Originally Posted by ledocs
Now this was a very interesting dv.
1) Author interview
2) Interview of independent academic, probably with tenure, who does his own research and is beholden to virtually no one
3) Important topic
4) Author not terribly widely known, not on the PBS author-interview circuit.
5) Voice almost certainly worthy of wider attention
6) This kind of dv would, in my opinion, likely win many new repeat visitors to the site, if only they can be wooed for the first time.
This is not intended to be a critical review of what Atran said here or of his book, which I would like to read. I read the Lawrence Wright book with "Inferno" in the title, which was OK. I am in no position to judge Atran's work or his prescriptions.
This is the kind of thing I, at least, would like to see much more of. Another good thing was the "pushback" Atran got from RW.
Highest rating. Two thumbs up.
I agree, best DV in months. I've spent a few hours reading Mr Atran's writings on the internet and he has gained a new reader.