Not only were Doc's two pieces on Friedman's book analytically sharp, but they vividly captured his emotional connections to the book's ideas. That triggered a reaction from another blogger, and Doc's response to her. You really should read them all, they're superb.
Now, back to the question's answer: I defy you to find these kinds of pieces--pieces in which practiced writers expertly engage ideas in both intellectual and personal terms--in the mainstream media. For free. Every day.