Here's the latest issue of Business and Economic History On-Line. Bill Hatch is provoked by Gerald de Groot's Reflections on The Sixties Unplugged to write in praise of hippies and the counter-culture. From Bryn Mawr Classical Review, a review of Naming the Witch: Magic, Ideology, and Stereotype in the Ancient World by Kimberly Stratton; and a review of Games and Festivals in Classical Antiquity by Sinclair Bell and Glenys Davies. Carl Zimmer on how the more we know about genes, the less we understand. A look at how epidemics helped shape the modern metropolis. Clive Cook on the fiscal consequences of the Bush administration. Wouldn't it by nice if big businesses could operate with good ol' Aristotelian virtue and still make a living? From Fronesis, an interview with Beverley Skeggs on the economy of moralism and working-class properness. Getting poked by Uncle Tom: Confronting the awkward Facebook experience. From Radical Middle, an essay on what the poor need now. Two grammar nerds are traveling across the country, cleaning up America’s mistakes one typo at a time. Susie Linfield reviews Michael Hodges’s AK-47: The Story of a Gun. A review of The Kingdom of Infinite Space: A Fantastical Journey around Your Head by Raymond Tallis. A review of The Uses and Abuses of History by Margaret MacMillan.
From Eurozine, an essay on migrant youth, the RAF terrorist, and German feuilletons. Daniel Radosh tours the Christian comedy circuit in Rapture Ready: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture (and a review). McCain's millionaires' amendment: Conservatives argue that helping poor candidates unconstitutionally hurts rich ones. 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 The Politics of Chaos in the Middle East by Olivier Roy and The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State by Noah Feldman. A review of Russia's Capitalist Revolution: Why Market Reform Succeeded and Democracy Failed by Anders Aslund. A review of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker by Steven Greenhouse and American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work by Nick Taylor. A review of Torture Team: Deception, Cruelty and the Compromise of Law by Philippe Sands. The new economics of hunger: A brutal convergence of events has hit an unprepared global market, and grain prices are sky high. Tess Lewis reviews Alain Claude Sulzer’s A Perfect Waiter. Infant language and mind: An interview with Gary Marcus, author of Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind.
Where Alaa Al Aswany is writing from: He’s a secularist; he’s a saloniste; he’s a dentist — and he’s one of the Arab world’s best-selling novelists. When elite get tough: Anti-snobbery is as American as apple pie. Science has seen the future — and it is invisible. A review of Pacifism and English Literature: Minstrels of Peace by R. S. White. Stephanie Zacharek reviews Nina Revoyr’s The Age of Dreaming. How many horn solos does it take to kill a perfect pop song? Joshua Allen applies science and taste to determine the exact best length—down to the second—for the platonic song. A review of A Billion Lives: An Eyewitness Report From The Frontlines of Humanity by Jan Egeland. The press is convinced that badgering candidates about faux scandals is necessary because they "will be raised" in the general election, but it ignores its own crucial role in shaping the terms of debate. An interview with Lester Brown, author of Plan B 3.0. An interview with Amanda Marcotte, author of It's a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments. Even deeper than emergence and its challenge to reductionism in a new scientific worldview is what Stuart A. Kauffman calls breaking the Galilean spell. The enduring mystery of suicide: Ever younger teens are falling victim to severe depression — for professionals, the problem remains as baffling as ever.