The Hard-knock life
"Beer Buddies," my review of Richard Stott's Jolly Fellows: Male Milieus in Nineteenth-Century America, appears in the February/March 2010 issue of Bookforum.
In the New York Times of 12 May 2008, Edward N. Luttwak made the dubious, inflammatory claim that if Barack Obama were to be elected President, Muslim religious leaders around the world would call for his execution as an apostate. Now Luttwak has written a letter published in the 4 March 2009 issue of the Times Literary Supplement asserting that he, nearly alone among moderns, finds the plays of Menander funny. A mystery is hereby resolved. Many were under the impression that Luttwak knew something about international relations. It turns out that his true capacity is for humor.