Author: Daniel Polansky

Mar 20,2009

Jon Stewart’s Selective Ire

You could hardly be human, American, and a consumer of television media in the loosest sense and have missed last week’s duel between the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart and Mad...

Feb 05,2009

You damn dirty Pashtun!

The quasi-insane Ralph Peters column that had Larison so outraged and made Dan think of the sci-fi classic Dune, made me instead think of the sci-fi non-classic Enemy Mine. I...

Jan 23,2009

Reihan writes something that makes sense

No, not this post. This one: Robert Pape is a brilliant scholar. His work on suicide terrorism is vitally important and extremely insightful. He has long been a sharp critic...

Jan 19,2009

Post hoc ergo propter hoc

Ordinarily, the good people at China Daily are perfectly capable of coming up with their own ridiculous articles, but it seems for once they haven’t had to: Beyoncé’s song ‘Single...

Dec 01,2008

Life after Mad Men

Before the season finale of AMC’s award-winning drama Mad Men in late October, the Associated Press ran an article wondering why, in light of its critical success and increasing cultural...

Oct 24,2008

The virtues of clarity

Ordinarily, the experience of reading Leon Wieseltier’s turgid prose is akin to masturbating in warm bathwater. Today, however, I came upon a surprisingly on-the-nose expression of his political preferences, which...