Constitutional Conventions
August 02, 2012

Do precedents constrain judges? Even if they constrain lower-court judges in run-of-the-mill cases, do they constrain the Justices, especially in the

My Country, My Country
August 01, 2012

Mary Antin’s ringing endorsement of Americanization—of being “made over”—which appeared in 1912 in her autobiography, The Promised Land, probably did

The Other Value of Life
July 31, 2012

Kenneth Feinberg, who adminstered the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in the wake of the Deep Horizon oil spi

July 30, 2012

The connection between swimming and growth lies at the heart of Leanne Shapton’s new book Swimming Studies, a beautifully written and illustrated medi

Back to Mao?
July 26, 2012

The puzzle of the Bo Xilai case is how this thuggish plutocrat became so powerful in a country which, by Western stereotypes, is becoming prosperous a

Flightlessness and Eggs
July 25, 2012

Campbell McGrath has never been a difficult poet, but his early work was complex and often exciting for the ease with which readers could feel its com

Obtuse Effrontery
July 24, 2012

The idea that America harbors an epidemic of “assholism,” as Geoffrey Nunberg has it, is one that most people would spontaneously accept before feelin

Was That the Way It Was?
July 23, 2012

The old regime of broadcast journalism is now passing, or has passed. The average age of a TV network news viewer is over sixty. We are now about two

Les Bises
July 19, 2012

Rosecrans Baldwin isa true-blue Francophile—a “Paris freak” as he puts it—and his book is an account of these Parisian ideals being assaulted.