From Borderlands, Nick Mansfield (Macquarie): "There is a Spectre Haunting": Ghosts, Their Bodies, Some Philosophers, a Novel and the Cultural Politics of Climate Change; Samuel A. Chambers (JHU) and Alan Finlayson (Swansea): Ann Coulter and the Problem of Pluralism: From Values to Politics; Debora Halbert (Otterbein): A Political Geography of Geneva: Mapping Globalization and its Discontents; Michele Acuto (ANU): Edges of the Conflict: A Three-Fold Conceptualization of National Borders; and Anthony Burke (UNSW): Life, in the hall of smashed mirrors: Biopolitics and terror today. BookLamp.org is a system for matching readers to books through an analysis of writing styles, similar to the way that Pandora.com matches music lovers to new music. More and more on The Book of Dead Philosophers by Simon Critchley. From Catapult, John D. Roth on why believers might conscientiously abstain from voting; and Denise Frame Harlan ponders the humaneness of democratic high school government elections. From The Global Spiral, a special issue on the subject, self, and soul. The pre-eminent need today is not an exclusive club of democracies, but renewal of the world’s global architecture, write Anne-Marie Slaughter and John Ikenberry. From LRB, Jeremy Harding on the dangers of intervention; and a review of New Labour’s terrible memoirs.
From THES, a review of Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home by Pamela Stone; and a review of Great Satan's Rage: American Negativity and Rap/Metal in the Age of Supercapitalism by Scott Wilson. From World Affairs, Robert Leibler on Falling Upwards: Declinism, The Box Set. A wrongheaded experiment to prove poor people are lazy shows it’s easy to succeed when you’re young, healthy, white, and male. Cracking Code Pink: Why does the peace movement have to dress and act like an irritating children's birthday party? From FT, the sculptures made by many great 20th-century painters illuminate modernism’s metamorphoses of forms and matter; Hollywood’s holocaustic imaginings give Nigel Andrews cause for thought; and Olympic architecture is about far more than sport. Shorts and Fannies, a brief history: An explainer on Fannie Mae, short-selling and government economic regulation. Talking to the plumber: John Derbyshire on the I.Q gap. A review of Anglophilia: Deference, Devotion, and Antebellum America by Elisa Tamarkin. A bad week for alternative medicine: Rose Shapiro explains how to spot a quack. From Standpoint, Michael Burleigh on how to defeat the global jihadists; and more on Terror and Consent (and more and more and more and more and more). Philip Bobbitt on why we need clearer rules on when to cross borders.
From Nerve, how Buckminster Fuller combined environmentalism with high design. Thom Mayne's U.S. Federal Building: Can the iconoclastic architect design a structure that's cheap, green, and secure? A review of The Judicious Eye: Architecture against the Other Arts by Joseph Rykwert. From TLS, a review of The Creationists: From scientific creationism to Intelligent Design by Ronald Numbers; Amis & Amis: The family firm produced disparate results, but is either writer any good? From First Principles, a special four-part symposium on localism and cosmopolitanism (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4). From Radar, how music legend Genesis P-Orridge and his wife became one through plastic surgery. Veganism is Murder: If God didn't want us to eat cows, he wouldn’t have made them out of steak. Children of God: The young women — willing wives? abuse victims? — of the polygamist Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Is it time to give up on therapeutic cloning? An interview with Ian Wilmut. Toward a Type 1 civilization: Along with energy policy, political and economic systems must also evolve. Deep in the radioactive bowels of the smashed Chernobyl reactor, a strange new lifeform is blooming. From IHE, newspapers keep abandoning any responsibility toward books; Scott McLemee looks back at print culture.