From Democratiya, a review of Forget 68 by Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Mai 68 Explique a Nicolas Sarkozy by Andre and Raphael Glucksmann; Russell Berman on "left-fascism" and campus anti-Semitism: Radicalism as reaction; Dick Howard on an international New Left; Fred Siegel on 1968 and the ongoing revolt against the masses; Eric Chenoweth on the true revolutionaries of 1968; and Gabriel Noah Brahm Jr. on the post-Left: An archeology and a genealogy. From The Nation, a review of Liberty of Conscience by Martha Nussbaum and Founding Faith by Steven Waldman; more on Chasing the Flame by Samantha Power; and a review of Detective Story and The Pathseeker: Searching for Traces by Imre Kertesz. Time to cut class: Ditch habits left over from school and free your mind. From THES, sex and the university: Romantic attractions between teacher and student may be as old as pedagogy itself, but now such relationships cause people to worry about abuses of power and litigation; computers and lasers are compelling proof that researchers' flights of fancy can pay off, but policymakers prefer to fund work with obvious economic merits; if you don't like your job try the real world and see just how lucky we academics are; and a novel old idea about art: Despite prevailing orthodoxies, creative writing is stealthily reviving liberal humanism.
From The American Conservative, a review of Heads in the Sand: How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats by Matthew Yglesias; and When the Left was right: The radicals of the ’60s had another side — decentralist, anti-interventionist, and almost Kirkian. Patching up the parties: Despite early bickering, Democrats and Republicans will rally around their candidates on election day. A review of Sex and Philosophy: Rethinking de Beauvoir and Sartre by Edward Fullbrook and Kate Fullbrook and A Dangerous Liaison by Carole Seymour-Jones. How thinking costs you: Behavioral economics shows that when it comes to investing, people aren't that smart. Why is he so sensitive to reputation? An article on Gore Vidal, literary feuds, his "vicious" mother and rumours of a secret love child (which may be true). Rendering justice, with one eye on re-election: While most of the world tries to insulate judges from popular will, many in the United States are elected. Everyone's a historian now: How the Internet — and you - - will make history deeper, richer, and more accurate. Voices carry: Lawrence Hill reviews books on Civil War slave narratives. The Observer's literary editor Robert McCrum stood down this month after more than 10 years in the job, and what a tumultuous 10 years — here he charts the changes in 10 short chapters.
From The Atlantic Monthly, the sky is falling: The odds that a potentially devastating space rock will hit Earth this century may be as high as one in 10; so why isn’t NASA trying harder to prevent catastrophe? From Seed, to find life on other worlds requires thinking about how other life would find us. Plans to return humans to the moon are under way — but will the moon be a stepping stone to Mars or a destination all its own? Why the Moon?: Developing a strong rationale for returning to the Moon becomes ever more important. Who owns the Moon?: Glenn Harlan Reynolds on the case for lunar property rights. The Space Archaeologists: What does the past look like from 200 miles up? A new generation of archaeologists has found that the history of civilization may look far clearer from the top of the atmosphere than it does from the bottom of a dig. From TED, Alisa Miller on why we know less than ever about the world; and Mark Bittman on what's wrong with what we eat. Redeeming Dubya: The national memory often confuses hubris with greatness — that’s good news for George W. Bush. Matthew Yglesias on the appeasement paradox: Understanding the usefulness of diplomacy and the limits of American power (and more). A review of The Mind of the Market by Michael Shermer. The future looks bleak for book clubs, an archaic corner of old media.
