From Globality Studies, Diane Barthel-Bouchier and Ming Min Hui (Stony Brook): Places of Cosmopolitan Memory; Martin Albrow (LSE): A New Decade of the Global Age, 1996-2006; and Gert Schmidt (Erlangen): The Changing Globality of the Atlantic Hemisphere. Double U: How to make colleges twice as productive. Liberal legal group American Constitution Society is following new administration’s path to power. From The Nation, a review of books on modern slang. From The New Individualist, if you doubt Ayn Rand’s enduring impact on our culture, stand in the concourse of Grand Central Station and hold a sign bearing her name. From NYRB, the following is the text of Charter 08, signed by hundreds of Chinese intellectuals. The introduction to The Invisible Safety Net: Protecting the Nation's Poor Children and Families by Janet M. Currie. Thank you, your honor, may I have another? An article on the stubbornly seductive perils of justice porn. D.C. sex blogger Washingtonienne on how she went from slut to housewife. If cheating in bed was always settled by the bullet, many of us would be dead. From Conservative Battleline, an article on the conservative counter attack. From The New Yorker, special treatment: Amanda Fortini on the rise of luxury rehab. Elaine Showalter reviews Reborn: Early Diaries 1947-1964 by Susan Sontag (and more from Bookforum).
From Argumentum, Hoffmann Zsuzsa on English as a Glocal Panacea for Quadrilingual Switzerland and Multilingual Europe. A review of Spellbound Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies by Donald Spoto. A review of Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art Out of Desperate Times by Susan Quinn. An excerpt from Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity by Michael Lewis (and more and a review). A review of books on the evolution of Sunday. Why is the pop star Pink the only artist tackling the tough issues surrounding feminism and alcohol? America concedes: Patrick Cockburn writes about the significance of the new Status of Forces Agreement. Dispatches from the bottom of the Earth: Getting to Antarctica — or not. The thrift paradox: You can't blame people for cutting back these days, but what feels right now might end up hurting later. Ten picks for Obama's Supreme Court: With as many as three justices expected to retire, Obama may have the opportunity to reshape the conservative-leaning court; experts eye the candidates. From Wired, back to the garage: How economic turmoil breeds innovation. How software models doomed the markets: Overreliance on financial software crafted by physics and math PhDs helped to precipitate the Wall Street collapse.
A new issue of Democracy, including a special section on Obama's America, with contributions by Orlando Patterson, Jedediah Purdy, Geoffrey Stone, Michael Waldman, and Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi. From The Nation, we get it — Obama's pragmatic; but what does that mean, politically and philosophically? Nicholas Kristof on Obama’s "Secretary of Food". An excerpt from Gastropolis: Food and New York City. A review of Studying urban youth culture by Greg Dimitriadis. A review of The Persistence of Poverty: Why the Economics of the Well-off Can’t Help the Poor by Charles Karelis. From Soundings, an interview with Alan Finlayson on Great Britain and conservatism. From Popular Science, it's not just deja vu (all over again): A new study reveals the psychology behind the phenomena; and just in time for campfire season: The anatomy of a marshmallow. From FP, a look at the 10 worst predictions for 2008. From Common Ground, an article on finding our happy place: Why “where we are” is “how we are” is “who we are”. The introduction to Hypocrisy Trap: The World Bank and the Poverty of Reform by Catherine Weaver. A review of books on Le Corbusier. From Islamica, an article on Al Jazeera and the information warfare. From InterActions, a review of Glut: Mastering Information through the Ages by Alex Wright.
A new issue of The Latin American Review of Books is out. From the Caribbean Review of Books, a review of Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey by Colin Grant. A review of Passionate Uprisings: Iran’s Sexual Revolution by Pardis Mahdavi. A review of The History of Human Rights: From Ancient Times to the Globalization Era by Micheline Ishay. A review of A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir by Donald Worster. More on Sarah Thornton's Seven Days in the Art World (and more at Bookforum). The introduction to Ernst Cassirer: The Last Philosopher of Culture by Edward Skidelsky. From Public Ethics Radio, Larry Temkin on extending human lifespans. Revenge of the Nerds: Black kids who "act white" shouldn't have to adopt bully tactics just to fit in. From International Viewpoint, an article on democratic centralism and broad left parties. From ACME, a special issue on the 1886 Haymarket Square Police Riot. The US versus God particles: "The Atom Smashers" splits open the US's problematic relationship with scientific research, by documenting a group of American particle physicists scrambling for results before all eyes turn to the LHC. From Survey Practice, an article on evaluating the 2008 pre-election polls — the convergence mystery. Greenland wants to rule itself — and its resources.