From The Hindu, an interview, with Paul Theroux on his books, his writing and his life in Hawaii. A review of Guardians of Power: The Myth of the Liberal Media by David Edwards and David Cromwell. A review of Biology of Freedom: Neural Plasticity, Experience, and the Unconscious by Francois Ansermet and Pierre Magistretti. A review of The Concepts of Consciousness: Integrating an Emerging Science. A review of Nietzsche and the Nazis: A Personal View by Stephen Hicks. The introduction to Montaigne's Politics: Authority and Governance in the Essais by Biancamaria Fontana. An excerpt from Kantian Ethics by Allen Wood. Randhir Singh, author of Crisis of Socialism: Notes in Defence of a Commitment, on the future of socialism. The 1970s rarely inspire as much nostalgia as the swinging decade that preceded them, but the modern world owes more to those troubled times than we’d like to think. The oily truth: Has the final mystery of the Mediterranean diet been solved? Intrigued by its reputation for "naughtiness", Conrad Heine heads to Maputo, Mozambique's raffish capital. For centuries Europe was a prickly landscape of heavily armed nation states; now the continent has largely lost its enthusiasm for conflict — how did that happen? More on James J. Sheehan's Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? An excerpt from Law, Legitimacy and the Rationing of Health Care: A Contextual and Comparative Perspective by Keith Syrett. A review of Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood by Elizabeth Gregory.
From In Defense of Negativity: Attack Ads in Presidential Campaigns by John Geer, a look at the Attack Ad Hall of Fame. From Japan Focus, waving goodbye to hegemony: China, Europe and the US in the New World Order. A recent shift in U.S. military strategy and provocative actions by China threaten to ignite a new arms race in space, but would placing weapons in space be in anyone's national interest? The unexpected monks: Some evangelicals turn to monasticism, suggesting unease with megachurch religion, and the stirrings of rapprochement with the Roman Catholic Church. Beware of billionaires bearing gifts: Colleges and universities are increasingly relying on rich people; the damage to the nation is just beginning. From Radar, paying to play: A brief history of disastrous self-financed campaigns. A teenager hacked into the outfit charged with protecting companies from online piracy—the most daring exploit yet in the escalating war between fans and corporate giants — guess which side is winning. What happens deep beneath our feet? A new theory envisions graveyards for continents and a life cycle not unlike the weather. Trials of a Primatologist: How did a renowned scientist who has done groundbreaking research in Brazil run afoul of authorities there? More on David Levy's Love and Sex with Robots. More and more on God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215 by David Levering Lewis.
From Athena Intelligence, Julian Richards (Brunel): Terrorism in Europe: The Local Aspects of a Global Threat; and an essay on Future War: The War on Terror after Iraq. From 21st century Socialism, an article on the Soviet model and the economic cold war. An interview with Andy Kirk, author of Counterculture Green: The Whole Earth Catalogue and American Environmentalism. A review of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan. An excerpt from Fear and Courage in the Democratic Party by Glenn Hurowitz. A review of Beyond the Law: The Bush Administration’s Unlawful Responses in the “War” on Terror by Jordan J. Paust. A review of books on the visual arts. I Am Obama: The American imagination and the New Black Hero. Noam Scheiber on Obama's surprisingly non-ideological policy shop. From Time, an article on how to make great teachers. An article on the many faces of populism. There is no quick cure for the epidemic of arrogant anti-intellectualism that has infected America: More and more on Susan Jacoby's The Age of American Unreason. A review of The Meaning of Sunglasses: A Guide to (Almost) All Things Fashionable by Hadley Freeman. Even if it has been abandoned to the one-panel punch of newspaper corners, the comic book has survived as an art form that portrays the itching wound of our civilization.
