From National Journal, President Bush has been taking a beating from the Right lately, with members of his own party heaping abuse on his administration — has Bush gone wobbly? Maybe We Can't: Cinque Henderson on the black case for Obama-skepticism. Jeffrey Goldberg interviews Barack Obama on Zionism and Hamas; and an interview with Joseph O'Neill on The Great Gatsby, post-9/11 New York, and his new novel, Netherland (and more and more). An interview with Keli Goff, author of Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence. Just give peace a chance? Christopher Hitchens reviews Human Smoke by Nicholson Baker (and an interview). From Colorlines, Kai Wright on her high school sex life; and an article on the rise of street literature. From Portfolio, depending on who's talking, the Fed's Tim Geithner either kept the financial world from collapsing or did Goldman Sachs' bidding. An interview with Ophelia Benson, co-author of Why Truth Matters and The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense. The supernatural frogs falling from the sky, mysterious airships, spontaneous human combustion — it all fascinated Charles Fort, whose appetite for the paranormal lives on today in sci-fi, conspiracy theories and that quirky chronicle of the unknown, The Fortean Times. More on Ron Paul's The Revolution: A Manifesto.
John Holbo (NUS): Twelve Twists in Euthyphro’s Case. If Hillary Clinton does not become the first female president of the United States, where should we look for her successor? A look at what Hillary Clinton’s candidacy has taught our daughters. In background and in character, Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain present as stark a contrast as their husbands. A review of Blood Matters: From Inherited Illness to Designer Babies, How the World and I Found Ourselves in the Future of the Gene by Masha Gessen. From Writ, what's so special about genetic discrimination? Congress passes a revealing bill; and a look at how one subgroup of evangelical Christians is attempting to redefine the very term "evangelical". A review of Mysticism and Architecture: Wittgenstein and the Meanings of the Palais Stonborough by Roger Paden. A review of Ecce monstrum: Georges Bataille and the Sacrifice of Form by Jeremy Biles. An interview with Howard Zinn on why anarchism is often ridiculed as violent and chaotic. How far left has Latin America moved? Immanuel Wallerstein investigates. From Vanity Fair, the Italian police may have had their reasons for holding 20-year-old American Amanda Knox in connection with the “extreme sex” murder last November of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. Alberto Manguel writes about finding a place to keep his library of some 30,000 books.
From Wired, a special issue on Inconvenient Truths: Cutting carbon is the only thing that matters (and a response: It's not just carbon, stupid!) Creating cheap, clean energy is a huge problem; so, how's this for a big solution. From The Atlantic Monthly, James Fallows on why smoggy skies over Beijing represent the world’s greatest environmental opportunity. From First Science, there have been three great revolutions which have shaped our view of the heavens and our place in the Cosmos, and we are currently living through the turmoil of the third period of astronomical breakthrough. Jon Chait on why everything Obama and McCain say about foreign policy should be ignored. From Harper's, an article on democracy and deference. From Jewcy, an article on Atlas Shrugs Blog, where sociopathy gets confused with Zionism. Jeffrey Goldberg on Israel's "American problem". Leave Hitler out of it: The craze for injecting the Nazis into political debate must end. From The New Yorker, an article on Chinua Achebe and the great African novel. From Magazine Rack, a look at the Battle of the Gossip Rags: Us vs. In Touch. A review of The Politics of Our Selves: Power, Autonomy, and Gender in Contemporary Critical Theory by Amy Allen. The book business may be flat, but there's at least one bright spot: the booming sales of books for teens—and no, it's not all Harry Potter.