• One of the country’s flagship left-wing radio stations, where James Baldwin once debated Malcolm X and whose most popular host once grilled President Clinton on his failures to advance progressive causes (we regret not having heard this), New York City’s WBAI offered books by lefty favorites Howard Zinn and Robert Reich for its most recent pledge-week gifts. Ninety percent of the money came in, reports its former general manager, from people who wanted “the cancer-curing Double Helix water, the right-wing conspiracy film Zeitgeist , and the writings of David Icke, which promote the theory that reptilian shapeshifters control our world.”

• Okay, late, but we did want to flag this. Our beloved former executive editor James Nuechterlein offered an insightful essay titled “Getting Right With Niebuhr” in the May issue of the New Criterion .

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