Monthly Archives: November 2009

“Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets” by Sudhir Venkatesh

by Patrick Baker Whoever has problems with the word “nigger” might very well have problems with Sudhir Venkatesh’s Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets. The N-word appears on nearly every page and begins to … Continue reading

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“Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert

by Patrick Baker What results from a reading of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary is first and foremost that the reading of novels is dangerous business. Well, certain novels. Romantic novels. Stories of love – not merely its consummation but more importantly … Continue reading

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“The Great Books” by David Denby

by Joshua H. Liberatore I’ve read a handful of books on the culture wars of the late 1980s and early 1990s, but none surpasses the lay critic David Denby’s The Great Books. Although I admire Allan Bloom’s The Closing of … Continue reading

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POTUS and the Subtext of Tragedy

by Joshua H. Liberatore Interrupting his prepared remarks for the closing session of the American Indian Tribal Nations Conference last week Thursday, POTUS spoke up on the breaking news that was blazing like an untamed wildfire across wire reports and … Continue reading

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“I’m a Stranger Here Myself” by Bill Bryson

by Joshua H. Liberatore America is a funny place, let’s be honest. And there’s no better writer to remind us of exactly why and how it is a funny place than the inimitable Bill Bryson. I’d read his Made in … Continue reading

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Rethinking Taxation: A Flight of Fancy

by Joshua H. Liberatore I’ve been reading the Federalist Papers recently on the subject of taxation, and an interesting convergence with a contemporary issue has surfaced quite suddenly: the nagging disconnect between fee and service. A lot of penetrating articles … Continue reading

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