Ronald Inglehart (Michigan) and Pippa Norris (Harvard): The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Understanding Human Security. Peter P. Swire and Kenesa Ahmad (OSU): Encryption and Globalization. From CTheory, an interview with William Leiss on intellectual life from the postwar generation to the present moment. A review of The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade by Andrew Feinstein (and more). From Cabinet, Thomas Keenan and Eyal Weizman on Mengele’s Skull: From witness to object. A review of You Talkin’ to Me? Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama by Sam Leith. The Neurocritic on the return of physiognomy. Protest and ethics: Scholars explain why certain non-violent protests succeed, while some others do not. Was postmodern architecture any good? Witold Rybczynski on its most important legacy. Maxim Nasab on reviving the lost idea of the urbanized bridge. The Dandy Reissued: Colin McDowell asks if there’s a place for the modern dandy or if he’ll just end up looking comic. A review of The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History’s 100 Worst Atrocities by Matthew White. The figure of one trillion has become increasingly widely used but do we really understand it? Malcolm Gladwell has no idea why The Tipping Point was a hit. Michael Lewis on advice from the 1%: Lever up, drop out. From New York, Ray Kelly has had a remarkable run as NYPD commissioner — but now the problems are piling up. A review of Joseph Epstein's Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit (and more and more and more). Are you smart enough to know you’re stupid? It could mean the difference between life and death. Do experts slow innovation? Joseph F Coughlin wonders. Cracked.com on the 12 most baffling genres of stock photo, explained.

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