From The Washington Independent, an article on Obama as the next Teddy Roosevelt. Sean Wilentz on Barack Obama and the unmaking of the Democratic Party. David Greenberg on why history suggests an Obama-Clinton ticket could work. Macho Men: The strut and bluster of McCain vs. Obama. Howell Raines on the politics of aggression: You wouldn't know it from the campaign so far, but we may be living at the end of the age of smashmouth media coverage. If The New York Times disappears, will the world survive? David Blum ponders a future without ink stains. How to be a classic snob: Learning the tricks behind having a snotty attitude about orchestral music. An interview with Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland (and an excerpt). From TLS, a review of The World is What It Is: The authorised biography of V. S. Naipaul by Patrick French. From Harper's, Ken Silverstein on The Colbertian Guide to Foreign Policy Coverage. Meet Andrew Rotherham, the man behind Eduwonk. From The Politico, get ready for the World Live Web: "The future is already here". From FT, an interview with Henry Kissinger; and the renewed high visibility of the school’s alumni seems to signal that a renaissance is at hand for Eton College. John Carlin on why Iceland has the happiest people on earth. Wish you were here: What a vacation in Cuba can teach us about the global economy.
From the latest issue of Bookforum, Fiction and Political Fact: Morris Dickstein on political novels; and reflections by Madison Smartt Bell, Daniel Kehlman, Richard Flanagan, Dana Spiotta, Lydia Millet, Dubravka Ugresic, Norman Rush, Valerie Martin, Claire Messud, Margot Livesy, Zakes Mda, and Siddhartha Deb. From FT, the role of intellectuals may have diminished, but they remain central to French public life — four of the country's most provocative thinkers yield insights on the state of their homeland, the environment, human rights and military interventionism. From NYRB, Robert Darton on The Library in the New Age; Michael Tomasky reviews books on John McCain; Freeman Dyson reviews books on global warming; a review of books on jihadi suicide bombers: The new wave; and more on Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. From Scientific American, does time run backward in other universes? (and more) Beyond the male "pill": From remote-control key fobs to ultrasound, male contraception goes high tech. From Radar, get off the stage: One Millennial responds to Gen X's discontents. A journey into the heart of the enemy: Exiled Iraqi writer Najem Wali travelled to Israel to uncover some uncomfortable truths about the Arab leaders. Let's coin a term for this kind of poetic, extralogical accuracy: Let's call it agenbite. More on A History of Histories by John Burrow.
From Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi in the superdelegates: By trying to overturn Obama's victory, Hillary has helped make America a place where elections are decided by lawyers instead of voters. Jonathan Alter on how Hillary's latest math hurts the party. Hillary's defeat isn’t a reflection of bias: Sometimes, a loss is just a loss. Why McCain's age is a legitimate issue. John Mueller on why the terror threat is overblown. From TLS, a review of Stefan Collini's Common Reading: Critics, historians, publics. From TLS, a review of Mark Edmundson's The Death of Sigmund Freud: Fascism, psychoanalysis and the rise of fundamentalism; and a review of Is Milton Better Than Shakespeare? by Nigel Smith. Here's the story of William McGonagall, the worst poet in the history of the English language. In the age of blogging, great critics appear to be on life support: Salon's book reviewers discuss snobbery, how to make criticism fun and the need for cultural gatekeepers. Blogging, it's good for you: The therapeutic value of blogging becomes a focus of study. "Great Thinkers I Have Skimmed, or Dragging My Lazy Ass to the Computer One Mo' Time": A review of The Philosophy of Herbert Spencer by Michael W. Taylor. From Ovi, an article on Alfred North Whitehead's critique of modern materialism and an article on Richard Rorty's unflinching critique of modern Western philosophy.
From New Scientist, here are five things humans no longer need. From Scientific American, an article on the science of irrationality: Why we humans behave so strangely (and more and more on Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely and Nudge by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein). A review of Symmetry: A Journey Into the Patterns of Nature by Marcus du Sautoy. In science, as in life, some stories are too good to be true. A review of Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture by Alan Sokal. Intelligent Life is in praise of short plays: Cultural quickies might help to topple the image of theatre as an elitist, hoary old dame who only comes out at night. In praise of liberal guilt: It's not wrong to favor Obama because of race. It's not personal: Critics should understand that not supporting Clinton isn't an attack on feminism. From HNN, an article on Hillary Clinton and the possessive investment in Whiteness. Why they fought on: A review of Diehard Rebels: The Confederate Culture of Invincibility by Jason Phillips. A stepchild of imperialism in 1898, it's Puerto Rico’s moment in the sun. Edward Skidelsky reviews Reappraisals by Tony Judt (and more and more). What, me host? Why was guileless Jimmy Fallon hired for Conan’s late-night desk? Are cable TV writers cribbing from Foucault? Not exactly, but Scott McLemee is keeping an eye on them anyway.
