October 31, 2003

New Criticism

Wesley Clark’s gutsy new tack: Blame Bush for not preventing 9/11.
by Michael Tomasky [tap]
Posted by cds at 11:00 PM | Punditry

A Must-Read Speech

Zbigniew Brzezinski’s remarks from the “New American Strategies for Security and Peace” conference
Zbigniew Brzezinski [tap]
Posted by cds at 06:09 PM | Politics

Fox News: The inside story

A former Fox producer describes the ways—both subtle and blunt—that top executives impose a right-wing ideology on the newsroom.
By Tim Grieve [Salon]
Posted by cds at 03:13 PM | Politics

October 28, 2003

Form and Dysfunction

Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things and Jordan Melamed’s Manic
by Scott Foundas [LA Weekly]
Posted by cds at 12:49 PM | Culture

Infinity, iyi

By Georg: David Foster Wallace stares into a mathematical abyss and lives to write about it
by Dennis Lim [Village Voice]
Posted by cds at 12:14 PM | Culture

A Willful Ignorance

By Paul Krugman [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 12:53 AM | Punditry

October 27, 2003

Why Are We Back in Vietnam?

by Frank Rich [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 12:35 AM | Politics

October 24, 2003

Rumsfeld’s Pentagon Papers

His leaked memo is the most astonishing document of this war so far.
By Fred Kaplan [Slate]
Posted by cds at 11:15 AM | Politics

October 23, 2003

Too Low a Bar

By Paul Krugman [nyt]
Posted by cds at 11:58 PM | Punditry

The Great Library of Amazonia

by Gary Wolf [Wired]
Posted by cds at 09:42 PM | Tech

Times Warp

How The Washington Times twisted the Prospect’s interview with Bill Clinton
by Michael Tomasky [tap]
Posted by cds at 09:24 PM | Punditry

Taking Bush Personally

By Michael Kinsley [Slate]
Posted by cds at 09:18 PM | Punditry


How Microsoft’s Misunderstanding of Open Source Hurts Us All
By Robert X. Cringely [pbs]
Posted by cds at 06:52 PM | Tech

The general and his ground troops

Howard Dean is not the only Democratic candidate who has inspired an army
By Michelle Goldberg [Salon]
Posted by cds at 02:00 PM | Politics

State Of The Art

Apple’s Latest 0.1 Adds a Lot
By David Pogue [nyt]
Posted by cds at 12:14 AM | Tech

October 22, 2003

New York in Reverse

Elliott Smith’s idea of heaven was modest, like everything else about the songwriter.
By Alex Abramovich [Slate]
Posted by cds at 11:00 PM | Culture

Elliott Smith Dead at 34

by Will Bryant [Pitchfork]
Posted by cds at 06:41 PM | Culture

Elliott Smith, 1969–2003

Despite his success, the fragile and brilliant alt-troubadour never seemed comfortable with his career—or his life.
By Sarah Schmelling [Salon]
Posted by cds at 05:53 PM | Culture

Going for baroque

Neal Stephenson’s new “Quicksilver” takes a fantastical, circuitous tour of the 17th century in search of the roots of science and the nature of the universe.
By Andrew Leonard [Salon]
Posted by cds at 04:08 PM | Culture

October 21, 2003

The Awful Truth

by Russell Baker [NY Review of Books]
Posted by cds at 06:44 PM | Politics

Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

One of the Longest, Most Difficult, Most Ambitious Novels in Years
By Richard Locke [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 05:20 PM | Culture

The 9/10 President

by Jonathan Chait [tnr]
Posted by cds at 05:16 PM | Politics

Papered Over

The country’s leading editorial pages are ignoring the Plame scandal.
by Michael Tomasky [TAP]
Posted by cds at 02:18 PM | Punditry

Listening to Mahathir

By Paul Krugman [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 01:00 AM | Punditry

October 20, 2003

The Stovepipe

How conflicts between the Bush Administration and the intelligence community marred the reporting on Iraq’s weapons.
by Seymour M. Hersh [New Yorker]
Posted by cds at 02:51 PM | Politics

