Jonathan Leaf

Death in Jersey—The State Against Modern Medicine

12.7.2008 | Jonathan Leaf | NP, Science | 7 Comments
If an emergency physician encountered a patient in cardiac arrest, he’d “shock” him and bring him back to life. Presented with the same situation, the state would have a meeting. Then, when the body began to smell, they would have another meeting. Finally, they would dump the body. It was the nature of the state to be bureaucratic. There was nothing more to it than that.

The Play About Islam I Want To See


If you lived in a society in which people routinely “disappeared” and where even the “anti-government” parties must first be approved by the government, you might also be susceptible to chatter about the Protocols of the Elders of Zion or of elaborate, non-existent CIA plots.




A Modest Proposal for University Reform

07.25.2005 | Jonathan Leaf | The Academy | 7 Comments

What if Paul Allen were to offer a billion dollars to a leading university to pay every undergraduate's tuition — if the school’s faculty would in return agree to tenure reform?
 

Small Magazine, Small Man

06.27.2005 | Jonathan Leaf | Media Affairs | 13 Comments
Before Taki set up The American Conservative it seems that he met with Katrina Van den Heuvel about investing in The Nation. (Perhaps that was the point at which the far-left and far-right literally met up.) Stranger still, this self-described "soi-disant anti-Semite" almost invested in Seth Lipsky’s strongly pro-Israel New York Sun. This isn’t to say that Taki doesn’t have genuine right-wing anti-Semitic views. But it does raise the question of whether Taki’s main interest is in his views or merely in seeing his name in print.

The Protection Racket, or, Why Cruise and Holmes Are Fair Game 

06.1.2005 | Jonathan Leaf | Media Affairs | 2 Comments
 
 
Why this abrupt shift in the way that Cruise is being covered? The answer, it seems, lies in Cruise’s change in publicists. 
 

GM's Hydrogen Chimera


 
The mass-production of a hydrogen fuel-cell car may be a costly pipe dream. Moreover, it offers few, if any, net benefits to the environment.
 

Anthony Haden-Guest -- "too uptown for downtown and too downtown for uptown.”

04.19.2005 | Jonathan Leaf | Cultural Affairs, Urban Affairs | 22 Comments
“I still think New York, despite its negatives, is the most exciting city in the world. But it’s the not the city it was, or the one I came to. New York then had this whole lot of Euro-trash that was very colorful, and there was the Warhol scene. Also, it had a literary world that seems not to exist now. In those days you could go to Elaine’s and writers would just hang out and smoke.”

Tears Shed Over Answered Prayers, or, How to Marry a Millionaire

03.25.2005 | Jonathan Leaf | Cultural Affairs | 6 Comments
Men with kinky or odd sexual tastes are easier to cater to insofar as they’ll put up with a lot to have these desires fulfilled. A man who will send a private plane to pick a woman up is actually very insecure.

The Mismanagement of Hollywood

03.4.2005 | Jonathan Leaf | Film | 1 Comment
Does it continue to make sense to allow young performers to control their level of pay and their choice of projects from their first hit movie onwards?

Leaf on HST — "To the Dead Only Truth"

Thompson didn’t understand the 1960s, and he was coked out through the 1970s. Those who believe that Thompson had sensitive and nuanced observations about politics should go back and reread his writing.

The People's Princess and the Fallen Woman

Diana was famously dimwitted. A product of one of England’s richest and most aristocratic families, she chose to skip college. During her wedding ceremony, which was broadcast live around the world, she couldn’t even get her husband’s name right.

Staring at the Sun –- An Open Letter to New York’s Newest Paper

02.10.2005 | Jonathan Leaf | Media Affairs | 7 Comments
One of the more enticing things about The Sun is its use of wire service stories that can’t be found in any other New York paper.

Free Trade With China Isn't

02.1.2005 | Jonathan Leaf | International Affairs | 4 Comments
Economists have come to call this “the co-dependent relationship”: we want to consume, they don’t want any slowing in their rate of job creation. The result is extremely dangerous for both our long-term economic health and the security of the world.

What's Wrong With Inside the Actors Studio

01.24.2005 | Jonathan Leaf | Cultural Affairs | 6 Comments
An interview with Pierce Brosnan passed over his youthful experiences working with Tennessee Williams so that there was time to expatiate about his work on “Remington Steele”.

Socrates, Chomsky & the Taliban

12.13.2004 | Jonathan Leaf | The Academy | 11 Comments
He knew a better way, one in which philosopher-kings like himself would rule for the benefit of all. Just as Chomsky enjoys his tenure in Cambridge while denouncing America, Socrates chose to live where there was freedom.

Mom Always Looks So Young

12.1.2004 | Jonathan Leaf | Film | 2 Comments
Doris Day and Jeanne Moreau both turned down the role of Mrs. Robinson, in part because they thought they were too young for it.

Our Man on Sideways

11.22.2004 | Jonathan Leaf | Film
The Payne-Taylor accomplishments are large enough that we can already talk about them as against other heralded American moviemakers, past and present. After all, to have crafted four highly imagined, original and funny comedies for adults is to have accomplished a lot: especially if one of these, as the current one, may be a classic.

Pouring Out The Cups

11.8.2004 | Jonathan Leaf | National Affairs | 8 Comments
What the party must not do is turn once more to the Kool Aid pouring cult-leaders on its leftmost fringe. Calling John Ashcroft and George Bush fascists is bad politics in addition to being dim. There is no way for a party led by a contingent of America-haters to win American elections.

Porn, Grand Theft Auto & The Reptilian Brain

11.4.2004 | Jonathan Leaf | Cultural Affairs | 5 Comments
Will ours be a century of prosperity and longevity -- yet one where all but a few Americans aspire to lives of empty and amoral sensation?

How to Create a New Democratic Majority 

10.25.2004 | Jonathan Leaf | National Affairs | 3 Comments
The party's generals stupidly supposed that by making the Bush-Cheney ticket look "pink" that they could get homophobic Democratic voters back onto the rolls of the party faithful. The result, however, has been to draw further scrutiny to the issue and at once intensify the suspicions of homophobic blacks and Latins towards Kerry while also making suburban women think he lacks class, chivalry and sensitivity as a father.

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