A new issue of Democracy, including a special section on Obama's America, with contributions by Orlando Patterson, Jedediah Purdy, Geoffrey Stone, Michael Waldman, and Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi. From The Nation, we get it — Obama's pragmatic; but what does that mean, politically and philosophically? Nicholas Kristof on Obama’s "Secretary of Food". An excerpt from Gastropolis: Food and New York City. A review of Studying urban youth culture by Greg Dimitriadis. A review of The Persistence of Poverty: Why the Economics of the Well-off Can’t Help the Poor by Charles Karelis. From Soundings, an interview with Alan Finlayson on Great Britain and conservatism. From Popular Science, it's not just deja vu (all over again): A new study reveals the psychology behind the phenomena; and just in time for campfire season: The anatomy of a marshmallow. From FP, a look at the 10 worst predictions for 2008. From Common Ground, an article on finding our happy place: Why “where we are” is “how we are” is “who we are”. The introduction to Hypocrisy Trap: The World Bank and the Poverty of Reform by Catherine Weaver. A review of books on Le Corbusier. From Islamica, an article on Al Jazeera and the information warfare. From InterActions, a review of Glut: Mastering Information through the Ages by Alex Wright.

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