From TNR, more on Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle Over Our Ancient Heritage by James Cuno. Design for living: Architecture is not politics, but it’s relevant to politics. Everything is illuminated: The best time to take in the new Pentagon Memorial? 1 a.m. The Treasonous Clerk on economics for experts and for human beings. The introduction to Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do by Andrew Gelman (and a review). From The Jury Expert, an article on using the science of persuasion in the courtroom. How does one lose a bid for the Maryland House of Delegates to a twenty-six-year-old corporate lawyer with a complicated last name? The secret to a happy marriage? Be annoying. From New Statesman, who killed marriage? Not the left; why a simple glance has become a tricky question of etiquette; and Julian Baggini on why we need new ways to decide ethical issues. Some investigators take the quest for self-knowledge to the extreme: Meet five researchers who applied their scientific minds to the defining challenges in their own lives. Tim Jeal reviews The End of the Game: The Last Word from Paradise by Peter Beard. In chess, a woman who can hold her own is the rarest of creatures — how, then, did one family produce three of the most successful female chess champions ever?
From First Monday, Felix Stalder (AAD): Bourgeois Anarchism and Authoritarian Democracies; Milton Mueller (Syracuse): Info-Communism? Ownership and Freedom in the Digital Economy; Graham Cormode and Balachander Krishnamurthy (ATT): Key Differences Between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0; Alice E Marwick (NYU): To Catch a Predator? The MySpace Moral Panic; an article on Internet use for political mobilization; and a review of Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide by Henry Jenkins. A review of The Roman Triumph by Mary Beard. Here are 5 people you've never heard of who saved the world. The Bust Belt: How exurban expansion paves the way for the next housing crisis. From The Ecologist, watch this film: Wake up, freak out — then get a grip. An interview with Christine MacDonald, author of Green, Inc.: An Environmental Insider Reveals How a Good Cause Has Gone Bad. From Mute, a vehicle of exodus from left orthodoxies: A review of Species Being and Other Stories by Frere Dupont. From Cogito, why is laughter almost non-existent in ancient Greek sculpture? From Intercollegiate Review, Daniel J. Mahoney on 1968 and the meaning of democracy. From HNN, a look at how history and psychiatry are alike. Andrew Marr on how history is finally sexy. Women have so many don'ts — what's a guy to do?
From Stratfor, a series on Obama, McCain and US foreign policy (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4). From Commentary, articles on Obama's leftism and McCain's honor. Cut, kill, dig, drill: Jonathan Raban on Sarah Palin’s cunning. Bruce Ackerman on abolishing the vice presidency. From The American Conservative, a review of Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement by Justin Raimondo; Claes G. Ryn on the coup the intellectuals wrought; and Andrew Roberts, the Anglosphere’s greatest modern mythologist, may be perfectly suited to sanitize the Bush presidency. Whose conservatism is it? President Bush in his final days is getting tagged as a socialist. Before he died, William F. Buckley Jr. put his young grandson on the firing line. A review of Stefan Collini's Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain. A review of The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder (and more and more and more). The introduction to Plato's Ghost: The Modernist Transformation of Mathematics by Jeremy Gray. From Edge, a special report on a short course on behavioral economics. The wonders of the horseless carriage no longer impress Peter Baker, who wants to get back on his feet. Carol Williamson on her so-called glamorous life as a foreign correspondent. A review of Glamour: A History by Stephen Gundle.
From Small Wars Journal, an essay on Sisyphus and Counterinsurgency. Counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan: An interview with John Nagl. "Local wars ahead:" An interview with former soldier and journalist Arkady Babchenko on the Russian military action in South Ossetia and Georgia. A look at how ethnic fragmentation undermines good governance. From Strange Maps, an article on Transnistria, a Soviet fly in geopolitical amber. Coming in from the cold: Why UN membership is needed for the phantom republics. A review of Clearing a Space: Reflections on India, Literature and Culture by Amit Chaudhuri. The worldwide popularity of yoga proves that globalization is flowing in every direction, and has been for a while. The Rise of the Numerati: With the explosion of data from the Internet, cell phones, and credit cards, the people who can make sense of it all are changing our world (and more). From TED, Steven Pinker on innate traits and the blank slate; and Eve Ensler explores our modern craving for security — and why it makes us less secure. A review of Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class by Christopher Newfield. Amid worries about examining practices, Times Higher Education asked ten academics to mark a first-year paper; verdicts ranged from zero to a 2:1, but the markers identified an inherent consensus (and more).