From Intercollegiate Review, George Carey on how to read Willmoore Kendall. The Timbaland Era: Sasha Frere-Jones on how the most important producer of the decade changed the rules. From Jewcy, an article on how Rightist Jews make common cause with Nazis against Islam. While some of America's smartest and most civic-minded people are trying to save daily newspapers, the media moguls who can make a difference seem to be completely off their rockers. Christopher Sorrentino reviews The Development by John Barth. From Wired, an article on Weird Al, forefather of the YouTube spoof. Birth of an ocean: An articled on the evolution of Ethiopia's Afar Depression. From In These Times, Susan Douglas on what Bush has stolen from us. Here are five cities that stand in a class all their own when it comes to brutal, homicidal violence. From Cafe Babel, an article on Europe between pragmatism and utopia. From Business Week, here's a business plan for the Catholic Church. From Big Think, can Dan Gilbert make you happy? An interview with Jonathan Gershuny, an expert in how we spend our time and what it says about us. More on Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. A review of Martin Gardner's Hexaflexagons, Probability Paradoxes, and the Tower of Hanoi. A review of The Case Against Barack Obama by David Freddoso.
A new issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication is out. From Psychology Today, Seven Deadly Sentiments: Evolutionary psychology helps us understand why we are ashamed of having forbidden thoughts that make us feel like lousy people — strategies that led to success on the Pleistocene savanna; and taboo impulses can be titillating, but more often they're a source of concern for those who harbor secret wishes or unusual desires. A review of Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment by Anthony Lewis and Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America’s Tradition of Religious Equality by Martha Nussbaum. The censor's dark materials: Censorship is a terrible thing — so thank goodness it never works, says Philip Pullman. When publishers are too intimidated to print even novels that may offend, it shows how far we’ve lost our way on free speech. Quinn Latimer reviews The Virgin Formica by Sharon Mesmer. From Public Ethics Radio, Thomas Pogge on pharmaceutical innovation. From TNR, with America in flames, it's time to revisit the righteously pissed-off work of C. Wright Mills: Alan Wolfe reviews The Politics of Truth: Selected Writings of C. Wright Mills; and Todd Palin, The New Hillary: What Democrats should remember when running against a scandal-ridden, hatred-inspiring, outside-DC couple.
From Scientific American, an article on the search for intelligence in our genes; an article on the X chromosome and the case against monogamy; why loneliness feels cold and sins feel dirty: Social psychologist Chen-Bo Zhong explains how abstract concepts can create physical feelings; and why do we like to dance and move to the beat? A study suggests AIDS emerged 100 years ago, points to 19th century urbanization of Africa as a cause. More and more and more and more on Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman. From Wired, a look at how voter database glitches could disenfranchise thousands. The Dixiecrats rise again: We may be seeing the resurgence of what was thought to be an endangered species, the Southern white conservative Democrat. Michael Walzer on Russia, Georgia and what we mean when we call ourselves "internationalists". What the 21st century will taste like: A preview of what you'll be eating for the rest of the century from Momofuku chef David Chang. Marion Nestle on the facts about corn sweetener. The original sex manual: A review of The New Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort and Susan Quilliam. A review of The American Future: A History by Simon Schama. From The Chronicle, a cartload of recent books suggests that it's time to reverse the customer-service mentality plaguing academe. More on Crowdsourcing by Jeff Howe.
From Rolling Stone, a cover story on Make-Believe Maverick: A closer look at the life and career of John McCain reveals a disturbing record of recklessness and dishonesty (and more on The Double-Talk Express). From Economic Principals, the US has almost certainly entered an era of competition with China for global influence. From Esquire, an article on the Google diaspora: The next big idea to come out of Google may not come out of Google (and more on the Xoogler Universe). A review of Planet Google: One Company's Audacious Plan to Organize Everything We Know by Randall Stross (and more). From Foreign Policy, what if Google were president? From First Principles, an article on fusionism: Traditionalist and libertarian ideas. From Culture11, cuppa conservatism: A Midwestern entrepreneur offers a conservative antidote to liberal cafe culture; and can left coast transplants afford to make Montana purple? Cut the crap: A review of The Big Necessity: Adventures in the World of Human Waste by Rose George. What the financial crisis means for high-end prostitutes. From TNR, globalization, reconsidered: Economists aren't so sure about the benefits of "free trade" anymore; and Sing for Me, Muse, the Mania: A review of Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell.