Lunchtime Reading

Not quite a salad-bar break from politics, but I recommend not allowing David Horowitz’s two-parter on Hitchens and the Left here on NRO (the concluding piece of which is here) slip into the archive without giving it a read. Because so many of Hitchens’ published views are caricatures of complex thought, it’s easy to think of him as a simple contrarian. That’s a caricature, too, however, and he’s more complex than that, as Horowitz artfully shows.

Two other print-and-eat suggestions: At the Fortnightly, Anthony O’Hear, a Briton at large in America, encounters the tea-party movement and wonders why there’s no such thing back home. And at The American Scholar, a beautifully written, Dawkins-defying, immanentist rumination by Christian Wiman. Wiman edits Poetry — and he does it pretty wonderfully. The old thing is more interesting (and more critically coherent) than it’s been in a very long time. Don’t forget the tip.

Denis Boyles — Dennis Boyles is a writer, editor, former university lecturer, and the author/editor of several books of poetry, travel, history, criticism, and practical advice, including Superior, Nebraska (2008), Design Poetics (1975), ...