What's so great about the Sixties anyway? From Mad Men to Woodstock and all the obsessive nostalgia, Hollywood may have duped us into a romance with an era no better than our own (and more on Mad Men). A review of "What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?": Jimmy Carter, America's Malaise, and the Speech That Should Have Changed the Country by Kevin Mattson (and more and more and more). An interview with Geoffrey Nunberg: Bush wasn't as inarticulate as you thought. A review of Hurricane Katrina: America's Unnatural Disaster by Jeremy Levitt and Matthew Whitaker. A review of Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle by Chris Hedges (and more). A review of Is Democracy Possible Here? by Ronald Dworkin. Brian Cook reviews You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America by John MacArthur. A review of The Battle for America 2008 by Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson (and more and more and more and more). A review of Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America by Kurt Andersen (and more and more). FEMA's administrator has a message for Americans: get in touch with your survival instinct. The Catholic Church helped preserve Roman civilization; can Mormonism do the same for America? A review of Imagining America in 2033: How the Country Put Itself Together after Bush by Herbert Gans.
The inaugural issue of The Collagist is out. A review of Persons, Souls and Death: A Philosophical Investigation of an Afterlife by David H. Lund. Your baby is smarter than you think: More and more and more and more and more on The Philosophical Baby by Alison Gopnik. Bipartisanship is bad, hedge funds are good, and the environment has never been better, thank you very much — for these and 22 other unexpected truths, read on. From Esquire, what chefs believe are the best (and worst) fast food in America. Fat Tax: Should overweight people pay more for health insurance? While My Guitar Gently Beeps: A Beatles video game arrives at a time when participation and simulation are changing the way we listen to music (and more form Wired). A new retrospective celebrates the Michelangelo of Mad magazine, Basil Wolverton, who influenced a generation of illustrators; and Harvey Kurtzman was the founder of Mad — everybody who loved the magazine should get their hands on a new book of his art (and from Bookforum, Ben Schwartz reviews The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics by Denis Kitchen and Paul Buhle). Is "dude" the most important word in the English language? No, but it is one of the most versatile. David Farley on how Jesus’s foreskin killed his clunker.
An interview with Karen Ho, author of Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street. A review of House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street by William Cohan. Wall Street learned nothing: The big banks haven't changed a bit (and more). New York goes inside Goldman Sachs as it watches its golden reputation tarnish, suffering a public drubbing for doing what it’s always done: making money any way it can (and more). If you want to understand why the crash was inevitable and why the crisis is being resolved this way, you must understand the influence of investment banks on modern politics and policy. A profile of Lee Sachs, Tim Geithner's Wall Street consigliere. From TAP, why Geithner should get angry: Despite an ambitious program from the Obama administration, millions of mortgage holders still face foreclosure; Janneke Ratcliffe on the road from predatory lending to good financial services for all Americans; and properly designed, regulation can be a community-organizing strategy. An interview with Alyssa Katz, author of Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us (and more and more and more and more and more and more). The New American Dream? Renting: It's time to accept that home ownership is not a realistic goal for many people.
From Slate, Lee A. Casey and David B. Rivkin Jr. on today's unprecedented expansion of judicial powers. More and more and more on Packing the Court by James MacGregor Burns. From Dissent, the emperor has no clothes: Why the Sotomayor hearings were disappointing (and more on why they don't matter). What makes a Supreme Court justice great? Each member of our historical dream team was a bold thinker who wouldn’t pass today’s political litmus tests. Is the Supreme Court conservative or liberal? It depends on whether you read the paper. Nate Silver on why "conservative activist judge" is not an oxymoron. A look at how Americans are quite tolerant of activist judges. An interview with Barry Friedman, author of The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution. A review of The Constitution of the United States of America: A Contextual Analysis by Mark Tushnet. From OpEd News, Barry Krusch on why we need a new constitution (in 21 parts). A review of The Juror Factor: Race and Gender in America’s Civil Courts by Sean Overland. A review of A Good Quarrel: America's Top Legal Reporters Share Stories from Inside the Supreme Court.