Cerebral, provocative, but never (okay, rarely) pedantic: the anthropologist Grant McCracken's blog is one of my favorite reads The guy has a voice that blends erudition with pop culture savvy. His style's all his own, and he's deservedly confident about it: it gives buoyancy to some very heavy ideas. He's a first-rate thinker and I'm mighty glad to have found his blog. In the last few days he ran a series of three pieces very much worth perusing. Start here.