Written by Nick Heer.

‘If Books Could Kill’

Michael Hobbes, of the excellent “Maintenance Phase”, and Peter Shamshiri, who you might know from the “5–4 Podcast”, have launched a new show called “If Books Could Kill”, where they deconstruct crappy airport non-fiction and reflect on, as Hobbes puts it, the TED Talk-ification of complex societal issues. Their first episode is about the caustic legacy of Freakonomics and it is terrific; next week’s is a Malcolm Gladwell book. I cannot wait.