Nicholas H. Smith (Macquarie): Work as a Sphere of Norms, Paradoxes and Ideologies of Recognition. Nicholas H. Smith and Jean-Philippe Deranty (Macquarie): Work and the Politics of Misrecognition. From New Left Project, an interview with Noam Chomsky on a libertarian perspective on work and education, arguing that freedom is the root of creativity and fulfilment. Perhaps a little late for the Christmas season but germane throughout the year, one may ask the question, “What is the best gift to give to a writer?” The gate opener: Elisabeth Woronzoff reviews Beginning to See the Light: Sex, Hope, and Rock-and-Roll and No More Nice Girls: Countercultural Essays by Ellen Willis. Dale Carrico catches Paul Krugman flirting with futurism. Economist, educator, omnivore, polymath and co-founder of Marginal Revolution Tyler Cowen highlights books about decentralised information, mass collaboration and spontaneous order. The United States and New Zealand conducted secret tests of a "tsunami bomb" designed to destroy coastal cities by using underwater blasts to trigger massive tidal waves. Sign the petition: No Death Star!