From Standpoint, a series on reputations overrated/underrated, including Noam Chomsky/Mary Midgley, Eric Hobsbawm/Jeremy Black, Slavoj Zizek/Leszek Kolakowski, John Stuart Mill/Roger Bacon and Edward Said/Elie Kedourie. From Print, an interview with Art Spiegelman (and more from Bookforum). From Big Think, Christie Hefner, the soon-to-be former CEO of Playboy Enterprises, discusses Playboy's future Internet plans (and more). Merriam-based Lee Jeans is a proud maker of “mom jeans”. Katha Pollitt on Barack Obama, Feminist in Chief? An interview with Bitch magazine co-founder Andi Zeisler on "sexy" feminist issues. Germaine Greer ponders whether extreme shoes empower or constrain women, and female thinkers on what heels say today about sex, style, politics and power. The sexual revolution in cartoon form: Seventy-five years before the Spice Girls coined the term girl power, Betty Boop struck a blow for just such a cause. A Global New Deal: The next New Deal won't work if it's only American — fixing our economy will require fixing international systems. The coffee-table view of Turkmenbashi's dictatorship: A fascinating new book on the Turkmen despot unwittingly flatters his cult of personality. From MR, here's a look at six prominent American Freethinkers. What's the reality behind the $73 an hour autoworker? David Leonhardt investigates.
From The Walrus, a review of books on the dictatorship of no alternatives: Progressive economists are rethinking markets. Don't believe no one saw the financial crisis coming — the authors of these three books did. After the crisis is before the crisis: An article on the political economy of debt relief; and more on saving the economy and the planet. With economic conditions deteriorating, the barter system makes a comeback. From Too Much, here's the 2008 Top Ten America's Greediest. Will the Mumbai terrorists get what they wanted? From Vanity Fair, a look at why Somalia matters (and from TAP, a look at how Bush failed Somalia); and when a tour-bus load of would-be Carries, Charlottes, and Samanthas (nope, no Mirandas) go chasing that " Sex and the City" dream, is it comedy, tragedy, or cultural delusion? The end of the hipster: Dragged into the daylight, the youth culture that would not be named has finally been named, branded, marketed, and sold — time to move on? Whatever. What the alleged misdeeds of Rod Blagojevich teach us about lawful politics. A look at how environmental progress is a cause for right-wing paranoia. Objectively wrong: How American journalism is forsaking truth for balance. Obama has made a point of appointing a diverse group of thinkers to his cabinet, but what about the diversity of opinion outside the White House?
From Human Rights & Human Welfare, a roundtable on international diplomacy and prosecution in Darfur. The first chapter from The Myth of Digital Democracy by Matthew Hindman. From Radiant, Chelsea Werner on @#$%&* and other thoughts. More on More Information Than You Require by John Hodgman. Fast Friends: The complicated experience of living next to a Wendy's. Hiding in Plain Sight: For an undocumented family, life in a sanctuary city is feeling less safe all the time. A review of The Letters of Allen Ginsberg. In his book The Americans, Robert Frank changed photography; fifty years on, it still unsettles. A review of A People's History of the World by Chris Harman. The first chapter from Exploring Animal Social Networks by Darren P. Croft, Richard James and Jens Krause. A review of Mark Twain, Unsanctified Newspaper Reporter by James E. Caron. A review of China’s New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society by Daniel A. Bell (and more). Everyone these days is arguing for state help — except for that rare breed of free-market purist. From ProPublica, a look at Bush by the Numbers. Nowadays, powdered mummy may not be everyone's cup of tea, but for many years it was just what the doctor ordered. Now that Barack Obama is America's 44th president, in the spirit of his predecessors, he might want to take up fishing.
