December 3, 2012 Philip Roth recently announced that he had written his last novel. Author Matthew Specktor explains why Sabbath's Theater, released in 1995, is not only Roth's most disgusting novel but also his best. Do you have a favorite book that breaks all the rules? Tell us in the comments.
December 3, 2012 Which should come first, ending the "Bush" tax cuts for the wealthy or cutting spending? R.J. Matson and Steve Kelley try to find comedy in the manners of avoiding the fiscal cliff.
December 2, 2012 Senate Democrats are considering altering filibuster rules to make it harder for Republicans to impede legislation. Jeff Danziger does not have high regard for how Republicans have used the parliamentary maneuver, while R.J. Matson wonders if the Democrats are really willing to make a change.
December 1, 2012 This week's Powerball jackpot captivated the nation. Gary Varvel saw a better chance of winning the half-billion dollar prize than avoiding the fiscal cliff, while Clay Bennett acknowledged the harsh reality that only two lucky ticket-buyers can ignore.
November 30, 2012 Astrophysicist Adam Frank doesn't usually read self-help books, but something about Walker Percy's existential optimism in Lost In The Cosmos actually changed his outlook on life. Do you have a favorite self-help book? Tell us in the comments below.
November 30, 2012 Will machines over take us, as futurists and writers of science fiction like to think? Not to worry, says commentator Alva Noë. They already have. We are the singularity.
November 30, 2012 Of the revenue increases and program cuts that have been suggested during fiscal cliff negotiations, Jimmy Margulies thinks going after the mortgage interest deduction is a fairy tale, while Chip Bok argues you can't even get started at looking to Medicare for savings.
November 29, 2012 Outrage by animal activists has altered plans for a pair of working oxen on the campus of Green Mountain College. Commentator Barbara J. King reviews the now-famous case of Bill and Lou, questioning the wisdom of the animal-rights outrage surrounding the pair.
November 29, 2012 Susan Rice's closed-door meeting with sens. McCain, Graham and Ayotte failed to resolve their concerns about her role in explaining the Benghazi attack. Mike Lester thinks Rice has herself to blame for the explosive situation, while John Deering sees the senators' disappointment as pre-ordained.
November 28, 2012 As science advances, what we call "God" may be in need of serious revision. Especially if we do away with the supernatural when we think of deities.
November 28, 2012 Obama believes that ending tax cuts for the wealthy is important to avoid the fiscal cliff. Grover Norquist says ending the cuts violates his no tax increase pledge. Matt Wuerker sees Norquist as an obstructionist, while Chris Weyant thinks he doesn't enjoy the same kind of backing he's used to.