February 05, 2010
Our political debates, our public discourse—on current economic and domestic issues—too often bear little or no relation to the actual problems the United States faces. What is at stake in our economic decisions today is not some grand warfare of rival ideologies which will sweep the country with passion, but the practical management of a modern economy.
Today At TNR (December 19, 2009)
December 19, 2009
The Great Animator: Charles Dickens's Obsession With Ghosts, Bottled Fetuses, and Other Dead Things, by Adam Thirwell Cohn vs. Kos on Whether to Blow up the Health Care Bill, by John Cohn Woody Harrelson Performs a Service for America’s War Dead. PLUS: How an Eskimo Boy Becomes a Man. by Stanley Kauffmann Did Obama ‘Dither’ on Afghanistan? Troops in Kandahar Aren’t Complaining. by Michael Crowley Washington Diarist: Ahmadinejad’s Giggle and Obama’s Cool, by Leon Wieseltier Will Obama’s Deal With Big Pharma Survive?
December 19, 2009
Charles Dickens Michael Slater Yale University Press, 696 pp., $35 I. For a long time, everyone has known that Paris was the capital of the nineteenth century, the city where the modern was invented: the society of the spectacular. But everyone was wrong. The capital of the nineteenth century was London. Think about it. Walter Benjamin’s symbol of the Parisian modern was the arcade. The arcade! In London-according to the social campaigner Henry Mayhew, there were 300,000 dustbins, 300,000 cesspools, and three million chimneys.
The Marble Cell
September 24, 2001
I. The Education of Laura Bridgman: The First Deaf and Blind Person to Learn Language by Ernest Freeberg (Harvard University Press, 264 pp., $27.95) The Imprisoned Guest: Samuel Howe and Laura Bridgman, the Original Deaf-Blind Girl by Elisabeth Gitter (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 341 pp., $26) Helen Keller: A Life by Dorothy Herrmann (Alfred A.