Here's the inaugural issue of The Manchester Review. From Geist, Alberto Manguel on Jewish gauchos, European Jewish artisans on horseback in Argentina. From San Diego CityBeat, a la recherche du Taco Bell: One gabacho’s run for the border. From NYRB, Freeman Dyson reviews Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World by Paul Stewart; and is this a "victory"? Peter Galbraith wants to know. Intelligence officials are worried, Richard Clarke writes, that al Qaeda may try to affect elections. While America’s markets plummet, formerly moribund Arab economies are thriving after embracing the same principles that Washington carelessly discarded. So much for Bush's freedom agenda: Right now, global authoritarianism is worse than ever. From The Economist, a poll of economists on the candidates' economic plans. CQ's "Cabinet Maker" lets you assemble that group of advisers for an Obama or McCain administration. Why Obama's agenda shouldn't be compromised by the government's new spending. When Michelle Met Barack: How romance in the sedate corridors of a corporate law firm changed everything for the woman who might become the first African American first lady. From IHE, Scott McLemee profiles Bernard-Henri Levy, the playboy philosopher (and more on Left in Dark Times). The perfect book review? There's nothing like a ban to give a book a good reputation.

From Fortune, why the bailout may not be enough: Cleaning up banks' balance sheets is a start, but the government may need to do more. From Business Week, what does Henry Paulson do now? A look at why the Paulson package is not the end of capitalism. We don't just need to recapitalize the banks — we need to reconceptualize capitalism. From Newsweek, Francis Fukuyama on The Fall of America, Inc.: Along with some of Wall Street's most storied firms, a certain vision of capitalism has collapsed. Capitalism to the Rescue: Can the venture capitalists at Kleiner Perkins reduce our dependence on oil, help stop global warming and make a lot of money at the same time? He foresaw the end of an era: A review of The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What It Means by George Soros. Jeffrey Sachs on how to fix the US financial crisis. How free should a free market be? It appears that we still have not had enough central planning in finance. Tim Harford on why Americans should stop complaining about the "moral hazard" problem and enjoy the bailout. How today's debacle recalls James Madison's nightmare at the founding that none would have the virtue to lead. Alan Wolfe on why the economic crisis won't transform America. Let there be markets: An article on the evangelical roots of economics. A look at why your boss is white, middle-class and a show-off.

From Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens on The Eton Empire: A fresh look at the bastion of privilege, which may have rebranded itself just in time. Hangman, spare that word: The English purge their language. Horace Engdahl of the Nobel Prize committee doesn't think American authors are good enough for the world's top literary honor. The Nobel Committee has no clue about American literature (and more). The Ambition of the Short Story: There are virtues associated with smallness — it is the realm of elegance and grace, it’s also the realm of perfection. From Evolutionary Psychology, whence poetic fiction: A review of Comeuppance: Costly Signaling, Altruistic Punishment, and Other Biological Components of Fiction by William Flesch; and a review of The Rape of Troy: Evolution, Violence and the World of Homer by Jonathan Gottschall. Apply all the science to novels you want, Literary Darwinists — you'll still never quantify the human experience. Christian creationists have long railed against the theory of evolution, but you may not have heard anything yet. This years' Ig Nobels Awards honor studies of lap dancing, soft drink-based contraception. The U.S. News &World Report rankings of colleges and universities are largely arbitrary, according to a new mathematical analysis. Higher art: Universities should become society's great patrons of the arts.

From TAC, whose Palin? The old Buchanan Brigades now ride to the sound of the neocon guns; and here's an open letter to Sarah Palin by the editors. A look at why some women hate Sarah Palin, and a look at why Sarah's sex life matters. David Gargill travels to Anchorage to examine the roots of Sarah Palin’s spectacular and sudden ascent. The politics of the Last Frontier are a strange brew of libertarianism, moralism, privacy and a love of government handouts. An article on Palin's small-town snobbery: Why it's time to bury the myth of rural virtue. Alaska vs. Hawaii: Why is Seward's Folly the "real America" and the Aloha State not? Are you an elitist? 18 revealing ways to know for sure. Stephen Pinker on why voters should focus on Gov. Sarah Palin’s facile governing philosophy that is symbolized by her speech style, not the red herrings of accent or dialect. The next decider: The election isn't just a referendum on ideology — it's a contest between two modes of thinking. An interview with Philip Tetlock, author of Expert Political Judgment. This is your brain on politics: A look at the work of Drew Westen, author of The Political Brain. Is Sarah Palin a "muscular feminist" or simply a dumb jock? If something is too absurd for words, why not draw a cartoon? Voila: Palinworld. An article on Alaska's Little Diomede island: You CAN see Russia from here.