Richard J. Bishirjian (Yorktown): Why I Am a Conservative. Henry Regnery reviews Odyssey of a Friend: Whittaker Chambers’ Letters to William F. Buckley, Jr., 1954-1961. From IHE, in culture wars or Duke-bashing, do facts matter? Have you heard the one about the psychology chair who won’t hire Republicans? From New York, a special issue on Clay Felker (and a look at why magazine legend Clay Felker is the father of Google). From Smart Set, an article on the Googlized unpredictability of Internet shopping today; and what were the best parties in history — and what were they like to attend? A review of Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol by Iain Gately. From Newsweek, an article on broken artwork and the challenge of protecting masterpiece. A review of The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art by Don Thompson. As Christie's auctions off Jean-Antoine Watteau's long-lost work, TNR's art critic Jed Perl explores the tension and indecisiveness of his favorite painter. Meet the Press Now: The commentariat Russert leaves behind has never been larger, or louder — but is it really any more powerful? Philosopher Peter Sloterdijk on the Tour de France: "The riders are just regular employees". The psychology of the rodeo: What runs through a bull rider's brain during the most extreme eight seconds (or less) of his life?
From Scientific American, a cover story on the migration history of humans: DNA study traces human origins across the continents (and more and more). Here's the full text of The Bounds of Reason: Game Theory for the the Behavioral Sciences and the full text of A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and its Evolution, by Herbert Gintis. Are Democrats and Republicans finally agreeing on a new economic philosophy? 61 flip-flops and counting: Here's a list of clear 180-degree switches by John McCain on the biggest issues of the day. French philosopher BHL supports Obama; post-Jesse Jackson bump goes flat. Britain's bestsellers are under fire, but are they any worse than their American counterparts? Here come the muhajababes! How sex, booze and heavy metal fit into the world of hip young Arabs today. The web is the most conservative force on Earth: Charles Leadbeater on how digital technology has made us a society of mass archivers. The internet and its enemies: A chorus of Cassandras claim that the internet is ruining our brains; Christian Lorentzen clicks through the evidence. A review of The Future of the Internet by Jonathan Zittrain. From Discover, an article on the world's largest dump: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. From Dance, dance is, by its very nature, a sensual art form, but is it sexist to be sexy?
Louis J. Sirico Jr. (Villanova): How the Separation of Powers Doctrine Shaped the Executive. From New Left Review, the leading historian of modern Tibet Tsering Shakya discusses the background to recent protests on the Plateau; how should the Left think about the Communist experience today? A founding theorist of Il Manifesto reflects on the need for critical examination of the past; and here's Walter Benjamin’s last, unpublished report to Max Horkheimer on the literary situation in France. A review of The Ancient Greeks at War by Louis Rawlings. A review of Trials of Reason: Plato and the Crafting of Philosophy by David Wolfsdorf. A review of The Greeks and Greek Love: A Radical Reappraisal of Homosexuality in Ancient Greece by James Davidson. A review of Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty: Boys Were Their Gods by Andrew Lear and Eva Cantarella. A review of Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America, 1861-2003 by William N. Eskridge. Unorthodox sex in the animal kingdom: Homosexual behavior is common in nature, and it plays an important role in survival. Are gender stereotypes boring? Suggestions one sex is more intelligent, witty, sympathetic, moral or interesting than the other do tend to be objectionable. Lori Gottlieb raised a furore among women by arguing that they should settle for Mr Good Enough, but alas, she gets a lot right.