I am here in Palo Alto at the Center for Advanced Study, for a Summer
Camp Institute, and am drowning in readings on global convergence, divergence and trajectories of global capitalism, while trying to punch above my weight with a bunch of smart people. (World Cup mixed metaphors have infected my writing: not “Not waving but drowning” but “Drowning and Punching”. Hmm.) Palo Alto is like Princeton West, only somewhat larger. Fortunately I have no internet access where I’m staying to distract me. Meeting my co-campers has added significantly to the list of books and articles I need to read, let alone write. For instance, there’s Len Seabrooke’s The Social Sources of Financial Power, Josh Whitford’s The New Old Economy, and Monica Prasad’s The Politics of Free Markets.
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