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Ezra Klein is an American journalist, blogger, and political commentator who co-founded Vox, where he is currently editor-at-large. He was previously a blogger and columnist for The Washington Post and an associate editor of The American Prospect. He has served as a contributor to Bloomberg News and MSNBC.
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The Price of Peace
Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes
Zachary D. Carter - May 19, 2020
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A page-turning biography of world-changing economist John Maynard Keynes and the big ideas that outlived him.In the spring of 1934, Virginia Woolf sketched an affectionate biographical portrait of her great friend John Maynard Keynes. Writing a full two years before Keynes would revolutionize the economics world with the publication of The General ...
Ezra Klein
Aug 13, 2020
Also, I loved @zachdcarter "The Price of Peace," which is a brilliant exploration of the question "what is economics for?" disguised as an excellent biography of John Maynard Keynes. Listen to the podcast, but don't miss the book.     source
The Shallows
What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
Nicholas Carr - Mar 03, 2020 (first published in 2010)
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Nicholas Carr’s bestseller The Shallows has become a foundational book in one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the internet’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply? This 10th-anniversary edition includes a new afterword that brings the story up to date, with a deep examination of the cognitive and b...
Ezra Klein
Jul 01, 2020
I was...resistant to @Roughtype's The Shallow's when it came out. 10 years later, I think it's one of the most prescient books of the digital age. So I asked Carr to come on the podcast for a long overdue conversation:     source
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The City We Became
A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy (1))
N. K. Jemisin - Mar 24, 2020
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Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city from an ancient evil in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.Every great city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She's got six.But every city als...
Ezra Klein
Jun 25, 2020
A few fiction books I've loved recently: -NK Jemisin's "The City We Became" -Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone's "This is How You Lose the Time War" -Kevin Wilson's "Nothing to See Here" They're all beautiful writing built on fantastical premises. Got any more recommendations?     source
This Is How You Lose the Time War
Amal El-Mohtar - Mar 17, 2020
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Two time-traveling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange letters—and fall in love in this thrilling and romantic book from award-winning authors Amal-El Mohtar and Max Gladstone.Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. Thus begins an unli...
Ezra Klein
Jun 25, 2020
A few fiction books I've loved recently: -NK Jemisin's "The City We Became" -Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone's "This is How You Lose the Time War" -Kevin Wilson's "Nothing to See Here" They're all beautiful writing built on fantastical premises. Got any more recommendations?     source
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Nothing to See Here
Kevin Wilson - Oct 29, 2019
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Kevin Wilson’s best book yet—a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilitiesLillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school. But then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wa...
Ezra Klein
Jun 25, 2020
A few fiction books I've loved recently: -NK Jemisin's "The City We Became" -Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone's "This is How You Lose the Time War" -Kevin Wilson's "Nothing to See Here" They're all beautiful writing built on fantastical premises. Got any more recommendations?     source
Let the People Pick the President
The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College
Jesse Wegman - Mar 17, 2020
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"The Electoral College is a disaster for a democracy." —Donald TrumpThe framers of the Constitution battled over it. Lawmakers have tried to amend or abolish it more than 700 times. To this day, millions of voters, and even members of Congress, misunderstand how it works. It deepens our national divide and distorts the core democratic principles of...
Ezra Klein
May 06, 2020
Speaking of which, @jessewegman's new book is great if you want to go deep on the case against the electoral college:     source
Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop
The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America
Lee Drutman - Jan 02, 2020
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American democracy is at an impasse. After years of zero-sum partisan trench warfare, our political institutions are deteriorating. Our norms are collapsing. Democrats and Republicans no longer merely argue; they cut off contact with each other. In short, the two-party system is breaking our democracy, and driving us all crazy.Deftly weaving togeth...
Ezra Klein
Apr 29, 2020
Highly recommend @leedrutman's book if you do want to understand this issue. He's more optimistic than I am about multiparty democracy solving our ills, but he's absolutely right on the structural nature of two-party duopoly:     source
Give People Money
How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World
Annie Lowrey - Jul 09, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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A brilliantly reported, global look at universal basic income--a stipend given to every citizen--and why it might be necessary in an age of rising inequality, persistent poverty, and dazzling technology. Imagine if every month the government deposited $1,000 into your bank account, with nothing expected in return. It sounds crazy. But it has becom...
Ezra Klein
Apr 27, 2020
And what better way to give it attention than reading @AnnieLowrey's brilliant book "Give People Money"?     source
Something Deeply Hidden
Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime
Sean Carroll - Sep 10, 2019
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As you read these words, copies of you are being created. Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist and one of this worlds most celebrated writers on science, rewrites the history of 20th century physics. Already hailed as a masterpiece, Something Deeply Hidden shows for the first time that facing up to the essential puzzle of quantum mechanics utterly t...
Ezra Klein
Dec 27, 2019
This is a good place to recommend @seanmcarroll's new book "Something Deeply Hidden," which is great if you like feeling very confused about the nature of reality, which I guess I do     source
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Stealth Democracy
Americans' Beliefs About How Government Should Work (Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology)
John R. Hibbing - Aug 28, 1998
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Examining how people want their democratic government to work, this study finds that Americans don't like many of the practices associated with democracy: the conflicts, the debates, the compromises. It finds that Americans don't want to have to see democracy in practice, nor do they want to be involved in politics. If American citizens had their w...
Ezra Klein
Dec 18, 2019
One of the more frustrating dynamics in politics is many voters assume that if something was good or obvious, it'd be bipartisan, and if it's not, that means something is wrong. (The book Stealth Democracy is very, very good on this.)     source
How to Do Nothing
Resisting the Attention Economy
Jenny Odell - Apr 09, 2019
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This thrilling critique of the forces vying for our attention re-defines what we think of as productivity, shows us a new way to connect with our environment and reveals all that we’ve been too distracted to see about our selves and our world.When the technologies we use every day collapse our experiences into 24/7 availability, platforms for perso...
Ezra Klein
May 23, 2019
That's from @the_jennitaur's book "How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy," which hit me particularly hard, and made this conversation such a delight.     source
Down Girl by Kate Manne
Predicting the Presidency by George C. Edwards III
The Gamble by John Sides
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
Overreach by George C. Edwards III
Beyond Ideology by Frances E. Lee
The Polarized Presidency of George W. Bush by George C Edwards III
On Deaf Ears by George C. Edwards III
Why the Electoral College Is Bad for America by George C. Edwards III
What It Takes by Richard Ben Cramer