From Triple Canopy, Big Brother's Portfolio: Remaking photography with Google Street View; and a report from the Rebel’s Republic, a breakaway state in western Bosnia where the Minister of Smiles rules alongside the Minister of Artificial Blondes. Slavoj Zizek on The Secret Clauses of the Liberal Utopia. From Vanity Fair, Gail Sheehy on Hillaryland at War: Hillary Clinton’s campaign had it all; it was a battle that revealed why she came so close to victory, as well as why she didn't make it. A review of Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics by Nina L. Khrushcheva. Sex every day? How men and women differ on the idea. From LRB, a review of books by Philip K. Dick. David Goodhart on how the possibility of the break up of Britain in the near future should prompt the English to think seriously about who they are — and who they would like to become. Who owns Central Park? How Frederick Law Olmsted’s 843 acres of civilizing wilderness became a type-A battleground. What's colorless and tasteless and smells like money? In the heyday of campus radicalism, protests took place at the drop of a hat and Marxism ruled, but today's young are quieter; there's still commitment but now it's to getting a good job. Uncensored, racist, and shockingly nasty, online gossip forum Juicy Campus has students trembling — but should it be banned?
From Ethics and International Affairs, Allen Buchanan (Duke) and Robert O. Keohane (Princeton): The Legitimacy of Global Governance Institutions. From the Journal of Social Philosophy, David Heyd (HUJ): Justice and Solidarity: The Contractarian Case against Global Justice. A new issue of New Perspectives Quarterly is out, on post-globalization. Resetting Earth's thermostat: In the race to respond to climate change, it's time to invest in an alternative solution — geo-engineering. For the third time in less than 15 years, the End of the World draws near. The World Values Survey finds happiness is rising around the world. From Mclean's, a look at how Canada stole the American Dream. From Esquire, does America have any culture? Chuck Klosterman goes to Germany to teach a class; his students teach him a lesson about how the world views us. From The New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert on the island in the wind: A Danish community’s victory over carbon emissions; James Surowiecki on the blame game and the price of oil; and George Packer on Obama’s Iraq problem. Christopher Hitchens on a book drive for Iraq: How you can do your bit to build democracy. From Commentary, an article on why Iraq was inevitable. A look at how terrorism paranoia killed 1,600 Americans in 2002. Frank Rich on terrorists rocking the vote in 2008.
From World Affairs, Peter Beinart on The Other Wilsonianism (and more on the state of patriotism). E.L. Doctorow on Bush's rejection of knowledge: Just as Moby-Dick was too much for Ahab, our new century may be too difficult for us to comprehend. A review of The Anti-Intellectual Presidency by Elvin T. Lim. Oliver Stone and W: The openly political director goes where some fear to tread. From CJR, an article on “attacking” McCain’s military record: What Wesley Clark really said, and how the press missed it. Pulp Fiction (and Nonfiction): An increasing number of books will be — and should be — mulched. From The Wall Street Journal, here's the case for and against nuclear power. Today’s Olympic Games are designed to make big bucks—and it’s not the hosts who are walking away with the gold. Can weeds help solve the climate crisis? More and more on Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate by Kenan Malik. Stacey D'Erasmo reviews Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen. The many figures of fitness: Exercise expert Joanna Hall reveals how sport dictate body shape. From Utne, an article on word-of-mouth campaigns, poisoning the grapevine. While wrestling, crime, sex and tulipmania spice up popular books on economics, the academic discipline often remains impenetrable. David Warsh on the other meaning of Bill Gates.