The appeal of the big

From HNN, William H. Goetzmann, author of Beyond the Revolution: A History of American Thought from Paine to Pragmatism, on 19th century American intellectuals; and James Livingston on fifty years after William Appleman Williams' The Tragedy of American Diplomacy. A review of A Tolerable Anarchy: Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom by Jedediah Purdy. What are zoos for? Conservation parks are struggling to change the basic nature of their enterprise: the display of captive animals for the entertainment and edification of humans. A review of Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life by Winifred Gallagher (and more). Newsweek’s recent makeover cannot gild the cold fact that it remains a weekly magazine in a continuous news cycle. Just when Canadians thought that Red Toryism was pretty much dead and buried, the Brits have decided to reinvent it for the new millenium. A review of Splendors and Miseries of the Brain: Love, Creativity, and the Quest for Human Happiness by Semir Zeki. From The Activist, an article on the Bolivarian Revolution: Tragedy, farce or alternative? More on Stealing MySpace by Julia Angwin. An article on the eight druggiest rock star stories. Big Cheese: The appeal of the big seems to transcend any economic moment. More and more on Emergency by Neil Strauss.