From Cosmos, Stephen Hawking on the final frontier. A review of No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers by Michael Novak. From First Things, a review of The Origins of Reasonable Doubt by James Q. Whitman; Roger Kimball on the End of Art; an essay on Zionism for Christians; and a review essay on Martin Amis. David Foster Wallace was not a literary critic in the traditional sense — just in the best one (and more on literary suicides). A new solution to reader's block involves seeing a bibliotherapist; once, people just sought the advice of ordinary bookshop staff. Some authors love them, others think they're nauseating and demeaning; William Leith on how writers get and give gushing quotes for book covers. From Glanta, a matricide or an infantile declaration of passion: How would you bring up a child if you took the lessons from postmodernism literally? An interview with Slavoj Zizek: Did you hear the one about Hegel? From Sens Public, an essay on Jacques Derrida, the perchance of a coming of the otherwoman; and an interview with Antonin J. Liehm, encyclopaedist of the international. Culture11 editors Peter Suderman and James Poulos debate the virtues and vices of the latest technology; and fLyAUzZie8274? A look at how your personality determines your password. An article on "Urban Dictionary", the best place to watch language evolve.

From Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi on The Lies of Sarah Palin. Charlie Rose interviews Sarah Palin. Fareed Zakaria asks, will someone please put Sarah Palin out of her agony? From The New York Observer, can Todd make a mooseburger? Women's mags scramble on Palin coverage; and an article on the "what Senator Obama does not understand" debate. Richard Milhous McCain: Americans cannot escape from the shadow of Tricky Dick. From Wired, the 2008 Smart List: 15 people the next president should listen to. The New American: Young entrepreneurial Americans are doing something they have not done much before — they are leaving. When judges make foreign policy: In a globalized age, decisions made by the Supreme Court are increasingly shaping America’s international relations. From The Economist, a special report on globalization. Naomi Kelin on why economics is fun (and more on The Shock Doctrine). A review of How the Rich are Destroying the Earth by Herve Kempf. From Scientific American, a special issue on Earth 3.0, including articles on eco-cities and global warming. From Salon, Paul Ehrlich, Matthew Connelly and Robert Engelman debate population control. ; it’s the huge and remorselessly growing number of people who want to eat it. A review of What Next? Surviving the 21st Century by Chris Patten.

From The Wilson Quarterly, an article on the ascent of the administrative state and the demise of mercy; and why can’t we build an affordable house? Smaller houses on smaller lots seems like one possible solution to the housing crisis; here’s what stands in the way. George Dyson on economic dis-equilibrium: Can you have your house and spend it too? From PUP, the introduction to Reforms at Risk: What Happens After Major Policy Changes Are Enacted by Eric M. Patashnik; and the introduction to On the Side of the Angels: An Appreciation of Parties and Partisanship by Nancy L. Rosenblum. A review of The Anti-Intellectual Presidency: The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush by Elvin T. Lim. Timothy Garton Ash on a final report on the 43rd president of the US. The City Manager’s Son and the $2 Trillion Man: George W. Bush is likely to go into history as the $2 trillion man — $1 trillion for the war in Iraq, another $1 trillion for the sub-prime bailout. An interview with Joseph Stiglitz. From Harper's, Thomas Frank on the wrecking crew: How a gang of right-wing con men destroyed Washington and made a killing. Lawrence Summers on how taxpayers can still benefit from a bail-out. An interview with Raghuram G. Rajan, former chief economist at the IMF, on the bailout. Jeffrey Garten on how a global authority can fill financial vacuum

From Open Democracy, the crisis of the finance sector is vindication of the neglected work of Karl Polanyi, an economic historian of "great transformation" and an anatomist of "casino capitalism". Why small government, loose regulations and an over-reliance on markets eventually cost taxpayers: A review of The Private Abuse of the Public Interest: Market Myths and Policy Muddles by Lawrence Brown and Lawrence Jacobs. It's not just a matter of greed: Greed is a human constant, which begs the question of what it is that changed in the lead-up to this financial crisis. Face it: Marx was partly right about capitalism. The financial crisis gripping the US isn't an anomaly — we just have short memories. Everybody calm down: A government hand in the economy is as old as the republic. Power shifts from NY to DC: After Wall Street's quake, Manhattan braces for financial tsunami. The Lost Tycoons: The death of Wall Street began when the firms moved away from their original reason for being. A review of The Partnership: The Making of Goldman Sachs by Charles Ellis. Daniel Gross on how the financial crisis reveals that Washington bureaucrats can handle an emergency but politicians can't. The end of the big swinging dick: A Wall Street icon falls. Where does this leave the Masters of the Universe now? Tom Wolfe wants to know. A profile of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the new sage of Wall Street.