From the Electronic Journal of Sociology, Michael Sosteric (Athabascau): The Death of Newton: Consciousness, Spirituality, and the Second Scientific Revolution; and an article on bridging the gap between science and spirituality and the role of scientific investigations of paranormal phenomena. From Foreign Affairs, a review of In Sickness and in Power: Illnesses in Heads of Government During the Last 100 Years by David Owen. From Global Journalist, Peter Preston on why editors keep news out. I hate you, blue-tux-wearing Viagra guy: Web video ads are annoying and repetitive — here's how to fix them. From The New Criterion, Joseph Bottum reviews What the Gospels Meant by Garry Wills; and Mark Steyn reviews The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein. The English translation of Roberto Esposito's Bios appears to be an important contribution to the critical analysis of a politics of life, but can the book's claim to "revitalise" politics really be thought from within the exclusive bounds of academic philosophy? A review of Funding Fathers: The Unsung Heroes of the Conservative Movement by Nicole Hoplin and Ron Robinson. From Chronicles, Gregory Davis on politics in the anti-Christian age. When Jesus met Buddha: Something remarkable happened when evangelists for two great religions crossed paths more than 1,000 years ago: They got along.
A new issue of Ephemera is out, including Burkard Sievers (Wuppertal): The Psychotic University; a discussion on the role of the business school; a review of Rakesh Khurana's From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Management as a Profession; and a review of Stanley Aronowitz's Against Schooling: For an Education That Matters. From Logos, Kurt Jacobsen (Chicago): Got No Culture: Anthropology confronts Counterinsurgency; Christine Kelly (William Paterson): If Not Now, When?: How Student Protest Can Help Save US Higher Education; and a review of Historians In Trouble: Plagiarism, Fraud, and Politics in the Ivory Tower by Jon Wiener. The humanities move off campus: As the classical university unravels, students seek knowledge and know-how elsewhere. Cheating 2.0: Technology is catching cheats on college campuses — students don't like it. From Dissent, Jeffrey J. Williams on student debt and the spirit of indenture. From Conversations with History, an interview with Steven Chu. You know times are tough when the rich start cutting costs on their mistresses. City of Shards: A review of the novels of Elias Khoury. A review of The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel. From Fellowship, a look at why the culture of white privilege is to remain silent.
From Florida Philosophical Review, a special issue on heresy, blasphemy, and freedom of expression. A project every bit as far-reaching and ambitious as the federal highway program is to be found on the drawing board, pretty nearly ready to go. More on Robert Kuttner's Obama's Challenge. A review of The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 by Paul Krugman (and more). Why is great perfume not taken more seriously? A review of Perfumes: The Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. More on Jenny Block's Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage. Forty-somethings on Facebook: Tunku Varadarajan gets up close and personal — online. A review of American Rifle: A Biography by Alexander Rose (and more). From Physorg, a look at why life originated (and why it continues). Here's 10 things fungi have done for us. Molecular gastronomy: An article on the new science of cooking. From Harper's, Scott Horton on the torture presidency. From The New Yorker, news you can lose: James Surowiecki on the newspaper industry’s uncertain future; a review of Susan Sontag's Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963 (and more from Bookforum); and Shakespeare’s Shylock gets an appeal. Eric Banks on the legacy of Jonestown: Thirty years after the murder-suicides in Guyana, the country struggles with memories of the event.
