Sound Smart, Read These: Dictionaries and Meghan McCain

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07/17/2009 3:30 PM |

8e96/1247858957-gatsby.jpgFree the Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, detained by Iranian authorities following the rigged elections.

Dahlia Lithwick, who wrote about the singular frustration and fallacy of watching John Roberts and Sam Alito not actually answer any questions about their views because they pretended to not have any, doesn’t think Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings were any better.

Steven Pinker asks: why has man become steadily more humane to man?

I’m not convinced that we should take Meghan McCain more seriously than the next well-educated 24-year-old political amateur, but she’s out there, so let’s see what we got. Also, this article was written by a guy who was in my bunk at summer camp in 1998. (Bunk 7, alternately known as “the smart bunk” and “the neb bunk.”) Hi Jamie!

This is a nearly 5,000 word review of a dictionary published in 1961.

How Scott Fitzgerald and Max Perkins edited The Great Gatsby.

New Fiction: “Too Much Happiness“, the title novella of a new collection of Alice Munro stories (forthcoming in November), in the new Harper’s. (Subscriber only. Support your local newsstand/cheap online magazine archive.)

Old clip: Norman Mailer, Susan Sontag and Gay Talese on Charlie Rose in 1993. Fuck yes.