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Klein and Kolbert

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On December 4, 2014
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about Elizabeth Kolbert’s review of Naomi Klein’s new climate change book. Kolbert had her problems with it, primarily that Klein doesn’t offer a concrete path before. I was interested in this precisely because I think struggling for solutions to our problems, however tenuous or even unrealistic they might […]

Cuban Sci-Fi

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On September 20, 2014

I dislike science fiction as a genre. While there are a couple of science fiction films I do like, they are not of the norm of the genre (Solaris, La Jetée) and I simply don’t have time for rea

O’Connor on Rand

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On June 19, 2014
Not that it’s surprising that any writer or reader with even reasonable taste would reject Ayn Rand as horrible writing, but still, Flannery O’Connor in 1960: I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you […]

The Bancroft Prize

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On March 13, 2014
Columbia University named the 2014 winners for the Bancroft Prize today, which is the most prestigious prize in the field of U.S. history. This year’s winners are both close to LGM’s heart. One winner was Ira Katznelson’s Fear Itself, which Scott reviewed here. The other winner is Ari Kelman’s A Misplaced Massacre. We can all […]

Munro!

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On October 10, 2013

Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize for Literature. This is a choice with which no one with decent taste in books could disagree. She’s deserved it for years. It’s also nice to see the Nobel

Modern Literature

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On October 8, 2013

Who needs some reading material? Horny Ghost of Osama Bin Laden: Rise of the Ghost has been published. When an American diver goes in the search of the body of Osama bin Laden, he’s surprised to

Contracts

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On September 12, 2013
Time to make an announcement that’s been in the works for awhile. Today, I signed a contract with The New Press. The book is tentatively titled “Out of Sight: A Century of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe” and is a history of American corporate mobility that builds connections between current labor conditions in the developing world and […]

Grounded!

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On August 12, 2013

I have a piece up at David Axe’s joint on military institutions and the USAF: With the Iraq War over and the fighting in Afghanistan winding down, why does the United States need to maintain two

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