From Colloquy, a special section on Tights and Tiaras: Female Superheroes and Media Cultures. From Anthropoetics, Andrew Bartlett (Kwantlen): A Minimal Model for Apocalyptic Thinking; Adam Katz (Quinnipiac): The Redemption of Hostages; and Edmond Wright (Cambridge): A Linguistic Source for the Myth of the Summum Bonum, and How It Should Be Played. Blues Cruise: Steaming past Guantanamo, en route to the Cayman Islands, a boatload of Republicans ponder the plight of a party at sea. Modify your dissent: Peter Frase on the rise and fall of The Baffler. Yari Lanci reviews The Spectre of Utopia: Utopian and Science Fictions at the Fin de Siecle by Matthew Beaumont. Kissinger, Kant, and the Syrians in Lebanon: Shlomo Avineri on a nugget of philosophical diplomacy. From Political Theology, Roland Boer on Russian Communist Party’s First Secretary Gennady Zyuganov and religion. From Columbia Journalism Review, a special issue on the Hollywood star-making machinery. In the middle of the expanses of Siberia, it is most interesting to come across monks, all of whom speak Hindi as they have received their Buddhist education in India.