From Cato Unbound, Robert Levy on District of Columbia v. Heller: What’s next? Forget veepstakes: The consideration of potential Cabinet picks would create a better presidential race. A blog, a flight attendant, and a firing: When a Delta employee had a little fun on her personal Web diary, her career was forced to make an emergency landing. What’s left of Confucianism? Daniel A. Bell wants to know. From FT, a review of books on China, Tibet and the Dalai Lama. In decades of linguinsania, Deirdre McCloskey has tried to learn a second language, everything from French, Greek and Latin to German, Scots Gaelic and Sanskrit, with no success — but she's still not resigned to monolingualism. Why does anyone learn Esperanto? Overgrown frat boys, cheesy pick-up artists, overly sensitive cry-babies? What's going on with straight men's sexuality? One-armed vegetarian live-in boyfriends: The quest for this year's sexy swing demographic. How bad will it get? An interview with William Poole, former president of the Federal Reserve of St. Louis. A new model explains why we overestimate our future choices. Katharine Weymouth tells Portfolio how she plans to save the family's flagship brand and—she hopes—reinvent the industry. Want Obama in a punch line? First, find a joke. A survey of Obama in pencil, ink and paint shows artists are struggling to get the brother right.
From The Wilson Quarterly, the abolition of slavery was the great cause of 19th-century humanitarians; in the 21st century, it needs new champions (while thousands still live in slavery in northern Mali). From Boston Review, Elias Khoury on imagining justice in Palestine; outside the Big Box: who speaks for small business?; and a review of Counter-Revolution of the Word: The Conservative Attack on Modern Poetry, 1945–1960 by Alan Filreis. He was long a jewel of the MIT faculty; now, after a devastating brain injury, mathematician Seymour Papert is struggling bravely to learn again how to think like, speak like, be like the man of genius he was. Post-PC dignity: Political correctness has come in for a battering, but ethically sensitive language remains crucial. Free Textbooks: A pilot project aims to upend the publishing industry, and help strapped students, by offering textbooks free of charge online. From TAS, David Mamet sent shockwaves through the lefty literary world when he declared himself an admirer of America and the Constitution — how could this be? A review of Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage by Jenny Block. A review of The Darker Nations: A Biography of the Short-lived Third World by Vijay Prashad. New Digg.com feature on Digg.com allows Digg users on Digg.com to Digg more stuff than ever Dugg before on Digg.com.
From The Philosophers' Magazine, Jean Kazez tests Kwame Anthony Appiah, philosophy’s most readable writer; Julian Baggini interviews philosophy’s best kept secret, TM Scanlon; and what is wrong with Socrates? Emily Wilson questions the legend of the wisest man in Athens. A look at how the social psychology revolution is reaching its tipping point. The case against Christopher Hitchens can be summarised, broadly, in a kind of comic list as done by the British satirical magazine Private Eye. From TNR, Leon Wieseltier on Christopher Hitchens, Damien Hirst, and our Golden Age of the Pseudo-Meaningful Stunt; Frank Kermode reviews How Fiction Works by James Wood; and a review of Framing the Early Middle Ages: Europe and the Mediterranean, 400-800 by Chris Wickham and Origins of the European Economy: Communications and Commerce AD 300-900 by Michael McCormick. A review of Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson by Ian Goodwillie. From Guernica, Crisis Darfur: A conversation with Mia Farrow and Bernard-Henri Levy. Joseph Stiglitz on the end of neo-liberalism. From Natural History, a look at how dogs came to run the world. Daniel Gross on the hot business catchphrase of 2008, and what it really means. The latest issue of Edge is out. An article on the future of babies: Artificial wombs and pregnant grandmas.