From Dissent, Eric Reeves on refusing to save Darfur; Benjamin Kunkel on science fiction and end of politics; and Richard Wolin on defending the Enlightenment: A review of Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists by Susan Neiman and Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal by Rob Riemen. From TNR, a review of Hitler's Private Library: The Books That Shaped His Life by Timothy W. Ryback. More on Fighting Words: A Tale of How Liberals Created Neo-Conservatism by Ben J. Wattenberg. The recent glut of obituaries is premature — the neoconservative school of thought still has a lot to teach us. Amazing Race: How post-racial was Obama’s victory? From New York, a special issue on reasons to love New York. From LA City Beat, an essay on seven false starts about the death of Wallace. From Barnes & Noble Review, Brooke Allen, Michael Anderson, Daniel Menaker, James Parker, Katherine A. Powers, and Tess Taylor on the year in reading (and part 2 and part 3). Safety in uniqueness: As consumer culture permeates politics, the man-in-the street has slipped beyond the control of his creators and taken on a life of his own. We, the target audience: When did America become a marketing proposition? El Salvador’s New Left: Once a guerrilla movement, the FMLN has swapped revolutionary rhetoric for pragmatic politics. More on Mark LeVine's Heavy Metal Islam.
From the Journal of Intercultural Communication, Elza Ibroscheva and Jyotika Ramaprasad (SIU): Do Media Matter? A Social Construction Model of Stereotypes of Foreigners; and Gabriele Pallotti (Modena) and Cecilia Varcasia (Bolzano): Service Telephone Call Openings: A Comparative Study on Five European Languages. A neglected east-central European dispute involving a breakaway statelet, regional rivalry, contested territory, black markets and bearish presidents seems to have all the ingredients of a Caucasus-Balkans bloodbath — but seen close, Moldova-Transdniestria dissolves such preconceptions. From TED, Martin Seligman talks about psychology — as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. From Cyberpsychology, Alistair Duff (Napier): The Normative Crisis of the Information Society. The Republican Party is relying on a specific kind of Southern white person to shore up its power base, but that demographic can't be counted on for long. As his book Why We Suck hits the shelves, Denis Leary talks about lazy parenting, the media storm surrounding his views on autism, and the omnipotence of Oprah. A review of Cosmic Imagery: Key Images in the History of Science by John D. Barrow. Government is back: On Jan. 20 the Age of Reagan ends, and the Age of Obama begins.
From International Socialist Review, an article on the limits of identity politics; and is Marxism deterministic? Debunking a common myth about Marxism. A review of Shakespeare: A Life in Seven Chapters by Edward S. Brubaker. Magic tricks reveal inner workings of the brain. From Contexts, Robert J. Sampson (Harvard): Rethinking Crime and Immigration. From Open Democracy, after Iraq and Afghanistan, amid China's rise and Russia's challenge, can western democracy any longer offer a universal model? Rein Mullerson offers a qualified, contingent and contextual answer. A review of The Illusion of Freedom and Equality by Richard Stivers. A review of Making Poor Nations Rich: Entrepreneurship and the Process of Economic Development (and more). A review of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf (and more from Bookforum). From Mental Floss, here's a brief history of stadium naming rights. From GJSS, a special issue on practising feminist interdisciplinarity. A Habsburg Plan for Brussels: A review of “Empire by Devolution: What Today’s EU Can Learn From Franz Josef I’s Empire”. The ruins of our gauzy past: A review of Lost Buildings by Jonathan Glancey. Does the word still reverberate religiously for us? A review of Providence Lost by Genevieve Lloyd. More on The Bagel by Maria Balinska.
From the Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Mathias Kaelberer (Memphis): Markets, State and Societies in the Governance of Money. Green Old Party: What would a conservative environmentalist agenda look like? A review of Law as a Means to an End: Threat to the Rule of Law by Brian Z. Tamanaha. When it comes to indexing you can't beat the human touch, but search engines are starting to have power over the knowledge we receive. From Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, a special issue on the use and misuse of bibliometric indices in evaluating scholarly performance. Obama vs. Osama: Is Afghanistan the right war, or will it become Obama's quagmire? From Arts & Opinion, Wendy McElroy writes in defense of pornography; and with cardio striptease classes at health clubs, has the erotic imagination of women ever been more flat? A review of Trusting Doctors: The Decline of Moral Authority in American Medicine by Jonathan B. Imber. Speculation, innovation, regulation: A look at Reason's 40 years of covering science and technology. America's most wanted: Aafia Siddiqui is "the most dangerous woman in the world". A review of The Irish Americans: A History by Jay P. Dolan. More on Physics for Future Presidents: The Science behind the Headlines by Richard A. Muller.
