Pop Culture: Only a Wasteland?

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In Essence

"The Weakening White House" by Richard E. Neustadt, in British Journal of Political Science (Jan. 2001), Cambridge Univ. Press, Journals Fulfillment Dept., 110 Midland Ave., Port Chester, New York, N.Y. 10573–4930.

"On the Degeneration of Public Philosophy in America: Problems and Prospects" by George W. Carey, and "What Is the Public Philosophy?" by James W. Ceaser, in Perspectives on Political Science (Winter 2001), 1319 18th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036–1802.

"The Lesser Evil" by Richard K. Betts, in The National Interest (Summer 2001), 1112 16th St., N.W., Ste. 540, Washington, D.C. 20036.

"Half a Million Purple Hearts" by D. M. Giangreco and Kathryn Moore, in American Heritage (Dec. 2000–Jan. 2001), 90 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10011.

"Let Us Now Praise Great Men" by Daniel L. Byman and Kenneth M. Pollack, in International Security (Spring 2001), Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Univ., 79 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, Mass. 02138.

"Labor Supply Prospects in 16 Developed Countries, 2000–2050" by Peter McDonald and Rebecca Kippen, in Population and Development Review (Mar. 2001), Population Council, One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10017.

"The Truth about Light Trucks" by Douglas Coate and James VanderHoff, in Regulation (Spring 2001), Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001.

"Food for Thought" by Jonathan Steele, in The Guardian (Mar. 31, 2001), 119 Farringdon Rd., London EC1R 3ER, U.K.; "Portrait: Amartya Sen" by Meghnad Desai, in Prospect (July 2000), 4 Bedford Sq., London WC1B 3RA, U.K.

"Maternal Employment and Time with Children: Dramatic Change or Surprising Continuity?" by Suzanne M. Bianchi, in Demography (Nov. 2000), Carolina Population Center, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Univ. Sq., CB#8120, 123 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, N.C. 27516–3997.

"Producing and Consuming Trust" by Eric M. Uslaner, in Political Science Quarterly (Winter 2000–2001), 475 Riverside Dr., Ste. 1274, New York, N.Y. 10115–1274.

"Shipboard Revolts, African Authority, and the Atlantic Slave Trade" by David Richardson, in The William and Mary Quarterly (Jan. 2001), Box 8781, Williamsburg, Va. 23187–8781.

"Let Them Drop Out" by Jackson Toby, in The Weekly Standard (Apr. 9, 2001), 1150 17th St., N.W., Ste. 505, Washington, D.C. 20036–4617.

"Gender and Judicial Decisions: Do Female Judges Decide Cases Differently than Male Judges?" by Phyllis Coontz, in Gender Issues (Fall 2000), Transaction Periodicals Consortium, Rutgers Univ., 35 Berrue Cir., Piscataway, N.J. 08854–8042.

"Doing Well and Doing Good: How Soft News and Critical Journalism Are Shrinking the News Audience and Weakening Democracy—And What News Outlets Can Do about It" by Thomas E. Patterson, in a Shorenstein Center Report (Dec. 2000), Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Univ., 79 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, Mass. 02138.

"Primetime Pushers" by Lisa Belkin, in Mother Jones (Mar.–Apr. 2001), 731 Market St., Ste. 600, San Francisco, Calif. 94103.

"Avoiding Moral Choices" by Gordon Marino, in Commonweal (Mar. 23, 2001), 475 Riverside Dr., Rm. 405, New York, N.Y. 10115.

"Bertrand de Jouvenel’s Melancholy Liberalism" by Brian C. Anderson, in The Public Interest (Spring 2001), 1112 16th St., N.W., Ste. 530, Washington, D.C. 20036.

"The Soft Science of Dietary Fat" by Gary Taubes, in Science (Mar. 30, 2001), American Assn. for the Advancement of Science, 1200 New York Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005.

"Errant Texts" and "Where’s the Book?" by Janet Raloff, in Science News (Mar. 17 & 24, 2001), 1719 N St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.

"X-Ray Architecture" by Ken Shulman, in Metropolis (Apr. 2001), 61 W. 23rd St., New York, N.Y. 10010.

"The End of Linguistics" by Mark Halpern, in The American Scholar (Winter 2001), 1785 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., 4th fl., Washington, D.C. 20036.

"Racial Memory and Literary History" by Stephen Greenblatt, in PMLA (Jan. 2001), Modern Language Assn. of America, 26 Broadway, 3rd fl., New York, N.Y. 10004–1789.

"The Potency of Pure Painting: Manet’s Still Lifes" by Karen Wilkin, in The New Criterion (Mar. 2001), 850 Seventh Ave., New York, N.Y. 10019; "The Urbane Innocent" by Peter Schjeldahl, in The New Yorker (Nov. 20, 2000), 4 Times Sq., New York, N.Y. 10036.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" by Rochelle Gurstein, in The New Republic (Mar. 12, 2001), 1220 19th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.

"Cuba’s Road to Serfdom" by Carlos Seiglie, in Cato Journal (Winter 2001), Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001–5403.

Reviews of new research at public agencies and private institutions

Book Reviews

SPAIN BETRAYED: The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War. Edited by Ronald Radosh, Mary R. Habeck, and Grigory Sevostianov. Yale Univ. Press. 576 pp. $35

GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL: Railroads, Engineering, and Architecture in New York City. By Kurt C. Schlichting. Johns Hopkins Univ. Press. 208 pp. $26.50

GRAND CENTRAL: Gateway to a Million Lives. By John Belle and Maxinne R. Leighton. Norton. 192 pp. $39.95

MORAL FREEDOM: The Search for Virtue in a World of Choice. By Alan Wolfe. Simon & Schuster. 256 pp. $24.95

By Meg Greenfield. PublicAffairs. 272 pp. $26


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