From Time, here are the 50 top 10 lists of 2007. From New York, a special issue on the 2007 Culture Awards. Thank you for sharing: Lee Siegel on the strange genius of Oprah. From The New York Observer, Jamie Campbell Bower is 19, he’s beautiful and he’s bloody good; and Gawk, Huff, Google: We’re new mediapolis. Offend who you like, just don't mention religion: On the stand-up circuit disabled people are fair game — yet mocking God can get you banned. "I hate Celine! Or do I?": An excerpt from Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste by Carl Wilson. An article on celebrity biographies: Who do they think they are?


From Alternet, a list of 2007's top 10 sex and relationships stories. Suburban swingers: On a quiet street in a Dallas suburb, dozens of guests have been meeting for sex in a private house — do they have a right to party? Life-long loving with a sexbot: Sexbots have been around forever, but they are getting smarter all the time. Next-Gen sex gets its jollies from Web 2.0. From The Weekly Standard, David Gelernter on instant sex and the sad demise of romantic love (and a response). Carol Platt Liebau's Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, Too!) is the worst book in a recent spate of teen-sex-shockfests. Sex, love, and SSRIs: Can Prozac keep you from falling—and staying—in love? The power of love: Love is the best antidepressant—but many of our ideas about it are wrong. A review of The Book of Love: In Search of the Kamasutra by James McConnachie.


From The American Interest, Mario Vargas Llosa on the paradoxes of Latin America. Alvaro Vargas Llosa on the Fantastico Mr. Fox: The strange fact that Vicente Fox is looking out for Latin America's future. From The Nation, a forum on what the "No" means in the Venezuelan referendum. The beginning of the end: Yes, he's still in control, but Chavez's defeat will galvanize Venezuela's opposition movement and change his reign forever. The real story of social progress in Latin America does not come from Venezuela, so why has the left embraced Chavez with such passion? Chavismo without Chavez? Jorge Castaneda on what the future holds for Venezuela. From Monthly Review, an article on remembering Che Guevara, forty years on. A review of The Boys from Dolores: Fidel Castro’s Schoolmates From Revolution to Exile by Patrick Symmes.


From American Heritage, an article on George Eastman House, in Rochester, New York, the world’s premier photography museum. Taking stock: Every picture tells a story, sometimes the wrong one. Live large and prosper: An interview with Leonard Nimoy, whose new photography book, The Full Body Project, brings Rubenesque nudes back into contemporary art. Haunted mouses: The Internet is a funeral home, a necropolis and a repository for spooky images real, unreal and all too real. A review of The Gothic: Documents of Contemporary Art by Gilda Williams. Form The New Yorker, an article on the complex world of Lucas Cranach the Elder. "People need beauty": Architect Oscar Niemeyer turns 100 (and here's Oscar Niemeyer, in pictures). A review of Gunyah, Goondie & Wurley: The Aboriginal Architecture of Australia by Paul Memmott. From The Hindu, cultural catalyst: India’s economic boom has led to a sense of claiming our space in the world order — this confidence is fertile ground for artistic fecundity.


From Dissent, an article on the abortion procedure ban: Bush's gift to his base. Democrats, enough whining: The GOP is to blame for congressional gridlock — now let's move on; and Republicans, enough piety: The right answer to "Do you believe the Bible?" is, "None of your damn business". From First Things, Nat Hentoff, John J. DiIulio Jr. and Joseph Bottum debate the next president; an article on Evangelical amnesia; and reading the signs: A review of Church Signs Across America by Steve and Pam Paulson; and Bible Road: Signs of Faith in the American Landscape by Sam Fentress. More on Head And Heart: American Christianities by Garry Wills. Why faith-based progressivism might not just be possible—but desirable: A review of Godly Republic: A Centrist Blueprint for America's Faith-Based Future by John J. DiIulio, Jr. (and more). Latter-Day Republicans vs. the Church of Oprah: Instead of handing down tablets of what constitutes faith in America, Romney-style, the Oprah-Obama movement practices an American form of ecumenicalism. 


