From New York, Xanax is to 2012 what Prozac was to the nineties: a much-used, much-craved pill that has come to define our national mood — but are we really in love with anti-anxiety drugs or with anxiety itself? The disconnect: Why are so many Americans living by themselves? Abraham Maslow and the all-American self: Algis Valiunas on why the prophet of self-actualization was more than just a New Age icon. How to make it in America: Thomas Dunne Books editor Peter Joseph dishes on what it takes to make a celebrity memoir memorable. Unhappy camper: Kurt Vonnegut and the dyspeptic tradition in American letters. From Democracy, a forum on Reclaiming Citizenship, including James T. Kloppenberg on restoring the language of obligation. From The Nation, can Americans trust government again? A special issue. A review of Warfare State: World War II Americans and the Age of Big Government by James T. Sparrow. A review of War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity by Stanley Hauerwas. A review of A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony and Satire Shaped Post 9/11 America.

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