We enjoyed these two lengthy, excellent articles in the New York Review of Books on the top Democratic Party contenders for president because they made some points about both of them in relaxed, accurate language. All we know about the author, Simon Head, is that he holds academic positions at Oxford and NYU, and is a journalist whose latest book is The New Ruthless Economy: Work and Power in the Digital Age (1996). Unlike so many writers on the contemporary political situation, Head seems to be contemporary. In our view many commentators are practically useless, regardless of their sincerity or the strength of their bile, because they don't have sufficient historical distance on the scene to describe the forces at work.
Simon Head is very good at perspective. -- blj
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