When I'm confused or concerned about public issues (most of the time), I almost unfailingly start my journey through/out of the wilderness via Andrew Sullivan. I occasionally or more disagree with him, but invariably leave the discussion with a shimmer of congealing clarity.
Before blogging became all the rage, Tom was posting book reviews and Observations (essentially early blog posts) to this site. You can find the archives below.
What we're talking about
on the front page.