A new issue of Cartographic Perspectives is out. Stephen B. Smith (Khazar): The Geographic Origins of Strategic Culture. From Approaching Religion, a special issue on Rethinking the Enlightenment. The accusation “you are not living in the real world” is always either ideological, narcissistic, or a poorly phrased attempt to say something else. Jed Perl on how Hilton Kramer got lost in the culture wars. Eating like a caveman: A passing fad or the diet of the future? A review of The Event of Literature by Terry Eagleton. New “social discovery” apps try to engineer chance encounters — could they spoil true serendipity? A review of Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine by Constance C. McPhee and Nadine M. Orenstein. Far from disappearing, Glenn Beck has only expanded his influence and multi-media empire since leaving Fox News last year (and more). Is it really essential that every human being be labeled “male” or “female” in accordance with his or her biological sex? An interview with James W. Hall, author of Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century’s Biggest Bestsellers.

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