There's some interesting discussion unfolding re: The Education of Henry Adams over on the New York Times Reading Room ("Conversations About Great Books") blog.
Not that I've yet had the time to sufficiently read/study/think about it, but Doris Lessing's Nobel Lecture (presented in Stockholm by Lessing's British publisher, Nicholas Pearson), is online.
Not sure yet about the opportunities this may offer for freelancers, but the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has recently released the debut issue of FRANK, a new publication focused on concepts and ideas in public service. Read more about its mission and content here. (via The Chronicle of Higher Education--subscription required)