"IRAQI POLLS BRING SECULAR SUCCESS": From Monday, but I just found it today at Hit & Run. Because you're unlikely to get any other good Iraq news today. Excerpts:Herded into lines by inexperienced police officers, hundreds of would-be Iraqi voters pushed into a sparsely equipped school at the weekend to cast their ballots for the local council of Tar.Deep in the marshlands of the Euphrates, the town of 15,000 people was the first to rise against Saddam Hussein in the abortive … [Read more...]


JOURNAL OF DEMOCRACY: Wow, I will try to pick this issue up:The Journal of Democracy is pleased to announce the publication of its April 2004 issue. The following is a list of articles appearing in the issue, plus brief abstracts. The article featured on our website is The Anti-American Century? (PDF) by Ivan Krastev.The Anti-American Century? Ivan Krastev The twentieth century has been called "the American century," but it appears that the twenty-first may be dominated by … [Read more...]


MORE COMICS REC'S: The guy who wrote to me initially adds:And while we're on the topic of comic book recommendations, I've got a few titles you might find interesting as well, given what I've read on your weblog."Promethea" by Alan Moore. A metaphysical superhero story that gets even trippier than "Animal Man". Lots of Moore's trademark occultism, but all bound up with amazing meditations on the nature of art and ideas and told with some of the most inventive sequential storytelling … [Read more...]


COMICS RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MIDDLE- AND HIGH-SCHOOLERS: "Bat-Mite" has suggestions. I note that when you get to the Sandman comment you'll know why it's such a good thing that I'm not a public-school children's librarian. Everything in this post that follows is from Bat-Mite:...Well, anyway, to help you with the recommendations. By the way, I can't vouch for any literary merits these books may or may not have.Grant Morrison's 'Marvel Boy': This one is more for boys than girls I suppose. Alien … [Read more...]


"GETTING FIRED": BLOOD AND CHAMPAGNE. Oh man, did this story get completely out of my hands. The rough draft is finally done, but please don't expect coherence. I love the ideas behind this piece, but I have to admit that the execution leaves much to be desired. Basically, when I revise I will have to add a lot of material. There are all kinds of dropped narrative stitches--Peter's family is only the most obvious forgotten thread. Everything moves too fast and with even less coherence than the … [Read more...]


COMICS RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MIDDLE- AND HIGH-SCHOOLERS? A reader has written to ask for recommendations of comic books for a middle school and high school library: "I, comic fan that I am, want to recommend some trade paperbacks but all I come up off the top of my head that would be appropriate for that community and that the kids would actually like are Ultimate Spider-Man and Dark Knight Returns. Would you have any other suggestions? Especially of the more literary variety and the kind that the … [Read more...]


WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP: Clio writes: You suggest that women have a difficult time with leadership because they are too focussed on "relationships" to keep track of institutional goals, and cannot accept the idea of the "mask of command".I suspect that these problems are more visible among younger women aspiring to lead than among older ones. I haven't noticed that either is as much a hindrance to women who've lived long enough to outgrow the hypersensitivity of youth, which makes many of us … [Read more...]