Archive for April, 2008

Charles Tilly, RIP

April 30th, 2008

As you might have seen elsewhere, Charles Tilly has died.

One informal Tilly text I liked was a response to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. Four days later, he circulated a series of predictions among sociologist colleagues as to what would happen, or what we might learn about the plot itself. “Am I sure these dire predictions are correct?”, he asked. “Of course not. I write them out both to place myself on record and to encourage counter-predicitons from better informed colleagues.”

Over the fold for the full set:


On Boris Johnson

April 30th, 2008

Martin O’Neill, over here.

DSW, #30

April 30th, 2008

Beatrice Webb, Fabian, born 2 January 1858, died 30 April 1943.

Robot Sumo, in Lego

April 29th, 2008

Over here, at Tim Lambert’s.

The Angry Hungry

April 28th, 2008

Raj Patel, over here. And he calls Stephen Pollard a cretin for good measure, too.

In other Raj-related news, people in the UK can now buy his excellent book Stuffed and Starved in paperback, and the US edition has been published over there, too. Buy it and read it, if you haven’t already. (Even the Daily Mail liked it!)

DSW, #89

April 28th, 2008

Anton Pannekoek, Dutchman, astronomer, Marxist; born 2 January 1873, died 28 April 1960. An archive of some writings is here.

DSW, #27

April 27th, 2008

Antonio Gramsci, born Cagliari, 22 January 1891, died in Rome, 27 April 1937.