thursday reading list

“My government is listening to the voices calling for change.”

~ Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff

While there have been plenty of scholars and politicians condemning NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Laura Frost and George Orwell argue that he is keeping Big Brother from having the final word. Michael Moynihan of Newsweek plays the other side.

Behind our Black President are more African-Americans on probation, parole, or in jail than there were slaves in 1850. Obama’s former spritiual advisor, Joshua Dubois, searches for the progress we tout.

After understanding the popular protests in Brazil’s cities, it is time to figure out the injustices truly behind them.

If you hate your job, it might be time to initiate employment with the Taliban.

Grocery store magazine racks have a history of reflecting the American life. What do today’s Good Housekeeping and Ladies’ Home Journal say about modern America?


thursday reading list

“A professor is someone who talks in someone else’s sleep.”
~ W.H. Auden

Fareed Zakaria writes in the Washington Post on the Syrian Civil War and America becoming perilously close to losing its credibility to waffling on the conflict.

Giant swamp rats are taking over Louisiana and eating everything.

Jeet Heer in the American Prospect on John Meynard Keynes and the sexuality of one of the world’s most famous economists.

The one-time nine-month ruler of Rwanda now lives on government assistance in Virginia. The Washingtonian looks at how the King wants to return if his people will have him.

A look into the old Soviet Union, where scientists attempted to forcibly inseminate women with chimpanzee sperm to create the Soviet Ape Men.

wednesday reading list


“If you can’t articulate ideas and if you can’t articulate critiques of other peoples’ ideas, then you’re powerless.”

                                                              ~ Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie, who recently wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times lamenting the dearth of courageous politicians and activists today, has done an interview. In the LA Review of Books, Rushdie muses on what it’s like to be a persecuted (fatwahed) artist and people only wanting to talk to you about your art and your balls.

Hezbollah’s official entry into the Syrian Civil War could mean an even longer and bloodier conflict. But for some good news, the Atlantic reports that the US boasts a full third of the world’s brightest students.

In the wake of his hunger strike, Guantanamo inmate, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, is having his 466-page memoirs declassified. Sections are now available from Slate.

As millennials begin to take low-paying internet media jobs, we have begun narcissistically lamenting out own fate (and trumpeting our resiliency).

And finally, colleges nationwide are choosing an inopportune time to begin fighting the illicit use of ADHD drugs such as Adderall and Vyvanse.

lessons for gentlemen: understanding american exceptionalism

american exceptionalism

Have you ever wondered to yourself, “What is it that makes America the greatest country on Earth?” You are not alone.

There are many possible answers to this quandary. Our freedom. The Green Bay Packers. Our endless appeals system. Nathan’s hotdog eating contest. All are valiant contenders, but none quite grasp the true nature of America’s greatness.

Simply put, we are great because we know it. And that “knowing it” is called American exceptionalism. This post is a guide to American exceptionalism and, thus, our greatness.

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