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Fatherhood, 2002

From the November 2002 Print Edition

I’m a new man. I’ve just slept through the night for the first time in weeks because my newborn son has just slept through the night for the first time in his young life. Don’t get me wrong: most nights, he still cries for a feeding at 1:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. But last Monday he terrified his . . . . Continue Reading »

The Uses of Anger

From the March 2002 Print Edition

I’m angry, and I have been ever since I watched a 767 slam into the North Tower of the World Trade Center while walking to the office on a lovely late-summer morning last September. Sure, like most Americans, I’ve also experienced shock and profound sadness. But the anger came early, and it’s . . . . Continue Reading »

Off Center

From the February 2002 Print Edition

Enemies of the Enlightenment: The French Counter-Enlightenment and the Making of Modernity By Darrin M. McMahon Oxford University Press, 262 pages, $35 As everyone knows, Alexis de Tocque­ville’s Democracy in America is filled with valuable observations about the United States. . . . . Continue Reading »

Going to Pot?

From the November 2001 Print Edition

It is safe to say that at some point in the not-too-distant future, America will confront the question of whether or not to legalize the use and cultivation of marijuana. A recent poll shows that support for legalization has reached its highest level since the question was first asked thirty years . . . . Continue Reading »