From NYRB, a review of Shakespeare's Wife by Germaine Greer; a review of books on Guantanamo; Robert Skidelsky reviews Making Globalization Work by Joseph E. Stiglitz; and Elizabeth Drew on how the Democrats didn't expect so much pain. The Urbane Tomboys: Eschewing makeup, enjoying a game of pickup basketball, and maybe eyeing your boyfriend! It’s the New York woman’s answer to the metrosexual. A review of Have I Got a Guy for You: What Really Happens When Mom Fixes You Up. An interview with Jeff Gordinier, author of X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft but Can Still Keep Everything From Sucking. A review of Enhancing Evolution: The Ethical Case for Making Better People by John Harris. A review of Julie Doucet’s 365 Days: A Diary. From IHE, an essay on Howard Gardner's "multiple intelligences" at 25. The introduction to International Political Economy: An Intellectual History by Benjamin J. Cohen. Here's a look at 10 trailblazing scientists about to change your future. From The Futurist, a series of interviews on artificial intelligence. Adam Gopnik and Malcolm Gladwell have often pointed out to their US readers how things work in Canada, the country where they were raised. Graham Allison, Alan Robock, and Jonathan Schell on the time to bury the dangerous legacy of nuclear weapons.
From The American Scholar, an essay on The Art of Literature and the Science of Literature: The delight we get from detecting patterns in books, and in life, can be measured and understood; The Liberal Imagination of Frederick Douglass: Honoring the emotions that give life to liberal principles; passing the torch: Why the eons-old truce between humans and fire has burst into an age of megafires, and what can be done about it; and an article on the lessons of likeness: being a true history of Thomas Eakins’ Portrait of Walt Whitman (with an added three-percent of narrative speculation). The introduction to The Roman Predicament: How the Rules of International Order Create the Politics of Empire by Harold James (and a review). Physicist Michio Kaku believes our planet is doomed and is working on an escape route for humans — but he's no pessimist. From Spiked, a review of The Politics of Chaos in the Middle East by Olivier Roy, and a review of Framing Post-Cold War Conflicts: The Media and International Intervention by Philip Hammond. A look at the top ten craziest things John McCain has said while you weren't watching. A review of French Laughter: Literary Humour From Diderot to Tournier by Walter Redfern. Timothy Garton Ash on why a historic compromise with France is exactly what Britain needs. Does evolution explain why we hate to pay more for scarce goods?
From The Nation, victim 'hood: Chris Lehmann on an account of the most recent installment in the nation's sick love affair with literary exhibitionists. Has reading about books replaced the real thing? The sheer amount of reviews we can now access has taken some of the joy out of books. From The Economist, a special report on how America's foreign policy may change under the next president, but confusion over Iraq, worries about overstretch and divisions over the country's role in the world will remain. Does Clinton secretly want Obama to lose to McCain so she can take another crack at the White House in four years? The introduction to School Lunch Politics: The Surprising History of America's Favorite Welfare Program by Susan Levine. Double negative: David Greenberg on the return of doughface liberalism. From Wired, futurist Ray Kurzweil pulls out all the stops (and pills) to live to witness the Singularity. A study suggests increased knowledge about global warming leads to apathy. Legal Bondage: Jeffrey Rosen on why we like restrictions on sex. Rich men behaving badly: Meet the super-rich, the dysfunctional class threatening American values. A review of Villages of Vision: a Study of Strange Utopias by Gillian Darley. From TNR, a review of The Secret History of the War on Cancer by Devra Davis (and more). Dani Rodrik on globalization and the beautiful game.
Sonia de Camargo (Catholic U - Rio): Europe Debates Its Destiny. The Accidental Environmentalist: Oil man Matthew Simmons reconsiders the future of black gold. How do the two venerable newsweeklies stack up these days? A review of The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order by Parag Khanna. Fred Halliday on why the rise of "sovereign wealth funds" signals the end of the neo-liberal model. David Mamet's rather unspectacular public denouement of his former political stance has all the controversy of Paris Hilton announcing that her next career move involves a stripper's pole. More on The Portable Atheist. Getting Hosed: Investigative humorist Gene Weingarten absorbs 24 hours of relentless punditry, and survives — sort of. Dave Eggers asks the TED community to personally, creatively engage with local public schools. What's the matter with kids today? Nothing, actually, aside from our panic that the Internet is melting their brains. The professor as open book: There are many reasons professors have embraced the Web and other media to reveal more of themselves. Is there still a place for sin in modern society? The decade is winding down — Scott McLemee wonders what it was all about. Why do black comedians like Tyler Perry, Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence don plus-size pantyhose and parade around as their feisty grandmas?
From TAP, Barack Obama is offering the most sweeping liberal foreign-policy critique we've heard from a serious presidential contender in decades — but will voters buy it? It’s a good thing that Bear Stearns was saved, but it’s also a good thing that it nearly died. A look at why sex scandals are good for American democracy. If climate change is even partially as destructive as we suspect, our notion of national sovereignty is about to be challenged by new forces. A review of Greenspan's Bubbles: The Age of Ignorance at the Federal Reserve by William Fleckenstein. Fighting the urge to fight the urge: Our capacity for self control may be running on empty. More on The Man Who Made Lists by Joshua Kendall. A review of Karl Marx: His Life & Thought by David McLellan. All of John McCain’s actions can be seen as an attempt to use the federal government to restore your faith in the federal government. McCain may be the first real postmodernist candidate for the presidency. Predicting panic: When does a crowd become a mob, and what can public safety and security professionals do to predict, prevent, or control it? A review of Art, Emotion and Ethics by Berys Gaut. A review of Pulitzer's Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism by Roy J. Harris Jr. A review of Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population by Matthew Connelly (and more and more).
