From Prospect, with most Sunni factions now seeking a deal, the big questions in Iraq have been resolved positively. The country remains one, it has embraced democracy and avoided all-out civil war. What violence remains is largely local and criminal. From Foreign Policy, is the surge working in Iraq? An interview with Toby Dodge; and an interview with John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN. When WMD meets Office Space: A review of Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War by Bob Drogin. What happens to private contractors who kill Iraqis? Maybe nothing. Soldiers for Rent: An article on the private contractors fighting America’s wars (and more). Making a killing: Who will mete out justice for America's merchants of death? This new struggle for power: An interview with Martin Indyk on assessing American foreign policy in the Middle East. From Forward, Martin van Creveld on why the world can live with a nuclear Iran. An interview with Seymour Hersh on Bush, Iran and the challenges to journalism.
From Philament, Legier Biederman (UCLA): What Are Proper Responses? Hip Hop, Aesthetics, Race and Feminist Politics. From n+1, rock and roll is a music of mechanized sexuality. That’s why ninety percent of it sounds like clocks fucking. What does rock and roll mean? A review of Ska’d For Life: a personal journey with The Specials by Horace Panter. A pint and a Molotov cocktail: An interview with George Berger on Crass and the anarcho-punk movement. Manu Chao's catchy, multilingual pop tunes became the soundtrack to the anti-globalisation movement. But fame and politics don't mix. A bigger Tool kit: Theology from a prog rock band. Our lady of the manor: A review of Madonna: Like an Icon by Lucy O'Brien. An interview with Pamela Des Barres, author of Let's Spend the Night Together: Backstage Secrets of Rock Muses and Supergroupies.
Vaclav Havel on our moral footprint: As a result of our endeavors and our irresponsibility, our climate might leave no place for us. One hundred fifty years after the publication of Walden, Henry David Thoreau is helping scientists monitor global warming. A review of Bjorn Lomborg’s Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming. For angry environmental heretics on the run, Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger sure know how to enjoy themselves. The top 100 effects of global warming: Get ready for more bear attacks, fewer frogs, and a dire shortage of guacamole. Why climate change can't be stopped: Environmental advocates have finally managed to put the issue of global warming at the top of the world’s agenda. But the scientific, economic, and political realities may mean that their efforts are too little, too late.
The immigration charade: Christopher Jencks reviews State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America by Patrick J. Buchanan. The Mexicans are coming! The Mexicans are coming! Hyping the immigration crisis in America's whitest states. Going protectionist over a fantasy highway: Xenophobes see a threat to U.S. sovereignty in a Texas freeway project that would ease trade with Mexico. China's example for today's Latinos: How do 19th century Chinese immigrants provide an inspiration to Latinos in the United States? An excerpt from Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans, by Jean Pfaelzer (and more and more). Igniting a new kind of desert storm: Is dropping water bottles to migrants humanitarianism or an inherently political act? The introduction to True Faith and Allegiance: Immigration and American Civic Nationalism by Noah Pickus. A review of The 50% American: Immigration and National Identity in an Age of Terror by Stanley Renshon.
From Edge, a "master class": Danny Kahneman on a short course in thinking about thinking. Whether we know it or not, we're all street-corner psychics; without the ability to divine others' thoughts and feelings, we couldn't handle the simplest social situations—or achieve true intimacy with others. Have scientists discovered intuition? Whenever humans recognize a mistake, a mysterious wave of electricity passes through the brain; researchers think the signal could explain addiction, error correction and even the sixth sense. From Tikkun, an article on neuroscience and fundamentalism: You make your own brain, so start thinking creatively. More news from the savannah: People seem to have “animal-monitoring modules” in their brains—which is bad news for road safety. A review of Hot Thought: Mechanisms and Applications of Emotional Cognition by Paul Thagard. A review of A Secret History of Emotion: From Aristotle’s Rhetoric to Modern Brain Science by Daniel Gross. The science behind personality: Why do some of us worry endlessly about our lives, while others sail through without a care?
