From The Atlantic Monthly, Jeffrey Goldberg on The Wars of John McCain. From Slate, here's an interactive timeline of the lives of Barack Obama. From TNR, Jonathan Chait on how the rich rolled Barack Obama (and how Charlie Gibson has helped); and Jeffery Rosen on how nobody in the Senate has a better record of defending the little guy than Biden. From TAC, a review of The Case Against Barack Obama by David Freddoso and McCain: The Myth of a Maverick by Matt Welch; Radical Chic: Brendan O’Neill on Tibet, the theocracy liberals like; Back in the USSR: Alexander Lukashenko’s Belarus is brutal and oppressive — yet remains unexploited by the economy of haste; and the Asquith Analogy: Let’s remember World War I before launching World War V. A review of Distraction: A Philosopher’s Guide to Being Free by Damon Young. A review of Why We Make Art and Why It Is Taught by Richard Hickman. Are US students getting it? Not according to a new wave of campus magazines that aim to foster healthy ideas and adult discussion about sex. More and more on Charles Murray's Real Education (and an excerpt). Are too many people going to college? America’s university system is creating a class-riven nation, but there has to be a better way. 24/7 school reform: What poor kids really need can’t be taught in a classroom.
Dionne L. Koller (Baltimore): How the United States Government Sacrifices Athletes' Constitutional Rights in the Pursuit of National Prestige. From Military Review, Christopher Housenick (American U): Winning Battles but Losing Wars: Three Ways Successes in Combat Promote Failures in Peace. From Nebula, a special issue on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Communist loser: A review of Eric Hobsbawm's On Empire: America, War and Global Supremacy (and more). From Re.Press, you can download The Radical Critique of Liberalism: In Memory of a Vision by Toula Nicolacopoulos. The introduction to The Subprime Solution: How Today's Global Financial Crisis Happened, and What to Do about It by Robert J. Shiller (and an interview). The case for single payer national health insurance: A chapter from Ten Excellent Reasons for National Health Insurance. From News & Letters, an article on healthcare and Marx's view of the future. Sarah Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Hillary Clinton — she is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger. Benny Morris reviews Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History by Andrew G. Bostom. An interview with Orhan Pamuk: "Winning the Nobel Prize made everything political". An interview with writer and pioneer of cyberpunk William Gibson on American politics, the online age and Voodoo.
From NeoAmericanist, Elizabeth J. Vincelette (ODU): Identity and Ideology: Press One for American English; and Lindsey Churchill (FSU): Dissenting Americans or Disloyal Deviants: Left Wing "Anti-Americanism" in America (1962-1975). The introduction to Supercapitalism by Robert Reich (and an interview). From Democratiya, a review of The Politics of Inequality: A Political History of the Idea of Economic Inequality in America by Michael J. Thompson; a review of The Age of Apology: Facing up to the Past; a review of Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan by Caroline Fourest; and a review of Jazzocracy: Jazz, Democracy, and the Creation of a New American Mythology by Kabir Sehgal. How John McCain and the Republicans became the aggrieved party; and James Kirchick on despots and the lobbyists who love them. A look at how Republicans fell in love with a pregnant, unwed teenager. A review of The Baby in the Mirror: A Child’s World from Birth to Three by Charles Ferneyhough and How Infants Know Minds by Vasudevi Reddy. Rachel Cohen reviews Home by Marilynne Robinson. Classical to Rap: Music lovers have much more in common than you would think. From Greenland's Sermitsiaq, an expedition has found that the Northwest and Northeast Passages in the Arctic Ocean are both ice-free; and boy catches mighty cod.
From The National Interest, League of Demagoguery: Anatol Lieven reviews Philip Bobbitt's Terror and Consent and Robert Kagan's The Return of History and the End of Dreams; the Legend of a Democracy Promoter: How and why democracy promotion became a permanent fixture of American foreign policy; and a review of books on Iraq. Growth factor: How big government helps the economy take off. A review of Are the Rich Necessary? Great Economic Arguments and How They Reflect Our Personal Values by Hunter Lewis. The secret benefits of fandom: It's not just psychological — when your favorite team wins a game, you may actually profit. From the latest issue of Bookforum, no heaven on Earth: Verlyn Klinkenborg on nature writing. A review of Leviathan: Or, The Whale by Philip Hoare. From The New Individualist, cartoons of the prophet Muhammed sent angry Muslims into the streets — just wait until they see the work of cartoonist Bosch Fawstin; we all know that schools are hostile to individualism, but what would an individualist educational system look like?; and when men return to space, they'll pack a lot of baggage, but what kind of philosophical baggage will they bring with them? An interview with James Hughes on physicists, zombies, nanobots, and other long-odds threats to life as we know it. What makes people vote Republican? Jonathan Haidt investigates.
From Dissent, an article on Ghandi's burden — and ours; and does European social democracy have a future? A review of You Can't Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America by John R. MacArthur. When William Styron published The Confessions of Nat Turner 40 years ago, black writers objected to his use of dialect and his invocation of inflammatory stereotypes. Brave New World of Digital Intimacy: The effects of News Feed, Twitter and other forms of incessant online contact. Counting our towns: Are we a nation of big cities or of small towns? There it is: The absolute nightmare scenario, from the standpoint of political procedure: A tie in the Electoral College. An excerpt from Amnesty After Atrocity? Healing Nations After Genocide and War Crimes by Helena Cobban. A review of A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and our Planet's Future by Roger S. Gottlieb. There are so many good and tasty reasons to eat insects that the 20-per-cent minority of Earthlings who don’t practice entomophagy should listen up. A review of An Elusive Science: The Troubling History of Education Research by Ellen Condliffe Lagemann. The war on terrorism, between World War IV and optical illusion: The introduction to The Politics of Chaos in the Middle East by Olivier Roy. More on Grand New Party by Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam.
