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Savage Notions

By 7.3.13

Say what you will about Dan Savage, but his writing will appeal to every C student out there.

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Monkeying With Gibbon’s

By From the May 2011 issue

America's decline and fall -- exclusively under center-right Republican administrations.

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Big Girls Don’t Cry

By From the November 2010 issue

But who said Meghan McCain's a big girl?

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The Smallness of Saul

By From the October 2010 issue

A loving look at Barack Obama's community organizer supreme.

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Exile Chic

By From the June 2010 issue

To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World
By James Davison Hunter
(Oxford University Pres, 368 pages, $27.95)

I don't consider myself an exile, but I do consider myself a Christian. James Davison Hunter would say that's impossible. According to his thesis in this wordy, challenging book, exiles are what Christians in this 21st century are called to be. He expects us to be literal Jeremiahs, living in Babylon.

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Paterson’s Predecessor

By From the May 2010 issue

Eliot Spitzer expected to become president.

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Get Rielle

By From the April 2010 issue

At least no one ever called John Edwards's flame a Breck Girl.

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Come On, Get Unhappy

By From the February 2010 issue

Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

By Barbara Ehrenreich

(Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, 235 pages, $23)

Should, god forbid, a close relation ever be diagnosed with cancer, you may find yourself tempted to muster whatever cheerfulness -possible. Your loved one may even insist he desires such tender regard or be himself determined to "think positive." Resist this pre-Enlightenment urge. Instead, gaze down into those enfeebled eyes and recite the following:

[F]rom an evolutionary perspective, why should the body possess a means of combating cancer, such as a form of ‘natural healing' that would kick in if only we get past our fears and negative thoughts? Cancer tends to strike older people who have passed the age of reproduction and hence are of little or no evolutionary significance...If you live long enough to get cancer, chances are you will have already accomplished your biological mission and produced a few children of your own.

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Laughing Gas

By From the October 2009 issue

With The Death of Conservatism, Sam Tanenhaus establishes himself as one of America’s premier comic geniuses in the field of political commentary.