I just finished Cat's Cradle. I'm falling far behind on my intended pace of reading this year, and there's nothing like Vonnegut for knocking out a good book in a short amount of time. It's a bit depressing hurtling toward the inevitable conclusion, and I think Bokonism is the most redeeming factor of the whole thing, and I particularly like the Dynamic Tension between good and evil, though the insight into the post-WWII mindset regarding suspicion of science is particularly interesting, especially since I wrote a paper last year on Edward Teller, a tireless proponent of nuclear technology and one of the models for Dr. Strangelove. Still, I found it a might disappointing, but I suppose it's all downhill when you start your foray into Vonnegut with Slaughterhouse 5.
Now I'm going to take another stab at finishing Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age. It's not nearly as consuming as the excellent Snow Crash and some of the race and class undertones seem forced, and the philosophical and cultural aspects of a fictitious 22nd-century society aren't as inviting. Hopefully this time around I'll get into it a bit more.
“It is a strange paradox that today’s central banks are generally staffed by economists, who by and large profess a belief in a theory which says that their jobs are, at the best, unnecessary, and more likely wealth-destroying. Needless to say, this is not a point widely discussed among respectable economists. Nevertheless, it is an issue worth pondering.”
George Cooper, The Origin of Economic Crises