Thursday, September 12, 2013


-- Corey Robin's beautifully written appreciation of Marshall Berman compares Berman's All That is Solid Melts Into Air (which I've read some of) to Rousseau's Second Discourse and Said's Orientalism in being "intensely, almost unbearably, intimate." Having recently read the Second Discourse, I can't say it struck me quite that way, but chopping it up into tiny bits was probably not the best method of approach.

-- Two pieces on Afghanistan in the current Foreign Affairs: by S. Biddle (which I more or less read; it's sort of depressing) and K. Eikenberry (haven't read).

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