From New Humanist, an article on the reputation of Tariq Ramadan, the man widely hailed as the saviour of Islam; forget the booze cruise, Sanal Edamuruku on the night a guru tried to kill him live on Indian TV; Winston Fletcher finds that, with a little patience, you can get sozzled in Syria; and Laurie Taylor gets medieval with the cults. The Cult of the Presidency: Who can we blame for the radical expansion of executive power? Look no further than you and me. We are all Kemalists: Turkey's supposedly antagonistic "democratic Islamists" and "authoritarian secularists" are actually cut from the same cloth. Whatever happened to the gentleman? From Utne, a series of articles on the American Dream. From Foreign Policy, an interview with Mohamed El-Erian on the new global economy. A review of The Erotic Phenomenon by Jean-Luc Marion. An article on Indiana Jones as the bad boy of archaeology. Why doesn't evolution discourage suicide? Barney Frank, the rumpled, cantankerous Massachusetts Democrat, has emerged as a key deal-maker in the House. A review of The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History by Gordon S. Wood. While the horror classics of 1968 may have indeed revitalized the genre, few today are aware of these movies' impact on the canon — if they acknowledge them at all. More on Liberty of Conscience by Martha Nussbaum.


From Edge, we are in the very early days of understanding how the Internet can be used for exhibitions. In an era of globalization, no country is immune when the US falls onto hard times; here’s a look at how economies elsewhere will fare. Progressives do have answers to the current economic crisis, they just haven't been given the attention they deserve. A review of The Bolter: The Woman Who Scandalised 1920s Society and Became White Mischief’s Infamous Seductress by Frances Osborne. A review of Will China Fail? The Limits and Contradictions of Market Socialism by John Lee. A review of Imagining Spain: Historical Myth and National Identity by Henry Kamen. A review of Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God, and Diversity on Steroids by Julie Salamon.  A review of Dinner with Mugabe: The Man Behind the Monster by Heidi Holland. A review of The Business of War: Workers, Warriors, and Hostages in Occupied Iraq by James A. Tyner. A review of Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History by Ted Sorensen. A review of Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies by Ginger Strand. A review of Daniel Tanguay’s Leo Strauss: An Intellectual Biography. A review of The Innocence Commission: Preventing Wrongful Convictions and Restoring the Criminal Justice System by Jon Gould.


From CT, a review of Pain and Its Transformations: The Interface of Biology and Culture; and a review of Treatment Kind and Fair: Letters to a Young Doctor by Perri Klass. From Econ Journal Watch, why few women in economics? Pop Christianity: A review of Rapture Ready by Daniel Radosh. A review of The Future of the Internet: And How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain. More on Augusten Burroughs's A Wolf at the Table.   A review of Tintin and the Secret of Literature by Tom McCarthy. The very different events of 1968 and 1989 left a reformed, stronger, more socially liberal capitalism — but now it's in trouble. The first chapter from The Judge in a Democracy by Aharon Barak. Forget about the gaffe: It's the media mindset that makes so much of gaffes that is the real issue. Here are 5 psychological experiments that prove humanity is doomed. Brad DeLong on John McCain and the decline of America.  From Seed, the functional elegance of scientific rarefied speak is uniquely captured in one of its most inconspicuous words: "so". A review of Bill Kauffman's Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Anti-War Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism. More on A Conservative History of the American Left by Daniel J. Flynn. More and more and more on Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth (and an interview at Bookforum).

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