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The Social Animal by David  Brooks
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Jul 06, 11

bookshelves: audio-version, non-fiction
Read from June 16 to July 05, 2011

Wierd hybrid book by a political columnist trying to tie together hundreds of studies in the social and neuroscience literature within the trope of a "story" of two people, Harold and Erica. Two bigger stiffs you have never met (well maybe, but I'm just saying...) I would like the cliff notes version, a concordance with all the relevant citations and without the boring story, a procrustean bed if ever there was one. I listened to the audio version, so I didn't even have the option of perusing the footnotes. Brooks should ask David Foster Wallace to come back and elevate THESE footnotes to literature. Only he's dead, and so is this story. Miracle was, that the science was sufficiently interesting that I was willing to slog through the story.
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