A new issue of Resistance Studies is out. A review of A Place Called Canterbury: Tales of the New Old Age in America by Dudley Clendinen and Leisureville: Adventures in America’s Retirement Utopias by Andrew D. Blechman. A review of Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy by Eric G. Wilson (and more at Bookforum). From Reason, some bets are off: The strangely selective and self-defeating crackdown on Internet gambling; and The Body is a terrible thing to waste: Understanding Jesse Ventura's long, sad decline. It's the single most important corporate reform within reach, and it doesn't rely on taxes or tax breaks or new government spending: Simply put, it's time to introduce democracy to corporate elections. From Miller-McCune, should the government make us happy? And does education really make you smarter? Smart drugs: Drugs to make you cleverer are in the test-tube — good. Dead but not buried or, when the '90s took a '60s turn: The post-Dead and post-Zappa bands of the '90s sought to subvert the prevailing trends towards crass commercialism, individual greed, and phony superficiality. A review of The Paranoia Switch: How Terror Rewires Our Brains and Reshapes Our Behavior—and How We Can Reclaim Our Courage by Martha Stout. An excerpt from Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You by Sam Gosling.
From Der Spiegel, a special report on The Price of Survival: What would it cost to save nature? From Democratiya, David Hirsh on arguments against the academic boycott of Israel; Robert J. Lieber on America and Israel after sixty years; a review of A History of Modern Israel by Colin Shindler; and a review of Jews and Power by Ruth R Wisse. The Unraveling: Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank on the jihadist revolt against bin Laden. Nurture your inner psychic: How everyday mind reading skills help us navigate, or get lost in, the stormy landscape of human interactions. A review of ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century by Susan Greenfield. A review of The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes — and Why by Amanda Ripley. From World Affairs, Adrian Wooldridge on Rational Actors: Secular fallacies. Donna Seaman reviews The Bishop’s Daughter by Honor Moore. More and more and more on The Kingdom of Infinite Space: A Fantastical Journey Around Your Head by Raymond Tallis. A review of Discretionary Time: A New Measure of Freedom by Robert Goodin, James Mahmud Rice, Antti Parpo and Lina Eriksson; Time: A User’s Guide by Stefan Klein; and Making Time: Why Time Seems to Pass at Different Speeds and How to Control It by Steve Taylor. Llewellyn Rockwell. on why everything you love you owe to capitalism.
Uncreative writing: To write the unreadable book may seem a strange quest, but for poet and archivist Kenneth Goldsmith, it’s the future of literature. God may work in mysterious ways, but a simple computer program may explain how religion evolved. From infidels.org, a review of Victor Reppert's Defense of the Argument from Reason. A review of Relentless Pursuit: A Year in the Trenches with Teach for America by Donna Foote. Does power corrupt? New research finds that if people feel powerful in their job, they're more competent at it. Why do economists make such dismal arguments about trade? Robert Driskill wants to know. Behave yourself: The state now regulates us instead of the economy. The battle between the sciences and the humanities has been going on for so long, its early participants are already dead. A review of AK47: The Story of the People's Gun by Michael Hodges. Obama-McCain is a race straight out of a "West Wing" rerun. How Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root took over the Libertarian Party. Michelle Cottle and Amanda Fortini discuss the Clinton campaign's effect on sexism, feminism, and the possibility of a female president. A review of Harry Reid's The Good Fight: Hard Lessons from Searchlight to Washington (and more). America's university of imperialism: A review of Soldiers of Reason by Alex Abella. Are we the bastard children of RAND?
From World Affairs, PJ O'Rourke on the Cleveland of Asia: A journey through China’s Rust Belt. Bryan Walsh reviews The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom by Simon Winchester (and more and more). From National Geographic, a special issue on China. From NPQ, Francis Fukuyama on China, strong states and liberty. From TLS, a review of books on China (and more). With the Games approaching, a question: Can an irritating monkey help China become conversant in English? High school's worst year? For ambitious teens, 11th grade becomes a marathon of tests, stress and sleepless nights. This is your Mom on drugs: Aging doesn't stop drug use. From Editor & Publisher, is it the end of the newsroom as we know it? Travels in the former Soviet Union: South Ossetia is a self-proclaimed independent country that is, in fact, neither. From Wishtank, an article on the evolution of the Humanist Manifesto; here's a primer on the co-operative business model; an interview with Justin Boland on Fifth Generation Warfare; and what does the exchange of a gift mean to the giver and the recipient? Is altruism a myth? Examining the ideas of Marcel Mauss, Jacques Derrida and Ralph Waldo Emerson. From Cracked, here's a list of the 6 most frequently quoted bullsh*t statistics.
From ARPA, a review of Why is There No Labor Party in the United States? by Robin Archer; and a review of Religion in American Politics: A Short History by Frank Lambert. Is the House of Representatives too small? Research suggests that districts may now be getting too big for adequate representation. From American, a scramble is underway to redraw boundaries, from the Balkans to the Arctic. What does it all mean?; and Don’t Know Much About Geography: At some point, America decided that providing kids with a geography education didn’t matter. That was a mistake. The Dumbest Generation?: George Santayana, too, despaired of a generation's ignorance, warning that "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" — that was 1905. From Mclean's, an interview with Jill Price, the woman who can't forget anything. A review of Ingmar Bergman, Cinematic Philosopher: Reflections on His Creativity by Irving Singer. Nicole Lanctot reviews Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture, edited by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky. On a tour of India to promote his latest book, A Prisoner of Birth, Jeffrey Archer says that he doesn’t depend on controversies. A review of A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans: Pirates, Skinflints, Patriots, and Other Colorful Characters Stuck in the Footnotes of History by Michael Farquhar.
