No one in Bill Clinton’s inner circle did more to shape his post-presidential life than Doug Band. For those who care about the Clintons, that’s a problem.
Our daughter Rebekah, who is in second grade, takes three after-school classes every week. On Monday there is violin; on Wednesday, Hebrew; and on Thursday, ballet. One of these classes connects her to a religious tradition going back three thousand years. Two of them are pretty well pointless.
Al Shabab attacked the perfect symbol of Kenya's rise
Self-regulation is the new ideal for American school children. It does away with traditional discipline and encourages students to control their own impulses. But it turns out kids may be better off when they're allowed to act their age.
The surprising next frontier in reproductive justice
Al Jazeera America’s first day of television programming began with an hour of self-promotion so urgent that it played like an episode of “The Newsroom,” a passionate condemnation of every other media outlet and a paean to its own righteousness. “We will connect the world to Americans and Americans to the world,” one voiceover declared. Interviews with everyday Americans in Nashville about deficiencies in the mainstream media (“I’m always amazed at how American-centric the news is here”) were coupled with big-name endorsements. “Al Jazeera is real news,” said Hillary Clinton.
If you had asked me yesterday if there was such a thing as an evil version of a Madonna-and-child tableau, I would have said no. Then this morning, I saw this picture of Asma Assad, the dictator's wife, smiling and reaching out to touch one of the small children surrounding her. Her hand is clawing up the girl's arm; the girl keeps her eyes down and her jaw set. None of the children are smiling. They look as if they are about to be tortured, which is not an unreasonable speculation on their part.
A plea for an intellectual truce.
The advanced fragmentation of intellectual life in America means that personalities and issues that loom large in one field are often invisible in another. For the sociologist or the economist, the name Stanley Fish probably means little or nothing. For those in more literary domains, however, this scholar, university administrator, and critic has for decades been a familiar figure.
What will become of Steve Jobs’s angel?