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The Walrus and the murderer

When you  have a cover story written by a Canadian murderer, you go with it. Especially if it’s in a magazine as great as The Walrus.

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Magazines, wristwatches and prophylaxis

I’d missed this piece by Steve Lagerfeld, editor of the Wilson Quarterly, when it was posted in March, but I think it a fine head-scratcher about the dilemma facing print magazines in digital times. But that’s not why I’m suggesting you look at “Why a Magazine is Like a Wristwatch.” I think you should read this piece all the way through for its last line, which is a wonderfully unexpected doozy for the Wilson Quarterly, which is a wonderful and important publication that has never, to my knowledge, been described with the adjective “racy.”

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September’s Up

We’ve slightly changed our posting process at and are rolling out the September print issue over the last half of August.

The cover story, “Derailing the Boondoggle,” deals with a Danish researcher’s innovative program for reducing multibillion-dollar cost overruns on major government projects (think the Big Dig, the Chunnel, and almost any recent metro rail endeavor). The story went live today and includes a rogues gallery of recent big-money boondoggles. Based on Nobel Prize-winning research, this boondoggle-avoidance approach is already in use in the U.K. Why not the U.S.? (If the link doesn’t work, put this in your browser:

Other highlights posted so far:

“Burning Down the House to Keep Warm,” which explains why expanding domestic oil and gas exploration — offshore or elsewhere — would be an absurdly damaging enterprise, given the Bush administration’s dysfunctional energy policies. (Emergency URL:

“Earthship Trooper” looks at New Mexico architect Michael Reynolds, who has been building low-consumption, off-the-grid house for decades – but is now suddenly in high demand around the world. (Emergency URL:

By one estimate, if all 6.7 billion people on Earth consumed like Americans, the present population would feel like 72 billion. “A Future of Less” looks at realistic ways the U.S. government can help Americans begin to address their collective consumption problem. (Emergency URL:

My column (which deals summarily with confident, incompetent political toadies-in-charge) and other fine examples of journalism will grace between now and September. You’re invited to look in, as you have time.

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August: Old World Order

The August issue of Miller-McCune magazine is on the Web site ( and sailing through the postal system to 92,000+ smart people. A few highlights:

All that, and: why Oprah caused the downfall of American society; how environmental contaminants become hereditary illness; problem-solving courts that work; managing water, carbon and energy together in a time of climate change; biophilic design that brings the outside in; and an innovative whale warning system.

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Second Issue: Happiness by Government

The June issue of Miller-McCune magazine went live today at Some of the better stories:

— Livingston Award finalist Ryan Blitstein on well-being research and whether the government can use it to make us, yes, happy.

— AAAS award-winner Michelle Nijhuis on the fight against business-funded campaigns to manufacture scientific doubt where little exists. (Think tobacco, climate change, asbestos, so on.)

Stanford‘s Norman Nie asks whether education makes you smarter and comes down, in a brilliantly qualified way, on the side of “no.”

— I take off from the British best-seller Flat Earth News to ask (and partly answer) the age-old question: Why are the news media so repetitive and dumb?

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Today in Mice — Today!

Yes, it’s Miller-McCune‘s best new blog (although all of them are worth a look). Today in Mice is mostly the work of the enormously talented Matt Palmquist, who’s written and edited for me in some form or fashion for years now. Which may be depressing from his point of view, but from yours, it’s a very good thing, because it has brought you Today in Mice, a blog that plays off all of the vital research that goes on around the globe involving mice. You know, like mice that help to cure cirrhosis, to improve the performance of chemotherapy and to explain the meaning of the noises you make during sex.

OK, it doesn’t sound as brilliantly high-toned in explanation as it actually is; so just go read it already, here.

And if you haven’t seen the cover story for Miller-McCune‘s inaugural issue, “Caution: NAFTA at Work,” you should take a look. It’s gotten links from the Atlantic and Foreign Policy and drawn praise from across the country for its comparison of Spain’s accession to the EU and Mexico’s joining of NAFTA. The upshot: If we integrated our economy more closely with Mexico’s, as the EU did with Spain, illegal Mexico-U.S. immigration would … just … stop.

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The magazine is up!

The first issue of Miller-McCune magazine is now winging its way across America to 100,000 lucky and smart people. The issue’s also up, in full, on the site. An announcement I’ve been sending around, plugging the premiere, is after the jump. Please do take a look, as you have time.

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The Why of It All

This is the start of what will likely be a very occasional blog that keeps friends and colleagues up to date with me and occasionally goes off on a tangent suggested by the news. If you are looking for background about me, you can go to my Web page,, and if you are looking for the Web site for the national policy magazine I edit, Miller-McCune, you should click here.  If you’re just trying to catch up with me or see what’s bothering my mind at the moment, you’ve come to the right place.

Details at 11.

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