From Law and Contemporary Problems, a special issue on the impact of behavioral genetics on the criminal law. From the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, J.C. Oleson (ODU): King of Killers: The Criminological Theories of Hannibal Lecter (and part 2 and part 3); Adam Dobrin (FAU): Professional and Community Oriented Policing: The Mayberry Model; Dawn K. Cecil (USF): Doing Time in “Camp Cupcake”: Lessons Learned from Newspaper Accounts of Martha Stewart’s Incarceration; Josh Nisker on “Only God Can Judge Me”: Tupac Shakur, the Legal System, and Lyrical Subversion; a review of Errors of Justice by Brian Forst; a review of The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society by David Garland; a review of Counter-Colonial Criminology: A Critique of Imperialist Reason by Biko Agozino; and a review of Good Cop/Bad Cop: Mass Media and the Cycle of Police Reform by Jarret S. Lovell. The white-collar criminal as thug: An interview with Terry L. Leap, author of Dishonest Dollars: The Dynamics of White-Collar Crime. From Smithsonian, here’s a brief history of Scotland Yard: Investigating London's famous police force and some of its most infamous cases; and the Pinkerton Detective Agency chased down some of America's most notorious criminals—but could it capture Jesse James?
From NYRB, a review of The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1855–1872; William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism by Robert D. Richardson; Henry James at Work by Theodora Bosanquet; and Henry James Goes to Paris by Peter Brooks. From American Heritage, an article on William Faulkner’s struggle for greatness. A review of Bernard Malamud: A Writer’s Life by Philip Davis. Giving up the ghost: Philip Roth puts his longtime alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman, out of his misery. Roth won't miss him—he's on to the next—but what about us? A guide to Philip Roth: With America’s finest living novelist set to land a knockout blow on his greatest creation, Nathan Zuckerman, here's a profile of literature’s reigning heavyweight champion. Christopher Hitchens reviews Exit Ghost by Philip Roth (and more).
K.M. Ingo (CSU), K.D. Mize (FAU) and M.E. (CSU): Evolutionary Feminist Theory: Female Intrasexual Competition: Toward an Evolutionary Feminist Theory. How do antisocial men manage to attract women? Or, to put it another way, why do some women always fall for bastards? A look at what women like about male sweat—and why. From Harvard Magazine, getting it right on the rig: Manhood reconsidered. A review of Real Men: Ten Courageous Americans to Know and Admire by R. Cort Kirkwood. A review of So What's a Boy? Addressing Issues of Masculinity and Schooling by Wayne Martino and Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli. From Popular Mechanics, do you know the 25 skills every man should? The God of Sperm: In an industry veiled in secrecy, a powerful L.A. sperm peddler shapes the nation’s rules on disease, genetics — and accidental incest. A review of Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity by Robert Jensen.
From TLS, a review of Hannah Arendt’s The Jewish Writings; and should understanding necessitate forgiveness? A look back to the 1964 review of Arendt’s book on the Eichmann trial. From Habitus, an interview with Emil Fackenheim on An Epitaph for German Judaism: From Halle to Jerusalem; an interview with Gunther Grass and Imre Kertesz on parallel lives; and an interview with Siona Benjamin on Jews, America, art and the transcultural revolution. From the inaugural issue of International Journal of Conflict and Violence, Nonna Mayer (Sciences Po): Transformations in French anti-Semitism. "The Zionists are our Misfortune": An essay on the (not so) new Antisemitism. From Forward, a review of Terror in Black September: The First Eyewitness Account of the Infamous 1970 Hijackings by David Raab; and a review of A Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman by Sharon Rudahl. A review of Auschwitz Report; The Black Hole of Auschwitz; and A Tranquil Star: Unpublished Stories of Primo Levi. From crocheting a kippah to making your own shofar, The Jewish Catalog explains it all.
From Democracy Now!, Alan Greenspan and Naomi Klein debate the Iraq war, Bush's tax cuts, economic populism, and crony capitalism. Klein reviews Greenspan’s The Age of Turbulence. What drives Naomi Klein? He critique of "disaster capitalism" will echo around the world -– but its roots lie in a scandal close to her Canadian home. Every catastrophe is an opportunity: More and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on The Shock Doctrine. [The latest issue of Bookforum includes a review of The Shock Doctrine.] Does Klein oversimplify the connections between globalization and war? From the Brown Journal of World Affairs (registration required), an interview with Daron Acemoglu on globalization and inequality; and an interview with Kenneth Rogoff on adapting to globalization; and an interview with Michael Hardt on welcoming the Multitude.