Another new crop for you all this weekend.
24 Usable Hours
I’m so proud of my former Yale School of Management classmate Devon Smith for putting together this completely kickass arts & social media blog that you should all be reading. (Even the title is amazing!) I sometimes suspect Devon is simply adapting material she’s writing anyway for class (not that I would ever do such a thing), but even so there’s a lot of great analysis here. The real prize, though, is the original research: numbers geeks, check this out for a good time. Someone hire this woman stat!
David Byrne’s Journal
You may ask yourself what David Byrne has done since the Talking Heads, and you may be surprised by the answer: he’s adopted a myriad of other identities, including dance, theater and film composer; billboard, poster, and bike rack designer; author; and architect of an installation that turns a building into a musical instrument. Not surprisingly, then, his blog (sorry, Journal) is…well, eclectic as all hell, and quite often fascinating. His recent rant on big opera budgets turned a few heads in arts blogger corners.
The Center for Effective Philanthropy Blog
File this one under “it’s about time”: perhaps the foremost organization driving change in the foundation world has finally entered the (free) marketplace of ideas. In barely more than two months since the blog’s debut, CEP has unveiled a strong roster of writers including Phil Buchanan (the organization’s founder and CEO), VP of Assessment Tools Kevin Bolduc, Robert Wood Johnson Chief Learning Officer Bob Hughes, and populist flamethrower Georgia Levensen Keohane.
I don’t always enjoy blogs written by economists (for reasons which should be obvious by now), but Tyler Cowen’s Marginal Revolution is a reliably entertaining read – he works with a smorgasbord of material that ranges from the silly to the sublime. Plus, he cares enough about the arts to write a book about them (Good and Plenty) and the economics of culture is apparently his main research interest. Marginal Revolution is co-authored by Alex Tabarrok, who along with Cowen teaches at the libertarian-leaning George Mason department of economics.