From Democracy, a review of Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America's Tradition of Religious Equality by Martha C. Nussbaum; Ron Paul's America: Michael Tomasky reviews Ain't My America: The Long, Noble History of Anti-War Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism by Bill Kauffman; Brave New World War: Genetic engineering will soon turn science fiction to fact; why we need a new global treaty to control it; and the future of progressive governance depends on the unglamorous, little-noticed world of regulation. Is the Internet eroding America's Puritanism — or making it worse? Gary Kamiya wants to know. A review of Randall Kennedy's Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal (and more from Bookforum). It Ain't No Joke: Hip-hop, like most other arts, intentionally pays humor less mind because, hey, it's not supposed to be taken seriously! But seriously. From IHE, an article on why professors should embrace Wikipedia. From Ord&Bild, an article on the rebirth of religion and enchanting materialism: Habermas, Onfray and Dawkins and the trivializing of life's wonders. Every election cycle we bemoan the character-driven election coverage, but nothing seems to change. A review of Harper Lee's All Literature Is Gossip. Right at the end: Jeffrey Hart on how William F. Buckley had the courage to admit that the movement he started may be finished.
From TLS, a review of Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence; a review of The Dress of the People: Everyday fashion in eighteenth-century England by John Styles; and a review of books on jihad and radical Islam. A review of Beyond Practical Virtue: A Defense of Liberal Democracy Through Literature by Joel A. Johnson. A review of books on baseball. From Salon, is it coming to a soup kitchen near you? Here's how we'll know if the current recession is turning into something much worse. From The Nation, is this The Big One? Jeff Faux investigates; Robin Blackburn is for a social bailout: Let's reinvent progressive economic policy, starting with our own sovereign wealth fund to deal with urgent social needs; and who are they calling elitist, and why do conservatives continue to feel oppressed by the "liberal elite"? A review of Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths by Stefan Timmermans. Striking a blow for science: A review of Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics by Tom Rogers. Why blog? Reason No. 92: Book deal. More on Matt Bai's The Argument. Flat Earth Society: A look at the two-dimensional world of Thomas Friedman. From Popular Mechanics, here are 7 energy efficiency myths debunked. Martin Amis may not know much about Islam and 9/11, but he knows what he hates (and more; and more from the latest issue of Bookforum).
From Mittleweg, Harald Weilnbock on trauma melancholia and other (ab-)uses of trauma concepts in literary theory (and part 2 and part 3). George Soros on the false ideology at the heart of the financial crisis. A review of Ha-Joon Chang's Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism. The 2.0 Decade? Readers come up with names for the era now winding down — Scott McLemee looks back on it all. Andre Glucksmann and Bernard-Henri Levy write an open letter to Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel on NATO. From The Hindu, roots, migration and exile: An interview with Jhumpa Lahiri on her new book, her voice as a writer and her continuing interest in issues of identity and immigration (and more and more; and migration, assimilation, and inebriation: Jhumpa Lahiri talks with Bookforum). Wiki Woman: Eve Fairbanks on the battle to define Hillary online. American voters are a contradictory bunch: They say they want social welfare, but don't want to pay for it; they claim they are left-leaning, but vote for center-right candidates. More on The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad by John Stape. From The New York Observer's First Annual Survey of Magazines, big, fat, glossy, but will they make it into the future? From GQ, an interview with Karl Rove. From Slate, Fixing It 2008: A series of articles on repairing some of the worst Bush administration screw-ups.