From The New Yorker, Louis Menand on Lionel Trilling and his discontents; and rich bitch: Jeffrey Toobin on the legal battle over trust funds for pets. Conservatives try a new tack on campuses: Donors are financing initiatives to restore what some see as the casualties of the culture wars of the ’80s and ’90s. When a new president inherits a mess: Here's a simple question, why on Earth would anyone want to be president right now? From Contingencies, the candidates face off on health care reform. The University of Chicago's Luigi Zingales on why Paulson is wrong. Sebastian Mallaby on a bad bank rescue. Eric Hovde on calling out the culprits who caused the crisis.The Operators: Drake Bennett goes behind a seductive Wall Street conspiracy theory. Fear of fairy tales: The glossy, sanitized new versions of fairy tales leave out what matters: the scary parts. A review of Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency by Barton Gellman (and more and more and an interview). From Open Source, an interview with Philippe Sands, author of Torture Team: Rumsfeld's Memo and the Betrayal of American Values; and an interview with Philip Gourevitch, author of Standard Operating Procedure. Flying the unfriendly skies: What's it like to be a flight attendant these days? From The Nation, Eric Alterman on Israel at 60: The State of the State. More on Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley.

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