A new issue of Resistance Studies is out. A review of A Place Called Canterbury: Tales of the New Old Age in America by Dudley Clendinen and Leisureville: Adventures in America’s Retirement Utopias by Andrew D. Blechman. A review of Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy by Eric G. Wilson (and more at Bookforum). From Reason, some bets are off: The strangely selective and self-defeating crackdown on Internet gambling; and The Body is a terrible thing to waste: Understanding Jesse Ventura's long, sad decline. It's the single most important corporate reform within reach, and it doesn't rely on taxes or tax breaks or new government spending: Simply put, it's time to introduce democracy to corporate elections. From Miller-McCune, should the government make us happy? And does education really make you smarter? Smart drugs: Drugs to make you cleverer are in the test-tube — good. Dead but not buried or, when the '90s took a '60s turn: The post-Dead and post-Zappa bands of the '90s sought to subvert the prevailing trends towards crass commercialism, individual greed, and phony superficiality. A review of The Paranoia Switch: How Terror Rewires Our Brains and Reshapes Our Behavior—and How We Can Reclaim Our Courage by Martha Stout. An excerpt from Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You by Sam Gosling.
From Der Spiegel, a special report on The Price of Survival: What would it cost to save nature? From Democratiya, David Hirsh on arguments against the academic boycott of Israel; Robert J. Lieber on America and Israel after sixty years; a review of A History of Modern Israel by Colin Shindler; and a review of Jews and Power by Ruth R Wisse. The Unraveling: Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank on the jihadist revolt against bin Laden. Nurture your inner psychic: How everyday mind reading skills help us navigate, or get lost in, the stormy landscape of human interactions. A review of ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century by Susan Greenfield. A review of The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes — and Why by Amanda Ripley. From World Affairs, Adrian Wooldridge on Rational Actors: Secular fallacies. Donna Seaman reviews The Bishop’s Daughter by Honor Moore. More and more and more on The Kingdom of Infinite Space: A Fantastical Journey Around Your Head by Raymond Tallis. A review of Discretionary Time: A New Measure of Freedom by Robert Goodin, James Mahmud Rice, Antti Parpo and Lina Eriksson; Time: A User’s Guide by Stefan Klein; and Making Time: Why Time Seems to Pass at Different Speeds and How to Control It by Steve Taylor. Llewellyn Rockwell. on why everything you love you owe to capitalism.
Uncreative writing: To write the unreadable book may seem a strange quest, but for poet and archivist Kenneth Goldsmith, it’s the future of literature. God may work in mysterious ways, but a simple computer program may explain how religion evolved. From infidels.org, a review of Victor Reppert's Defense of the Argument from Reason. A review of Relentless Pursuit: A Year in the Trenches with Teach for America by Donna Foote. Does power corrupt? New research finds that if people feel powerful in their job, they're more competent at it. Why do economists make such dismal arguments about trade? Robert Driskill wants to know. Behave yourself: The state now regulates us instead of the economy. The battle between the sciences and the humanities has been going on for so long, its early participants are already dead. A review of AK47: The Story of the People's Gun by Michael Hodges. Obama-McCain is a race straight out of a "West Wing" rerun. How Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root took over the Libertarian Party. Michelle Cottle and Amanda Fortini discuss the Clinton campaign's effect on sexism, feminism, and the possibility of a female president. A review of Harry Reid's The Good Fight: Hard Lessons from Searchlight to Washington (and more). America's university of imperialism: A review of Soldiers of Reason by Alex Abella. Are we the bastard children of RAND?