In This Issue
Gregg Easterbrook, “Long Shot”; Timothy W. Ryback, “Hitler's Forgotten Library”; Jonathan Rauch, “Let It Be”; David Brooks, “What Whitman Knew”; Christopher Hitchens, “The Permanent Adolescent”; Bernard Lewis, “I'm Right, You're Wrong, Go to Hell”; fiction by Geeta Sharma Jensen; and much more.
His vices made Evelyn Waugh a king of comedy and of tragedy
A short story
The grim lessons of a novel by Gogol
A letter from Kuwait City
The old way of raising cattle is now the new way—better for the animals and better for your table
Religions and the meeting of civilization
What to read this month
With gasoline prices in Cuba going up and up, it is once again an excellent time to have—and to be—an ox.
The greatest development in modern religion is not a religion at all—it's an attitude best described as "apatheism"
You can tell a lot about a person from what he reads. The surviving—and largely ignored—remnants of Adolf Hitler's personal library reveal a deep but erratic interest in religion and theology
The high anxiety of child-rearing
Oscar Wilde cannot be simplified into an Irish rebel, a subversive socialist, or a gay martyr
Americans have long considered Saudi Arabia the one constant in the Arab Middle East—a source of cheap oil, political stability, and lucrative business relationships. But the country is run by an increasingly dysfunctional royal family that has been funding militant Islamic movements abroad in an attempt to protect itself from them at home. A former CIA operative argues, in an article drawn form his new book, Sleeping With the Devil, that today's Saudi Arabia can't last much longer—and the social and economic fallout of its demise could be calamitous
Walt Whitman's "Democratic Vistas" is still the most trenchant explanation of American policies and ambitions
Defying the odds, even before the recent loss of the space shuttle Columbia, an eccentric company called Sea Launch has become the first private enterprise to send large rockets into space—from an enormous floating launch pad that sails to the equator for blast-off. Has the era of private space travel begun?
When the posthuman future meets our pre-posthuman selves