In an eloquent intellectual defence of modern American conservatism–which is anything but conservative, and more radical libertarian–Rich Lowry and Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review write an indictment of the American Left and the Obama Administration for failing to understand America’s exceptionalism. Although I disagree with the piece in its entirety, it’s still well written and is a cogent history of political philosophy in America.

Orhan Pamuk’s The White Castle, a novel that meditates on identity and Islam and the West, following the tale of an Italian enslaved in Constantinople.

I’m also following an online debate between “parachute journalist” Mary Bowers and XYZ, a blogger at Café Pyala, who takes issue with Bowers’ and other foreign journalists’ fetishization of Pakistan