A new issue of Kritike: An Online Journal of Philosophy is out. Can a Jew enjoy the sound of church bells? Leon Wieseltier wants to know. A review of Fridge Magnets are Bastards: An A-Z Rant About Annoying People & Useless Things in the Modern World by Mark Dapin. Research debunking the Easterlin Paradox pleases Chrystia Freeland, who believes that being richer does make you happier. New images uncover 25 secrets about the Mona Lisa, including proof that Leonardo da Vinci gave her eyebrows. What do burqas, Osama and fascism have to do with six hours of man-free exercise time at Harvard? Katha Pollitt wants to know. A review of The Physics of NASCAR by Diandra Leslie-Pelecky. From Reason, a review of The Pirate’s Dilemma: How Youth Culture Is Reinventing Capitalism by Matt Mason. Why should we think that the human genome is a once-and-for-all finished, untamperable product? Tiny Tyrants: How to really change your kid's behavior. Disappointing the world: Does international enthusiasm for Barack Obama hurt him? A review of Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America by Allen C. Guelzo. Nico Israel reviews Erin Hogan’s Spiral Jetta: A Road Trip Through the Land Art of the American West. A review of Confessions of an Eco Sinner: Travels to Find Where My Stuff Comes From by Fred Pearce.
From THES, a review of The Neuroscience of Fair Play: Why We (Usually) Follow the Golden Rule by Donald W. Pfaff; and a review of Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius by Detlev Claussen. More and more on Michio Kaku's Physics of the Impossible. The Playboy was a spy: Behind the dandyish image, Noel Coward was an antifascist who could be as tough for England as anyone. A review of McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld by Misha Glenny (and more). Men who explain things: Every woman knows what it's like to be patronized by a guy who won't let facts get in the way. Link by Link: He wrote 200,000 books (but computers did some of the work). When strings are attached, quirky gifts can limit universities. Presidential words: A review of White House Ghosts by Robert Schlesinger. An excerpt from God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris and Hitchens by John Haught. A new issue of The Washington Post's Education Review is out. Women Under the Influence: In a spate if recent novels, Iranian-American women peer beneath the veil to examine Islamic culture's impact and intimate legacy. A review of books on New Labour. From FT, an interview with Isabel Allende (and more and more on The Sum of Our Days). Labor's Love Lost: Will Andy Stern save unions, or destroy them? (and more)
From Powell's, a review of Popeye, Vol. 1: "I Yam What I Yam" by E. C. Segar. Jefferson, Buffon and the Moose: To counter the European insult that American species were weak and degenerate, Thomas Jefferson employed scathing rhetoric and a moose from Vermont. A Superman approach to foreign policy: Our nation's favorite comic book hero might have had the right idea: Use power sparingly and judiciously. A review of Women in Science: A Social and Cultural History by Ruth Watts. Bread-winning badante: Diana Ivanova examines a unique form of intercultural dialogue — the exchange of suffering between elderly Italians and Bulgarian women. The American man is twice screwed: A postmodern sort of men’s group means male bonding in the guise of group therapy, with herbal tea and hummus dip. From Cultural Survival, a special issue on Burma. Welcome to the Christian sex advice movement: An excerpt from Rapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture. Hungary's entry into the Schengen Zone in December 2007 brought a further relaxation of historical borders; while many communities have benefited, the process has not been without its absurdities. From First Principles, an essay on Walter Starkie and the Greatest Novel of All. Philip Stephens on the lessons for the west’s confrontation with violent Islamism.