October 18, 2003

Filter Tips

By Michael Kinsley [Slate]
Posted by cds at 03:57 AM | Punditry

Recording industry misses beat in battle against file sharing

Doug Bandow [Townhall]
Posted by cds at 01:53 AM | Tech

Remaking the World: Bush and the Neoconservatives

By Joshua Micah Marshall [Foreign Affairs]
Posted by cds at 01:32 AM | Politics

October 17, 2003

The Sweet Spot

By Paul Krugman [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 12:13 AM | Punditry

October 16, 2003

Framing the Dems

How conservatives control political debate and how progressives can take it back
by George Lakoff [tap]
Posted by cds at 09:18 PM | Politics

Did E-Vote Firm Patch Election?

by Kim Zetter [Wired]
Posted by cds at 07:29 PM | Tech

United States: the Strangelove doctrine

Mention nuclear proliferation and people think of North Korea or Iran: But what about the United States? The Bush administration plans to use nuclear weapons even against countries without them. It also intends to enrich its massive arsenal with new high-precision bombs.
By Pascal Boniface [Le Monde]
Posted by cds at 05:11 PM | Politics

Falsely Accused

by Spencer Ackerman [tnr]
Posted by cds at 01:34 PM | Politics

October 15, 2003

All the President’s votes?

A quiet revolution is taking place in US politics. By the time it’s over, the integrity of elections will be in the unchallenged, unscrutinised control of a few large – and pro-Republican – corporations. Can democracy in America survive?
by Andrew Gumbel [The Independent]
Posted by cds at 07:08 PM | Tech

The Digital Imprimatur

How big brother and big media can put the Internet genie back in the bottle.
by \href{http://www.fourmilab.ch/}{John Walker} [Fourmilab]
Posted by cds at 05:58 PM | Tech

October 14, 2003

When big media gets bigger

“The effort to reverse the FCC is dead in the water, sinking the democratic process with it.”
By Bill Moyers [Salon]
Posted by cds at 09:52 PM | Politics

The Widening Crusade

Bush’s War Plan Is Scarier Than He’s Saying
by Sydney H. Schanberg [Village Voice]
Posted by cds at 06:11 PM | Politics

Don’t Look Down

By Paul Krugman [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 12:02 PM | Punditry

The C++ Style Sweet Spot

A Conversation with Bjarne Stroustrup, Part I
by Bill Venners [Artima]
Posted by cds at 12:10 AM | Tech

October 13, 2003

Notion Building

By Matt Bai [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 10:12 PM | Politics

October 10, 2003

Open Source

Why Bush should order his staff to release Novak and other reporters from confidentiality pledges
by Michael Tomasky [TAP]
Posted by cds at 03:09 PM | Punditry

Lessons in Civility

by Paul Krugman [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 12:04 AM | Punditry

October 09, 2003

“A true American hero”

Joseph Wilson stood up to Saddam—then to the Bush administration. The man who exposed the president’s bogus uranium claim talks about why he spoke out and the White House’s ugly “revenge” against him and his wife.
By David Talbot [Salon]
Posted by cds at 11:22 PM | Politics

Neil Postman: A civilized man in a century of barbarism

A former student remembers a teacher who never stopped raking the worlds of Big Media and technology with his savage wit.
By Jay Rosen [Salon]
Posted by cds at 11:20 PM | Culture

Dangerrrr: cats could alter your personality

by Jonathan Leake, Science Editor [Times of London]
Posted by cds at 09:18 PM | Tech

October 08, 2003

The moviegoing voter

Millions chose Arnold Schwarzenegger in the hopes of finding a happy ending for California’s woes. But I won’t be sleeping any better.
By Cary Tennis [Salon]
Posted by cds at 09:02 PM | Politics

The Tax-Cut Con

by Paul Krugman [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 01:07 PM | Politics

For Richer

by Paul Krugman [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 12:54 PM | Politics

American Empire: The Burden

By Michael Ignatieff [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 12:43 PM | Politics

October 07, 2003

The kids are alright

Indie godhead Richard Linklater on teaching fifth-graders to shred for “School of Rock,” the amazing Jack Black and moving from the margins to the mainstream—and back again.
By Scott Thill [Salon]
Posted by cds at 11:55 PM | Culture

Lumps of Labor

By Paul Krugman [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 11:54 PM | Punditry