A review of What Happens Next: A History of American Screenwriting by Marc Norman. A review of Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-Up in the 1970s Changed America by Richard Zoglin. Did globalisation cause the "Great Divergence" between rich and poor economies? (and a special section on National Geographic). A review of Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World by Samantha Power (and more). From Red Pepper, an article on the need for a plural politics to confront the conservative left. Hey, GOP, that's quite a Noise Machine you've constructed — now good luck trying to dismantle it. Late-night comedians won't be laughing if John McCain and Barack Obama are the nominees. Pundits say the campaigns could go "Swift Boat" at any time (for example)— but forget Swift Boat Veterans and 527s; this election's sneaky operators are nonprofits. A review of Second Lives: A Journey Through Virtual Worlds by Tim Guest. More and more and more on Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks From the Wild Web. Heather Mac Donald on the Campus Rape Myth. An article on the radical truth behind the Lord's prayer. David Rieff on why we expect doctors to do the impossible. Not-their-fault insurers: Giving you a raw deal on healthcare is what those firms are supposed to do. More and more and more on Who Runs Britain? by Robert Peston.
From CT, a look at why evangelicals are connecting with the early church as they move into the 21st century. The right of faiths to run their own affairs and regulate their adherents' lives has recently become controversial—because of fear of Islam. From World Press, an article on the militarization of the world's urban peripheries. A look at why liberals are weak when faced with fundamentalism. A review of Amy Sullivan's The Party Faithful and Jim Wallis's The Great Awakening (and how would Jesus vote?). From Discover, an article on deflating the bogus insomnia “epidemic”: Corporate interests push profitable paranoia. A study suggests potentially habitable planets are common. The design imperative: No longer a prole with a dirty toilet, thanks to that fancy toiletbrush in hand, one becomes a fledgling design critic and a curator of the tastefully appointed museum that used to be a one-bedroom apartment. The first chapter from The Next Great Globalization: How Disadvantaged Nations Can Harness Their Financial Systems to Get Rich by Frederic S. Mishkin. A review of The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women and the Real Gender Gap by Susan Pinker. A review of Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained. Peter Berkowitz reviews Walter Russell Mead's God and Gold. A review of Defeat: Why They Lost Iraq by Jonathan Steele (and more).
From American Scientist, motor vehicles contribute to climate change and petroleum dependence — improving their fuel economy by making them lighter need not compromise safety. The rules of casting: decadent imperialists are always played by effete English actors and warrior heroes by Yanks or coarse Celts. A review of Is the Welfare State Justified? by Daniel Shapiro. Jeffrey Rosen on why the Dems lack Supreme Court nominees. One nation under Elvis: Environmentalists might be a lot more effective if they listened to more country music. A review of Selling Women Short: Gender and Money on Wall Street by Louise Marie Roth. A review of Why Women Mean Business by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox and Alison Maitland. A review of The Politics of Prostitution: Women's Movements, Democratic States and the Globalisation of Sex Commerce. An interview with Henry Kissinger: "Europeans hide behind the unpopularity of President Bush". A review of Killing Civilians: Method, Madness and Morality in War by Hugo Slim. A look at how your brain looks at race. Larry McMurtry reviews Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer by Michael A. Elliott. A review of Being and Event by Alain Badiou. A review of Apprehension and Argument: Ancient Theories of Starting Points for Knowledge by Miira Tuominen.
From Rolling Stone, Nir Rosen on the myth of the surge: Hoping to turn enemies into allies, U.S. forces are arming Iraqis who fought with the insurgents, but it's already starting to backfire. The Physics of the Familiar: How paint dries, the way flags flutter, how Nature discovered origami, and other marvels of the physical world. The real reason we are singing Barack's praises? He likes cool music. Only a revolution will do: Taki's Top Drawer hosts a symposium on the Ron Paul movement. From The Atlantic, when postwar modernism went west, it dropped the angst—and transformed a culture. Prices are going up for contemporary art, but will these works still be so fashionable—and saleable—in 25 years? From Wired, free! A look at why $0.00 is the future of business. Dani Rodrik and Arvind Subramanian on why we must curb international flows of capital. Taking beauty personally: A beauty salon for veiled women has provoked the wrath of secularist Egyptians. The Forensic Humanitarian: How a statistical sleight of hand can expose war crimes. A review of Global Pharmaceuticals: Ethics, Markets, Practices by Adriana Petryna, Andrew Lakoff and Arthur Kleinman. A review of Suckers: How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools of Us All by Rose Shapiro. Where Kant meets Kareem: A review of Basketball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Paint.
