Punishing Kiriakou: A Case for Discretion in Democracy
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Punishing Kiriakou: A Case for Discretion in Democracy

While media outlets prone to sensationalism push the phantom fact that apparently most if not all politicians are untrustworthy and oppressive thieves and connivers and scrounge to find any vague speck of dirt on a lawmaker to substantiate that notion, it’s often the case that governments by the people and (for the most part) for the people are taking the necessary steps to ensure our safety—even if we haven’t either a clue as to what those steps entail or, more controversially, any real entitlement to those clues to begin with… Continue reading

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The Hole He Left Behind: A Review of “Both Flesh and Not”
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The Hole He Left Behind: A Review of “Both Flesh and Not”

Much like the travesty of me and Hitch, my newfound hero of journalism and intelligent conversation, I hadn’t known anything about the late David Foster Wallace before his death (by hanging, in 2008). I hadn’t read any of his novels, and admittedly, given my aversion to even literary contemporary fiction, I likely won’t any time soon (at this stage, … Continue reading

The Remarkably Unremarkable Tiffanie DiDonato: A Review of “Dwarf”
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The Remarkably Unremarkable Tiffanie DiDonato: A Review of “Dwarf”

Prior to Dwarf: A Memoir, the only book I ever bothered to read about “little people” was The Hobbit. Unlike The Hobbit, Dwarf is not epic medieval fantasy, nor is it about hobbits or “actual” dwarves, neither of which exist … I think. It’s rather a biography of a real“little person”: one in whom we observe more or less obvious signs … Continue reading

A Liberal Encourages Conservative Secession: A Review of “Better Off Without ‘Em”
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A Liberal Encourages Conservative Secession: A Review of “Better Off Without ‘Em”

The first book I reviewed for PolicyMic was America, You Sexy Bitch (AYSB) by conservative Meghan McCain and liberal Michael Ian Black. Politically at odds with each other, the Senator’s daughter and the stand-up comedian take a road trip across the continental United States to learn about America. One of their stops was in Texas; on their way, McCain remarks … Continue reading

Weirdly Wired Woman: A Review of “Vagina”
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Weirdly Wired Woman: A Review of “Vagina”

[Puns are almost completely unavoidable when discussing a book about vaginas, so please bear with me—and pardon any accidental (and purely coincidental) misspellings of “come”.] When I was in elementary school (before I could figure out my dad’s overly simplistic codes for the parental locks and watch “Skinemax”), I’d stay up late to watch Howard Stern on … Continue reading

Liberal Democracy and Public Stupidity: A Review of “Defending Politics”
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Liberal Democracy and Public Stupidity: A Review of “Defending Politics”

Last May, well before I started reviewing books for PolicyMic, Oxford University Press published Defending Politics: Why Democracy Matters in the Twenty-First Century by Matthew Flinders, a politics professor at the University of Sheffield. I only discovered it last Saturday while browsing the shelves at B&N, and I ended up buying it on impulse. I just had to. Though it may … Continue reading