From the Journal of American Ethnic History, Violet M. Showers Johnson (ASC): "What, Then, Is the African American?" African and Afro-Caribbean Identities in Black America; a review of books on immigration; and a review of books on ethnic identity and American popular culture. From The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, an article on mixing climate change with the war on terror. Here are 5 scientific experiments most likely to end the world. From Reason, whatever happened to the libertarian Democrat? The Yippie Show: How some media-savvy leftists inadvertently helped the right, and vice versa. A review of Blogging America: The New Public Sphere by Aaron Barlow. A review of Electronic Tribes: The Virtual Worlds of Geeks, Gamers, Shamans, and Scammers. There are two Americas, and they watch different cable news channels. Simon Blackburn reviews The Thing Itself: On the Search for Authenticity by Richard Todd. A review of Year Million: Science at the Far Edge of Knowledge. From Miller-McCune, an article on the catch-22 of welfare to work. From Vanity Fair, Cullen Murphy gets a rare opportunity to observe day-to-day officer life in the Pacific theater — through his own father’s eyes. More and more on Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg. Why you should go with your gut feeling: Our brains pick up on subliminal signals when making risky decisions.
Ian S. Lustick (Penn): Our Own Strength Against Us: The War on Terror as a Self-Inflicted Disaster. From The Hill, an interview with Markos Moulitsas Zuniga. A wiki for the planet: An interview with Clay Shirky on open source environmentalism, and Shirky on gin, television and cognitive surplus. Dexter Filkins on what it’s been like reporting a conflict that never seems to end. The Taxman Cometh: Why do so many people so obediently pay what they owe? Gary Becker investigates. From the Institute for Advanced Studies' new journal Culture, issues on How We Work, Scientism and Ambiguous Distinctions. From The Kenyon Review, Lewis Hyde on being good ancestors: Reflections of arts funding since World War II; and Brian Doyle has become a close student of the rejection note. An article on the malign power of platitudes. From Expositions, a roundtable on Stanley Fish and the Humanities. Songs of freedom: Why music poses a threat to tyrants and overbearing governments. A review of The Making of an Economist, Redux by David Colander. A review of The Case for Greatness: Honorable Ambition and Its Critics by Rober Faulkner. From American Sexuality, a perspective for women of any age: "Why I'd rather sleep with an old guy". From TAP, an article on sex education as liberation: It's time to improve and expand our notion of what sex ed means.
From the Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy, John Gardner (Oxford): “Simply in Virtue of Being Human”: the Whos and Whys of Human Rights. A review of Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/Heretic by Ingrid Rowland. From Christian Today, here's a review of 10 books that screwed up the world. 2,126 "buts", and 55 "Reagans": Exploring the charms of "Speech Wars", a site that allows you to track the number of times the candidates have said certain words on the stump; Crashing Palinpalooza: How the Republicans' newest star is putting the "party" back in GOP; and Leon Wieseltier on the Sarah Palin Farce: Now is not the time for right-wing screwball. Jacques-Alain Miller on Sarah Palin: Operation "Castration". Lipstick on a Wing Nut: Katha Pollitt has questions for Sarah Palin. From Foreign Policy, here's 20 questions to ask Sarah Palin; and here's a list of McCain’s 10 worst ideas. From the Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law, a review essay on law and biology. Dante Moore, the author of The Re-Education of the Female, has a simple piece of advice: Do as men say (and more). From the Journal of Evolutionary Philosophy, more on The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. Jennifer Egan reviews Other Lives by Andre Brink. From IHE, are we entering a C.P. Snow world of "two cultures"? From Harper's, the perfect game: Five years with the master of Pac-Man.