Kickoff For September 13, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Monday Kickoff, a collection of what I’ve found interesting, informative, and insightful on the web over the last seven days.

Let’s get this Monday started with these links:

Arts and Literature

Il Maestro, wherein director Martin Scorsese weaves a moving paen to the artistry of Federico Fellini and the sheer visual magic of his work.

The right angle, wherein James Panero ponders the joys, the wonders, and the timelessness of Isaak Walton’s classic treatise on fishing, The Compleat Angler.

Why 1971 was an extraordinary year in film, wherein Christina Newland explores why that year brought so many powerful films before the eyes of the movie-going public.


The Long Shadow Of Colonial Science, wherein we learn a bit about some dark chapters in the history of science, ones which involved bolstering colonial power and outright theft.

The Art of Making Debts: Accounting for an Obsession in 19th-Century France, wherein Erika Vause examines the (often humorous) way in which the 18th and 19th century French viewed debts and the relationship between creditors and debtors.

The Twopenny Hangover, wherein Mike Dash looks at the stories of, and the truth (or lack thereof) behind, a particular sort of lodging house that supposedly existed in England from the 19th century until the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Business and Economics

Navigating a new digital era means changing the world economic order, wherein Shamel Azmeh ponders the economic effects of the our digital world and the need to set out a new regime of global governance for the digital age.

Darwinism and Markets Don’t Mix, wherein Matthew Barad argues that if capitalist markets really are Darwinian, it’s clear that they select for ultra-short term and extractive thinking that severely damages the world.

How McKinsey Destroyed the Middle Class, wherein we learn how management consulting firms, like McKinsey, helped hollow out corporations and, as a result, drove wages down and made upward mobility within the corporate structure almost impossible.

And that’s it for this Monday. Come back in seven days for another set of links to start off your week.

Scott Nesbitt