From Telos, a special issue on Culture and Politics in Carl Schmitt, including Benjamin Arditi (UNAM): On the Political: Schmitt contra Schmitt; David Pan (Penn State): Carl Schmitt on Culture and Violence in the Political Decision; Hans Sluga (UC-Berkeley): The Pluralism of the Political: From Carl Schmitt to Hannah Arendt; Christian J. Emden (Rice): Carl Schmitt, Hannah Arendt, and the Limits of Liberalism; Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky (Bochum): Nothing is Political, Everything Can Be Politicized: On the Concept of the Political in Michel Foucault and Carl Schmitt; and Theo W. A. de Wit (Utrecht): Scum of the Earth: Alain Finkielkraut on the Political Risks of a Humanism without Transcendence. From TLS, a review of Michael Howard's Liberation or Catastrophe? Reflections on the history of the twentieth century; a review of Seeing the Face, Seeing the Soul: Polemon’s “Physiognomy” from classical antiquity to medieval Islam; and Austrian politicians want to distance their country from the Fritzl case: literary historians find it harder. More and more on Common Wealth by Jeffrey D Sachs. Richard Morgan on steampunk: Remembering yesterday's tomorrows (and more). From Jewcy, comedy writer Ben Karlin and memoirist-cum-lawyer Elizabeth Wurtzel discuss love, marriage, and getting dumped. Are greatest hits albums just the best, are retrospective compilations really such a bad thing? From TAP, Matt Yglesias argues that Democrats need to embrace liberal internationalism wholeheartedly; a panel of foreign-policy experts responds (and an interview).
From Skeptical Inquirer, the frontal assault on religion by Richard Dawkins in his book The God Delusion, and by others, may mark a new chapter in the warfare of science with theology. From TNR, here's the exclusive story of Hillary's fall, as told by the high-level advisors, staffers, fundraisers, and on-the-ground organizers who lived it. From Scientific American, an article on the orgasmic mind and the neurological roots of sexual pleasure. A review of Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America, 1861-2003 by William N. Eskridge Jr. If we really want to explore space, maybe we should sell it off to the highest bidders. From TNR, Jed Pearl remembers Richard Rauschenberg; and Cynthia Ozick reviews The Journey Abandoned: The Unfinished Novel by Lionel Trilling. From Radar, they're naive, self-important, and perpetually plugged in — this is a call to arms against Millennials; and Joel Derfner wants to be the Gayest Person Ever. IQ levels rocketed in the last century, but argument still rages about how our brain power should be tested, and the roles played by genetics, social conditions, culture and even race: Why are some people smarter than others? From LRB, Terry Eagleton reviews Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature by John Mullan. A review of Patrick Cockburn's Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq (and more).
From The Atlantic Monthly, how an early gaffe and an excruciatingly long primary season helped Barack Obama find a distinctive voice on foreign affairs; how Silicon Valley made Barack Obama this year’s hottest start-up; and how would Obama’s success in online campaigning translate into governing? Why aren't there more women in science and engineering? Controversial new research suggests: They just aren't interested. More on The Sexual Paradox by Susan Pinker. David Rieff on why he had to lie to his dying mother, Susan Sontag. From New Humanist, as "Sex and the City" totters on to the big screen, Sally Feldman celebrates the agony and the ecstasy of the stiletto; and as festival season begins Andrew Mueller counts off the reasons to avoid them. From IHE, just because China and the Middle East are increasingly important is no reason to drop study of French and German; and looking for an affordable word processor that will also help you stay focused? Scott McLemee goes low-tech. Is our obsession with sincerity in politics a good thing?: David Runciman on why politicians shouldn't always strive to be sincere. Negotiating isn't appeasement: Bush, McCain and other conservatives are on the wrong side of history when they dismiss Obama's foreign policy. The McCain Doctrines: Senator John McCain’s support for the war in Iraq, informed by his experience, is lonely but unwavering.