From The Objective Standard, an essay on capitalism and the moral high ground. From Monthly Review, William K. Tabb (Queens): Four Crises of the Contemporary World Capitalist System; an essay on the US Imperial Triangle and military spending; an article on Marx's critique of heaven and critique of earth; and a review of The Cost of Privilege: Taking On the System of White Supremacy and Racism by Chip Smith. The introduction to Stalin and the Soviet Science Wars by Ethan Pollock. A review of Philosophy from a Skeptical Perspective by Joseph Agassi and Abraham Meidan. The introduction to Margaret Mead: The Making of an American Icon by Nancy C. Lutkehaus. From CRB, is political history back? A review of books on American history. Nature, nuisance or worse? An urbanite reflects on the wild animals in her neighborhood. From F&D, a profile of Robert J. Shiller. Foreign adoption seems like the perfect solution to a heartbreaking imbalance: Poor countries have babies in need of homes, and rich countries have homes in need of babies — unfortunately, those little orphaned bundles of joy may not be orphans at all. A review of Susan Sontag's Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963 (and more from Bookforum). A look at how rich countries are carrying out "21st century land grab". Here are 5 cosmic events that could kill you before lunch.
From Portal, a special issue on Italian Cultures. From Evolutionary Psychology, Daniel J. Kruger (Michigan): Male Financial Consumption is Associated with Higher Mating Intentions and Mating Success; Pieternel Dijkstra and Dick Barelds (Groningen): Do People Know What They Want: A Similar or Complementary Partner?; Shannon Nguyen and Emily J. Zillmer (Wisconsin-Oshkosh) and E. L. Stocks (Texas-Tyler): Are Sexual and Emotional Infidelity Equally Upsetting to Men and Women? Making Sense of Forced-Choice Responses; and a review of The Supernatural and Natural Selection: Religion and Evolutionary Success by Lyle B. Steadman and Craig T. Palmer. Marshall Berman reviews Modernism: The Lure of Heresy by Peter Gay (and more from Bookforum). From Small Wars Journal, a review of A Wicked Brew: Piracy and Islamism in the Horn of Africa by Tim Sullivan. From Ducts, here are the memoirs of a Grand Canyon boatman. The Pyrrhic victory of secular capitalism: An excerpt from The Age of Aging by George Magnus. Our choices in books, movies, music, and art go to the core of who we are — what your tastes reveal about you. From TNR, a review of Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing by Russell G. Foster and Leon Kreitzman. More on Mark Bauerlein’s The Dumbest Generation.
From New Statesman, rise of the new Anglo-world order: It's an old controversy that was reignited this autumn by the remarks of a Nobel Prize judge: is American literature too insular, preoccupied only with the home country? From Culture11, an article on The Wal-Mart at the End of the World: A bad place to bring your dog. From Cracked, a look at the 10 most devastating insults of all time. From Esquire, take a look at Mark Roth in his lab in Seattle — it's mad, it's heroic, it's science the way it's supposed to be. More on The Family by Jeff Sharlet (and more from Bookforum). From First Principles, who needs One Big Market? Joseph Stromberg wants to know. From Intelligent Life, an article on Peter Gabriel: Rocker, human rights advocate. Beyond the burqa: A look at how Afghans are managing the struggle between modernity and tradition. More and more on The Man Who Owns The News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch by Michael Wolff. The Pygmies' Plight: A correspondent who chronicled their lives in central African rain forests returns a decade later and is shocked by what he finds. Africa, life after colonialism: An excerpt from Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century. Was the Moon created through a runaway nuclear reaction? The Art of Peace: Veteran negotiator Dennis Ross charts the rocky road to America's redemption.
From the inaugural issue of Aspeers, Judith Freiin von Falkenhausen (Mount Holyoke): The Influence of Sigmund Freud’s Clark Lectures on American Concepts of the Self; Konstantin Butz (Bremen): Rereading American Hardcore: Intersectional Privilege and the Lyrics of Early Californian Hardcore Punk; and Stuart Noble (USD): Don DeLillo and Society’s Reorientation to Time and Space: An Interpretation of Cosmopolis. A review of Loot: The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World by Sharon Waxman. A review of The Future of the Internet: And How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain. A review of The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America by Peter Dale Scott. The first chapter from Living Speech: Resisting the Empire of Force by James Boyd White. From Policy Review, Seth Kaplan on fixing fragile states: Solutions that make local sense; and an essay on trafficking and human dignity: The face of twenty-first-century slavery. From Imprimis, Dinesh D’Souza on what’s so great about Christianity (and an interview). Keith Devlin on multiplication and those pesky British spellings. What can the art market tell us about our economy? Stoppeth, already: Learning to love bogus archaisms. Lee Jamieson investigates. A review of Loneliness by John T. Cacioppo and William Patrick and Loneliness as a Way of Life by Thomas Dumm.