What I would do if I were a multibillionaire: Paul Johnson on why there is nothing sinful in amassing wealth, provided it is done justly. The global wealth boom has created a new breed of billionaire in once-destitute countries, and a number of them are using their wealth to push for social changes. Forget about the free market: Today's executives maintain their outrageous salaries by strategies predicted by Karl Marx. A look at how what your CEO drives says a lot. Instant karma capitalism catches on: Tune in, bliss out and do business as you've never done before say advocates of Vedanta, a Hindu philosophy that the Western corporate world is embracing in an effort to find personal meaning and well-being while making big bucks. For managers, ignorance isn't bliss: Not knowing one's own faults and weaknesses, and being unaware that they even exist, is dangerous for top executives. Three cheers for the epic poetry of jargon: The use of language to claim credit and avoid blame achieves its apogee in company results statements.


PhDs and parishioners: Did you know that February 10 is Evolution Sunday? Cultural selection: William Saletan on the evolution of evolution. Why pygmies evolved to be shorter: Their smaller-than-average size may be tied to maximizing reproduction. Darwin's children: A look at how human evolution has speeded up over the past 80,000 years, while raising awkward questions about the concept of race. James Watson's 16 percent: What does it mean to say that he's one-sixth African? More on James D. Watson's Avoid Boring People: And other lessons from a life in science. A review of Babies By Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice by Ronald M. Green and The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering by Michael J. Sandel. A review of Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body by Jennifer Ackerman. From Discover, can we cure aging? Controlling inflammation could be the key to a healthy old age. The introduction to The Modern Art of Dying: A History of Euthanasia in the United States by Shai J. Lavi.


From Literary Review of Canada, a review of Ivory Tower Blues: A University System in Crisis by James Cote and Anton Allahar; and Multiversities, Ideas and Democracy by George Fallis. Beached: An article on Norman Finkelstein and the Coney Island exile of a scholar who would be Noam Chomsky, but isn’t. University of PC: As a Republican in academia, Robert Maranto is on the fringe. More on Until Proven Innocent by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson. More on God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America by Hanna Rosin. Harvard for Free: Higher education is about to change as elite universities decide what to do with their huge endowments. Vast new fortunes and rising inequality and tuition fees have put elite American colleges at risk of turning back into the class-based institutions they were 100 years ago. Better begging: When wealthy universities ask for money, why do we say yes? The race is not always to the richest: Money and effort aren't enough to impart the skills and knowledge needed in a cut-throat world.


From The New Yorker, twilight of the books: What will life be like if people stop reading? Caleb Crain investigates. From Literary Review of Canada, books you should read that you shouldn’t read: Ten contributors warn of “classic” books with over-sized reputations. The Americans go for self-help books, the French buy unreadable philosophy books and the British buy books filled with trivia. How often do you bother looking up an unfamiliar word, and should writers make us reach for our dictionaries? Four years ago, James Meek vowed to learn every alien word he encountered, and discovered poetry in obscurity. A proud day for geeks everywhere: Here are Merriam-Webster's Words of the Year 2007. Mnemony clever ways to remember stuff: An excerpt from I Before E (Except After C): Old-School Ways to Remember Stuff by Judy Parkinson.


From The Progressive, if Giuliani stays on top, it’s not hard to imagine a Rudy version of the “scream” speech — and who better to script it than Judith Regan and Bernard Kerik? The dirty cad: What Giuliani's sex life tells us about him. A look at why Ron Paul's followers will cost him the election. The Gospel of Paul: He has some kooky ideas, but he also has lessons for the GOP contenders. From Writ, Marci Hamilton evaluates Mitt Romney's speech, and the press's anemic coverage of the topic. From The New York Times Magazine, a cover story on The Huckabee Factor. The Huckabee-as-really-good-guy meme? It doesn't wash. Rich Lowry on why the nomination of Huckabee would represent an act of suicide by his party. Baptist v Mormon: The Republican battle for the religious vote gets rough. The plutocrats v. the theocrats: As the primaries (finally) approach, it is increasingly apparent that the real GOP battle is between the business wing and the social conservative wing of the party. None of the Above: The GOP is headed for the most wide-open nomination fight since Wendell Willkie. Here's a new site to bookmark and check back often: Brotherhood of the Disappearing Pants: A Field Guide to Conservative Sex Scandals.

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