By Nathan Bierma
Content & Context
Recent cartoons in the New Yorker:
- Panhandler to well-dressed passerby: "Don't you remember me? During the blackout we slept on the same sidewalk."
- Customer to cell phone retailer: "Do you have a phone that doesn't do much?"
- Sign in front yard: "For sale by neighbor."
- Executive to others in board room: "I'm making this decision on principle, just to see how it feels."
- Children around a campfire: "Someday, when we're old, we're going to embellish this."
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- History of infinity is part mathematics, part philosophy, from the New Yorker.
- Dense new Goethe volume sure to be 1) ignored and 2) "one of the few towering works of biography and history of our time," says Benjamin Schwarz in the Atlantic Monthly (third item).
- Robert Putnam on the battle against isolation and search for 'social capital' in America, from the Washington Post.
- If Bridget Jones were a Christian, from the Christian Science Monitor.
- Arduous, gradual rise of World Trade Center contrasts with fiery demise, from the New York Times .*
- History of the Democrats and Republicans, from the Post.
- One of the handful of essential books on the civil rights movement, from Atlantic Monthly.
- War scholar disputes the usefulness of spying in war, from the New York Times .*
- Jimmy Carter pens Revolutionary War-era novel, from the Post.
- Mark Twain biography commits grievous crime—failing to make idiosyncratic subject come alive, says Christopher Hitchens in the Atlantic Monthly.
- Alfred Hitchcock biography defends filmmaker against myths, from the Post.
- A history of dance in the twentieth century, from the Christian Science Monitor.
- Shirley Hazzard's first novel in more than 20 years stands among this year's best, says the Economist.
- How and why to call off a wedding, from the Atlantic Monthly.
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Nathan Bierma is editorial assistant at Books & Culture.