Jenna N. Neumann (Kalamazoo): Habermas's Linguistic Theory Applied to David Mamet's Films: Communicative Action in Action. From Bloomberg Businessweek, a special issue on global warming. Ken Mampel, an unemployed, 56-year-old Floridian, is in large part the creator of the massive Hurricane Sandy Wikipedia page; he's also the reason that, for nearly a week, the page had no mention of climate change. The psychopath makeover: In the name of science, a psychologist visits the hell-with-it-all side of his brain. Prairie populism goes bust as Obama’s Democrats lose the Empty Quarter. From The New Inquiry, Rob Horning on theory cults. Economists design their dream candidate — but could he ever get elected? From The Believer, Eddie is gone: Nicole Pasula on how the life and death of surf legend Eddie Aikau tells a Hawaiian story not found in most guidebooks. Obama's likeliest flip-flops: If the president wins again on Nov. 6, he might fire up an Etch-a-Sketch of his own. An excerpt from Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos. Lifting all boats: Gary S. Becker on how the quest for profit improves human welfare.

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