Tuesday, September 8, 2009


We love newsstands, and we love magazines. All those crisp glossy pages, all those bright covers, all those lurid stories. Generally speaking, summer reading is light reading, unless you're my girlfriend Wendy who polished off Les Miserables and Moby Dick this past month. For the rest of us, magazines match our seasonally short attention spans, and we flip through them with zero commitment, guiltlessly skimming in a hammock, say, or while dozing in an Adirondack chair after a couple gin and tonics.

Summer is over, they tell me, but there's no reason to say goodbye to your summer romance with magazines just yet. Here are some of my favorite stories this month:

It Came from Wasila -- Vanity Fair's Todd S. Purdum on the swifty deals, the vengeance and the pettiness of Sarah Palin. Oh, God, send that woman away!

Minority Death Match -- Jews, Blacks, and the "Post-Racial" Presidency by Naomi Klein -from Harper's Magazine. Klein is amazing and tackles the heavy stuff.

Sick and Wrong - Matt Taibbi on how Washington is screwing up health care reform--from Rolling Stone. Wendy read this between classics and highly recommends it.

Trial by Fire -- Did Texas execute an innocent man? David Grann in the New Yorker.

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