From the new online magazine The Daily Beast, Christopher Buckley, son of William, has decided — shock! — to vote for Obama. Can Tina Brown, editor of note, perched online, show us everything that's great on the Web today? (and an interview). From Entertainment Weekly, an interview with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: Mock the Vote. Here are 5 myths about those Tinseltown liberals. From TAP, for years liberals thought they could catch up in media by playing by conservatives' rules; Rachel Maddow's success proves it's better to just change the game. From CQ, an article on the fight by GOP conservatives for control of their party. End of an error: Jonathan Chait on the twilight of conservative rule. Terry Eastland on the faith journey of Sarah Palin, Bible-believing Christian. There's new footage from |http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2008-10-09/new-footage-from-inside-palins-church/#|inside Palin's church|; and more on Palin's pastor problem. From Salon, meet Sarah Palin’s radical right-wing pals, extremists Mark Chryson and Steve Stoll; and a look at the Palins’ un-American activities. Barracuda: Noam Scheiber on the resentments of Sarah Palin. A look at what America's smartest women say about Sarah Palin. Hockey Moms! You need a makeover. Toxic Paradise: How Sarah Palin made her state a dump. Palin vs. "Palin": When SNL parody becomes campaign reality.
Brad DeLong (UC-Berkeley): Greenspanism and Its Discontents. Can a massive government intervention in the economy work if it is being run by people who don't believe in government? Government is not the problem: An article on thirty years of bad economic policy. From The Wall Street Journal, here's a short banking history of the United States: Why our system is prone to panics. A review of The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson. From The Economist, a special section on the world economy. Nouriel Roubini on how the world is at severe risk of a global systemic financial meltdown and a severe global depression. From The Economist, 1929 and all that: How today’s crisis resembles the one that happened three-quarters of a century ago, and how it does not. Read all about the good news from the coming depression! From Reality Sandwich, an essay on money and the crisis of civilization. An interview with Muhammad Yunus: "Capitalism has degenerated into a casino". Too big to fail: If global capitalism is to die, it will be a death of a million stings. The end of American capitalism? Short takes on where the financial crisis might be headed. From NPQ, Kenichi Ohmae on the lessons from Japan's meltdown; and Carl Bildt on the lessons from the Swedish credit crunch. What can the US learn from the financial crises that have roiled emerging markets?
From Esquire, Chuck Klosterman issues his predictions for the coming century, featuring robot wars, near annihilation, and President Tom Brady. Is US literature too insular and media-crazed to merit notice by the Swedish Academy? The editor of TLS on why the Nobel selection was merely a minor insult to the Americans, after all. Will Le Clezio's Nobel prize cut America down to size? The Nobel prize for literature doesn't really have much to do with literary excellence — and that's not a bad thing. From Salvo, an article on The Death of Theory: The humanities have been in thrall to postmodern theory; now its empire seems to be breaking up. Ruth Wisse on the enduring power of literature: A cautionary tale about "change". From VQR, more on How Fiction Works by James Wood. History vs. Nature: For Yeats, the natural world is the symbol of his times. A look at why Dickens is so relevant today. An article on Emily Dickinson's secret lover: Why the big news is being ignored. Is it wrong to judge a book by its cover if it means more people might read it? Leon Wieseltier on why books matter: Defending Lionel Trilling from the vile attacks of The New Yorker. A review of Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1920s & 30s and Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1930s & 40s by Edmund Wilson. A review of Aesthetics and Literature by David Davies.
From Common-place, a special issue on Politics 2008, including Reeve Huston (Duke): What We Talk about When We Talk about Democracy; Jonathan D. Sassi (CSI): “Great Questions of National Morality”; and Christian Fritz (UNM): America’s Unknown Constitutional World. From The Economist, a special section on the US presidential race. What effect would Obama's election have on race relations? How race can help Obama: Why an Obama win wouldn't be a victory over racial prejudice. Susan Jacoby on the power of unreason: Obama has been winning the debates and is striding ahead in the polls — which is why he now has more to fear than ever before (and more on The Age of American Unreason). Andrew Sullivan on Barack Obama’s strategy of calm is provoking his rival into fatal errors. From National Journal, how much does it matter whether Barack Obama or John McCain wins the election? The Economist asks professional economists about their views on the presidential candidates' economic plans. (and more on the candidates' economic gurus). From The New York Observer, be logical, Captain! It’s Kirk vs. Spock in the weirdest presidential race of 21st century; and a look at the frenzy for The Making of the President, 2008. The Ultimate Election: Will economic meltdown, race, or regional loyalty be the trump card in election 2008?