From Boston Review, William Hogeland on American Dreamers: Pete Seeger, William F. Buckley, Jr., and public history. Jim Sleeper on a literary prophet's bad faith: If Martin Amis is the self-styled bad boy of English letters, Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic, is the rabbinic scourge of "fine" writers who stray into public intellection. From Scientific American, an article on The Bigot in Your Brain: Deep within our subconscious, all of us harbor biases that we consciously abhor — and the worst part is we act on them. From TLS, whatever happened to Old Europe? A review of Bernard Wasserstein's Barbarism and Civilisation: A history of Europe in our time; a review of Cass Sunstein's Republic 2.0; more on Alex Ross' The Rest is Noise; and James Bond's TLS: Ian Fleming "Desert Island" paper shares a long history with the author of the Bond novels. Happy spamiversary! Spam reaches 30. Here is a reconsideration of Robert Nozick and the coast of utopia. "Then no one would be a Democrat anymore": An excerpt from Rick Perlstein's Nixonland (and more from Bookforum). The first chapter from The Persuadable Voter: Wedge Issues in Presidential Campaigns by D. Sunshine Hillygus and Todd G. Shields. Caught Red Handed: Sexually transmitted Communism has been removed from the left's history books and other hagiographic treatments.
From Open Democracy, in the effort to contain global warming and create an environmentally viable world, is democracy help or obstacle? From First Things, Joseph Bottum on The Judgment of Memory; an essay on How to Read the Bible; was Shakespeare a closet Catholic, a proud Protestant, or none of the above?; a review of Why Classical Music Still Matters by Lawrence Kramer; and a review of Why the Democrats Are Blue: Secular Liberalism and the Decline of the People’s Party by Mark Stricherz. Is liberal Catholicism dead? There's a liberal argument for the study of the classics, but Yale isn't making it. From The New Criterion, what was a liberal education? Roger Kimball introduces a special issue, including Alan Charles Kors on the sadness of higher education: On comparing the university life then with now; Robert L. Paquette on the world we have lost: A parable on the academy; Victor Davis Hanson on the new learning that failed: On the value of classical learning; James Piereson on liberalism vs. humanism: On the battle between learning for the sake of learning and learning for utility; and Charles Murray on the age of educational romanticism: On requiring every child to be above average. Andrew Sullivan on Obama-Clinton, a hate-filled dream ticket. Emily Barton reviews Morrison H. Heckscher’s Creating Central Park.
From Vanity Fair, an excerpt from The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America by Thurston Clarke; what’s it like to write a mega-selling memoir, then become a household word for “liar”? An interview with James Frey; an excerpt from Audition: A Memoir by Barbara Walters; and Jamie Johnson on the decline of the Wasp Establishment. How hard is it to review the Bard? Martha Nussbaum reviews Shakespeare the Thinker by A.D. Nuttall, Shakespeare's Philosophy: Discovering the Meaning Behind the Plays by Colin McGinn, and Double Vision: Moral Philosophy and Shakespearean Drama by Tzachi Zamir. How to see this Mission Accomplished: Nine experts on military affairs identify a significant challenge facing the American and Iraqi leadership today. From Technology Review, where are they? Nick Bostrom on why he hopes the search for extraterrestrial life finds nothing. The .su Boom: Tucked away in one of the Web's dark corners, the Soviet Union continues to thrive as an internationally recognized entity. From The Telegraph, a look at the 50 most influential US political pundits. “Everybody in the world except US citizens should be allowed to vote and elect the American government”: An interview with Slavoj Zizek. From Commentary, an essay on 1948, Israel, and the Palestinians—The True Story (and more and more on Benny Morris' 1948).