society and culture

It already has happened here

I’ve just finished one of the most remarkable fiction reading experiences I’ve had in quite some time: It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis. ICHH is a satirical novel written and set in 1935 America. It describes the rise of a populist dictatorship modeled closely along the rise of the Nazis in Germany.(Lewis’ wife, Dorothy Thompson, was the first American journalist expelled from Nazi Germany and was clearly responsible for much of the shape of the book.

Why not Zoidberg?

Something fun for Friday? My older son binge-watched Futurama on Netflix a few months ago. This was one of the funniest shows of at least recent TV history. Especially if you like nerdy, cultural-reference, rapid-fire style humor like a real Gen-Xer. It’s also probably the first and only time in television history that a new mathematical theorem was proved for and first presented in a series episode. The whole run of the series had numerous mathematical references.