Very strange... seeing a new book by Alessandro Baricco, The Barbarians: An Essay on the Mutation of Culture at the checkout counter at Eataly, Chicago. Yes one could read a tabloid, but... Two previous reads by Baricco were excellent: Silk, and The Ocean Sea. And yet this new book, presented in tabloid manner, and with a title that sounded ugly and uninteresting, caught my eye.
I bought it.
Yes Baricco is onto something! Challenging many of our deepest cultural thoughts, the book reminds me of my first trip to the Santa Fe Institute in 1993, for a Cultural Evolution Workshop. In the most lighthearted manner Baricco examines the mutations occurring in our global society, heavily influenced by American inertia.
Highly recommended and willing to share more thoughts!