From First Principles, an article on the “Higher” Education of Whittaker Chambers: Columbia University, nihilism, and despair. From Slate, an article on the top 10 dumbest sports trends. Rattawut Lapcharoensap reviews David Goldblatt’s The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Soccer. Even hard-core skeptics can't help but find sympathy in the fabric of the universe—and occasionally try to pull its strings. Love and Consequences, the cartoonishly racist faked memoir that duped The New York Times, was quickly yanked off the shelves after it was revealed to be a fake, but here's a copy. From Newsweek, a cover story on The Divorce Generation. An interview with Martin Kihn, author of A$$hole: How I Got Rich and Happy by Not Giving a Damn About Anyone and How You Can Too. Holes in the Earth: At last count, there were more than 170 known impact craters on our planet. A review of The Agnostic Inquirer: Revelation from a Philosophical Standpoint by Sandra Menssen and Thomas Sullivan. The sight of Spain's new Defence Minister inspecting the troops is the most striking sign yet that women are the must-have factor in politics; but is the shift in power real or merely cosmetic? (and more) The age of entitlement: The diverse values and disputes of the baby boomers retain a strong influence on society. A review of On Desire: Why We Want What We Want by William Irvine.
From Prospect, many 68ers now feel ambivalent about their heritage — was too much of value discarded, and were the hippies just carriers of a new strain of capitalism? (a symposium); and many geneticists now think that the behaviour of our genes can be altered by experience—and even that these changes can be passed on to future generations. Tim Harford on how a new way to count national income could change how we think about immigration and development. Young and post-modern in NYC: Karen Karbo reviews Sloane Crosley’s I Was Told There’d Be Cake. From The New York Observer, an article on The Brooklyn Literary 100. From Foreign Affairs, Fareed Zakaria on on The Future of American Power; After Guantanamo: Kenneth Roth on the case against preventive detention; Andrew S. Natsiosa (Georgetown): Beyond Darfur: Sudan's Slide Toward Civil War; a review of A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World by William J. Bernstein; and a review of The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation by Strobe Talbott. How do military reservists balance the two sides of being "citizen-soldiers"? Scott McLemee asks the researchers. A review of Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century by Tony Judt (and more).
From PS: Political Science & Politics, Susan A. MacManus and Andrew F. Quecan (South Florida): Spouses as Campaign Surrogates: Strategic Appearances by Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates’ Wives in the 2004 Election. From Dissent, an article on The "New" New Left, the new breed of liberal writers who have emerged on the web; Michael Walzer on the Tibetan Intifada; an article on the Israeli-Palestinian marketplace; and an essay on understanding African American inequality in the twenty-first century. Is the world reverting to a struggle between great powers? Or is the democratising spirit of 1989 still alive? Robert Kagan and Robert Cooper debate. How did the Democrats lose in 1972, and by a historic margin? An excerpt from Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein (and a review). From TLS, is there any subject on earth that isn't grist to Slavoj Zizek's intellectual mill? Terry Eagleton reviews In Defense of Lost Causes; a review of David Reynolds' Summits: Six meetings that shaped the twentieth century; a review of books on the mad worlds of Thomas Middleton. Marxist professors or sensitive students? Michael Shermer and Greg Lukianoff debate academic freedom. From Commonweal, Thomas J. Reese, SJ on reforming the Vatican: What the Church can learn from other institutions.