From Psychology Today, an article on the X-factors of success: The personality traits that make some humans superhuman. From Jewcy, the Organization That Claims To Speak On Behalf Of The Jews calls for an end to Jewish morality. Who are we? On the question of conservatism, one can count on two things. From Mclean's, an article on the race to reach really, really deep oil. From Real-World Economics Review, Kevin Quinn (Bowling Green): Markets, politics and freedom in the work of Hannah Arendt; and Riccardo Baldissone (Curtin): Beyond economic fundamentalism. Walden Bello on how "free trade" is destroying Third World agriculture — and who's fighting back. Revenge of the Country Club Republicans: What changing suburban demographics mean for the GOP. The Freedom Nonagenda: Do Americans still believe in democratization? A review of Robert Kagan's The Return of History and the End of Dreams (and more and more). A look at why science fairs continue to endure and are even changing for the better — the worse, too. A review of The Second Life Herald: The Virtual Tabloid That Witnessed the Dawn of the Metaverse by Peter Ludlow and Mark Wallace. A review of The Quantum Ten: A Story of Passion, Tragedy, Ambition and Science by Sheilla Jones. The celebrities that ordinary people vilify seem disproportionately to be female — why?
From Democratiya, a review of Forget 68 by Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Mai 68 Explique a Nicolas Sarkozy by Andre and Raphael Glucksmann; Russell Berman on "left-fascism" and campus anti-Semitism: Radicalism as reaction; Dick Howard on an international New Left; Fred Siegel on 1968 and the ongoing revolt against the masses; Eric Chenoweth on the true revolutionaries of 1968; and Gabriel Noah Brahm Jr. on the post-Left: An archeology and a genealogy. From The Nation, a review of Liberty of Conscience by Martha Nussbaum and Founding Faith by Steven Waldman; more on Chasing the Flame by Samantha Power; and a review of Detective Story and The Pathseeker: Searching for Traces by Imre Kertesz. Time to cut class: Ditch habits left over from school and free your mind. From THES, sex and the university: Romantic attractions between teacher and student may be as old as pedagogy itself, but now such relationships cause people to worry about abuses of power and litigation; computers and lasers are compelling proof that researchers' flights of fancy can pay off, but policymakers prefer to fund work with obvious economic merits; if you don't like your job try the real world and see just how lucky we academics are; and a novel old idea about art: Despite prevailing orthodoxies, creative writing is stealthily reviving liberal humanism.
From The American Conservative, a review of Heads in the Sand: How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats by Matthew Yglesias; and When the Left was right: The radicals of the ’60s had another side — decentralist, anti-interventionist, and almost Kirkian. Patching up the parties: Despite early bickering, Democrats and Republicans will rally around their candidates on election day. A review of Sex and Philosophy: Rethinking de Beauvoir and Sartre by Edward Fullbrook and Kate Fullbrook and A Dangerous Liaison by Carole Seymour-Jones. How thinking costs you: Behavioral economics shows that when it comes to investing, people aren't that smart. Why is he so sensitive to reputation? An article on Gore Vidal, literary feuds, his "vicious" mother and rumours of a secret love child (which may be true). Rendering justice, with one eye on re-election: While most of the world tries to insulate judges from popular will, many in the United States are elected. Everyone's a historian now: How the Internet — and you - - will make history deeper, richer, and more accurate. Voices carry: Lawrence Hill reviews books on Civil War slave narratives. The Observer's literary editor Robert McCrum stood down this month after more than 10 years in the job, and what a tumultuous 10 years — here he charts the changes in 10 short chapters.