Clinton Campaign Lands Knock-out Blow
March 29, 2008

...on the great "law professor" controversy, of course. The Clinton campaign sent out this Chicago Sun-Times blog post last night after the University of Chicago had earlier posted a statement explaining Obama's status at the school: The University of Chicago released a statement on Thursday saying Sen.

Remember Madonna G. Constantine?
February 21, 2008

Do you remember Madonna G. Constantine? She was the professor at Columbia University's Teachers' College who one dark morning -- or was it a bright morning? -- found a noose draped around the handle of her office door. Maybe the Ku Klux Klan had arrived in Morningside Heights. After all, there are weirder things happening at this elite campus. Actually quite scummy things.

What Would Happen If We Adopted The Gold Standard?
February 19, 2008

Thanks largely to Ron Paul, the idea of switching to the gold standard is back in circulation. Even on this website, libertarian Alvaro Vargas Llosa advocated it, complaining that "money was too important to be left to the politicians," and Tucker Carlson credulously speculated that Ron Paul's gold fixation might mean "the Ron Paul movement is more sophisticated than most journalists understand." But it turns out that switching to the gold standard is a terrible idea.

Is Hawaii Really Obama Country?
February 08, 2008

                    Barack Obama will probably win Hawaii on February 19. He does have a "home state" advantage and an organizational edge, since the state has a caucus. But here's something to ponder: almost 60% of Hawaiians are Asian Americans--as Isaac pointed out, by far the most anti-Obama demographic in the United States in the primaries thus far.

Bollinger On Ahmadinejad

Michael Crowley wrote earlier today of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's controversial appearance at Columbia University. Columbia President Lee Bollinger, under fire for inviting Ahmadinejad to speak, provided an impassioned and hugely critical introduction of the Iranian president.

Bromwich Goes Off The Deep-end
September 23, 2007

David Bromwich is the Sterling Professor of English at Yale which means he is a great literary scholar. On the other hand, he rides the Huffington Post which is different from the Pony Express. In the former, the rider is usually also an ass. Bromwich does not disappoint in his postings on Zsa Zsa's tuchus.

Freaks and Geeks; How Freakonomics is ruining the dismal science.
April 02, 2007

Related Links: Steven Levitt's response to Scheiber's argument, and Scheiber's response to Levitt. One of the few papers I actually read as a grad student was written by a pair of economists named Josh Angrist and Alan Krueger. In the early '90s, Angrist and Krueger set off to resolve a question that had been gnawing at economists for decades: Does going to school increase your future wages? Intuitively, it seemed obvious that it did. When you compared the salaries of, say, Ph.D.s with those of high-school dropouts, the grad-school set almost always did better.

Open University Contributors

David A. Bell, a contributing editor who has been writing for TNR since 1984, is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins. His new book, The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare As We Know It, is published by Houghton Mifflin in January. Casey N. Blake is professor of History and American Studies at Columbia University and a regular contributor to several journals of opinion and scholarly publications. His work in U.S.

Quiet Riot
April 10, 2006

What does Jerry Falwell have in common with Paul Wolfowitz and Howard Dean? What links columnist George Will with The New Republic? All, according to a recently issued "working paper," a shortened version of which appeared in the London Review of Books, are agents of an amorphous but incalculably powerful "Israel Lobby." That same inscrutable organization, the paper alleges, has dictated the decisions of politicians from George W. Bush to Jimmy Carter and determined the content of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. The goal of the lobby?

Magical Realism
November 23, 2004

I suspect I am not the only person who was a bit surprised when it was first announced that Alfonso Cuarón had been signed to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's (deservedly) ubiquitous novels. Yes, the Mexican-born director had helmed A Little Princess, a movie featuring a young protagonist who, like Harry, had lost her parents. But he had more recently (and more famously) directed Y Tu Mama Tambien, a sexually explicit film about the relationship between two teenage boys and an older woman.