The Making of the Public Mind

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"Religion and the Founders" John Patrick Diggins, in Partisan Review (Summer 2001), Boston Univ., 236 Bay State Rd., Boston, Mass. 02215. Diggins reminds us that several candidates in the 2000 American presidential election made sure to let the public know that they were running with Jesus. Asked to name his favorite philosopher, George W. Bush answered "Christ." The reason? "He changed my heart." Al Gore volunteered that whenever he is faced with a difficult decision, he asks himself, "What...

"Privacy and the American Constitution" by David J. Garrow, in Social Research (Spring 2001), 65 Fifth Ave., Rm. 354, New York, N.Y. 10003.

Wade F. Horn and Douglas Tynan, in The Public Interest (Summer 2001), 11 12 16th St. N.W., Ste. 530, Washington, D.C. 20036. Before the federal government intervened in 1975, perhaps a million disabled children were being denied a public education because of their handicaps. But special education, which began as a great boon, has ballooned into a massively "costly and ineffective" program.Over the years, the program has swollen to include many students it was not designed to serve, a...

"Two—Make That Three—Cheers for the Chain Bookstores" Brooke Allen, in The Atlantic Monthly (July/Aug. 2001), 77 N. Washington St., Boston, Mass. 02114. The guardians of culture are up in arms about the rise of chain bookstores. Even Hollywood got into the act with Nora Ephron’s 1998 film You’ve Got Mail. The chains are killing off the independent shops that preserve literary culture, the critics cry, crowding out worthy books with calendars and junky bestsellers, and dumbing down America. "...



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late; they feature comfortable chairs where customers can curl up with a book, and cafés where they can chat over coffee. It’s just like heaven—or at least Manhattan.


depressing lives these people led. Even a lecturer with nothing much to say was a relief to husbands and wives who, for years, had even less to say to each other."

morphine.Another "meta-analysis," of 18 different studies, found that hypnosis, in conjunction wit11 psychotherapy, helped treat anxiety, insomnia, hypertension, and obesity. But certain other conditions such as drug addiction and alcoliolism "do not respond well" to hypnosis, says Nash.Psychologists in the late 1950s clevel- oped a series of 12 tests to measure the depth of a subject's hypnotic state. In one test, for instance, the subject is told that lie is holding a very...


than other types of food. But "in an age of abundance... that same craving can be a one-way ticket to obesity and heart disease."

"Holden Caulfield’s Legacy" David Castronovo, in New England Review (Spring 2001), Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt. 05753. Holden Caulfield, that young despiser of "phonies," turns 50 this year but shows every sign of remaining America’s perpetual adolescent. Immensely popular when first published in 1951, J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye has had "cultural significance and staying power beyond its literary value," observes Castronovo, the author of Edmund Wilson (1985). Like Sherwoo...



Holden at 50

"Holden Caulfield’s Legacy" by David Castronovo, in New England Review (Spring 2001), Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt. 05753.


average healthcare standards in Russia have fallen," Åslund maintains. Indeed, the infant mortality rate fell by 17 percent between 1993 and 1998.



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their influence, as did the country’s business, labor, and intellectual elites."

ESEARCHReviews of new research at public agencies and private inst~t~~tions'Computer Exports and National Security: New Tools for a New Century.'Center for Strategic ci~~cl 20006 68 ppIntern,ition.il Studies, 1800 K St, NW, Washington, DC 1'dperb.it-k, $21 95 Author be?A LewisGince the Cold War, it's been widelyassumed that keeping high-performance computers ancl microprocessors out of the hands of potential U.S. adversaries is vital to national security. This assumption is badly o...

Book Reviews

KIERKEGA A RD: A Biography. By Alastair Hannay. Camkridge Univ. Press. 496 pp. $34.95

WAR IN A TIME OF PEACE: Bush, Clintotz, and the Gelzerals. By avid I-IalLerstam. Scribner. 544 pp. $28

Essays

In an age of ceaseless technological change, the need for historical and ethical perspective on public questions is greater than ever.

Jean Bethke Elshtain

It's easy to go on about how bad most academic writing is these days, and how it became so during the past 30 or...

Jay Tolson

In their 1940 book The Pulse of Democracy, George Gallup and Saul Rae defended a new instrument, the public...

Karlyn Bowman

Americans are said to be notoriously indifferent to the past. They are thought to be forward looking, practical,...

Wilfred M. McClay

Tony Blair is dismantling the British state as it has existed since the 18th century. Is his new Britain a fair trade for the old?

Martin Walker

The debate between national sovereignty and human rights began in earnest after World War I and continues to this day.

James Chace

One good celebration (of the Wilson Quarterly´s 25th anniversary) deserves another.

Cullen Murphy

Papa Hemingway was a star. He gambled on fame and mostly won. But the old American fear that luck might run out caught up to him, too, in the end.

Michael Malone

It takes audacity to launch any new magazine, but it took a special sort of spirit to launch a magazine like the Wilson Quarterly in 1976.