From Humanities, Abstract Expressionism’s dueling duo: Clement Greenberg and Harold Rosenberg set the standards for art in the 1950s; Richard Rabinowitz and the art of exhibitry: How a stilted grad student changed the way we look at museums; how two American women changed the standards of style and scooped the Paris prognosticators; and A. J. Liebling’s World War II journalism climbed to great literary heights, even as it stayed close to the ground. That's the ticket: Here are 27 ways to succeed in politics. Protestantism, piety, and professionalism: The first chapter from Trusting Doctors: The Decline of Moral Authority in American Medicine by Jonathan B. Imber. A review of The Duck That Won The Lottery And 99 Other Bad Arguments by Julian Baggini. The introduction to Russian Orthodoxy Resurgent: Faith and Power in the New Russia by John Garrard and Carol Garrard. A review of Zen and Now: On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Mark Richardson. A look at why technology doesn’t dumb us down — it frees our minds. Who was Uncle Sam, and why did he want "You"? An interview with Jed Perl, author of Antoine's Alphabet (and more). From Vanity Fair, Jamie Johnson on the "diversity" of wasp clubs. Sex on the Beach: What 80s bikini comedies tell us about gender and class.
From the Journal of Markets & Morality, a review of Trapped: When Acting Ethically Is Against the Law by John Hasnas; an essay on the claim for secularization as a contemporary utopia; an article on ideas, associations, and the making of good cities; and can social justice be achieved? A review of America and the World: Conversations on the Future of American Foreign Policy by Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft. A review of The Culture of War by Martin van Creveld (and more). Nir Rosen reports from Majd al Anjar, where the rage of young men mixes with the sectarian fervour spilling over Iraq’s borders. Everyone Loves Rachel: How an ultra-liberal Air America host won over the other side. Rebecca Donner reviews In the Land of No Right Angles by Daphne Beal. MC Hammer's "Too Legit to Quit": Here is illustrated the flaw, or danger, of conservatism as a defense of legitimacy. Justin Raimondo on HGTV: If you think that FOX News — with its bleached-out blonde anchorbabes made up to look like mid-price hookers — is the televised voice of conservatism, then think again. An interview with Carmine Sarracino, coauthor of The Porning of America: The Rise of Porn Culture, What It Means, and Where We Go From Here. The corrupter of youth: A review of Richard Rorty: The Making of an American Philosopher by Neil Gross.
From TNR, Alan Wolfe on how education is changing politics; and why honor prevents John McCain from telling the truth. A look at what McCain's books tell us about him. Going beyond fair and balanced: Despite popular accounts, researchers found that Barack Obama got more negative press coverage than John McCain did in the early summer. David Cay Johnston celebrates the bailout bill's failure — and looks ahead. Tayt Harlin reviews Voice Over by Celine Curiol. From Secular Culture and Ideas, Gregory Kaplan on an intellectual history of secularism; an article on Baruch Spinoza, the last medieval heretic or the first secular Jew; an interview with Rebecca Goldstein, author of Betraying Spinoza; an excerpt from The Jewish Century by Yuri Slezkine; an excerpt from The Rise of Modern Yiddish Culture by David Fishman; and why do American Jews cling to traditional simple images of the shtetl? A look at the real danger in over-romanticizing America's small towns. The Pigou Club Goes to Washington: Higher pollution taxes make sense, provided the revenues are used to offset existing taxes that distort incentives. How Sweden and Denmark kicked a nasty fossil fuel habit (using taxes) and got rich in the process, but the diet may not be effective for all political body types. How Adam Smith's theory of moral sentiments could be applied to cap-and-trade greenhouse-gas emissions.
From Cato Journal, Erich Weede (Bonn): Human Rights, Limited Government, and Capitalism; a review of What Democracy Is For: On Freedom and Moral Government by Stein Ringen; and a review of Regulation and Public Interests: The Possibility of Good Regulatory Government by Steven P. Croley (and more); and a special issue on Federal Reserve policy in the face of crises. Regulator in Chief: What a president can — and can’t — do to fix the economy. A review of The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too by James K. Galbraith. Shiny Happy Bankers: As the crisis unfolded, the Web sites of troubled financial institutions seemed oblivious. Recovering the beginnings of conservatism: A review of Flying High: Remembering Barry Goldwater by William F. Buckley, Jr. (and more and more). John McWhorter reconsiders WFB's God and Man at Yale. From Gelf, an interview with Libero Della Piana, a most American of communists. The conspiracy of the anti-war leftists: An exchange between American Prospect writer Robert Farley and the authors of Party of Defeat. The Left Today: An interview with Mitchell Cohen. Punk Manifesto: A review of On the Lower Frequencies: A Secret History of the City by Erick Lyle. More on Susan Neiman's Moral Clarity: A Guide For Grown-Up Idealists.