We’ve got a new “Think Again Column called “Mice, Playing: The Declineof Skeptical Journalism,” and it’s here.And I did a post for the Daily Beast on the contretemps over Vanity Fair‘s profile of Arthur Sulzberger called “Stop Picking on Pinch,” here.
I don’t think there’s been enough talk about how great GershomGorenberg’s big piece in the Weekly Standard on why there’s never been aPalestinian Gandhi. It’s here…
As someone who has immersed himself in the literature of this conflict,it’s the best piece I’ve read in years. I sent it to my friend Kai Bird,who is finishing a memoir of his life growing up in the Middle East andso reading everything about the conflict everywhere and he said the samething. Anyone with even the slightest interest in Israel and Palestinewould not want to miss it.
And the fact that, whatever the circumstances, it is in the Standard isweird beyond words. It’s the strangest thing since they published JohnDilulio complaining that Bush stole the election from Gore, though ofcourse it’s a far more substantial piece than that.
Things not to buy: I had a gift certificate at Border’s and used $40 ofit to buy the audio version of Philip Norman’s John Lennon biography.The writing and research were much better than the reviews had led me toexpect. It’s quite solid and only a little cheesy. But people, just asnobody told me there’d be days like this, I didn’t notice how abridgedthe thing was. Ten cds and still all the important parts are leftout.Who could imagine leaving out when John met Paul and they formed agroup together. Who could imagine leaving out all of The White Album,Abbey Road, Let it Be and the Beatles’ break up? Now I have to read the damn book anyway. Lesson is look before thousest leaps, alas.Happy Birthdays Diana Roberta Silver and Eve Rose Alterman!
This week on Moyers:
The financial industry brought the economy to its knees, but how didthey get away with it? With the nation wondering how to hold thebankers accountable, Bill Moyers sits down with Bill Black, the formersenior regulator who cracked down on banks during the savings and loancrisis of the 1980s. Black offers his analysis of what went wrong andhis critique of the bailout.