From German Law Journal, a special issue on Law, the State, and Evolutionary Theory. An interview with Weiner Davis, author of The Sex-Starved Wife: What to Do When He's Lost Desire. Matt Taibbi on Hillary's flimsy case for the nomination. From FP, an interview with Alina Fernandez, the estranged daughter of Fidel Castro. A review of George & Jacintha: On the Limits of Literary Biography by John G. Rodwan, Jr. From Time, here's the story of Barack Obama's mother. Robert Kagan on The End of the End of History: Why the twenty-first century will look like the nineteenth. “Hardball” host Chris Matthews’s bombastic style is increasingly at odds with the wry, cynical tone of other TV personalities; is this his last election in the spotlight? A review of Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius by Detlev Claussen. Why US airlines still won't join the Mobile Mile-High Club. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on the next president’s first task. A review of Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach (and more and more and more and more and an interview). From The Next American City, a special issue on Living Under Peril. Beware the lesson of the Tory wolf in liberal clothing: Sweden's social democracy has been transformed for the worse. Changing the ways we connect: Globalism today has less to do with countries than with how we choose to define our communities.
From Salon, a harrowing account from a man the CIA handed over to Jordan — smuggled from prison on tiny paper — exposes US complicity in torture. The word "liberal" scares Democrats, but to bring the change the U.S. needs, we need to embrace liberalism's proud history. Click Here for Torture: Two unnaturally sexy activists are trying to raise awareness of the horrors of Guantanamo Bay by inviting visitors to experience it for themselves—inside the virtual world of Second Life. An excerpt from The Solitary Vice: Against Reading by Mikita Brottman (and an interview). From TNR, Damon Linker reviews of Wayward Christian Soldiers: Freeing the Gospel from Political Captivity by Charles Marsh. The Eligible-Bachelor Paradox: How economics and game theory explain the shortage of available, appealing men. Paul Gottfried reconsiders Richard Hofstadter's Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. Clive Crook on the end of the American Exception: Economically speaking, America could soon be more European than Europe. From LA Weekly, an article on New York and L.A. theater, separated by common values. From the new issue of Literary Review, a review of The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography Of V S Naipaul by Patrick French (and more and more). Voting behaviour seemingly confounds rational choice theory, but voting can be perfectly rational.
From Vanity Fair, this fall, after eight years and almost half a billion dollars, world-famous architect Renzo Piano will complete the greenest museum ever built; and architect William McDonough wants to usher in a new Industrial Revolution — no sacrifices necessary, just smart design. John Rennie, Michael Shermer and Steve Mirsky all watched Ben Stein's new antievolution movie, "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed"; here's what they had to say about its design flaws. A silver lining in the Blue Battle: Hillary's destructive coup attempt is a good thing for the Democratic Party. Calling Al Gore: If the Democratic Party nomination is still unresolved by the end of May, it will need a power broker to fill the leadership void. A review of Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature by Marcus du Sautoy. Why do so many feel a connection — be it kinship or competition — with utter strangers just because they share a name? Cannibals in McCain's Midst: The candidate's biggest challenge is keeping his combative aides in check. From PopMatters, an article on 1977: The Year Decency Died (and part 2). An Atheist in the Pulpit: Public identity and private belief are never more at odds than when a preacher loses his faith. From Intelligent Life, an article on the economics of high-end prostitutes. The Satire Recession: How political satire got so flabby. More on Worlds at War by Anthony Pagden.