Roland Paris (Ottawa): Afghanistan: What Went Wrong? Ian Murphy on Bill Maher and the Evangelical Left: The Left has become the Right, and the Right has gone totally insane. From Sydney Review of Books, will any of us be read in fifty years? Brian Castro on literature and fashion. Congressmen propose the mother of all voting rights protections. This is how the NRA ends: A bigger, richer, meaner gun-control movement has arrived. From California Literary Review, a list of the 100 Greatest Gangster Films. Neuroscientist Susan Greenﬁeld talks about her quest to cure Alzheimer’s, how the internet is rewiring our minds and her knack for attracting heat. From Standpoint, Roger Kimball on why Maureen Dowd is overrated and Robert Low on why Melanie Phillips is underrated; and have you heard the one about Auschwitz? Far more than an exercise in oy-veying and kvetching, the Jewish joke is a vital strategy for survival in a bleak and hostile world.