From The University of Chicago Press, making yippie: An excerpt from Chicago ’68 by David Farber; and an excerpt from Battleground Chicago: The Police and the 1968 Democratic National Convention by Frank Kusch. Elizabeth L. Bradley reviews Catherine O’Donnell Kaplan’s Men of Letters in the Early Republic: Cultivating Forums of Citizenship. The banishment of darkness has been likened to "a moral crusade against evil"; in the afterglow of Earth Hour, we bask in the dimming of the light; surely darkness can't be good: Decoupling notions of light and virtue goes against both our religious traditions and our basic instincts – even if it is a good idea; the Earth is getting warmer; it's also getting darker — and one scientist's modest proposal would accelerate that trend; and the story of Western architecture is one of darkness giving way to light — has this tale run its course? From Nerve, an article on America's Top 10 Political Sex Scandals; and a look at the 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time. The French architect Jean Nouvel has made a career out of fitting the buildings he designs to their locations, in space or, with his new MoMA Tower, in historic time. From Scientific American, a look at how stereotyping yourself contributes to your success (or failure). The introduction to Unanswered Threats: Political Constraints on the Balance of Power by Randall L. Schweller.
From The Economist, a special section on Israel. From The Atlantic Monthly, can Israel overcome its paralysis to make the hard choice necessary for its survival as a Jewish democracy? Jeffrey Goldberg investigates; "this is how we lost to the white man": An article on the audacity of Bill Cosby’s black conservatism; the digital age demands that political candidates be authentic and accessible, but please—hold the carrots; and James Fallows on how tiny jets, Soviet-trained math prodigies, American “ant farmers,” and dot-com refugees are revolutionizing air travel. Brad DeLong on why Hillary Clinton shouldn't be winning. Jon Chait on wretched rationalizations for Clinton's kamikaze campaign. Jonathan Rauch on how John McCain hasn’t betrayed conservatism; his party has. From Cato Unbound, Richard Rothstein on “A Nation at Risk”, 25 years later. Laird Hunt reviews Nam Le’s The Boat. From Wired, a look at how a regional nuclear war would cause worldwide destruction. How Slaughterhouse Five was born: Kurt Vonnegut's new posthumous collection reveals the seeds of a modern masterpiece (and more). A review of Strange Bedfellows: How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy Into a Joke by Russell L. Peterson. From Bitch, a review of It's a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments by Amanda Marcotte.
From Literary Review of Canada, an article on the prison of “public space”: Before we take to the streets, this pervasive concept needs rethinking. From National Journal, EPA seems to be fading as President Bush pushes for dramatic cuts in its budget, his administration's interpretations of environmental laws are repeatedly laughed out of court, and EPA scientists and lawyers are overruled; and William Powers on how digital overload isn't making us happier or more productive. The Sulzberger family would never let go of Times — or would it? With the latest shareholder assault on the “invulnerable” paper’s management, Michael Wolff plays out the most likely and unlikely scenarios. Albert Mobilio reviews Joe Brainard’s The Nancy Book. Steven Levitt famously hypothesised that the legalisation of abortion reduced US crime — here's a new hypothesis. A review of Trickster Makes This World: How The Disruptive Imagination Creates Culture by Lewis Hyde. An excerpt from Castles, Battles, and Bombs: How Economics Explains Military History by Jurgen Brauer and Hubert van Tuyll. From Michigan War Studies Review, what can America expect from President McCain in foreign policy? Wagering with Zeno: A philosopher who did everything by halves may never win, but he won't go broke. Someone's listening in: A look at how Indie Rock morphed into Adult Contemporary.