Moral thinking: Biology invades a field philosophers thought was safely theirs. Are liberals and conservatives different species? The answer is yes. From TNR, Michael Tomasky reviews Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg; and more on They Knew They Were Right by Jacob Heilbrunn. Anyone trying to impress, to sell or to obfuscate is likely to brutalise the language: Language should evolve, but its lazy use leads to meaninglessness. The introduction to Religion in American Politics: A Short History by Frank Lambert. The introduction to The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: The Battle for Control of the Law by Steven M. Teles. The Virginia School: Move over Austria and Chicago — George Mason University makes economics interesting. There are magazines that mirror the cultural environment and those that open up new channels of expression – "canonizing" and "talking" magazines respectively. A look at the world’s biggest construction projects. From Foreign Policy, an article on how to start your own country in four easy steps. Seyla Benhabib on Turkey’s headscarf legislation: One step backwards or two steps forward? An article on celebrating Alex Steinweiss, the father of the album cover. SMU will be site not only of a Bush Presidential Library, but of institute that will not be governed by standard academic rules and that many fear will put a partisan taint on scholarship. Obituary: William F. Buckley (and go over to National Review's "The Corner" for more).
From Dissent, a review of A Guest in My Own Country: A Hungarian Life and The City Builder by George Konrad; and on the Turin Book Fair controversy: An interview with Mitchell Cohen. From First Things, Robert George on law and moral purpose; an article on Justice Kennedy; and a review of Law as a Means to an End: Threat to the Rule of Law by Brian Z. Tamanaha. From CT, a review of Reasons to Believe: One Man's Journey Among the Evangelicals and the Faith He Left Behind by John Mark (and more on Frank Schaeffer). A review of Levelling the Playing Field: The Idea of Equal Opportunity and Its Place in Egalitarian Thought by Andrew Mason. What are the great scientific challenges of the century? Scientists are writing the Book of All Species on the Web, in the hopes it will be useful to scientists and nonscientists alike. From Edge, Nicholas A. Christakis on why social networks are like the eye. The Flip Side of Internet Fame: In the age of Google and YouTube, public shaming can turn anybody into a celebrity—or a fool. How dissent is sustained in the face of consumerism and co-optation in Bloomington, Indiana, a quintessential midwestern college town. Here's an analysis of Obama's stump speech — even white supremacists don't hate Obama. Why are people having fewer kids? Perhaps it's because they don't like them very much.
From Vanity Fair, settling down didn’t come naturally to Simon Sebag Montefiore; then he met the woman he knew he couldn’t let slip away. From The Global Spiral, a special issue on John D. Caputo's What Would Jesus Deconstruct? The Good News of Postmodernism for the Church. An interview with Sex, Science and Profits by Terence Kealey. A review of Built by Animals: The Natural History of Animal Architecture by Mike Hansell. A review of Animal Architects: Building and the Evolution of Intelligence by James L. Gould and Carol Grant Gould. A review of The Politics of Freedom: Taking on the Left, the Right and Threats to Our Liberties by David Boaz. Christopher Hitchens reviews On God: An Uncommon Conversation by Norman Mailer with Michael Lennon. A review of Cyrano: The Life and Legend of Cyrano de Bergerac by Ishbel Addyman. The U.S. Constitution is not democratic, and why that’s a good thing: A review of Sanford Levinson's Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong. A review of How the South Could Have Won the Civil War: The Fatal Errors That Led to Confederate Defeat by Bevin Alexander. A review of Doubt is Their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health by David Michaels. Can the Democrats think big? Robert Kuttner wants to know.