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The End of Adventure

Judith Schalansky. Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands"€”Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and...

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Replicants of Bombay

Jeet Thayil. Narcopolis. London; Faber & Faber, 2012. 292 pp. Jeet Thayil's debut no...

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Joe Sobran

The Late, Great Joe Sobran

Joseph Sobran: The National Review Years. (Vienna, Virginia: FGF Books, 2012.) Recently I...

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Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger

Fifty Shades of Frustration

Now that I have been sucked into the vortex that is the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, I am...

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Perish the Euro

The latest bestseller by German economist Thilo Sarrazin, a former member of the Bundesban...

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Social Science v. Social Engineering

In his impressive first book, Uncontrolled: The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error for B...

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The Self-Righteous Hive Mind

Haidt, Jonathan. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion....

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The Rent May Be Too Damn Low

On May 14, 2011, Matthew Yglesias, a prominent Washington, DC liberal blogger and proponen...

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Patrick J. Buchanan

Pat Buchanan: The Noble Relic

Has Pat Buchanan been fired from MSNBC, or hasn’t he? He hasn’t been seen on t...

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Too Fat to Fit Through the Eye of a Needle

Charles Murray is a genius with a bad idea. Murray is an expert on IQ, but while not even ...

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Michelle and Barack Obama

The Obamas: Not Quite the Huxtables

In her new book The Obamas, Jodi Kantor, a New York Times White House correspondent, recou...

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Leo Strauss

The Neocons’ Intellectual Codpiece

My first exposure to Straussian ideas was in college via a photocopy handout of passages f...

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The Irrational Agent

Perhaps the most lauded book of 2011 was Thinking, Fast and Slow by the Princeton psycholo...

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The Year Is Almost Over—Is the World?

Things aren’t looking too good these days, says Slavoj Zizek in his latest book, Living ...