Links & Bibliography

Links, Old-style and New

Project Gutenberg and similar efforts may one day make this untrue, but for the moment books make up the greatest part by far of our overbrain. This page, then, is a bibliography as well as a list of links.

Many of the books included are from the third and fourth decades of this century; it was a time when an unusual number of able writers went looking behind the curtain to discover the Wizard. Hard times provoke hard questions, it may be.

If this is true, pockets of clear vision may be expected soon to reappear throughout the land due to the coming economic collapse. Twenty years of Wall Street’s propaganda and bribery have finally succeeded in destroying the last of the entire regulatory structure built in the 1930s to prevent another Great Depression. Only the Glass-Steagall Act clung to life, and now it, too, is gone.

But I digress, and will again, lots of times...

A good many of the books that I have found useful are out of print and difficult to find in libraries, but the internet has made it possible to locate such books far more easily than ever before. Of the many excellent book search sites, the one I use most often is ABE Book Search.

Memoirs of a Superfluous Man

Albert Jay Nock wrote a number of other books, but this one, published in 1943, collects most of what he had to say. Mr. Nock, although largely forgotten now, should not be. His prose style combines Walter Lippmann’s magisterial voice with H.L. Mencken’s wit. Among the many fascinations of the Memoirs is an oddly persuasive argument for the increase of illiteracy.

The Onion

No one has ever done such a sustained and consistently funny dissection of the American newspaper. One might have thought the feat impossible, as Edmund Morris found it impossible to do a literary dissection of Mr. Reagan’s brain. How can a vacuum be described, let alone parodied? The question is answered at The Onion.

The Symbols of Government

Thurman Arnold, a Roosevelt braintruster and a founder of the Washington law firm Arnold & Porter, was a Yale Law School professor when he wrote this book in 1935. The Folklore of Capitalism followed two years later. He was that rare thing, an insider who was able to describe the nature of the thing he was inside. No one has done a better job of describing the myths that govern our economic, legal and political life.

Dead or Alive?

Here the dead are gathered, so that they may be distinguished from the quick. Didn’t Stokely Carmichael die, or am I thinking of Hoagy Carmichael? They’re both dead, actually. Hoagie died in 1981 and Stokely in 1999 in Africa, where he called himself Kwame Ture. All of this is at The Dead People Server.

Language in Action

Later S.I. Hayakawa was to become president of San Francisco State college during a period of student protests, an experience that turned his brain to oatmeal. Thus qualified, he won election to the U.S. Senate from California. But in 1941, he was a brilliant assistant professor of English at the Illinois Institute of Technology and published this excellent book on the uses and misuses of language.

In Greed We Trust

James Lardner has put together a huge mass of material on the extreme economic inequality--unparalleled outside the Third World--of the richest nation in history. Be ashamed for both our political parties (and possibly even for yourself) at


In these busy times, more and more people are wondering how to build an airplane from nothing more than houseflies and ordinary kitchen matches. For illustrated instructions, click and you will be transported to Work Well Together.

Buttterfield 8

Linc Madison’s site lists the location of every area code in the country. It also has maps and a history of telephone numbering schemes.

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