From Critical Inquiry, Danny Postel interviews Tzvetan Todorov. From Modern Age, Roger Scruton on why conservatives are conservationists. An interview with Morgan Spurlock on "Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?" People don't read anymore; translation is expensive; the Internet!: At the London Book Fair, the sky was most definitely falling. Jorg Guido Hulsmann on the political economy of moral hazard. Small-town people of modest means and limited education are not fixated on cultural issues — rather, social issues are the opiate of the elites. Robert Pinsky on frequently asked questions about poetry. Friends Indeed: As we click with more pals online, the idea of friendship multiplies. Arthur Brooks on why free people are happy people, especially when strong personal morality guides their choices. Matthew Price reviews Samuele F. S. Pardini’s The Devil Gets His Due: The Uncollected Essays of Leslie Fiedler. Jon Chait on how conservatives have perfected working class PC. Media hypocrites love personality politics: Why is the GOP smear machine so good at re-creating the social dynamics of high school, pitting the Republican jocks against the Democratic nerds? Who is the working class, and what makes it vote the way it does? Barack Obama's going to be the bitter one at the end of this. A review of Warrior's Dishonour: Barbarity, Morality and Torture in Modern Warfare.
From The New Atlantis, Yuval Levin on science and the left: The past and future of the “party of science”; an essay on neuroimaging and capital punishment: Brain scans and the conflicted aspirations of neuroscience (and a look at the limits of neuro-talk); an article on The Moral Life of Cubicles: The utopian origins of Dilbert’s workspace; Thomas Merrill reads Descartes’ Discourse on Method; a review of Shopping Our Way to Safety: How We Changed from Protecting the Environment to Protecting Ourselves by Andrew Szasz; a review of When Illness Goes Public: Celebrity Patients and How We Look at Medicine by Barron Lerner; and more on Love and Sex with Robots by David Levy. Chris Mooney on how lobbyists screw scientists over and over and over again. Michael Tomaksy reviews Martin Amis's The Second Plane: September 11, Terror and Boredom (and more and more and more and more). From TNR, Michelle Cottle on the Clinton campaign's fatal psychodrama: Hillaryland is a far more conniving place than you had imagined. A Confederacy of Dunces: Here's the Official Village Voice Election-Season Guide to the Right-Wing Blogosphere. Bill Moyers interviews Martha Nussbaum on Liberty of Conscience. A review of The World We Want: How and Why the Ideals of the Enlightenment Still Elude Us by Robert B. Louden.
From The New Yorker, Patrick Radden Keefe on a government misstep in a wiretapping case; and arms and the man: What was Herodotus trying to tell us? From Mother Jones, a series of articles on the Future of Energy. From Foreign Affairs, Richard Haas on The Age of Nonpolarity: What will follow U.S. dominance; and an essay on The Price of the Surge. From Foreign Policy, a photo essay on where the world shops for guns; and with Robert Mugabe tottering after the elections in Zimbabwe, which other tyrants are quaking in their boots? From LRB, Perry Anderson on The Divisions of Cyprus; and a review of Jane Boleyn: The Infamous Lady Rochford by Julia Fox. Here Comes the Pope — and he's got a bone to pick with the modern Western world. If God is dead, who gets His house? The fastest-growing faith in America is no faith at all — and now some atheists think they need a church. The philosopher kingmaker: With one simple list, Brian Leiter is changing an entire field. From The New York Observer, what’s news? Who knows! Welcome to Print 2.0. Lauren Sanders reviews Jim Krusoe’s Girl Factory. If prediction markets are so great, why have they been so wrong lately? The glamour of Obama may be hard to resist, but could it get the country into trouble if he wins the presidency? A review of Vital Nourishment: Departing from Happiness by Francois Jullien.