From World Affairs Journal, Robert Kagan on Neocon Nation: Neoconservatism, c. 1776; and Jacob Heilbrunn on Rank-Breakers: The Anatomy of an Industry. Tip-of-the-tongue states yield language insights: Probing the recall of those missing words provides a glimpse of how we turn thoughts into speech and how this process changes with age. From Forward, okay, fine, there really are no good Jewish men out there. Waste not: Here's a steamy solution to global warming. An interview with Thomas Bender, co-author of American Higher Education Transformed, 1940-2005. Does Asia exist? Rivals, by Bill Emmott, suggests we are witnessing its creation. An interview with Steven M. Teles, author of The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement. Computers have much better memories than people do — can we learn from them? Jurgen Habermas has spoken in support of the Archbishop of Canterbury on the subject of Shariah. When brain death isn't terminal: The case of a revived "brain-dead" accident victim raises some disturbing issues. A review of Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath by Michael Paul Mason. Colm Toibin reviews R. F. Foster’s Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change from 1970. How sportswriting lost its game: Down with celebrity profiles, the steroids saga, and blow-by-blow business news — let’s bring back good storytelling.
From Popular Mechanics, a special report on Rebuilding America: How to Fix US Infrastructure. From Modern Age, an essay on conservatism, Christianity, and the revitalization of Europe. Only judgment from outside statistical models – general knowledge – tells us when correlations will remain stable. From classics and sci-fi to poetry, biographies and books that changed the world: Here's The Perfect Library of 110 books. Kids’ Lit Gets Graphic: Two surprise best sellers may herald a young-adult revolution. Harvard Business School turns 100: Whither the MBA? Ray Kurzweil on making the world a billion times better: Technology is advancing at internet speed. A review of Indo-European Poetry and Myth by M.L. West. Obscurity Now: Published over a half century ago, Randall Jarrell’s Poetry and the Age remains vital. From The Globe and Mail, a symposium on atheism. Thesaurus Unbound: If Roget's is becoming a relic, what lies ahead? You won't like this article: Politicians have perfected the art of lowering expectations and "reframing" results. Kill the one with the ball, or How I learned to love capitalism: For many of us, preparation for real life happened not in the classroom, but on the playground at recess — there's a lot to be learned about capitalism from the bottom of a schoolyard pig-pile. World overpopulation means nothing when extra children are the new status symbol.
From CT, a review of The Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark Noll; and a review of What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War by Chandra Manning. Sarah Arrr! of Zinetopia is a sell-out to the internet; she apologizes in advance for that. Michael Gorra reviews Cynthia Ozick's Dictation: A Quartet. The Emir of NYU: NYU president John Sexton has been promised a blank check to duplicate his university on a desert island in Abu Dhabi. An unlikely row has erupted in France over suggestions that the semicolon's days are numbered; worse, the growing influence of English is apparently to blame. In light of the recently burst housing bubble and the resulting inflation, this renter is having a hard time maintaining sympathy for borrowers who went in over their heads. Meteorites not only did in dinosaurs, some scientists suggest, but may also explain other phenomena. An excerpt from James V. Schall's The Life of the Mind: On the Joys and Travails of Thinking. The introduction to Hidden in Plain Sight: The Tragedy of Children's Rights from Ben Franklin to Lionel Tate by Barbara Bennett Woodhouse. A review of Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future by Geoffrey Perret. Is the Renaissance scholar dead? Adrian Monk and AC Grayling debate.