From Vanity Fair, Sebastian Junger returns to the valley of death in Afghanistan; and an article on the Raffaello Follieri-Anne Hathaway charade. From Boston Review, Stacey D'Erasmo on the end of sexual identity: Fiction's new terrain. A review of Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America, 1861-2003 by William N. Eskridge Jr. An excerpt from I Don't: A Contrarian History of Marriage by Susan Squire (and more). From Live Science, a look at why the era of scientific secrecy is near the end. From IHE, it’s time to stop pretending that all faculty duties can be divided into distinct categories of teaching, research and service. Is it time for a new paradigm for health and development? A heavyweight panel with an egalitarian ideology claims to have found one. A review of Fighting Words: A Tale of How Liberals Created Neo-Conservatism by Ben J. Wattenberg. A review of Freedom's Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention by Gary Bass (and more and more and more). From Prospect, Russia's brutal expansionism must be checked now — or we will pay the price later. Greetings from Abkhazia: The forlorn seaside resort where Soviet rulers once frolicked. Here are 9 would-be countries looking forward to paying U.N. dues. From TLS, how Sarah Palin's religion continues to evolve around the world: A review of books on Pentecostalism.

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