From Asia Times, Chan Akya on why markets love dictators; and the shape of US populism: Henry CK Liu on a rich free-market legacy — for some — and the long-term effects of the Civil War. Daniel Gross on how Roosevelt-era reforms are saving capitalism—again. British artist-writer Graham Rawle resisted the idea of printing Woman’s World, a new novel about a possibly homicidal cross-dresser. Wherefore, Gore? If he gets in at all, his part may be Mr. Unity, after last primaries are done. Global warming, nuclear terrorism, pestilence and asteroids—what will you do when the world ends? Andrew Miller is worried, and bracing himself for The End Of The World As We Know It. It's better to give than receive: Philanthropists aren't being that altruistic. From Discover, here are 20 things you didn't know about sex — and you thought you knew everything. More on Martha Nussbaum's Liberty of Conscience. A review of Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution by Woody Holton. A review of Worlds at War: The 2,500-Year Struggle between East and West by Anthony Pagden (and more). A look at how "gay" became children's insult of choice. The McCain Mutiny: Correcting media myths—and erecting new ones. Why we should fear a McCain presidency: Some of the worst 20th century catastrophes were caused by brave men with a passionate sense of national mission.
From TLS, the last reader of Julian Barnes: Despite the confessional depth and breadth of reference in Barnes's essay, "Nothing to Be Frightened Of" remains curiously slight. A review of After the Deluge: New Perspectives on the Intellectual and Cultural History of Postwar France. An excerpt from The Myth of Judicial Activism: Making Sense of Supreme Court Decisions by Kermit Roosevelt III. Paul Waldman on conservatives' hate-based campaign against Obama. How to humiliate and convert a right-winger: Drop the condescending "populist" talk and get mean. A review of Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk by James Bessen and Michael J. Meurer. From Foreign Policy, we’ve been hearing the troop surge has been a security success and a political failure, but with little media fanfare, Iraqis may have just found the key to resolving their differences: old-fashioned politics; and overshadowed by Iraq, Afghanistan is the war the world forgot — a look at whose militaries are pulling their weight—and who could do far more. Welcome to the Hotel Hiroshima: Has the ground zero of the nuclear age become too "normal"? Ron Rosenbaum investigates. Clinton-Obama, Obama-Clinton: How they could run together and take turns being president. A review of Philosophy and the Interpretation of Pop Culture, ed. William Irwin and Jorge Gracia.
From Geotimes, with populations moving closer to coasts and development proceeding at breakneck pace, is disaster in store? From CLR, an article on the worries of a liberal conservative. From CT, a review of The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows by Gabor Boritt; and a review of Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America by Allen C. Guelzo. A review of Somebody Scream! Rap Music's Rise to Prominence in the Aftershock of Black Power by Marcus Reeves. Paul Berman on why radical Islam just won’t die. Scientists envision aliens who are strangely familiar. An interview with Gordon S. Wood, author of The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History. Why do we watch this? To witness America jumping the shark. The Great Divide: Andrew Bacevich on the crisis of US military policy. From The New Yorker, they’re horrid and useless — so why do pennies persist? Ensuring permanence: A look at how the Bush administration is negotiating a long-term Iraq occupation. Whenever a literary scandal erupts, it is a fair bet that Martin Amis will be involved somehow. From Monthly Review, "The Iron Heel" at 100: Jack London — The Artist as "Antenna of the Race". Why aren't more powerful public women caught up in sex scandals? From a thoughtful man to a tyrant: A review of Dinner with Mugabe by Heidi Holland (and more).
From the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, Satoshi Kanazawa (LSE): The Evolutionary Psychological Imagination: Why You Can't Get a Date on Saturday Night and Why Most Suicide Bombers are Muslim. From American Sexuality, an article on circumcision: What's a liberal, lefty, non-practicing Jew to do? The Art of Healing: Virginia Postrel on how better aesthetics in hospitals can make for happier—and healthier—patients. From Modern Age, an essay on Beauty as an Essential Characteristic of Civilized Culture. A review of Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making by David Rothkopf. A review of From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Management Education by Rakesh Khurana. Some policy pointers for the next president: Get out of Iraq, work with (some) Islamists, create the Palestinian state — thereby, undercut Al-Qaeda. Shock treatment: A look at how to "decelerate" a teenager. American Book Review has made their list of the 100 best last lines from novels available online. The introduction to Creating the National Security State: A History of the Law That Transformed America by Douglas Stuart. The first chapter from People of the Dream: Multiracial Congregations in the United States by Michael Emerson.
From Seed, what will happen when the two most populous nations on Earth join scientific forces? A review of The Cambridge Companion to Modern Jewish Philosophy. Foreign Policy looks back at the war’s most memorable moments. A Space Odyssey's feuding fathers: The 20th century's defining sci-fi epic was a byproduct of collaboration between two geniuses with wildly divergent worldviews. An interview with Kyoto Prize winner Hiroo Inokuchi on dreams of a carbon future. Anders Kreuger presents extensive research underlying "The Continental Unconscious", his exhibition about Finno-Ugric art and culture that opens in Tallinn this month. Stories about the workings of the real mafia evoke horrid images — and make for good reading. The novelist Isabel Allende once took a potent hallucinogen to overcome writer's block, but no such stimulants were needed to fuel her most gripping work yet. An excerpt form Bad Moon Rising: How Reverend Moon Created the Washington Times, Seduced the Religious Right, and Built an American Kingdom by John Gorenfeld. A review of The Sixties Unplugged: A Kaleidoscopic History of a Disorderly Decade by Gerard J. DeGroot. From Good, an article on harvesting the organs of death-row inmates. Descended from Salinger: The precocious children J. D. Salinger introduced to the literary landscape 60 years ago are still with us.