A new issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report is out. From Forbes, an interview with WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange. From UN Chronicle, a special issue on Education for All. Lou Friedman on why human spaceflight is worth the cost. Against obscurantism: Argentinian philosophy professor Horacio Potel on the fight against restrictive copyright laws that are criminalising teaching and research. Is a left-right antiwar coalition possible? How Apple is like Old Hollywood: Tim Wu on his book The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires. The world’s first living buildings: A new generation of buildings is upending what you thought you knew about construction. From Science Creative Quarterly, Michale Ferro on boiling lobsters and other things people do; and up or down? Martin A. Andresen on an efficiency-based argument for optimal toilet seat placement. From Low-tech Magazine, automata have been built for more than 2,000 years, but contemporary artists have elevated the craft to a higher level — aside from their emotional value, automata offer a glimpse of a future, post-oil technology. A review of Alasdair Macintyre's Engagement with Marxism: Selected Writings 1953-1974. Can Salon.com, deep in the red, keep the conversation going? From The L Magazine, Crystal Gwyn on the Late-Night Tribes of NYC: Stalking local youth, one party at a time. Think you can make David Brooks laugh at himself in The University of Chicago Magazine’s column-parody contest? He’ll be the judge of that.

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