From Powell's, an interview with Michael Gazzaniga, author of Human (and a review) and an interview with Tom Boellstorff, author of Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human. More and more and more on The Wrecking Crew by Thomas Frank. From Taki's Magazine, John Derbyshire on the Singularity as the Rapture for nerds. What if you could tell whether a man is husband material just by peering at his genes? (and more and more on why men cheat) From TNR, an interview with Charles Barkley on politics. An interview with Graham Vickers, author of Chasing Lolita: How Popular Culture Corrupted Nabokov's Little Girl All Over Again. From Monthly Review, a special issue on Ecology: The Moment of Truth. From Left Turn, a special issue on global ecology and the Left. An article on different ways of looking at what it means to be an environmentalist. Plenty Magazine recognizes 20 businesses, 20 people, and 10 ideas that will change our world. Feeding the Beast: Why food prices are skyrocketing. A review of Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives by Carolyn Steel and The End of Food: The Coming Crisis in the World Food Industry by Paul Roberts (and more and more and more and more). A review of Savage Barbecue: Race, Culture, and the Invention of America's First Food by Andrew Warnes (and more).
From Europe's World, an essay on capitalism’s uncertain future; and a look at why EU and US geopolitical interests are no longer the same and why the US is destined to remain a “European power”. From FT, Francis Fukuyama on how the past two US administrations could assume hegemony in economics and security, but the next administration cannot; and Martin Wolf on how this presidential election might well determine the character of the next, possibly final, epoch of Anglo-American global hegemony. Gregory Rodriguez on America's "identity" blind spot. John McCain's list of ancestors is a bit ho-hum, with nearly monolithic Scotch Irish dominance and none of the links to famous statesmen Obama counts as kin, part of the great melting pot. Dalton Conley, an NYU sociologist claims, preposterously, that it's more stressful to be rich than poor. No manufacturing, no new ideas — what's our economy based on? Joseph Stiglitz wants to know. Bring back tug-of-war! Why more Olympic sports should be added before 2012. Here's the perfect example of how frustrating the Olympics were for genuine sports lovers. A review of Athlete First: A History of the Paralympic Movement by Steve Bailey. From Standpoint, an article on the depth of English music. A steady eye: David Levine has captured the artistic and political greats of his era with nothing but a pencil.
From New Left Review, Norman Dombey (Sussex): The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Aims, Limitations and Achievements (and a response); an essay on neoliberalism in Latin America; and Walter Benn Michaels argues that the Obama and Clinton campaigns are victories for neoliberalism, not over it. From LRB, after the Ottomans: Perry Anderson on Kemalism. Julian Baggini examines a new series of practical philosophy books dedicated to the art of living. Archives of Alaska papers reveal disturbing and goofy details from Sarah Palin's past. The Oprah effect: Given their naked insincerity, do political endorsements carry any weight? From Vanity Fair, since buying The Wall Street Journal, Rupert Murdoch has talked freely with Michael Wolff about his business, his family, and the future. From the new magazine Culture11, Electric Kool-Aid Conservatism: Why the right needs more journalists and fewer activists; why small towns matter: How community helps America muster the manpower to defend itself; the Dracula argument: What the absence of vampires tells us about the existence of God; I vow (to bump and grind): Gangsta’ rap at the modern wedding; and beating Darcy down: He’s a dead, white, fictional man — let’s get over him, ladies. Michael Shermer on why our brains do not intuitively grasp probabilities. Yuck factor: Jan Freeman on how some words are uglier than others.