From Open Source, an interview with James Q. Wilson on Understanding America: The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation; and an interview with Rory Stewart, post-imperialist poster hero. The Taliban and Al Qaeda have established a haven in Pakistan’s tribal areas along the Afghan border; this is where the war on terror will be fought — and possibly lost. No matter how much we voters know about a candidate, the truth is we never can tell what kind of president he’ll be. The Sixty-Day War: With one hastily made decision, John McCain upended the presidential race — an investigation of the bloody new political realities; and is Joe Lieberman really supporting John McCain out of principle? David Frum on the vanishing Republican voter: Why income inequality is destroying the GOP base. From Salon, an interview with Markos Moulitsas Zuniga on how to build a vast left-wing conspiracy. Jonathan Yardley on William Strunk, Jr.'s The Elements of Style, a "little book" bursting with the write ideas. Memory-weaving 101: A review of The Autobiographer's Handbook. A review of The Author Is Not Dead, Merely Somewhere Else: Creative Writing Reconceived by Michelene Wandor. The most complicated love story in post-war Germany: The electric and torturous correspondence between Germany's legendary poets, Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, has now been released in book form.
From First Monday, P.D. Magnus (Albany): Early response to false claims in Wikipedia; and Steve Jones, Sarah Millermaier, Mariana Goya-Martinez, and Jessica Schuler (UIC): Whose space is MySpace? A content analysis of MySpace profiles. From Lettre International, an essay on the society of the query and the Googlization of our lives. Today, learning, shopping and social networking can all be done online; this is a revolution not only of technology, but also one of sensibility. Robert Jensen on technological fundamentalism in media and culture. An excerpt from Crowdsourcing: How the Power of the Crowd is Driving the Future of Business by Jeff Howe. From The Economist, the idea of “crowdsourcing”, or asking crowds of internet users for ideas, is being tried out in some unusual quarters; minds of their own: One day, a machine will outsmart its maker; from plug-ins to planktonic algae, technology is part of the solution to climate change, but which technology?; and as well as trying to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, scientists have plans to re-engineer the Earth. From Good, scientists have begun to contemplate the unthinkable: the end of the sea’s abundance. Roger Altman on how the Fed can fix the world. From NYRB, George Soros on the perilous price of oil; Anthony Lewis reviews books on "official American sadism"; and Oliver Sacks reviews books on madness.
From Neiman Reports, a special issue on 21st Century Muckrakers: Who are they? How do they do their work? Open tab: Gabriel Sherman on the dark art of the National Enquirer. The Hot New Celeb? Sarah!: The tabloids have discovered the appeal of politics. Why be partisan if it's all just strategy? Cynical reporting could be a tonic for red-blue disease. Illness has forced Robert Novak’s official resignation, but don’t believe it: He won’t stop writing until he dies. From Survey Practice, an article on understanding the meaning of the “mood of the country”. From Monitor on Psychology, a special section on why we vote. From PUP, the introduction to Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do by Andrew Gelman. From The Economic Times, an article on Britain as a benevolent totalitarian state. From Adbusters, a designer moment: Why commercials can’t spark change. From Multinational Monitor, no escape: An article on marketing to kids in the digital age; an interview with Susan Linn, author of The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World; and an interview with Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping. A review of Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are by Rob Walker and Does Ethics Have a Chance in a World of Consumers? by Zygmunt Bauman.
From The National Interest, Joshua Muravchik and Stephen Walt debate the Neocons vs. the Realists. From FP, an interview with Thomas Friedman on his plan for a hot, flat, and crowded world (and a review). From Mute, the computer inspired a wave of post-war "imaginary futures", from ecstatic fantasies of time and space travel to fears of mankind's extinction — Iain Boal brings three critical histories of modernity's futuramas back down to earth; declaring the economic off-limits to politics, the art world’s favourite philosopher, Jacques Ranciere, does have something to hide; and is a rabble run media becoming a possibility, and are artists in the vanguard or blocking the way? From Maisonneuve, an article on Obama’s Ludacris problem: Guess what song you won't find on Obama's iPod? Meet Jane Doe: By selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate, John McCain plunged his campaign deep into Capra country. Seeking offence, as Christians have done in the case of Terence Koh’s Jesus statue, is the tactic of the vindictive and the bullying (and more). From Boston Review, poets and the people: Robert von Hallberg on reflections on solidarity during wartime. New literary art form discovered! In praise of the praise of poetry. The introduction to The Patron's Payoff: Conspicuous Commissions in Italian Renaissance Art by Jonathan K. Nelson and Richard J. Zeckhauser.
A new issue of The New Leader is out. From Mother Jones, exit strategy: A series of articles on how to fix a post-Bush nation. If an outsider's persona is good for getting elected, sometimes an insider's knowledge is necessary for succeeding once in office. Rick Shenkman on 5 myths about those civic-minded, deeply informed voters. John Judis on what Barack Obama won't tell you about his community organizing past. From The Neo-Independent, is this the rainbow we’ve been waiting for? Jacqueline Salit wants to know. From The New York Observer, Righties scoff at Gustav, plan big Caribbean cruise, euphoric Hawaiian hobbles in: National Review essentials party like it was 2008; and hurts so Good: The unlikely magazine for "earnest young things" is a success; now, expansion and a new CEO threaten to make it (gulp!) a business. From New Politics, a special section on the Gay Movement and the Left; and an article on neoliberalism, teachers, and teaching: Understanding the assault (and more on stealing our schools). From Technology Review, "I just called to say I love you": Jonathan Franzen on cell phones, sentimentality, and the decline of public space. From NYRB, a review of The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross; and an exchange on the question of global warming. From Cracked, a look at the 8 most obnoxious Internet commenters.