Thursday, August 18, 2011

Worthwhile read

Having just finished Peter Berger's Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist, I can only ask, "where do I go to take one of his classes?"

The man is very smart, writes in a plain style, and recounts a remarkable career in which he (Forrest Gump-like?) manages to find himself involved in interesting places and/or timely policy-relevant intellectual pursuits.  It's a fascinating trip through the culture and politics of the last 50-60 years.

And the jokes!  He likes them and they are all over the book.  Here is just one from the section on occupations:  "An economist: someone who knows everything -- and nothing else."

Berger can be funny as well as profound with just a few well-chosen words.  It's a very short book.