From PUP, credit, blame and social life: The first chapter from Charles Tilly's Credit and Blame; the introduction to Picture Perfect: Life in the Age of the Photo Op by Kiku Adatto; the introduction to Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage by James Cuno; and the first chapter from Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human by Tom Boellstorff. Exposed: Emily Gould on what she gained — and lost — by writing about her intimate life online. Scouting micro social networks: MySpace and Facebook only account for half of all visits to social-network sites — what about the 4,000 other sites? Net libertarianism: A review of Daniel J. Solove's The Future of Reputation and Jonathan Zittrain's The Future of the Internet: And how to stop it. From Reason, an article on The State of Libertarianism, 2058: How the Rand Era gave way to the Surveillance Era and what we can do about it — a speculative flight into the future. Thomas Frank on the tragic irony of Beltway Libertarianism. Will the real libertarian please stand up? Does the Libertarian Party matter? Will the libertarians spoil McCain’s chances? How the lunatic fringe hijacked America: An excerpt from Arianna Huffington's Right Is Wrong. Pollster secrets revealed: Doublethink goes inside the political numbers racket.
From THES, a review of Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World; and a review of The Disrespect Agenda or How the Wrong Kind of Niceness is Making us Weak and Unhappy by Lincoln Allison. A review of Worlds at War: The 2,500-Year Struggle Between East and West by Anthony Pagden. Irrational, passionate, unpredictable — politicians' marriages remind us of all the things that drive us nuts about relations (and government). A review of The Flash Press: Sporting Male Weeklies in 1840s by Patricia Cline Cohen, Timothy J. Gilfoyle, and Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz. The first chapter from Guesstimation: Solving the World's Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin by Lawrence Weinstein and John A. Adam (and test your estimability). From Comment, an interview with Timothy Shah on the opening of the evangelical mind. David Frum remembers William F. Buckley, the loyal son. Change the world (in five easy steps): Even with millions of signatures, the success of petitions is hard to gauge — which do we sign, forward or delete? A review of ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century by Susan Greenfield. A review of Dawn, Dusk, or Night: A year with Nicolas Sarkozy by Yasmina Reza. A review of The Powers to Lead by Joseph Nye. Everyone wants girls to have as many opportunities in sports as boys, but can we live with the greater rate of injuries they suffer?
From PopMatters, there are four hip-hop rules for families: One, fathers, take care of your children and their mothers; two, don't talk about other people's mamas; three, be good to your own mother; four, repeat as necessary. A review of The Creative Feminine and Her Discontents: Psychotherapy, Art and Destruction by Juliet Miller. The bipartisan folly of farm subsidies: How the latest farm bill provides welfare for the wealthy. From Seed, science, and morality, of our planet's modern palate: Humanity's rapidly increasing appetite for meat is fast becoming a matter of global consequence; and the evolutionary psychologist Marc Hauser and the documentary filmmaker Errol Morris discuss game theory, Stanley Milgram, and whether science can make us better people. An interview with Sidney Blumenthal, author of The Strange Death of Republican America. The Popularity Gap: A new study reveals that for teens, it's not whether you're really popular — it's whether you think you are. A review of Chris Hedges’ I Don’t Believe in Atheists. An article on the parallel dimension in which anti-Obama chain e-mails make sense. A review of The Fabric of America: How Our Borders and Boundaries Shaped the Country and Forged Our National Identity by Andro Linklater. A review of The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart by Bill Bishop.