From Newsweek, a cover story on Barack Obama and race. Can identity politics save the Right? Fresh out of other options, the Republican Party's bid to regain power is likely to come in the form of a pander to "real Americans." How did conservatives overtake the American political scene? By stoking a rhetoric of resentful individualism—and playing the race card with a new finesse. Rethinking the Right: Why conservatives should embrace new ideas and local governance. Is tradition anti-historical? An excerpt from Josef Pieper’s Tradition: Concept and Claim. Shouldn't honoring your country be about serving your country? E.J. Dionne, Jr. on The New Patriots. Johannah Rodgers reviews Missy by Chris Hannan. A review of Trials of Reason: Plato and the Crafting of Philosophy by David Wolfsdorf. Still debating with Plato: Mathematicians debate whether mathematical truths are discovered or invented. Publishers battle to sign up Europe's sex sensation: Charlotte Roche's exploration of filth in all its meanings now tops Germany's literary charts. A review of Boxing: A Cultural History by Kasia Boddy. A review of Raymond Williams: A Warrior's Tale by Dai Smith. A review of Leisureville: Adventures in America's Retirement Utopias by Andrew D. Blechman. No place like home: What experts know about why home teams do better.
From Asia Times, an article on the mythical post-American era. An article on how to rule the world after Bush. Uwe Boll, the man who has been called the world’s worst filmmaker, wants respect — is that too much to ask? A review of Hiding in Hip-Hop: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry by Terrance Dean. A review of The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008 by Sean Wilentz (and more). Jack Kemp was right: McCain would be too dangerous as president. Gideon Rachman on irrelevance as Europe’s logical choice. A review of The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig. Peter Singer on how religious people are still unable to provide a satisfying answer to the age-old question of why God allows suffering. An article on the digital future of books. Criticism's vocabulary of cruelty: Why are derisive dismissals so much easier than constructive criticism? An interview with David Wells, author of The Courage to Be Protestant. From Democratiya, a review of Rethinking the Just War Tradition; and a review of Morality and Political Violence by C.A.J. Coady. Why social networks can't mix with investors—unless they're not social. How are humans unique? We may or may not be smarter than apes, but we are definitely more social. A review of The Concept Horse Paradox and Wittgensteinian Conceptual Investigations by Kelly Dean Jolley.
From THES, a review of I Wish I'd Been There: Twenty Historians Bring to Life Dramatic Events that Changed the World by Byron Hollinshead and Theodore K. Rabb; and a review of Reflections on the Cliometrics Revolution: Conversations with Economic Historians. The soundtrack of a generation: They created the self-aware pop anthems and pursued the free lovin' mystique that will forever define the '60s and early '70s. A review of Alfred Kazin: A Biography by Richard Cook. A review of Amis and Son: Two Literary Generations by Neil Powell. A review of Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis (and more from Bookforum). More and more and more on Philip Bobbitt's Terror and Consent. The sergeant lost within: Roadside bombs have caused hundreds of dire brain injuries to soldiers in Iraq. A review of White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters by Robert Schlesinger. A review of Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History by Ted Sorensen (and more, and an interview). A campaign without the gotchas: The presidential candidates need to be freed from the gaffe-hunting, sound-bite-obsessed media. Slow times in Mixtlan, Mexico: Coupling up has a whole different meaning in "real" Mexico. After a brand is discontinued, what’s left is a name and the memories in consumers’ minds — can a dead brand live again?
From Les Ateliers de L'Ethique, Martha Bailey (Queen's): Polygamy and Plural Marriage; Beverley Baines (Queen's): Polygamy’s Challenge: Women, Religion and the Post-Liberal State; and Robert Leckey (McGill): Following Same-Sex Marriage: Redefining Marriage and the Impact for Polygamy. I do, I do, I do, the last taboo: Multiple spouses are fine, just not in the West. More and more and more on Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach. The Michael Jackson phenomenon represented a golden age, the peak of the music industry — the only way was down. A review of The Pirate's Dilemma: How Hackers, Punk Capitalists and Graffiti Millionaires are Re-Mixing Our Culture and Changing the World by Matt Mason (and an interview). Who needs copyright, anyway? For those writers who believe that copyright is a matter of life and death, here's a solution: Just put it on the Internet and let anyone who wants it, take it. An interview with Michael Connery, author of Youth to Power: How Today's Young Voters are Building Tomorrow's Progressive Majority. Richard Wolin reviews Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius by Detlev Claussen. James Howard Kunstler on Driving Toward Disaster: Don't like high gas prices? Change your way of life. Chicago Sun-Times’ bureau chief Lynn Sweet remembers Barack when he was just a Chicago-style brat.
From Psychology Today, an article on the X-factors of success: The personality traits that make some humans superhuman. From Jewcy, the Organization That Claims To Speak On Behalf Of The Jews calls for an end to Jewish morality. Who are we? On the question of conservatism, one can count on two things. From Mclean's, an article on the race to reach really, really deep oil. From Real-World Economics Review, Kevin Quinn (Bowling Green): Markets, politics and freedom in the work of Hannah Arendt; and Riccardo Baldissone (Curtin): Beyond economic fundamentalism. Walden Bello on how "free trade" is destroying Third World agriculture — and who's fighting back. Revenge of the Country Club Republicans: What changing suburban demographics mean for the GOP. The Freedom Nonagenda: Do Americans still believe in democratization? A review of Robert Kagan's The Return of History and the End of Dreams (and more and more). A look at why science fairs continue to endure and are even changing for the better — the worse, too. A review of The Second Life Herald: The Virtual Tabloid That Witnessed the Dawn of the Metaverse by Peter Ludlow and Mark Wallace. A review of The Quantum Ten: A Story of Passion, Tragedy, Ambition and Science by Sheilla Jones. The celebrities that ordinary people vilify seem disproportionately to be female — why?