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5 Hot Books: Michael Kinsley on Old Age, a New Barbra Streisand Biography, and More

The National Book Review | Posted 04.26.2016 | Home
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review: Here are five books people are talking about this week -- or should be: 1. Old Age...

Trump's Gaffe Bares the Truth About Re-criminalizing Abortion

James Heffernan | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
James Heffernan

Donald Trump has freshly rattled conservatives by telling just such a truth about their longstanding effort to re-criminalize abortion.

When a Political Gaffe Torpedoes a Political Candidate

Rich Rubino | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

It is easy for even the most seasoned candidates to make a mistake. A political gaffe normally results in a few days of being taken off-message, defending or backtracking from one's comments. However, on rare occasions the gaffe is so major that a candidate cannot recover.

Obama Choosing the Wrong Enemies

Robert Miraldi | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Miraldi

The Obama administration is toying with whether to send New York Times reporter James Risen to jail for refusing to reveal a source involved in a federal leak investigation dating back to 2006.

While Cameron Defers to Parliament, Obama Locks Into Warfare State of Mind

Norman Solomon | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The British Parliament's rejection of an attack on Syria is a direct contrast -- and implicit challenge -- to the political war system of the United States. Now all eyes turn to Congress, where the bar has suddenly been raised.


Reese Schonfeld | Posted 08.27.2013 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

I wish them all the best. God knows CNN needs a winner, and all of us need a newsier, better CNN. After all, I got fired for creating the show.

Jason Linkins

Michael Kinsley Feels Your Pain, Middle Class, But Pain Makes You Beautiful | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics

The austerity policies that gripped the world in the face of the global economic downturn have not worked. Unless the intent was to make a bad situati...

Jason Linkins

Hillary Clinton Criticized For Long Hours And Travel Because It Supposedly Made Her Less Pretty | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

Michael Kinsley has a piece out today in which he broadly complains about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton without first figuring out what, exactly,...

Michael Calderone

Former New Republic Editor Returns For Relaunch | Michael Calderone | Posted 12.21.2012 | Media

NEW YORK –- Michael Kinsley, who edited The New Republic for 20 years, is returning to the magazine in January as editor-at-large. Kinsley's ret...

New York Times Reviewer Pans New York Times Movie | MICHAEL KINSLEY | Posted 08.17.2011 | Media

The movie, directed by Andrew Rossi, is, in a word, a mess. It is done in the documentary style of his 2007 film, “Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven,” ...

Michael Kinsley: Why An Estate Tax Could Fix The Deficit

The Atlantic | Michael Kinsley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

At the moment, there is no federal estate tax. Congress, in a spectacular display of incompetence, voted a decade ago to eliminate it for one year onl...

Joe Scarborough, Michael Kinsley Join Politico

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Politico has added opinion columnists for the first-time ever — and it's chosen two big names to start with. MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and Atlanti...

Magic and Self-Loathing in Berkeley: Michael Lewis on Becoming a Writer

Alicia Whitaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alicia Whitaker

Speaking over lunch in a Midtown bistro, Michael Lewis and I had a conversation about how he became a writer, who has influenced him, and how he conjures the motivation to write.

Iceland Independence Day: We Worship Our God (Mammon) And Die

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Iris Erlingsdottir

Today on Iceland's Independence Day the national anthem has been a real tear jerker for me, evoking in me a sadness and heartache that my brain usually reserves for funerals.

It's a Tough Time to Be a New Media Child

Jarvis Coffin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jarvis Coffin

Every time media companies take a step or two towards the invisible fence line surrounding the free content playground online, the dog collar starts spitting electrodes.

Jack Kemp and the Failed Republican Urban Agenda

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Jack Kemp should be remembered as the lone conservative voice to speak about the importance of cities at least since the federal government turned its back on urban areas.

You Can Pry My New York Times from My Cold, Dead Hands

William Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Klein

Nine out of ten pundits agree (well, me and eight of my friends) that no matter what you do for a living, reading the newspaper every day will help you do it better.

How Well Did States Prosper Under Bush 43? The Numbers Are In

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Tepper Marlin

The numbers are in, and under Bush 43 only four U.S. states beat the average long-term growth rate.

Initiating a Culture of Compensation

Rob Fishman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rob Fishman

As a J-school student, I ask myself: is it crazy to pay for an education in a profession that refuses to charge for its services? Giving away news for free was a terrible folly. It's time now to move on and cough up.

Jason Linkins

Kinsley Warns Of Coming Blogopocalypse | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you want to do one thing right now to avoid being drowned in blog content, take this advice: limit yourself to reading only five Tumblrs, and only one from New York City, because they are all the same anyway.

Does Josh Marshall Believe In New Media?

Bart Motes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bart Motes

In a typically astute post about the McCain camp's crocodile tears over Sarah Palin's post-facto media vetting, Josh Marshall observes that for all th...

Is Corporate Altruism Viable in a Competitive Economy?

Gary Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Becker

It is very difficult for companies to pursue other goals than profits when they face tough competition, and when the behavior of their competitors is driven solely by profits.

Help Me Write a Book

Michael Kinsley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Kinsley

The notion that capitalism, which is all about self-interest, can be amended somehow to be more about helping others -- and still be capitalist -- strikes many as hopelessly Pollyannaish and bizarre.