The Dark Side of History

Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States   I don’t often give movie reviews this degree of treatment, but Stone’s  story here is an ultra-long documentary, and it’s somewhat important for what it accomplishes. In the movie’s preamble Stone professes to be disturbed by what’s been left out of any commonly held history of…

Balancing Opinion With Perspective

As a reader, my affection for Harper’s Magazine continues to grow. That’s not because of its leftward political cant, but because its articles contain explanatory substance behind most provocative statements made. That could be because in the shape the U.S. is in, the leftward leaners feel a need to explain every step they take, but then that’s an issue for at least a six-pak of someone’s lager.

Atlantic Monthly Gets It Right This Time

I've commented infrequently on Atlantic Monthly, a magazine I've read for many more years than I wish to count. I've had my problems with Atlantic; the editors have often tackled important subjects in the magazine, but all too often they've done so with provocative articles that did too little to inform. But the March 2012 issue…

Digging Deep with NEWSWEEK

Note: I first feel obliged to give my sketchy view on the metamorphosis of popular media. To skip to my bottom line, scroll down to the picture of Tina Brown, NEWSWEEK's editor.  I've subscribed to several news weeklies over the years, but the one I've held onto the longest is NEWSWEEK. Since something like 1968,…