From Slate, a series of articles on procrastination. Pictionary: Why people are paying $2,600 for a dictionary with no definitions. The introduction to The China Diary of George H. W. Bush: The Making of a Global President (and an interview). Money doesn’t buy happiness, but success does — capitalism, moored in values of hard work, honesty, and fairness, is key. A review of Cuba: How the Workers & Peasants Made the Revolution by Chris Slee. Is time travel possible? Not all scientists agree but according to Einstein and quantum theory, time travel could be possible. This, from that: A new breed of tinkerers mix science and craft to make things both goofy and grand. A review of The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul. Silver lining for Obama: A bruising primary season has had the unintended side effect of laying general-election groundwork. Will whites vote for him? John Judis on the political psychology of race. Google announces a free service that allow any Web site to become a social site (and more). Sean Wilentz on why Ronald Reagan didn't completely suck. From Le Monde diplomatique, a review of The Holocaust Is Over: We Must Rise from Its Ashes by Avraham Burg; and an article on the "ethnic cleansing" of Palestine: Are the Jews an invented people? Carlin Romano on Israeli history at 60: A history of contention over a contentious history.

Advertisement