From Obit Magazine, an article on death and the Presidency. Are John McCain and Sarah Palin heirs to George Wallace's legacy? As the country scrutinizes Governor Palin's moose credentials, one wilderness-loving huntsman makes a case for the sport. An article on Sarah Palin Erotica: The ex-beauty queen takes down her hair and goes wild — in your dreams. Just how stupid are we: Puzzled by Palin's popularity with millions? The Next Right and Culture11 debate the best case scenario and the worst case scenario for the right. An interview with Jim Downey, Saturday Night Live’s chief political satirist. From NYRB, contributors on a fateful election; and an article on Hugo Chavez versus human rights. From Boston Review, the call of the tribe: Glenn Loury on the role of identity in our politics and our lives; and Amitava Kuma on authenticity and the South Asian political novel. What's the difference between a commissar's propaganda and a Constructivist's poetics of production? A review of Gerald Raunig's Art and Revolution. An excerpt from The B List: The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-Budget Beauties, Genre-Bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love by David Sterritt and John Anderson. An excerpt from Rose George's The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters (and more and more and an interview and a review).
Foreign Policy asks 10 of the world’s top thinkers to name the unlikely team that can best guide No. 44 through the turbulent years ahead (and choose your own Dream Team); they told us to overlook the abuses because Guantanamo housed “the worst of the worst”, but new statistics prove that the vast majority of prisoners detained there never posed any real risk to America at all; and here's the 2008 Global Cities Index. A criminally insane system: Forget the sensational headlines about the mentally ill — the truth is in the alternative media. A review of Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners by Laura Claridge. Harvard Law is on the rise again — and shaking up the American legal world. From Esquire, a look at the 10 best and 10 worst members of Congress. From New York, a series of articles on the manic-depressive economy; a look at who Hank Paulson hired to run the nationalized financial system; an interview with Paul Krugman; and Howard Wolfson once bled Clinton blue — so what is he doing spinning for Obama on America’s reddest TV network? Working for the working-class vote: Will gun-toting, churchgoing white guys pull the lever for Barack Obama? Mark Schmitt on populism without pitchforks: Obama's inclusive, quiet tone has given liberals a new language of ethics.
The inaugural issue of the transhumanist H+ Magazine is out. From The Atlantic Monthly, first person plural: Paul Bloom on the neuroscience of identity. From SciAm, is the brain the ultimate computer interface?; in seeming defiance of the second law of thermodynamics, nature is filled with examples of order emerging from chaos; a look at the hidden dangers of geoengineering; an article on geoengineering and how to cool Earth — at a price. From Popular Science, if the Sun went out, how long would life on Earth survive? From New Scientist, an article on moving the Earth: A planetary survival guide. From Commonweal, a review of books for voters who take their faith seriously. Mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs: When Christian groups reunite, watch out for the next split. Jacob Wesiberg on how the financial collapse killed libertarianism. From The Economist, the crash has been blamed on cheap money, Asian savings and greedy bankers — for many people, deregulation is the prime suspect; and capitalism at bay: What went wrong and, rather more importantly for the future, what did not. Lisa Witter thinks capitalism is so five minutes ago. When markets fall, so do the big swinging dicks: A blow-by-blow guide to the four stages of market-related sexual dysfunction. Drudge unplugged: How his campaign influence has collapsed.
From FP, a look at the Catholic Church’s biggest reversals. From THES, a review of Anglo-Catholicism: A Study in Religious Ambiguity by William Pickering. All aboard the atheist bus campaign: You can sponsor the first atheist advert on a bus. From PUP, the first chapter from Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science by Robert L. Park; and the first chapter from What Makes a Terrorist: Economics and the Roots of Terrorism by Alan Krueger. From The Global Spiral, an essay on a bio-historical approach on nationalism, terrorism, and religion. How Muslims made Europe: Kwame Anthony Appiah reviews God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Modern Europe, 570–1215 by David Levering Lewis. A review of The Muslim Next Door by Sumbul Ali-Karamali. Steven Waldman on how Republicans fuel the rumor that Obama is Muslim. From USA Today, an article on how white supremacists are targeting middle America. From Dissent, Darryl Lorenzo Wellington on Barack Obama in the public imagination; Lillian Rubin on race and gender in politics; and Christine Stansell on women, feminism, and misogyny in the Democratic primaries. From The New York Times Magazine, a cover story on the making (and remaking) of McCain. Charles Doriean and Scott Page measure the maverickyness of John McCain as a senator.