From Foreign Policy, human rights groups are rightly outraged about China’s abysmal record, but it is foolhardy to treat a rising superpower like a tin-pot dictatorship — sometimes, a little pragmatism goes a long way; and you’ve heard the frightening statistics, seen the riots, and watched the food lines grow across the world: Have we entered some kind of permanent Malthusian trap? From LiveScience, here are 10 things you didn't know about you; and a look at the top 10 worst hereditary conditions. Anyone who dreams of a "classless society" may be disheartened by the results of a brain-scanning study. When does kinky porn become illegal? Jonathan Franzen says Michiko Kakutani is "the stupidest person in New York City". The introduction to Impossible? Surprising Solutions to Counterintuitive Conundrums by Julian Havil. From The Washington Monthly, an idea whose time has gone: Conservatives abandon their support for school vouchers; a look at why a resurgent labor movement is closer than you think; and how to dump the Electoral College without changing the Constitution. In her new book Wild Nights!, Joyce Carol Oates takes on the (largely male) Western literary canon. From Wired, a look at how websites go crazy tracking urban eccentrics. Hurdles on J Street: America's new liberal Israel lobby could change the middle east debate in Washington, but it faces major obstacles.
From City Journal, six authors recall a spring that shook the world, May 1968: 40 years later. Martin Amis is feeling vulnerable: The once-bilious author talks about life as an "Islamismophobe". It's one small step for chumps in my brave new world: The trend among historians these days is to write histories of abstract concepts. More on The Uses and Abuses of History by Margaret MacMillan (and an interview). From Der Spiegel, a look at how Josef Fritzl created his regime of terror. A review of The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008 by Sean Wilentz (and an interview); a review of Reclaiming Conservatism: How a Great American Political Movement Got Lost—And How It Can Find Its Way Back by Mickey Edwards. A review of Pure Goldwater by John W. Dean and Barry Goldwater Jr. and Flying High by William F. Buckley Jr. (and more). A review of Strictly Right: William F. Buckley Jr. and the American Conservative Movement by Linda Bridges and John R. Coyne, Jr.; and Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription by William F. Buckley, Jr. If gang violence was an infectious disease, how would you stop it? A Chicago epidemiologist thinks he has the answer. Amy Rosenberg reviews Etgar Keret’s The Girl on the Fridge. Where do all the neurotics live? On the East Coast, of course — a psychological tour of the United States, in five maps.
From Dissent, an essay on private equity and public good; and who’s afraid of Friedrich Hayek? A look at the obvious truths and mystical fallacies of a hero of the Right; and an article on the “Duke” and democracy: On John Wayne. From The New Yorker, who says big ideas are rare? Malcolm Gladwell on Nathan Myhrvold’s breakthrough factory; James Surowiecki on Toyota’s self-improvement system; and does technology drive history? A review of The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America by Maury Klein; and A Culture of Improvement: Technology and the Western Millennium by Robert Friedel. A review of Maps and Legends Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon. The National Book Critics Circle announces the Spring 2008 NBCC Good Reads List. Lenora Todaro reviews Gary Amdahl’s I Love Death: Two Novellas. From World Net Daily, David Kupelian on how Hillary will lead America into hell. Here are the juiciest bits from Carol Felsenthal's Clinton in Exile. Will John McCain undo a half-century of US-led internationalism? Why McCain’s big idea, a summit of the world’s democracies, is a bad idea. Damon Linker on how the Christian Right has damaged America. What Paul Pierce's hand gesture — and his $25,000 fine — say about the fast-evolving world of gang signs.