I've always thought sobriety has a lot to recommend it.
"Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean"
MacLean’s own responses and the unwillingness of so many other progressive historians and scholars to call her out on her obvious scholarly transgressions are very sad outcomes. A serious attempt to engage public choice theory by progressive scholars would have been welcome, as would a subsequent exchange that involved more than progressives taking legitimate scholarly criticisms as coordinated attacks and then shouting “Koch!” as if that were an answer to said criticisms. Such a conversation will have to await the publication of a different book.
Well worth remembering when you read about the next big Health Scare.
"Most research findings are false or exaggerated, and the more dramatic the result, the less likely it is to be true . . ."
Review of Never Call Me a Hero, the story of Lieu. J.G. N. Jack Kleiss of Coffeyville KS, who flew one of the Enterprise's Dauntless dive bombers at the Battle of Midway.
He was the only American flyer to bomb successfully three Japanese ships. And he survived the battle.
Ironman at Political Calculations briefly touts--and links to a free online copy of--the American Council on Science and Health's The Little Black Book of Junk Science.
The creator of a book of photographs of Israel discusses the reaction to the book.
It turns out that it’s hard to protest beauty. Beauty bypasses ideology and goes straight to the soul. Beauty can’t be fabricated; it can’t be used as part of a false narrative, a rewriting of history.
(As I write the book is getting 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.)
Mr. Redenbaugh sounds like an amazing guy.
Eight months later, and after countless surgeries on his partially working eye, Redenbaugh heard the verdict on his remaining sight as told to his inconsolable mother: “We have done all that we can do. He will be blind for the rest of his life.” What’s amazing is how the patient responded to news that would perhaps cause most to give up. Redenbaugh was relieved.
Review of Bruce's recent autobiography.
Between 1975 and 1978, one of the more unusual transformations in the history of rock and roll music took place. Bruce Springsteen, a successful and hugely popular singer and guitarist, changed the way his music sounded.
Yuval Levin reviews three books that conclude "the case for democracy is hopelessly naïve, romantic, and overdue for refutation" including one that argues we'd be better off if we let professors of economics and public policy govern us.
As Seinfeld used to snap, "Oh, yeah, I like that idea."
Interview with Michael Ruhlman about his new book, Grocery: the Buying and Selling of Food. I absolutely agree that the modern American supermarket is a marvel, far too easily taken for granted.
The thing I see most now is just the extraordinary bounty of what’s in a grocery store. We tend to walk by so many different things without thinking of them, just grabbing what we typically grab, but now I see the bewildering variety of foods that are available to us not just occasionally but seven days a week, pretty much whenever we want them. It’s something of a miracle that we created a system like this where we have nutritious food available to us all the time, at a relatively low, reasonable cost. I didn’t expect to appreciate grocery stores as much as I do now.
Also see this: a recent survey indicates that supermarket chains rank first in "how well companies are perceived by their customers".