Monthly Archive for September, 2009

: September, 2009

Actually socialized health care

Whenever politicians talk about health care reform, Americans probably fear most the systems Britain and Canada have. It makes no difference that Reid and many others who have benefited from them

Banned Books Week 9/26 – 10/3

Next week is Banned Books week. Sponsored by library, publishing and journalism organizations, this week celebrates, among other concepts, the First Amendment, the right to know, the right to free and

The carte vitale

This is my first time over at BookEnds, and I’m slowly slogging through T.R. Reid’s “The Healing of America” because I foolishly began reading four books over the past few weeks and I’m only close to

Fiction recommendations

I’m often embarassed by the paucity of fiction books on my shelves. I don’t know why I care. But while many I know suck down the latest Oprah book or books at the top of bestseller lists for

France, Germany, and Japan

Before he takes us to France, T.R. Reid explores all of the things that might increase medical care costs for Americans as opposed to their counterparts in other countries. He disabuses us of two

Ode to Keats

  This seems to be the year of John Keats: in July, his house was reopened to the public in Hampstead Heath, London, and this week, “Bright Star”, the new film about Keats’ brief love affair with

Suburban discontent : “The Northern Clemency”

Philip Hensher’s “The Northern Clemency” is very much about England, set in a city “made by fire out of water.” The primeval description refers to Sheffield, South Yorkshire, circa 1974, when the city

A book about a chimp retreat

I’ve been meaning to share this for some time, but Charles Siebert, an author who had an interesting New York Times Magazine piece about whales in July, also wrote a book about a retirement home for

Weighing in with policy

It’s important to know before reading “The Healing of America” that the author, T.R. Reid, takes as a given that the health care system in America is broken. This seems pretty uncontroversial to me at

Gay Talese

I’m currently deeply immersed in Gay Talese’s book, “Thy Neighbor’s Wife,” which chronicles the sexual revolution and cultural shift of the 60s and 70s as well as its origins. Like many journalism