Archive: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

Novel comparison: Ayn Rand and Ralph Nader

By Justin Moyer Ralph Nader -- capital-L Liberal, safety-fetishist, and presidential-election spoiler -- might not want to share a bookshelf with Ayn Rand -- small-l liberal, objectivist, and all-around mean girl. Yet, both authors felt it necessary to produce lengthy works of fiction to present their fuming ideologies: Rand's published...

By Steven E. Levingston | October 23, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

In Praise of Human Organ Sales

Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary S. Becker has long used economic principles to challenge social preconceptions. In 2004, he teamed up with the jurist and legal scholar Richard A. Posner to jointly write a blog. Together, they have spoken out on a wide range of issues including sex and marriage, jobs...

By Steven E. Levingston | October 22, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (6)

Unlocking the Secrets of French Women

American journalist Debra Ollivier lived in France for more than 10 years, married a Frenchman and had two children. Now she divides her time between Los Angeles and Paris and spends a lot of time thinking about the differences between French and American culture -- or more precisely, the differences...

By Steven E. Levingston | October 21, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (13)

Cleland on recovery from emotional wounds of war

By Stephen Lowman In his memoir "Heart of a Patriot: How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed and Karl Rove," former Georgia Democratic Senator Max Cleland writes about painful moments from his past with candor and frankness -- qualities seldom associated with politicians. How did he think...

By Steven E. Levingston | October 20, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (5)

Starbucks -- Hiding in Plain View

In his book, "Everything but the Coffee: Learning about America from Starbucks," Bryant Simon explores how Starbucks conquered the nation and the world. He spent five years stopping in at hundreds of Starbucks around the globe to decipher the company's pull on us. But in the past year the Starbucks'...

By Steven E. Levingston | October 19, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (2)


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