From TomDispatch, an essay on the end of the world as you know it, and the rise of the new energy world order. What makes a good business book? John Kay wants to know. The introduction to Demographic Forecasting by Federico Girosi and Gary King. From The Hindu, malls are a part of our mindset now, the way we imagine ourselves and our mobility, but whichever way you look at it, malls work like predators. Met with groans and sighs, Anna Morrison introduces her class of high-school seniors to Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. A review of Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850-1954: An Intellectual History by Stephanie Y. Evans. A review of Rightward Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s. Radio Free Europe still exists—and it's more important than ever. The first chapter from Hedge Funds: An Analytic Perspective by Andrew W. Lo. John Freeman reviews To Siberia by Per Petterson. From Natural History, special cells in the brain mimic the actions and intentions of others, forming the basis of empathy and social connections; and human ailments as varied as hernias, hiccups, and choking are a legacy of our “fishy” ancestry. A century in, Converse is still purveyor of the world's most functional shoe. Does a man still need to go to war to prove himself a hero? An essay on academic freedom and student rights in politicized institutions.

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