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May 26, 2011

Thursday's Notes

Chip Brown, "El Mirador, the Lost City of the Maya," Smithsonian, May, explores a Mayan city abandoned 2000 years ago.


Congratulations to MIT's Pauline Maier. Her Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788 has won the George Washington Book Prize. It edged out Jack Rakove's Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America and Alan Taylor's The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels and Indian Allies for the $50,000 Washington Prize.


Michael Lind, "Niall Ferguson and the Brain Dead American Right," Salon, 24 May, groups Ferguson with Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, and Jonah Goldberg. Seems both unlikely and irresponsible.


Brett Stephens, "Henry Kissinger on China. Or Not.," WSJ, 21 May, interviews Henry Kissinger "on China". Jeffrey Wasserstrom, "Hot Dystopic: Orwell and Huxley at the Shanghai World's Fair," LABR, 20 May, looks to the eastern expo for clues as to which dystopian vision was more accurate.


"A Look at the Root Causes of the Arab Revolution," Der Spiegel, 20 May, interviews Emmanuel Todd. In pointing to changing birth and literacy rates, Todd cites Lawrence Stone on the causes of social unrest.

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