Month: May 23, 2008

May 23,2008

Your Summer Drink List

Inspired and revolted by Sonny’s review of one of the Amis’ less undrinkable-sounding notoriously funky beverages, I present forthwith your summering drink list. I mean your summer drinking list. I...

May 23,2008

South Park Already Did It

Once upon a time, South Park aired an episode where Butters was slowly driven insane by the fact that every plan his evil alter ego, Professor Chaos, came up with...

May 23,2008

News, or News Analysis?

Thursday’s Philly Inquirer featured an astonishingly lazy piece of “analysis” (at least, I hope it’s “news analysis” instead of straight up “news”) by Larry Eichel on Hillary Clinton and the...

May 23,2008

A.O. Scott, Right on as Usual

For the most part, movie critics are clueless hacks when it comes to anything political. David Denby and Dana Stevens spring to mind in particular, but the problem is pretty...

May 23,2008

Political Success or Philosophical Purity

I shy away from wading into fights about political philosophy because I’m usually punching out of my weight class–whereas James is more inclined to comment on (and shape) the intellectual...

May 23,2008

The Soft Despotism of Low Expectations

I owe John a response to his very savvy account of why it is true that we’re living under Tocqueville’s famous ‘soft despotism’: I have myself [Tocqueville writes] vainly searched...