I'm halfway through Al Gore's new book The Assault on Reason. Or rather, I'm listening to Al's new book on my iPod (makes the daily train trip that much more interesting). So far it has been really good. Gore doesn't really break any new ground here, but he does piece together the various elements that undermine the American democratic process (Hint: TV). His ideas may not be new, but like An Inconvenient Truth it excels in proper, elegant, and reasoned presentation. Composition is something that is taught in every good academic curriculum, but few do it as well as the former next president of the United States of America. The book convincingly argues why American democracy is in such a decrepit state as it currently is. More notes and thoughts to follow.