Linklog: Some stuff I’ve read lately

Out of the Kitchen, onto the Couch. Michael Pollan reminisces about Julia Child and discusses the contradictions inherent in the Food Network.
In Defense of Food Network. Tristero disagrees with Michael Pollan.
The Sociology of the Ayn Rand Cult. 1972 article by Murray Rothbard describing exactly in what ways Objectivism functioned as a cult and demanded blind loyalty to its leader and her doctrine, all in the name of reason. Useful to know about now that Ayn Rand’s work is back in the limelight again.
A French Revelation, or The Burning Bush. James A Haught at the Council for Secular Humanism writes that former French President Jacques Chirac alleges that former US President George W. Bush invited him in 2003 to help invade Iraq to “thwart Gog and Magog, the Bible‚Äôs satanic agents of the Apocalypse”. Seriously. If true, it’s pretty much a miracle that the world survived eight years with Bush’s hand on the red button.