Earnest Plea for Quality Short Fiction

We, the foolish editors of Doublethink, are inviting short story submissions. No, this is not a joke or, worse yet, a contest. We’d simply like to broaden Doublethink’s lineup of

The Wodehouse Conservative

One often hears Washington, D.C., shamed for its sartorial cluelessness. The putdown holds, more or less, that a fashionable dresser would be as out of place among the capital’s armies

Dean of Candidates

Dean of Candidates

However you measure it, Howard Dean’s ascent from bottom of the barrel in early 2003 to top of the heap by year’s end is an amazing story. Dean dealt himself

A Thousand Springsteens Bloom

In 1989, Walker Percy sent a letter to Bruce Springsteen. Percy was a not-exactly famous Southern Catholic writer. Springsteen was a rock megastar and cultural icon. Their correspondence, you can

Washington’s Anonymous Architects

Before Phil Schneider came to Washington in the late 1960s and built a career collecting statistics on the federal government, American leaders hardly knew their own strength. That is to

Notes From New Hampshire

A young man who roller-bladed cross-country last summer to protest the war in Iraq walked into the New Hampshire campaign headquarters of Dennis Kucinich carrying a small, soft briefcase. A

Fast Times at Wilde Lake Middle School

A review of Not Much Just Chillin’: The Secret Lives of Middle Schoolers by Linda Perlstein, 272 pages, $24.00, Farrar Straus & Giroux In Britney Spears’s America, we probably know

On the Consensual Campus

The following is based on a recent address Harvard Government Professor Harvey Mansfield made to students and faculty. -Eds. If I say I want to consider the sexual scene at