Taking N.Y. Times to Task: Notes on Games; Christianity in Politics

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The American Enterprise always offers singularly good value, and its July/August issue is no exception. There's a dandy go-around of folks such as James Glassman, Herbert Stein and Irwin Stelzer taking on the New York Times because that "newspaper of record" claimed the sky was falling on the heads of American workers. Stimulating and uplifting.

The same issue, with a tug of its editorial forelock to the upcoming Olympic Games, offers thoughts on sports from everyone from Sebastian Coe, double gold medalist and conservative member of the British Parliament, to Editor-in-Chief Karl Zinsmeister, who writes an absolutely wonderful piece about his days on the Yale rowing team, rowing in the celebrated Henley Regatta as well as for Trinity College in Dublin. The writing is superb, and this is far more than a sports memoir. An essential read.

One Olympics story you don't want to miss is in the July/August Archaeology, always a remarkably handsome magazine. David Young, professor of classics at the University of Florida, tells us how we owe both the Olympic torch and the five rings at Delphi to famed German filmmaker Leni Rienfenstahl and the Berlin Games of 1936. So much for ancient traditions.

Want to go for deeper stuff? Try the summer issue of The Public Interest. Why did the dynamic, even charismatic, young leader of Britain's Labor Party, Tony Blair, recently declare, "I am an ecumenical Christian?" And more, how did he get away with it? Irwin Stelzer answers these questions in a provocative essay about religion and politics in England, which have bearings on our political scene here. For, as Mr. Stelzer says, "We can benefit from attending to a revolution on the British Left: Marx out, Christ in."

The July Vogue has its snazziest writer, Julia Reed, interviewing the Christian Coalition's Ralph Reed and coming away impressed despite herself. She winds up thinking maybe Mr. Reed will run for president one day. "Maybe he'll win. At this rate, anything could happen."

The fashion pages of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar are already - gasp, gurgle - into fall. The look, if you're interested, is long, skinny coats, long skirts, lots of pants and yanked-back hair for a hyperandrogynous look - not too fetching even on drop-dead-gorgeous 18-year-olds.

Allure, the Conde Nast monthly largely devoted to makeup and such, has in its latest issue a quite remarkable feature by Eric Konigsberg on "the worst-kept secret" in modeling: the use of heroin, with an interview by a major young model from Little Rock, Ark. …