Issue Number 4


Cover of Issue 4
  • Book Reviews
    • Attack of the Clones

      Kathy assumes we too are clones and we assume that she’s just as human we are. Neither of these assumptions is entirely valid, and yet the novel’s force depends upon this useful misunderstanding. More…

  • Money
    • Money

      There are four ways to survive as a writer in the US in 2006: the university; journalism; odd jobs; and independent wealth. I have tried the first three. Each has its costs. More…

    • Gut-level Legislation, or, Redistribution

      If there is anyone working a job who would stop doing that job should his income—and all his richest compatriots’ incomes—drop to $100,000 a year, he should not be doing that job. More…

  • Reading, Writing, and Publishing
  • Science and Technology
    • First, Do No Harm

      The reason that we are not as healthy as people in other countries, despite our excessive spending, is that overall population health is largely determined by factors other than health care. More…

  • The Intellectual Situation
    • On Global Warming

      The fuel-burning binge we’ve been on for the past 150 years, and especially the last 60, and increasingly and accelerantly, has brought into view the most dangerous threat in the brief history of our civilization. More…