A new issue of Inroads: The Canadian Journal of Opinion is out. From Radar, more on the worst colleges in America (from their "College Week" special section). From Miller-McCune, a call on the professorial classes to help check abuses of governmental power and to start confronting the Alberto Gonzaleses of the world before they wreak havoc. From The Hedgehog Review, an interview with E. J. Dionne, Jr. From ISSR, a debate on abolishing vs. preserving the Electoral College. More on Dee Dee Myers’ Why Women Should Rule the World. From History Now, a special issue on "books that changed history". An interview with James Howard Kunstler on deconstructing the human habitat. From malaprops (the "wonton" aggression of the Chinese) to mondegreens, "Excuse me while I kiss this guy" (Hendrix): An excerpt from Can I Have a Word With You? by Howard Richler. What does George W. Bush really think about former rival McCain, the fall campaign and his own presidential legacy? A review of The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics by Leonard Susskind. The world’s "best" car bombers: An interview with ex-CIA agent Robert Baer on terror, Iran, and Hezbollah. A review of Walter Benjamin's On Hashish. A review of Sexual Politics: The Gay Person in America Today by Shannon Gilreath.
The latest issue of The Little Magazine is online. From Commentary, how to manage savagery: The clash of civilizations has now, in the case of Islam, become primarily a clash within; and a review of books on Jews and their DNA. From NS, the genes of a European person can be enough to pinpoint their ancestry down to their home country, claim two new studies. A review of Europe: A Nietzschean Perspective by Stefan Elbe. From Foreign Policy, think Russia is the big winner in Georgia? Think again. BHL on Georgia, Russia and Europe. From Anarchy, a review of Endgame, Volumes I & II by Derrick Jensen; and an article on anti-imperialism, yet another statist ideology. Zadie Smith reviews The Tremendous World I Have Inside My Head: Franz Kafka: A Biographical Essay by Louis Begley, more on Excavating Kafka by James Hawes, and so what if Kafka enjoyed porn? From The Walrus, a look at the complexities of queer parenthood. Conservatives finally learned that sheer moralizing doesn't keep teens from having sex; now they have a creepy new tactic. From The Believer, Rolf Potts on the Henry Ford of Literature: How one of the most prolific publishers in US history ended up floating dead in his swimming pool — possibly murdered by the FBI; and a look at how public-access and David Letterman informed the weirdest show ever aired.
The first issue of Strategies of Critique is out. From Left Curve, foetry.com: An interview with Steven Ford Brown on what academia doesn't want you to know about the creative writing industry. Intellectuals as castrators of meaning: An interview with Rene Girard. From BBC Magazine, things aren't what they used to be, and thank goodness for that; and towns and cities are designed primarily for men, not women — so what's the difference? From New Matilda, a man drought is a tricky problem, because the solutions we apply to other types of drought don't apply. From Lost, a look back at the losers of American presidential elections. Cass Sunstein on how Obama's views aren't easy to characterize, so stop trying already. Michael Kinsley on how Sarah Palin made the GOP change its mind about presidential qualifications. More on Grand New Party by Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam. Offered perpetually to the Congress, would the so-called Christian Amendment really achieve its objectives? Of all moral issues, war is perhaps the most difficult, and most important; what would a specifically libertarian response to this issue be? From Prospect, African states have arbitrary borders and unsuitable systems of "winner-takes-all" electoral democracy — it is time to develop an African form of democracy; and bullfighting is seen by many as cruel, but can aesthetics justify the suffering of the animal?
From Carnegie Ethics, Devin Stewart on the myth of the nation-state (and responses). An interview with Michael Hudson, author of Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire. An interview with Paul Kennedy, a man still unafraid of tackling the grand strategies of empire and war; and contrary to expectations, it seems that we have succeeded in developing forms of society in which doing the hokey-cokey is what it's all about. A review of Fascism and Democracy in the Human Mind: A Bridge between Mind and Society by I. W. Charny. A review of Executive Orders and the Modern Presidency: Legislating from the Oval Office by Adam Warber. Democracy and accountability: A look at the perverse effects of term limits. Is history siding with Obama’s economic plan? Alan Blinder reviews Unequal Democracy by Larry Bartels. Hepatitis B and missing women: An article on the "morality tale" involving Robert Barro, Steven Levitt, Amartya Sen and Emily Oster. A review of Natural Goodness by Philippa Foot. From NYRB, an article on Georgia and the balance of power; and a review of books on the price of being black. Todd Gitlin on the Left, lost in the politics of identity. From Harp & Altar, sliver of a sliver: A review of Red Shifting by Aleksandr Skidan. A review of The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature by Daniel J. Levitin.
From The New Yorker, can the Democrats get a foothold on the religious vote? Peter J. Boyer investigates; and Steve Coll on David Petraeus, the pressures of politics, and the road out of Iraq. From Studies in Language and Capitalism, Andrew Sola (Maryland): The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to War-Profiteering in Iraq; and Lisa Glebatis Perks (UT-Austin): The Nouveau Reach: Ideologies of Class and Consumerism in Reality-Based Television. From Luna Park, an essay on the future of lit (mags); an article on how to start a war: McSweeney's 26; and Travis Kurowski on the last movement literary magazine: n+1. From The Liberal, an article on Barack Obama and the Idea of America. From First Things, Joseph Bottum on the death of Protestant America: A political theory of the Protestant mainline. A review of Gay Marriage: For Better or for Worse? What We've Learned from the Evidence by William N. Eskridge Jr. and Darren R. Spedale. Martin Amis on terrorism's new structure. Radovan Karadzic has been caught, but the war is not over yet for the heirs of Yugoslavia's war criminals. A futurologist says . In defense of the beta blocker: Is this a performance drug that could actually increase the fairness of Olympic contests? From IHE, should American Politics be abolished (as a field)? Martha Nussbaum reviews On Religious Liberty: Selections From the Works of Roger Williams.