What I am “watching”
The Criminson Field on PBS and Downloadable/ Start with Season 1.
The Criminson Field PBS Review: Three young British VADs (Voluntary Aid Detachments) are sent to the front in Boulogne in WWI.. There, they encounter the truth of war, in all its horror and brutality; but also the strength of the human spirit, and the purest emotions of life. Together, in the face of atrocity, they will form a bond and never be the same again. Done as only PBS can. The “anti-“Mash”.
HBO’s 2nd season of True Detective. True Detective Season 1 was maybe the best Cop/Drama/ series ever written/acted and produced. Season 2 had a very tough act to follow. Well they’ve managed to wite/produce and shoot a brilliant ensemble cast. Check it out! HBO subscription required
Do I need to explain why this book/topic is important?
As Americans complain of the globalized world, we often miss deveolopments right in front of us, that led to previously unknown levels of efficiency. If you want to understand how one of the simplest ideas in history truly, truly changed the world, this is for you. Get it you’ll enjoy it.
From PUBLISHERS Weekly: A book about the history of the shipping container? At first, one has to wonder why. (An eventuality not lost on the author, who muses “What is it about the container that is so important? Surely not the thing itself…the standard container has all the romance of a tin can.”) The catch, though, is that Levinson, an economist, “treats containerization not as shipping news, but as a development that has sweeping consequences for workers and consumers all around the globe.”