Archive: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

Path to a Pashtun Rebellion in Afghanistan

Pashtun children make their way from an armored personnel carrier toward Marines on patrol in the Helmand province of Afghanistan last August. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson/file) In the debate over U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, author Seth G. Jones believes the path to success lies in facilitating a Pashtun revolt against...

By Steven E. Levingston | October 2, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (8)

A Summer of "Infinite Jest" Comes to an End

By Stephen Lowman At 11:30 p.m. on a recent Sunday, Matthew Baldwin finished "Infinite Jest." This is no small feat. David Foster Wallace's postmodern novel is notoriously complex and -- at over a 1,000 pages -- lengthy. Thankfully, Baldwin had some help. A writer for The Morning News, he...

By Steven E. Levingston | October 1, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

ACORN Author Wades Into Public

By Stephen Lowman "Some of you may have heard of ACORN recently," said Busboys and Poets' Don Allen last night as he introduced ACORN founder Wade Rathke. It was a safe bet on Allen's part. After all, half of the two dozen people in attendance at the beginning of...

By Steven E. Levingston | September 30, 2009; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (2)

Reagan Lessons for Obama?

President Obama has the charm of a predecessor from the other side of the political spectrum: Ronald Reagan. What lessons might Obama take from the Gipper? We asked Steven F. Hayward, author of "The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counter-Revolution, 1980-1989," to weigh in. Hayward is a resident scholar at...

By Steven E. Levingston | September 30, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (9)

Palin Memoir Coming, Bush Snub for Rowling, E-Reader Outlook, National Book Festival Video

Sarah Palin has finished her 400-page memoir early and it will now be released on Nov. 17. ... J.K. Rowling did not receive a presidential medal of freedom from the Bush administration because of concern the Harry Potter series promoted witchcraft, according to a new memoir by a Bush speechwriter....

By Steven E. Levingston | September 29, 2009; 2:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

What Richard Holbrooke Is Reading

In July, New Yorker writer George Packer traveled with special representative Richard Holbrooke to Afghanistan and Pakistan. On the flight over, Holbrooke and his staff were discussing some of the problems Pakistan faces, including riots the previous week over a lack of electricity. From Packer's profile of Holbrooke, which ran...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | September 29, 2009; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Baby Steps on the Environment

Earth's inhabitants got a welcome surprise in the past year: Greenhouse gas emissions shrank thanks in large measure to the sluggish economy. David Owen, author of "Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability," published this month by Riverhead, urges Americans to keep...

By Steven E. Levingston | September 29, 2009; 5:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Catching Up with Kay Ryan, Poet Laureate, at the National Book Festival

At the National Book Festival last Saturday, we ducked into the writers' tent to catch up with Kay Ryan, 64, who was named the nation's 16th Poet Laureate last year. Her next public reading takes place on October 21 at 7pm at the Library of Congress' Coolidge Auditorium. I've read...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | September 28, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

 

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