From The New Criterion, at the forest's edge: An article on Jose Ortega y Gasset and Sigmund Freud, and Roger Sandall writes on Professor Charles Taylor and the Crow Indians of the Yellowstone River Valley. Let's talk about figures: The eternal language of numbers is reborn as a form of communication that people all over the world can use—and, increasingly, must use. From Scientific American, radiation monitors at U.S. ports cannot reliably detect highly enriched uranium, which onshore terrorists could assemble into a nuclear bomb; and can people regenerate body parts? Progress on the road to regenerating major body parts, salamander-style, could transform the treatment of amputations and major wounds. It isn't often that we see "How to" prefacing the title of an academic study: A review of How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today by Simon Goldhill. The mayors of six European towns with Catholic shrines endeavour to serve two masters: the worldly needs of their constituents and the divine mission of the Church. More on A Secular Age by Charles Taylor. A review of books on Tibet. A building tells a million stories: Renzo Piano on 21st century architecture. Not long after the discovery of America, another Columbus was exploring more uncharted territory. The tipping plague: Suddenly everyone from the Starbucks barista to the dog walker has his hand out — blame the decline in shame.

From The Believer, an essay on fear, racism and the historically-troubling attitude of American pioneers; and what's the difference between a road movie and a movie that just happens to have roads in it? France is the world’s most sophisticated practitioner of counterterrorism, and the U.S. can learn from her experience. A review of The Globalization of Ethics: Religious and Secular Perspectives, ed. William M. Sullivan and Will Kymlicka. A review of Victor Hugo's Conversations with the Spirit World: A Literary Genius's Hidden Life by John Chambers. It’s not you, it’s your books: Among the bookish, even casual literary references can turn into romantic deal breakers. A review of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. A review of Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches by Nolan McCarty, Keith T. Poole, and Howard Rosenthal. From Scientific American, an article on the doping dilemma: Game theory helps to explain the pervasive abuse of drugs in cycling, baseball and other sports. Cass Sunstein on why Clarence Thomas is not "Mr. Constitution". Zbigniew Brzezinski on the smart way out of a foolish war. From Briarpatch, an article on The Boy Code & the modern man; a look at how feminism and porn get it on at the Feminist Porn Awards, and a review of Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity by Robert Jensen.

Kathleen Dolan (Wisconsin): Is There a "Gender Affinity Effect" in American Politics? Information, Affect, and Candidate Sex in U.S. House Elections. From The Independent Review, Daniel Choi (II): Unprophetic Tocqueville: How Democracy in America Got the Modern World Completely Wrong; and Bruce L. Benson (FSU): The Evolution of Eminent Domain: Market Failure or an Effort to Limit Government Power and Government Failure?; and a review of James M. Buchanan's Why I, Too, Am Not a Conservative: The Normative Vision of Classical Liberalism. A review of The Dismal Science: How Thinking Like an Economist Undermines Community by Stephen Marglin. From THES, a review of Sex, Culture, and Justice: The Limits of Choice by Clare Chambers; and a review of The Case for Greatness: Honorable Ambition and Its Critics by Robert Faulkner. The introduction to Status Signals: A Sociological Study of Market Competition by Joel M. Podolny. From Der Spiegel, a special report on Life in Baghdad since the Fall of Saddam. From The New York Observer, an article on How to Change Your Life in One Year! Completely. From Wired, a look at nine trends driving business in 2008. The unavoidable empty campaign promise: Candidates have always offered to fulfill unlikely wishes on the trail, and this year's no different. More on The New Rome.