----- Original Message ----- From: "Nathan S. Russell" <nathan.russell at verizon.net> To: <lbo-talk at lbo-talk.org> Sent: Sunday, February 21, 2010 8:25 PM Subject: Re: [lbo-talk] The Nation and brain death
> Though I don't know what "b-o-b" means in terms of the NR, another
> insightful analysis. Nation has always shilled for the Demos in their
> time of need (within past ~15 yr history I mean), right?
> Thx, Bro.
> At 07:13 PM Sunday 2/21/2010, you wrote:
>>From: Jesse Lemisch <jesse.lemisch at verizon.net>
>>Doug is completely right. The Nation has succeeded in finding a black
>>who sounds just like Katha Pollitt and Todd Gitlin, continuing to lead
>>people down the bad road of Obamaism.
>>And the Nation 's back of the book has long been inferior to the the b-o-b
>>of the otherwise hideous New Republic.
>> > The Nation isn't at all interested in ideas - the opposite of NR back
>> > in
>> > the day. (NR today is risible, but that's another story.) So it turns
>> > out
>> > that one of the reasons that Katrina gave MHL a column is that she
>> > allegedly speaks to an audience far broader than The Nation's usual
>> > readership. The magazine shouldn't be some sort of massification
>> > device -
>> > it should be a thing where people think seriously. Instead, the editor
>> > is
>> > dumbing the thing down. It's doing more than passively genuflecting to
>> > brain-dead tropes - it's actively disseminating them.
>> > Doug