From Law, Social Justice and Global Development, Robert Fine (Warwick): Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights; Peter Fitzpatrick (Birkbeck): Is Humanity Enough? The Secular Theology of Human Rights; and Anne Stewart (Warwick): Globalising Gender Justice? From Environmental History, a review of A History of Water (Volumes 1, 2 and 3) by Terje Tvedt and Eva Jakobsson; a review of American Wilderness: A New History; a review of How Green Were the Nazis? Nature, Environment and Nation in the Third Reich; and a review of Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back by Ann Vileisis. Affluence, it's so last season: The recession has got fashion glossies in a tizz; they should take a tip from Marie Antoinette. A review of American Therapy: The Rise of Psychotherapy in the United States by Jonathan Engel. A review of The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death and Happiness by Mark Rowlands. A review of Bloomsbury Ballerina: Lydia Lopokova, Imperial Dancer and Mrs John Maynard Keynes by Judith Mackrell. More on Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages by Ammon Shea. The Spirit of ’76: Democratic overreach derailed Jimmy Carter’s presidency — and may do the same for Barack Obama’s.
From Cosmos and History, a special issue on The Spirit of the Age: Hegel and the Fate of Thinking. From In-Spire, a special issue on The Paradox of Cosmopolitan Right and the Modern State. From Alternatives, Bettina Dahl Soendergaard (Aarhus): The Political Realism of Augustine and Morgenthau: Issues of Man, God, and Just War. A review of White King and Red Queen: How the Cold War Was Fought on the Chessboard by Daniel Johnson. From the International Journal of Conflict and Violence, David J. Harding (Michigan): Neighborhood Violence and Adolescent Friendships. Shamanism, schmamanism: These days, it seems like you can’t throw a rune without it bouncing off the turban-wrapped skull of some bead-draped, hemp-swaddled seeker billing himself a shaman. A review of The Novels of Erich Maria Remarque: Sparks of Life by Brian Murdoch. From LRB, Mahmood Mamdani on the lessons of Zimbabwe; and a review of The Bin Ladens: The Story of a Family and Its Fortune by Steve Coll (and more from Bookforum). Learning to smoke: It's not permitted, it pisses people off, it makes you puke, it confuses you, and it brings clarity, it makes you an outcast, and it helps you meet wonderful strangers — lessons from a man who did the unthinkable. A look at a wave of radical presentations of the Bible, including a manga version and a Lego gospel.
From the European Journal of Legal Studies, Philip Allott (Cambridge): The Opening of the Human Mind; and Michel Troper (Nanterre): The Judicial Power and Democracy. Wilkinson and Posner, dissenting: Two conservative judges challenge Justice Scalia. A review of The Invisible Constitution by Laurence Tribe. An excerpt from U.S. Versus Them by J. Peter Scoblic. Off Base: Is the future of the GOP Scots-Irish or Indian-American? The Paper Chase: Dozens of progressive institutions are clamoring to put their agendas on Obama's desk — will the incoming president actually read them? The curse of neo-totalitarianism: As dangerous as terrorism, the rise of autocratic dictatorship is a grave threat to world peace. A review of A Book of Silence by Sara Maitland. A review of Scrapbooks: An American History by Jessica Helfand. From Governing, in many cities, a big university is becoming the economic engine that a big corporation used to be; and a cover story on the corruption puzzle: Is graft getting worse or are prosecutors out of control? More on The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson. Getting crafty: When the times call for handmade, and you say "not by me". A review of Two Planks and a Passion: The Dramatic History of Skiing by Roland Huntford. An interview with Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute, on energy efficiency (and more).