I’m quite enjoying Our Common Wealth, by Jonathan Rowe. It’s not that the idea he’s talking about is conceptually difficult – that the commons are essential to how society functions. It’s that by using the term ‘commons’, and expounding on what it means and how it matters, he gives us a word to describe something fundamental that hasn’t been articulated before.
But despite how much I like that central idea, the writing style is driving me a little crazy. And sure, it’s not really his writing – someone’s edited together essays and articles, which isn’t an easy way to go. But I just hate it when an author says “Studies show …”, and then doesn’t even footnote. It just reeks of post-hoc rationalization.