This piece from the Washington Monthly isnt exactly deep metaphysics, but it will hold your interest and/or remind you of some amusing moments. Remember Michael Dukakis favorite book?
"His phlegmatic 1988 campaign was perfectly symbolized by his choice of vacation reading: a book entitled Swedish Land-Use Planning. Even if you knew nothing else about the Massachusetts governor, this tidbit suggested he was solution-oriented, practical to a fault, and probably not the sort of guy whod be a lot of fun to have a beer with. Which is, of course, exactly the person the Democrats got."