Several of our favorite journals showed up recently in The Scrapbook’s mailbox (no, The Scrapbook hasn’t fully converted to the digital era yet), and they seemed to be even more chock-a-block than usual with interesting articles. The Fall 2011 issue of the New Atlantis features several WEEKLY STANDARD contributors: Nick Eberstadt on “The Global War Against Baby Girls,” Wilfred McClay on Nathaniel Hawthorne, Alan Jacobs on “Christianity and the Future of the Book,” and Algis Valiunas on Abraham Maslow and modern America. All the pieces leave you thinking . . . if somewhat depressed. But in a good way—intelligently depressed!
The Winter 2012 National Affairs is a little more cheery. Stuart Butler is basically positive on the coming revolution in higher education, and Scott Winship’s “Bogeyman Economics” is a devastating indictment of “politics by horror story.” But The Scrapbook particularly enjoyed William Schambra’s account of the 1912 election. We’d forgotten how fundamental were the issues that were raised, how many of TR’s old associates broke with him when he took Progressivism from a kind of American reformism to an assault on the Constitution, and how thoughtful some of those associates were. We’re eager to read more on the impressive Elihu Root, whom Schambra discusses at some length.
Last but not least, the January New Criterion features one terrific piece after another, including Kevin Williamson on political economy, Keith Windschuttle, John O’Sullivan, and other worthies in a very interesting symposium on American decline, and James Piereson on George Kennan.
The football season is coming to an end—so there’s more time for reading. Start with these three journals.