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    1. Salman Rushdie: By the Book

      New York TimesSep 17 08:35 AM

      The author, most recently, of “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” says that more or less everything by Christopher Hitchens makes him laugh: “The laughter is what I miss most about the Hitch.”

    2. Julian Barnes: in praise of James Fenton

      The GuardianOct 07 07:00 AM

      As poet James Fenton accepts this year’s PEN Pinter prize, awarded for verse that has spoken ‘truth to power’, his friend Julian Barnes celebrates his ‘deeply particular alloy of gravity and levity’ Poet, librettist, translator, essayist, journalist, poet, war correspondent, political columnist, foreign correspondent, poet, traveller, exile, theorist of Crepuscular Journalism (according to which...

    3. “Feminists don’t have a sense of humor,” smirked pianist-polymath and lifelong activist Nellie McKay on her 2009 song “Mother of Pearl,” a line that her cult knew was facetious.

    4. Is there a Theology to this New Atheism?

      Al Jazeera via Yahoo Maktoob NewsSep 27 12:17 AM

      The unwarranted attack by Richard Dawkins on Ahmed Mohamed was both intolerant and dogmatic.

    5. The firebrand historian on the ‘inconsequential quibbles’ of the left, our culture of Correct Politicalness and and why Henry Kissinger is misunderstood Niall Ferguson, the historian and rightwing commentator, is ready to answer questions about many things, among them his critics (“They’re engaging in a rather unscrupulous and dishonest pursuit”); Barack Obama (“This presidency has not been a ...

    6. Carly Fiorina Goes Medieval

      New York TimesOct 08 12:45 PM

      Is she right that the Islamic State wants to take us back to the Middle Ages?

    7. Unfollow him on Twitter if you must. But for his courage on faith and brilliance with genetics, we owe him praise

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      The New StatesmanSep 11 08:29 AM

      An idiot's guide to the greatest show on earth. Mission statements from the GOP candidates point to a political movement haunted by the ghost of Ronald Reagan.

    9. If you like our book reviews, you'll love this podcast The post The Bibliopod: Rushdie, Gillers, Purdy and TIFF appeared first on .

    10. Kissinger the Freedom Fighter

      The Wall Street JournalSep 19 11:02 AM

      Henry Kissinger is often condemned as a heartless practitioner of realpolitik. But early in his career, writes Niall Ferguson, the future secretary of state was strikingly idealistic—and saw America’s commitment to liberty as its key asset in world affairs.

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