The Nightstand (February 3rd)

Politics

Confessions of a Liberal Gun Owner (Justin Cronin, NYT)

Moral Perversity in David Mamet (Andrew Sullivan, The Dish)– Responding to this nonsense.

Breaking the Military’s Brass Ceiling (Jeremiah Goulka, The American Prospect)

Obama, FDR and the Second Bill of Rights (Cass Sunstein, Bloomberg View)

Making Voting Constitutional (Jamelle Bouie, The American Prospect)

Worried about the economy?  Then pass immigration reform (Ezra Klein, Wonkblog)

Obama’s Big and Quiet Transformation (Michael Tomasky, NYRB)

Mormonism
Earthly Father, Heavenly Father — Earthly Mother, Blank (Alison Moore Smith, Times & Seasons)– All sorts of problems with this video.  (Also an excellent discussion at BCC at Tree of Life II)
On Missionary Work (Ben Park, Feminist Mormon Housewives)
Earthly Failings, Heavenly Success (Brad, By Common Consent)
In Defense of Higher Criticism (David Bokovoy, Worlds without End)
Mending a Fractured World (Ben Park, Peculiar People)
How Mormons and Evangelicals Became Republicans (Mark Silk, Religion in the News)

Humanities

When Jim Crow Drank Coke (Grace Elizabeth Hale, NYT)

Aaron Swartz, Intellectual Property and the Humanities (Ben Alpers, SUSIH Blog)

Science

Awaiting a New Darwin (H. Allen Orr, NYRB)

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