From the Electronic Journal of Sociology, Michael Sosteric (Athabascau): The Death of Newton: Consciousness, Spirituality, and the Second Scientific Revolution; and an article on bridging the gap between science and spirituality and the role of scientific investigations of paranormal phenomena. From Foreign Affairs, a review of In Sickness and in Power: Illnesses in Heads of Government During the Last 100 Years by David Owen. From Global Journalist, Peter Preston on why editors keep news out. I hate you, blue-tux-wearing Viagra guy: Web video ads are annoying and repetitive — here's how to fix them. From The New Criterion, Joseph Bottum reviews What the Gospels Meant by Garry Wills; and Mark Steyn reviews The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein. The English translation of Roberto Esposito's Bios appears to be an important contribution to the critical analysis of a politics of life, but can the book's claim to "revitalise" politics really be thought from within the exclusive bounds of academic philosophy? A review of Funding Fathers: The Unsung Heroes of the Conservative Movement by Nicole Hoplin and Ron Robinson. From Chronicles, Gregory Davis on politics in the anti-Christian age. When Jesus met Buddha: Something remarkable happened when evangelists for two great religions crossed paths more than 1,000 years ago: They got along.
A new issue of Ephemera is out, including Burkard Sievers (Wuppertal): The Psychotic University; a discussion on the role of the business school; a review of Rakesh Khurana's From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Management as a Profession; and a review of Stanley Aronowitz's Against Schooling: For an Education That Matters. From Logos, Kurt Jacobsen (Chicago): Got No Culture: Anthropology confronts Counterinsurgency; Christine Kelly (William Paterson): If Not Now, When?: How Student Protest Can Help Save US Higher Education; and a review of Historians In Trouble: Plagiarism, Fraud, and Politics in the Ivory Tower by Jon Wiener. The humanities move off campus: As the classical university unravels, students seek knowledge and know-how elsewhere. Cheating 2.0: Technology is catching cheats on college campuses — students don't like it. From Dissent, Jeffrey J. Williams on student debt and the spirit of indenture. From Conversations with History, an interview with Steven Chu. You know times are tough when the rich start cutting costs on their mistresses. City of Shards: A review of the novels of Elias Khoury. A review of The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel. From Fellowship, a look at why the culture of white privilege is to remain silent.
From Florida Philosophical Review, a special issue on heresy, blasphemy, and freedom of expression. A project every bit as far-reaching and ambitious as the federal highway program is to be found on the drawing board, pretty nearly ready to go. More on Robert Kuttner's Obama's Challenge. A review of The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 by Paul Krugman (and more). Why is great perfume not taken more seriously? A review of Perfumes: The Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. More on Jenny Block's Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage. Forty-somethings on Facebook: Tunku Varadarajan gets up close and personal — online. A review of American Rifle: A Biography by Alexander Rose (and more). From Physorg, a look at why life originated (and why it continues). Here's 10 things fungi have done for us. Molecular gastronomy: An article on the new science of cooking. From Harper's, Scott Horton on the torture presidency. From The New Yorker, news you can lose: James Surowiecki on the newspaper industry’s uncertain future; a review of Susan Sontag's Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963 (and more from Bookforum); and Shakespeare’s Shylock gets an appeal. Eric Banks on the legacy of Jonestown: Thirty years after the murder-suicides in Guyana, the country struggles with memories of the event.
From Dissent, Eric Reeves on refusing to save Darfur; Benjamin Kunkel on science fiction and end of politics; and Richard Wolin on defending the Enlightenment: A review of Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists by Susan Neiman and Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal by Rob Riemen. From TNR, a review of Hitler's Private Library: The Books That Shaped His Life by Timothy W. Ryback. More on Fighting Words: A Tale of How Liberals Created Neo-Conservatism by Ben J. Wattenberg. The recent glut of obituaries is premature — the neoconservative school of thought still has a lot to teach us. Amazing Race: How post-racial was Obama’s victory? From New York, a special issue on reasons to love New York. From LA City Beat, an essay on seven false starts about the death of Wallace. From Barnes & Noble Review, Brooke Allen, Michael Anderson, Daniel Menaker, James Parker, Katherine A. Powers, and Tess Taylor on the year in reading (and part 2 and part 3). Safety in uniqueness: As consumer culture permeates politics, the man-in-the street has slipped beyond the control of his creators and taken on a life of his own. We, the target audience: When did America become a marketing proposition? El Salvador’s New Left: Once a guerrilla movement, the FMLN has swapped revolutionary rhetoric for pragmatic politics. More on Mark LeVine's Heavy Metal Islam.