Iggy Azalea reads the same books as me. Truth? Or stranger than fiction?
Iggy Azalea is reading The Origins of the Political Order, and basically fangirls* the author, political scientist Francis Fukuyama. Are we are in the sixth ring of hell, or did a commercial pop star attempt to pop cultural-ize the social sciences?
I don’t listen to much radio, and I’m not knocking radio hitmakers.** But, this isn’t really even about Iggy. I’m just blown away that the author of The End of History and the Last Man*** (a particularly well-thumbed grad school text of mine) is trending on The Daily Beast. I would’ve expected pop-intellectual poster boy Malcolm Gladwell, maybe. But Francis Fukuyama?
Is it possible I’m finally cool? Is the stuff I spent years of my early adulthood immersed in finally going to get street cred? I can see it now:
- Harvard Professor Robert Putnam writes the screenplay for the highly anticipated sequel, The Big Lebowski II: Bowling Alone.
- Louis C.K. launches a new stand-up tour, with former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch as his opening act. Major theme: Common Core and the death of everything. [Actually, this could actually happen.]
- Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich in a film co-starring Lily Tomlin, Jon Stewart, Barack Obama, and more. [Oh, wait. This did happen.]
Here’s a question – did Francis Fukuyama reciprocate this fandom and launch an all-Iggy Spotify list? Maybe. I’m just not sure he knows how the Grammys…or popular music works:
“Well, if she likes my book, it’s great,” he emailed The Daily Beast. “Now I’m sorry she was beaten out for the Grammy for top white rapper.”
Finally, the two thousand dollar question: Did Iggy really read the book? We’ll never know. It should be noted that I haven’t read the book either, but I did read a few reviews. If Dr. Martin Hewson’s review is to be trusted, Fukuyama posits in Origins that a natural disposition of humans is essentially to be fame whores.****
Maybe she did read it….
*Yes, I’m verbing the word ‘fangirl’. Deal with it Ted.
**I don’t really know Iggy Azalea, the person or the persona. I skim enough magazines to know her music sells, and that she’s perpetually mired in controversy. Will I get to know her music? I don’t know. I’m a 40-year old who lives in the Bronx, so my taste in rap, or hip-hop rather, has roots in Melle Mel, Afrika Bambaataa, and Kurtis Blow, then ever-evolves from Big Pun, Salt-N-Pepa, Missy Elliott, and the like. Mostly it focuses on the less than commercial, Ozomatli, Jurassic 5, Rebel Diaz, Lah Tere, the list goes on.
***Read the entirety of Fukuyama’s The End of History online!
****Actually, Hewson’s review reads: “Fukuyama proposes that humans have four key natural dispositions most relevant to politics. We evolved to be nepotistic, most inclined to cooperate with kin. We evolved to be religious; we evolved to be norm-followers; and we evolved to seek status or recognition.” (Bold emphasis is mine)
By the way, this is the most hyperlinking I’ve had to do in the history of this blog. It takes a lot of effort not to steal other people’s ideas.