From the inaugural issue of Aspeers, Judith Freiin von Falkenhausen (Mount Holyoke): The Influence of Sigmund Freud’s Clark Lectures on American Concepts of the Self; Konstantin Butz (Bremen): Rereading American Hardcore: Intersectional Privilege and the Lyrics of Early Californian Hardcore Punk; and Stuart Noble (USD): Don DeLillo and Society’s Reorientation to Time and Space: An Interpretation of Cosmopolis. A review of Loot: The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World by Sharon Waxman. A review of The Future of the Internet: And How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain. A review of The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America by Peter Dale Scott. The first chapter from Living Speech: Resisting the Empire of Force by James Boyd White. From Policy Review, Seth Kaplan on fixing fragile states: Solutions that make local sense; and an essay on trafficking and human dignity: The face of twenty-first-century slavery. From Imprimis, Dinesh D’Souza on what’s so great about Christianity (and an interview). Keith Devlin on multiplication and those pesky British spellings. What can the art market tell us about our economy? Stoppeth, already: Learning to love bogus archaisms. Lee Jamieson investigates. A review of Loneliness by John T. Cacioppo and William Patrick and Loneliness as a Way of Life by Thomas Dumm.
A new issue of Logos is out, including Khristina Haddad (Moravian): Hearing Hannah: Listening to German-Language Recordings of Hannah Arendt from the 1950s and 60s; Geoffrey Kurtz (BMCC): Obama and the Organizing Tradition; Hooshang Amirahmadi (Rutgers): Nuclear Geopolitics in US-Iran Relations: The Case for a Big Push toward Confidence Building; a review of Iran: A People Interrupted by Hamid Dabashi, a review of Rashid Khalidi's The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood; a review essay on modern India; Ian Williams on Orwell and the British Left; P. Adams Sitney on Emersonian Poetics; and Andrey Gritsman on Poetic Sensibility across Cultures and Languages. Mark Rhoads mourns the passing of the once great Spirit of National Review. Charles Peters on how Obama can make Washington work. A review of Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq by Steve Fainaru. John David Lewis (Duke): Reason or Faith: The Republican Alternative. A review of The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy, ed. by Brian Leiter and Michael Rosen. Supply-side education: What explains the growing gap in wages? An exit interview with Bob Barr, the 2008 Libertarian candidate for president. A review of History's Greatest Heist: The Looting of Russia by the Bolsheviks by Sean McMeekin.
From Monthly Review, Brett Clark (NCSU) and Richard York (Oregon): Rifts and Shifts: Getting to the Root of Environmental Crises; John Bellamy Foster (Oregon): Ecology and the Transition from Capitalism to Socialism; Jason W. Moore (Lund): Ecological Crises and the Agrarian Question in World-Historical Perspective; Victor Wallis (Berklee): Capitalist and Socialist Responses to the Ecological Crisis; and Anna Zalik (York): Liquefied Natural Gas and Fossil Capitalism. The curse of tribe: The fighting in eastern Congo is not just a scramble for China's mineral dollars; until the underlying tribal tensions are addressed, the region will never have peace. From Wired, secret geek A-Team hacks back, defends Worldwide Web; and an article on the decline and fall of an ultra rich online gaming empire. Jailhouse bloc: The real reason law-and-order types love mandatory-minimum sentencing? It's money in their pockets. The rise (and fall?) of a caffeine empire: A few years ago, no one would have predicted a site like www.SaveOurStarbucks.com. More and more and more and more and more and more on 2666 by Roberto Bolano (and from Bookforum, a review of Last Evenings on Earth, a review of Distant Star, a review of The Savage Detectives, and an excerpt from Nazi Literature in the Americas). Reparations, RIP: Cause of death: 9/11, public opinion, and the courts.
From Osteuropa, an essay on disputed memory: Jewish past, Polish remembrance; from obscurantism to holiness: "Eastern Jewish" thought in Buber, Heschel, and Levinas; and remembrance as balancing act: The public and academic treatment of eastern Europe' s Jewish heritage. From Collegium, Sari Kivisto (Helsinki): G. F. von Franckenau’s Satyra sexta (1674) on Male Menstruation and Female Testicles. From Prospect, where do we go from here? The markets have ruled for a third of a century, but it has all ended in tears — a return to selfish nationalism is possible; if we are to avoid this sombre outcome, we must find ways to rub the rough edges off globalisation; the Mumbai attacks hit India's rich the hardest — they may now take democracy more seriously; through misreadings and mistranslations, the ten commandments have come to be seen as the rantings of a vain and vengeful God — in fact, they are an early blueprint for self-government forged by refugees escaping tyranny; the art of prize-fighting: Prizes are a vital part of the modern market for serious literature, but they're also increasingly flawed and compromised; and a review of The Book of My Enemy: Collected Verse 1958-2003 and Angels Over Elsinore: Collected Verse 2003-2008 by Clive James. Faith and the uniform: Should the military be more open to nonbelievers? Chris Goodall on the 10 big energy myths.