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Articles from Vol. 24, No. 5, January

A New Low at the Times
We've had several occasions to remark on the astonishing metaphysical feat of The New York Times Book Review. For as long as anyone can remember, it has been an embarrassment, as bad as it was possible for such a mainstream paper to be, and yet--how...
David Who? Milne at the Met
Some artists' work, like certain wines or cheeses, doesn't travel. Why is unclear, although it seems to have less to do with merit than with such intangibles as connections, relationships with dealers and collectors, self-presentation, the state of...
Introduction: After the Suicide of the West
"It looks as if Islam had a bigger hand in the thing than we thought.... Islam is a fighting creed, and the mullah still stands in the pulpit with the Koran in one hand and a drawn sword in the other." --Richard Hannay in John Buchan's Greenmantle...
Limits to Democracy
As its Greek name suggests, democracy is an ancient idea. But it is only a recent ideal. Greek writers either warned against democracy, or regarded it as simply one among many forms of political order, and not intrinsically preferable to its competitors....
National Identity & the Corruption of History
Since the 1970s, the dominant voices within academic history have worked to generate a widespread cynicism about the nature of Western democracies, with the aim of questioning their moral and political legitimacy. In the United States, the most dramatic...
Roger Shattuck, 1923-2005
It is with sadness that we note the passing of our friend Roger Shattuck, teacher, poet, essayist, and literary observer par excellence. Roger was the sort of man-of-letters one reads about but scarcely encounters any more: literary to his fingertips,...
Stop the Presses!
A report from UCLA has the amazing news: "Media Bias Is Real"! Who would have thought it? A press release from the university summarizes the painstaking research of Tim Groseclose, a political scientist at UCLA, and Jeffrey Milyo, an economist from...
Targeted Jihad: The Crisis of the Netherlands
Events four years ago in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania alerted a somnolent world to a campaign against the West which had been growing for decades. From September 11, there was a benchmark. To those who lied that there was no terrorist threat,...
The Artificial Gravity of n+I
In wartime Britain, an oil-rationing poster asked: IS YOUR JOURNEY REALLY NECESSARY? Of the four young men who founded the magazine n+I, I have to ask: is your journal really necessary? It may be in the public interest to save ink for a worthier cause....
The Field of Honor
Last month's review of the media (See "In Defense of Cover-ups"), in which I speculated about why the Bush administration hardly ever took the trouble to reply to the ever shriller chorus of its critics, had gone to press only the day before it was...
Where's the Outrage?
Bob Dole may have lost the election to Bill Clinton in 1996, but he asked the campaign's best question: "Where's the outrage?" Mr. Dole would be asking that again were he to contemplate the behavior of the press. We're thinking of the comparison that...