From Cosmos and History, a special issue on Life Questioning Itself. From The Daily Beast, an article on the star pundits of YouTube. Eric Dezenhall on why Madison Avenue is over. From The Weekly Standard, Matt Labash on the Passion of Dick Cheney: Fishing the Snake River with the vice president. A profile of Toni Morrison: When she speaks, America listens. A review of Have a Nice Day: Behind the Cliches — Giving America Another Chance by Justin Webb and In Defense of America by Bronwen Maddox. A review of Understanding Space-Time: The Philosophical Development of Physics from Newton to Einstein by Robert DiSalle. A review of : Contractarianism in Moral and Political Philosophy by Jean Hampton. To try to keep their flocks, churches are turning to undercover inspectors, who note water stains, dull sermons and poor hospitality. A review of The Hell-Fire Clubs: Sex, Satanism and Secret Societies by Evelyn Lord (and more). An article on the growth of Talking Points Memo: A case study in independent media. Well, excuuuuuse meee! Why humans are so quick to take offense, and what that means for the campaign. From Big Think, a special panel on the future of the global economy. The Great American Road Trip: Father and son tour America, swim in both oceans, and get along too well to sell a book about it.

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