Gerry Canavan

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Quick Links Part Deux

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* ‘Intellectuals and Their America,’ in Dissent. What’s the matter with progressives? Obama vs. OFA. All links via Bérubé.

* Against declinism. Via Yglesias, who concurs. For whatever reason Matt and Fallows have chosen to overlook the urgency of Peak Oil and ecological crises, material realities that are independent of either ideological pessimism or the business cycle. Decline is not only possible—it’s inevitable, and imminent, to the extent we don’t reorganize our society along ecologically rational lines.

* Related: ‘China overtakes U.S. as world’s biggest car market.’ ‘China produces most of the world’s rare earth metals, and soon it will need all that it produces.’ Both links via MeFi.

* Soon we may not have Michael Steele to kick around anymore.

* Because the networks and the newspapers won’t fact-check GOP talking points, it falls to Steve Benen to compare Bush’s response to the shoebomber to Obama’s response to the underpantsbomber. See also: yesterday’s moment of Zen.

American ‘Literature’

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Nobel Prize committee to U.S. authors: “Drop dead.”

Permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy Horace Engdahl told the Associated Press that US writers were “too sensitive to trends in their own mass culture”, which he said dragged down the quality of their work. “The US is too isolated, too insular. They don’t translate enough and don’t really participate in the big dialogue of literature,” Engdahl said. “That ignorance is restraining.”

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October 1, 2008 at 4:02 pm

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