Richard J. Bishirjian (Yorktown): Why I Am a Conservative. Henry Regnery reviews Odyssey of a Friend: Whittaker Chambers’ Letters to William F. Buckley, Jr., 1954-1961. From IHE, in culture wars or Duke-bashing, do facts matter? Have you heard the one about the psychology chair who won’t hire Republicans? From New York, a special issue on Clay Felker (and a look at why magazine legend Clay Felker is the father of Google). From Smart Set, an article on the Googlized unpredictability of Internet shopping today; and what were the best parties in history — and what were they like to attend? A review of Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol by Iain Gately. From Newsweek, an article on broken artwork and the challenge of protecting masterpiece. A review of The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art by Don Thompson. As Christie's auctions off Jean-Antoine Watteau's long-lost work, TNR's art critic Jed Perl explores the tension and indecisiveness of his favorite painter. Meet the Press Now: The commentariat Russert leaves behind has never been larger, or louder — but is it really any more powerful? Philosopher Peter Sloterdijk on the Tour de France: "The riders are just regular employees". The psychology of the rodeo: What runs through a bull rider's brain during the most extreme eight seconds (or less) of his life?

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