Thank you very much for explaining some of the particulars of your research (and my apologies for being tardy to reply--the American holiday weekend has caught me up).
I had a question about models of inequality. Specifically I was curious…"
Thanks very much for sharing your paper. I was particularly sympathetic to your conclusions:
Overall, at the present point in time it would appear that the sphere of money production is not a particularly promising area through which to…"
Just a fleeting thought: it sounds like in the case of the advertising book, and perhaps in the case of the Powdermaker book, while the ethnographic reporting maybe fairly good, the argument or explanation of context and significance is not…"
Given this is the closing evening of the seminar, I wanted to say thank you all for participating and thank you Ryan for inviting me to submit a paper. I very much enjoyed hearing what you all made of the piece, and bouncing of your ideas,…"
Thanks for the good wishes. You'll be happy to know that my current project is on employee owned companies and how those come to be. Towards the end of the private equity work I actually came across a few PE firms that were making…"
Thanks for a wonderful sequence of observations and questions. As to Ahab, I confess, naming him didn't have much thought. More generally in my work I got tired of rather generic American male names (Tom, James, Bob, and so on). A…"
I couldn't ask for a more accurate account of my take on the peer review process:
It is not in fact anthropologists themselves who have become decadent, it is the bureaucracy they work in, and their continuing loyalty to it. I see…"
Thanks for the nice note. I'm glad the article worked for you. Your point about fairly abruptly pointing to Mauss is well-taken. You're also correct in guessing that that abruptness is in part due to this coming from a larger…"
No worries about the name. I'd be happy to pass along a joke or two. Keep in mind though, as presented below, they're very much lacking the context of the larger article, so please don't make too much out of them. These come…"
Thanks very much for the note of confidence. I think that sort of incommensurability that your pointing towards is, in fact very difficult to get at. I think too, to do so successfully, you have to rely on metaphor and comparative work to…"
What a shame. I finally get to the disciplinary party when things are in hopeless, spiraling decline and decadence? What ever did your generation do to the place? If this were a text message I'd include some sort of impish yellow…"
I hope this will do double duty in repsonse to your last two posts. I think wondering about this inequality piece is helpful. It's also kind of you to acknowledge the limitations of this short piece. In the context of the manuscript I…"
Thanks for the long thoughtful comment. I think this is actually pretty good grounds to dismiss my comparison vis a vis the idea that industrial production sets up a paradigm shift that creates financialization, which from a certain…"
"Hi John and Michael,
Fist, John, that was a very persuasive explanation of metaphor and metaphor appropriateness. Though, I must say, I do appreciate the irony that I ended up being persuaded of your metaphor by way of logical argument!