THE WEEK THAT WAS (06-10/08/2012)
This week, I considered the question of constitutional reform, arguing that “we are duty bound to convene a constitutional convention to formulate a single, codified document which not only enshrines our rights and freedoms but also makes clear the limits of governmental power and the role of each branch as they relate to each other”.
Other writers featured this week included: Marie Brenner in Vanity Fair on the life and work of Marie Colvin; Martin Amis for The New Republic on his decision to leave England for the United States; Simon Schama in The Daily Beast on Gore Vidal; and, Jeffrey Barken for JNS.org on the past, present, and future of volunteering in Israel.
Elsewhere, Ha’aretz mapped out violent attacks on Palestinians on the West Bank, and I noted the passing of composer Marvin Hamlisch. This week’s feature from The Paris Review was of David Grossman on his childhood in Israel, and James Taylor sang Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years”.