A new issue of Logos is out, including Khristina Haddad (Moravian): Hearing Hannah: Listening to German-Language Recordings of Hannah Arendt from the 1950s and 60s; Geoffrey Kurtz (BMCC): Obama and the Organizing Tradition; Hooshang Amirahmadi (Rutgers): Nuclear Geopolitics in US-Iran Relations: The Case for a Big Push toward Confidence Building; a review of Iran: A People Interrupted by Hamid Dabashi, a review of Rashid Khalidi's The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood; a review essay on modern India; Ian Williams on Orwell and the British Left; P. Adams Sitney on Emersonian Poetics; and Andrey Gritsman on Poetic Sensibility across Cultures and Languages. Mark Rhoads mourns the passing of the once great Spirit of National Review. Charles Peters on how Obama can make Washington work. A review of Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq by Steve Fainaru. John David Lewis (Duke): Reason or Faith: The Republican Alternative. A review of The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy, ed. by Brian Leiter and Michael Rosen. Supply-side education: What explains the growing gap in wages? An exit interview with Bob Barr, the 2008 Libertarian candidate for president. A review of History's Greatest Heist: The Looting of Russia by the Bolsheviks by Sean McMeekin.
From Monthly Review, Brett Clark (NCSU) and Richard York (Oregon): Rifts and Shifts: Getting to the Root of Environmental Crises; John Bellamy Foster (Oregon): Ecology and the Transition from Capitalism to Socialism; Jason W. Moore (Lund): Ecological Crises and the Agrarian Question in World-Historical Perspective; Victor Wallis (Berklee): Capitalist and Socialist Responses to the Ecological Crisis; and Anna Zalik (York): Liquefied Natural Gas and Fossil Capitalism. The curse of tribe: The fighting in eastern Congo is not just a scramble for China's mineral dollars; until the underlying tribal tensions are addressed, the region will never have peace. From Wired, secret geek A-Team hacks back, defends Worldwide Web; and an article on the decline and fall of an ultra rich online gaming empire. Jailhouse bloc: The real reason law-and-order types love mandatory-minimum sentencing? It's money in their pockets. The rise (and fall?) of a caffeine empire: A few years ago, no one would have predicted a site like www.SaveOurStarbucks.com. More and more and more and more and more and more on 2666 by Roberto Bolano (and from Bookforum, a review of Last Evenings on Earth, a review of Distant Star, a review of The Savage Detectives, and an excerpt from Nazi Literature in the Americas). Reparations, RIP: Cause of death: 9/11, public opinion, and the courts.
From Osteuropa, an essay on disputed memory: Jewish past, Polish remembrance; from obscurantism to holiness: "Eastern Jewish" thought in Buber, Heschel, and Levinas; and remembrance as balancing act: The public and academic treatment of eastern Europe' s Jewish heritage. From Collegium, Sari Kivisto (Helsinki): G. F. von Franckenau’s Satyra sexta (1674) on Male Menstruation and Female Testicles. From Prospect, where do we go from here? The markets have ruled for a third of a century, but it has all ended in tears — a return to selfish nationalism is possible; if we are to avoid this sombre outcome, we must find ways to rub the rough edges off globalisation; the Mumbai attacks hit India's rich the hardest — they may now take democracy more seriously; through misreadings and mistranslations, the ten commandments have come to be seen as the rantings of a vain and vengeful God — in fact, they are an early blueprint for self-government forged by refugees escaping tyranny; the art of prize-fighting: Prizes are a vital part of the modern market for serious literature, but they're also increasingly flawed and compromised; and a review of The Book of My Enemy: Collected Verse 1958-2003 and Angels Over Elsinore: Collected Verse 2003-2008 by Clive James. Faith and the uniform: Should the military be more open to nonbelievers? Chris Goodall on the 10 big energy myths.