A new issue of Europe's World is out. So much for "late capitalism": Greed, speculation, bust, misery — our present economic woes are right there, along with all human life, in Charles Dickens. An interview with Uri Gordon, author of Anarchy Alive! A review of A Citizen Legislature/A People's Parliament by Ernest Callenbach, A review of Everyday Drinking by Kingsley Amis (and more from Bookforum). From Salon, an interview with Richard Rodriguez on why churches fear gay marriage. From American Diplomacy, an article on UN Security Council reform: Unrealistic proposals and viable reform options. Green or die: An interview with Rev. Lennox Yearwood, executive director of the Hip Hop Caucus. From TAP, Paul Starr on the realignment opportunity; and let the conservative whining begin, says Paul Waldman. The odd expletive escapes most people's mouths in times of stress, but when we fall back on swear words just for effect have we really just run out of ideas. A review of Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney by Dennis O’Driscoll. Scott McLemee reviews The Overflowing Brain: Information Overload and the Limits of Working Memory by Torkel Klingberg. From Quodlibet, an article on teaching the parables to a post-modern society. An interview with Dinesh D'Souza on a Christian think tank. The sound of change: Can music save Cuba?

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