GOOD AND BAD
Just because a bunch of people said stupid things about one of the century's most amazing men does not mean that Mandela didn't make some grievous errors in judgement.
FROM THE STACKS
Gustave Flaubert remained misunderstood for decades.
Republicans think that, in another shutdown, they can make the public focus on other Obama woes. They're wrong.
Scott Brown Is Getting Ready to Run in New Hampshire—And Take On American Politics' Most Fatuous Tradition
SMARMED AND DANGEROUS
Stop laughing, he says. It's not funny.
If you can't beat the gun nuts, you can scare off the people who fund them
Techies: The new puritans.
Apparently getting hit by a car is as natural as breathing.
The New Republic is looking for reporter-researchers for its 2014-2015 program. Job duties include reporting, researching, writing, and fact-checking for the politics section of The New Republic’s print magazine and website; as well as assisting with web production and performing occasional clerical tasks. Reporter-researchers work closely with writers and editors, and are strongly encouraged to write articles.
The Wall Street Journal reported this week on a spate of controversial new studies suggesting behavioral differences between men and women are due to “hard-wiring” in the brain.
One month ago, The New York Times published a long piece on the front page about shocking allegations of anti-Semitism—swastikas on lockers, anti-Semitic nicknames and jokes, the throwing of coins at Jewish students—at Pine Bush School District, which has a significant Jewish population and is located in upstate New York, not two hours from New York City, where there are a few Jews as well. Three Jewish families have sued the district, which denies everything.
Sometimes world leaders just have to have good manners.
The new Pope—now officially Time's person of the year—is wildly popular. Fans of change in the church should temper their optimism.
The agreement announced Tuesday, however modest, is a step in the right direction.
AFP photographer Roberto Schmidt is not amused.
And no one's doing anything about it
In 2007, several n+1 editors discussed books they’d read or wished they had read in college. The series of dialogues was published in a pamphlet called What We Should Have Known. A new pamphlet, No Regrets, which came out this week, reprises the 2007 panel’s questions (What do you wish you had read in college? What books changed you?) but restricts the conversation to women.
By the author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
Establishmentarians are always scolding about the debt, but are deathly afraid of populism. Wonder why that is?
One real problem with Obamacare.
A comprehensive list of every historical analogy made to Obamacare.
“As a starting point, we think the Proposed Rule is simply too tepid.” That was how Senators Jeff Merkley and Carl Levin opened their February 2012 comment letter to federal banking regulators about the “Volcker rule,” designed to prevent large banks from making risky proprietary trades for their own profit, the kinds of trades that nearly took down the financial system in 2008.
It all comes down to red vs. blue.
GET A GRIP
The idea that the president should not shake hands with Raul Castro, or Arafat, or any current or former antagonist of the United States, is silly beyond belief.