From Argumentum, Hoffmann Zsuzsa on English as a Glocal Panacea for Quadrilingual Switzerland and Multilingual Europe. A review of Spellbound Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies by Donald Spoto. A review of Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art Out of Desperate Times by Susan Quinn. An excerpt from Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity by Michael Lewis (and more and a review). A review of books on the evolution of Sunday. Why is the pop star Pink the only artist tackling the tough issues surrounding feminism and alcohol? America concedes: Patrick Cockburn writes about the significance of the new Status of Forces Agreement. Dispatches from the bottom of the Earth: Getting to Antarctica — or not. The thrift paradox: You can't blame people for cutting back these days, but what feels right now might end up hurting later. Ten picks for Obama's Supreme Court: With as many as three justices expected to retire, Obama may have the opportunity to reshape the conservative-leaning court; experts eye the candidates. From Wired, back to the garage: How economic turmoil breeds innovation. How software models doomed the markets: Overreliance on financial software crafted by physics and math PhDs helped to precipitate the Wall Street collapse.