From The New Yorker, an article on using simulation to treat a new generation of traumatized veterans; and a review of The End of Food by Paul Roberts. Why do some people continue to hold Rachel Carson responsible for millions of malaria deaths? John Quiggin and Tim Lambert want to know. A look at what condoms have to do with climate change. Jonathan Cohn on what really ails Medicare. When chick flicks get knocked up: Is the new fertility-movie genre feminist or conservative? A review of Bamboo Goalposts: One Man’s Quest to Teach the People’s Republic of China to Love Football by Rowan Simons. It's not them, it's us: Exposing three myths about the costs of private health insurance. An excerpt from Self-Concern: An Experiential Approach to What Matters in Survival by Raymond Martin. A review of Torture Team: Deception, Cruelty and the Compromise of Law by Philippe Sands. An excerpt from Standard Operating Procedure by Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris. A review of The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of Aids by Elizabeth Pisani. The Queen of the New Age: How the publisher Louise Hay unified psychics, mindhealers, angel therapists and positive thinkers of all varieties into a self-help spirituality empire. Things fall apart: Is the post-9/11 imagination disintegrating? More on Superclass by David Rothkopf.
From Quadrant, an article on diagnosing the new British disease; and a review of books on America as the new Rome. From Literary Review, a review of Alfred & Emily by Doris Lessing (and more, and an interview at Bookforum). Craig Newmark is capitalizing on his success to promote causes he holds dear. Technostalgia: An article on what steampunk is about. Their darkest dealings often go unreported and unnoticed, but from Nairobi to Sao Paulo, many urban gangs are becoming more sophisticated, more brutal, and more powerful than ever. Michael Kinsley on genetic discrimination: Unfair or natural? From US News, an article on ranking the politics of Supreme Court Justices. An interview with Robert Pollock on how The Wall Street Journal editorial page gets made. The Mysteries of the Suicide Tourist: Why the same things that attract millions of happy visitors to New York—the glamour, the skyline, the anonymity—also draw people from around the world to kill themselves here. The evolving Web of future wealth: The web of connections among goods and services in an economy may be the long-missing key to understanding how novel innovations and new wealth arise. From NYRB, Frank Rich on how to cover an election; a review of books on Churchill and his myths; a review of books on the rise of the Muslim terrorists; and a review of books on Iraq: Will we ever get out?
From Doublethink, an article on the perils of keepin’ it real: From rappers to novelists to our very own lives, the cultural demand for authenticity has never been higher; and academia is the last vestige of the crush, but what does it really mean to have a thing for the prof? Here are 8 reasons why this is the dumbest generation. From Boston Review, an interview with Hans Blix on his new book, Why Nuclear Disarmament Matters; and an article on how urban decline is moving to the suburbs. From Canon, here is the conversation Ellen Killoran will never have with Chuck Klosterman. More on Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler. Can Israel survive for another 60 years? Perhaps, but not necessarily as a Jewish state. Ten thought experiments exploring the possibility of Hillary Clinton, nominee. From Cato Unbound, we all own stolen goods — and how defending property rights can help the world’s most oppressed people. Civilization's last chance: The planet is nearing a tipping point on climate change, and it gets much worse, fast. What's your baby's carbon footprint? 8lbs, 21 inches, and 3,800 diapers worth of planet-pummeling joy. From CJR, Ezra Klein on the future of reading and Amazon's Kindle. Who killed the sea lions? A salmon shortage, dead mammals — inside a maritime mystery.