From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue of the dilemmas of debt. From World Hum, here are Eight Great Stories of the Shrinking Planet (and Pico Ayer on why we travel). A look at how a Supreme Court Case tore the Republican Party in two. A review of Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness by Willard Spiegelman. An article on Freeman Dyson and the irresistible urge to be contrary about climate change. A review of Digital Barbarism: A Writer's Manifesto by Mark Helprin (and an excerpt). From Edge, lord of the cloud: John Markoff and Clay Shirky talk to David Gelernter. First Lady, Mom-in-chief, role model, fashion icon, dinner lady, serial hugger: Twelve top female writers celebrate the many faces of Michelle Obama. He told us so: An article on “Moynihan Redux: Legacies and Lessons”. A review of My
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