From n+1, Salvador Allende may have won the symbolic battle, but it is the disgraced and disowned Pinochet who is winning the war. The introduction to Democratizing the Enemy: The Japanese American Internment by Brian Masaru Hayashi. The introduction to World Out of Balance: International Relations and the Challenge of American Primacy by Stephen G. Brooks and William C. Wohlforth. Why do nations and peoples exist, and why do particular nations exist in particular forms? Spengler investigates. The introduction to Innovation and Inequality: How Does Technical Progress Affect Workers? by Gilles Saint-Paul. From Truthdig, an interview with Ray Bradbury on literature and love. Darwin to the Rescue: A group of scholars thinks evolutionary science can reinvigorate literary studies. Moral and political dilemmas: An interview with Ronald Harwood on musical life in Nazi Germany. Arena rock's final chord: Are the days of arena rock coming to an end? The afterlife of American clothes: Haitian entrepreneurs find value in our castoffs. Building The Matrix: Simulating the complexity of quantum physics would quickly overwhelm even the most advanced of today’s computers; and could the vacuum contain dark energy, gravity particles, and frictionless gears? From Mclean's, barenaked mess: The fight, the girlfriend, the coke bust — what happened to Canada's most lovable pop star?
From Salon, is time to hold conservative Blue Dogs accountable, or should Democrats wait till George Bush is history, and then decide? Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith on why we can't let the Bush Administration off the hook. Taking Liberalties: Why the "most liberal" rankings are a crock. A review of Once You're Lucky, Twice You're Good: The Rebirth of Silicon Valley and the Rise of Web 2.0 by Sarah Lacy. Clay Shirky's Here Comes Everybody is reputed to be the best book ever written on Web 2.0, but why the strange silence on questions of copyright, privacy and ownership? The popular computer game The Sims features sprawling tract homes, rabid consumerism and bickering families — how did creator Will Wright get it so right? An interview with Doris Lessing (and more from Bookforum). From Dissent, Shlomo Avineri on the travails of democratization after Communism; a review of From a Cause to a Style: Modernist Architecture’s Encounter with the American City by Nathan Glazer; and an article on Olympic boycotts: always tricky. From Foreign Policy, here are 5 ways Beijing will be the biggest, baddest Olympics ever. The eternal games: Simon Kuper on five books about the Olympics. Is Europe ready to renew the trans-Atlantic alliance? Anne Applebaum wants to know. A review of Apocalypse: Earthquakes, Archaeology and the Wrath of God by Amos Nur.
From TAP, Ilan Goldberg on why McCain should embrace withdrawal; and how important was the surge? Ten Iraq experts weigh in. Christopher Hitchens on why Obama's attitude on the surge hasn't harmed his campaign. Frank Rich on how Obama became acting president. From The New Yorker, what he knows for sure: Tavis Smiley confronts the Obama candidacy; Adam Gopnik on modern magic and the meaning of life; and Charles Van Doren on the quiz-show scandals—and the aftermath. A review of Jacques Derrida's The Animal that Therefore I Am. From Cabinet, an interview with Rosalind Williams, author of Notes on the Underground, on actual and imaginary underworlds; and if you know anything at all about Cao Dai, chances are that this is what you know. Once the "disease of kings," gout is back with a vengeance. Today’s savvier consumers are said to be more impervious to advertising; Rob Walker says: nope. From Vanity Fair, a cover story on Carla Bruni and Nicolas Sarkozy, a pair of romantic predators who appear to have met their matches. More and more and more and more and more and more and more on James Wood’s How Fiction Works. A look at why historians should write books ordinary people want to read. More bang for the book: A growing number of writers have hit the rubber-chicken circuit. A review of Books: A Memoir by Larry McMurtry.