Djilas, The New Class
  • Clifford Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures
  • Friedrich Hayek, The Road to Serfdom, “The Use of Knowledge in Society”
  • Albert Hirschman, Exit, Voice, and Loyalty
  • John Maynard Keynes, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and MoneyThe Economic Consequences of the Peace, “The End of Laissez-Faire”
  • Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
  • David Landes, The Unbound Prometheus
  • W. Arthur Lewis, The Evolution of the International Economic Order
  • William McNeill, Plagues and Peoples
  • Barrington Moore, Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
  • George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia1984The Road to Wigan Pier
  • J.G.A. Pocock, The Machiavellian Moment
  • Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation
  • Edward Said, Orientalism
  • E.P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class

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