I've finished another volume of Slavoj Zizek's anthology. If you listen to Myles and I on air, you know that we mention Zizek a lot, and the short book I just finished is a great place to start if you want to get on board with the most influential thinker of our time.
The Year of Dreaming Dangerously follows up his 700 page magnum opus, Less Than Nothing. The Year of Dreaming Dangerously is a shorter excursion and is a much easier read. It's filled with Zizek's thoughts on the development of revolutionary politics in 2011. The book covers every major event from Occupy to the Arab Spring to the Norway shootings. It's a good way to get your feet wet if you haven't read any dense material lately, and is filled with interesting insights. Here's a link to the Amazon page. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1781680426
The book made me think of what Zizek would say about our "You Idiot" segment. Zizek often remarks that fiction is a way of informing the world about identity and "reality" as such, and reality immitated fiction in the case of Jason London. London, the star of Dazed and Confused did a classic Randall "Pink" Floyd move and was arrested for disorderly conduct. Apparently he also relieved his colon in the cop car. Wild stuff. Below is a mugshot that makes the whole event worth it.