From the first issue of N1BR, a review of Neil Gross' Richard Rorty: The Making of an American Philosopher; a review of Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds; and Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream by Steven Watts; a review of Tony Judt's Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century; and an essay on reality publishing. From The Observer, a profile of Alexander Lebedev, an oligarch we could learn to love. The book that changed my life: Peter Hain on Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell. From TNR, Richard Posner reviews Law and Judicial Duty by Philip Hamburger. Dear Sean Hannity: I'm attracted to you. Bongs Away: How the crusade against drug paraphernalia punishes controversial speech. From Time, an article on the case for bigger government; and a look at how to spend a trillion dollars. From Alternet, a look at why you should be screaming for higher taxes; and is a new economic consensus emerging from the ashes of the old? This recession was brought to you by the letters U, V and L: Why are downturns labeled with letters? A review of Creative Capitalism by Michael Kinsley. From BBC Magazine, one young couple on unemployment benefits explain how being out of work affects their lives; and a look at how to land dream island job. Got to work: How the Obama jobs program will really affect women workers.

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