Tag Archives: Andrew Ferguson

Star(chitect) Power in Future Boston, DC Landmarks

This has been a good week for starchitects Renzo Piano and Frank Gehry, both of whom were resurrected in seemingly moribund development projects. Start with Piano, who designed the ill-fated Tommy’s Tower in 2007, the 1,000-foot-high skyscraper mayor Tom Menino wanted … Continue reading

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Ambrose Bierce and Gerard Manley Hopkins: Writers Famous for Not Being Famous

You can argue with the politics of The Weekly Standard all you want, but the magazine’s Books, Arts & Society section is almost uniformly superb. Two recent examples are reviews of writers who failed to achieve fame in their lifetimes – … Continue reading

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Quote o’ the Day (Learning To Like Mitt Edition)

In his column for the September 3rd edition of the Weekly Standard, Andrew Ferguson “[feels] free to admit, in the full knowledge that nobody cares, that I never liked Mitt Romney.” Further: My distaste for him isn’t merely personal or … Continue reading

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Cass Sunstein And The Obama Nanny State

There was plenty of hoopla yesterday as the news media reported the departure of Cass Sunstein from the White House Office of Information an Regulatory Affairs, which is sort of the hall monitor of Capitol Hill. From the Boston Globe: … Continue reading

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The Making (And Faking) Of Barack Obama

From our Compare and Contrast in Clear Idiomatic English desk: David Maraniss’s new biography, Barack Obama: The Story, has spawned any number of stories about Obama’s story of his formative years. An excerpt from the book in the Washington Post is … Continue reading

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Andrew Ferguson Boldly Goes Where None Of Us Want To: 21 Newt Gingrich Books

This Sunday’s New York Times Magazine features some public-service journalism from Weekly Standard senior editor (high keening liberal outcries here) Andrew Ferguson. To wit: What Does Newt Gingrich Know? Let’s consult the literature — all 21 books by the self-proclaimed ideas … Continue reading

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David Mamet, As In Gamut

Over the past several years, playwright David Mamet – widely considered a flaming (tongued) liberal – has gradually drifted rightward in his political views. (See his 2008 Village Voice piece “Why I Am No Longer a ‘Brain-Dead Liberal.’”) And conservative … Continue reading

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Cheri (Daniels), Baby!

No politician’s wife is hotter than Cheri Daniels. The significant other (twice) of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-The Missus) is widely considered the swing vote in whether Daniels (who makes myriad GOPniks starry-eyed) will run for president next year. So … Continue reading

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Lies, Damned Lies And Statistics (Public Sector Compensation Edition)

Very passionate op-ed in Wednesday’s Boston Globe by local labor union exec Mark Erlich about the public-sector-union dustup kick started in Wisconsin: Wisconsin is only the most dramatic site of a broader strategy of absolving Wall Street and scapegoating public … Continue reading

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The New College Try

Largely under the news media radar, there’s a total wonkybrook going on between the Obama administration and for-profit colleges. Typical news report (via the New York Times, page A15, 10/1/10): Rifts Show at Hearing on For-Profit Colleges Nut graf: [F]or-profit … Continue reading

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