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July 2002

Just finished reading Walter C.

Just finished reading Walter C. Willett, Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy. Dr. Willett holds an endowed chair at the Harvard School of Public Health. He says the key idea of the Atkins low-carbohydrate diet is correct. White bread, white rice, pasta, and potatoes are not good for you, contrary to what the USDA says. And he claims that 80% of heart disease and 70% of some cancers--colon cancer, for example--are due to poor diet and lack of exercise. Very interesting, well-written book. And not counting the recipes, it's only 185 pages.

Hendrik Hertzberg reviews a book

Hendrik Hertzberg reviews a book by Robert A. Dahl. Robert Dahl ". . . is not a crank. He is the Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Yale, and he is about as covered with honors as a scholar can be. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; a corresponding fellow of the British Academy; a recipient of the Talcott Parsons Prize, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award, and the James Madison Award of the American Political Science Association, of which he is a past president. He is the author of twenty-three books and textbooks, several of which are considered definitive landmarks in the field. His peers revere him. He has been called 'the premier democratic theorist of our time' by Fred I. Greenstein, of Princeton; 'the premier analyst of democratic theory and democratic institutions writing today' by James S. Fishkin, of the University of Texas; and 'the foremost political theorist of this generation' by Theodore J. Lowi, of Cornell. Robert Dahl is eighty-six years old. He knows what he is talking about."

Professor Dahl thinks the Constitution is not "democratic" enough.

Well. As they say in the software biz, only half-humorously, Professor Dahl, that's not a bug, it's a feature!