Contrary to what you may imagine the more appropriate month… the Zombie Research Society has assigned the month of May (not October) to celebrate Zombie Awareness. The reason? According to the ZRS, “[m]any films important to the evolution of the modern zombie are set in the month of May, from the original Night of the Living Dead, 1968, to the well received Dawn of The Dead remake of 2004.” Plus, Spring “naturally brings with it a sense of renewal and hopefulness,” praising May as “the perfect month to emphasize continued vigilance in the face of the coming zombie pandemic.” And while October may be marked with the tradition of Halloween – zombies in general, and the threat that they tend to embody, are not connected with the holiday as some may believe. So, to celebrate, check out two of our favorite Zombie books:
(1)Theories of International Politics and Zombies by Daniel W. Drezner
Correcting the zombie gap in international relations thinking and addressing the genuine but publicly unacknowledged fear of the dead rising from the grave, Theories of International Politics and Zombies presents political tactics and strategies accessible enough for any zombie to digest.
Read the Introduction.
(2) Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us by John Quiggin
Zombie Economics takes the reader through the origins, consequences, and implosion of a system of ideas whose time has come and gone. These beliefs–that deregulation had conquered the financial cycle, that markets were always the best judge of value, that policies designed to benefit the rich made everyone better off–brought us to the brink of disaster once before, and their persistent hold on many threatens to do so again. Because these ideas will never die unless there is an alternative, Zombie Economics also looks ahead at what could replace market liberalism, arguing that a simple return to traditional Keynesian economics and the politics of the welfare state will not be enough–either to kill dead ideas, or prevent future crises.
Read the Introduction.
FYI: Supporters of Zombie Awareness Month sport a gray ribbon to signify “the undead shadows that lurk behind our modern light of day. From May 1 through May 31, concerned citizens take this small step to acknowledge the coming danger.”
Enjoy Zombie Awareness Month, all!