From Asia Times, an article on the mythical post-American era. An article on how to rule the world after Bush. Uwe Boll, the man who has been called the world’s worst filmmaker, wants respect — is that too much to ask? A review of Hiding in Hip-Hop: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry by Terrance Dean. A review of The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008 by Sean Wilentz (and more). Jack Kemp was right: McCain would be too dangerous as president. Gideon Rachman on irrelevance as Europe’s logical choice. A review of The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig. Peter Singer on how religious people are still unable to provide a satisfying answer to the age-old question of why God allows suffering. An article on the digital future of books. Criticism's vocabulary of cruelty: Why are derisive dismissals so much easier than constructive criticism? An interview with David Wells, author of The Courage to Be Protestant. From Democratiya, a review of Rethinking the Just War Tradition; and a review of Morality and Political Violence by C.A.J. Coady. Why social networks can't mix with investors—unless they're not social. How are humans unique? We may or may not be smarter than apes, but we are definitely more social. A review of The Concept Horse Paradox and Wittgensteinian Conceptual Investigations by Kelly Dean Jolley.
From THES, a review of I Wish I'd Been There: Twenty Historians Bring to Life Dramatic Events that Changed the World by Byron Hollinshead and Theodore K. Rabb; and a review of Reflections on the Cliometrics Revolution: Conversations with Economic Historians. The soundtrack of a generation: They created the self-aware pop anthems and pursued the free lovin' mystique that will forever define the '60s and early '70s. A review of Alfred Kazin: A Biography by Richard Cook. A review of Amis and Son: Two Literary Generations by Neil Powell. A review of Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis (and more from Bookforum). More and more and more on Philip Bobbitt's Terror and Consent. The sergeant lost within: Roadside bombs have caused hundreds of dire brain injuries to soldiers in Iraq. A review of White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters by Robert Schlesinger. A review of Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History by Ted Sorensen (and more, and an interview). A campaign without the gotchas: The presidential candidates need to be freed from the gaffe-hunting, sound-bite-obsessed media. Slow times in Mixtlan, Mexico: Coupling up has a whole different meaning in "real" Mexico. After a brand is discontinued, what’s left is a name and the memories in consumers’ minds — can a dead brand live again?
From Les Ateliers de L'Ethique, Martha Bailey (Queen's): Polygamy and Plural Marriage; Beverley Baines (Queen's): Polygamy’s Challenge: Women, Religion and the Post-Liberal State; and Robert Leckey (McGill): Following Same-Sex Marriage: Redefining Marriage and the Impact for Polygamy. I do, I do, I do, the last taboo: Multiple spouses are fine, just not in the West. More and more and more on Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach. The Michael Jackson phenomenon represented a golden age, the peak of the music industry — the only way was down. A review of The Pirate's Dilemma: How Hackers, Punk Capitalists and Graffiti Millionaires are Re-Mixing Our Culture and Changing the World by Matt Mason (and an interview). Who needs copyright, anyway? For those writers who believe that copyright is a matter of life and death, here's a solution: Just put it on the Internet and let anyone who wants it, take it. An interview with Michael Connery, author of Youth to Power: How Today's Young Voters are Building Tomorrow's Progressive Majority. Richard Wolin reviews Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius by Detlev Claussen. James Howard Kunstler on Driving Toward Disaster: Don't like high gas prices? Change your way of life. Chicago Sun-Times’ bureau chief Lynn Sweet remembers Barack when he was just a Chicago-style brat.