While i think of it, this year’s Massey Lectures were delivered by Margaret Atwood, under the stunningly prescient title (given recent events) of Payback — Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth. As the blurb says, it’s not about practical debt management or high finance. Rather, it is an investigation into the idea of debt as an ancient and central motif in religion, literature, and the structure of human societies.
I caught one lecture live on Ideas but couldn’t work the rest in. However, i now have them all as podcasts. The plan is to get together with a bunch of people, listen to them (one at a time) on subsequent evenings, and discuss. Let me know if you’re interested.