From Human Rights & Human Welfare, a roundtable on international diplomacy and prosecution in Darfur. The first chapter from The Myth of Digital Democracy by Matthew Hindman. From Radiant, Chelsea Werner on @#$%&* and other thoughts. More on More Information Than You Require by John Hodgman. Fast Friends: The complicated experience of living next to a Wendy's. Hiding in Plain Sight: For an undocumented family, life in a sanctuary city is feeling less safe all the time. A review of The Letters of Allen Ginsberg. In his book The Americans, Robert Frank changed photography; fifty years on, it still unsettles. A review of A People's History of the World by Chris Harman. The first chapter from Exploring Animal Social Networks by Darren P. Croft, Richard James and Jens Krause. A review of Mark Twain, Unsanctified Newspaper Reporter by James E. Caron. A review of China’s New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society by Daniel A. Bell (and more). Everyone these days is arguing for state help — except for that rare breed of free-market purist. From ProPublica, a look at Bush by the Numbers. Nowadays, powdered mummy may not be everyone's cup of tea, but for many years it was just what the doctor ordered. Now that Barack Obama is America's 44th president, in the spirit of his predecessors, he might want to take up fishing.
From The Objective Standard, an essay on capitalism and the moral high ground. From Monthly Review, William K. Tabb (Queens): Four Crises of the Contemporary World Capitalist System; an essay on the US Imperial Triangle and military spending; an article on Marx's critique of heaven and critique of earth; and a review of The Cost of Privilege: Taking On the System of White Supremacy and Racism by Chip Smith. The introduction to Stalin and the Soviet Science Wars by Ethan Pollock. A review of Philosophy from a Skeptical Perspective by Joseph Agassi and Abraham Meidan. The introduction to Margaret Mead: The Making of an American Icon by Nancy C. Lutkehaus. From CRB, is political history back? A review of books on American history. Nature, nuisance or worse? An urbanite reflects on the wild animals in her neighborhood. From F&D, a profile of Robert J. Shiller. Foreign adoption seems like the perfect solution to a heartbreaking imbalance: Poor countries have babies in need of homes, and rich countries have homes in need of babies — unfortunately, those little orphaned bundles of joy may not be orphans at all. A review of Susan Sontag's Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963 (and more from Bookforum). A look at how rich countries are carrying out "21st century land grab". Here are 5 cosmic events that could kill you before lunch.
From Portal, a special issue on Italian Cultures. From Evolutionary Psychology, Daniel J. Kruger (Michigan): Male Financial Consumption is Associated with Higher Mating Intentions and Mating Success; Pieternel Dijkstra and Dick Barelds (Groningen): Do People Know What They Want: A Similar or Complementary Partner?; Shannon Nguyen and Emily J. Zillmer (Wisconsin-Oshkosh) and E. L. Stocks (Texas-Tyler): Are Sexual and Emotional Infidelity Equally Upsetting to Men and Women? Making Sense of Forced-Choice Responses; and a review of The Supernatural and Natural Selection: Religion and Evolutionary Success by Lyle B. Steadman and Craig T. Palmer. Marshall Berman reviews Modernism: The Lure of Heresy by Peter Gay (and more from Bookforum). From Small Wars Journal, a review of A Wicked Brew: Piracy and Islamism in the Horn of Africa by Tim Sullivan. From Ducts, here are the memoirs of a Grand Canyon boatman. The Pyrrhic victory of secular capitalism: An excerpt from The Age of Aging by George Magnus. Our choices in books, movies, music, and art go to the core of who we are — what your tastes reveal about you. From TNR, a review of Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing by Russell G. Foster and Leon Kreitzman. More on Mark Bauerlein’s The Dumbest Generation.
From New Statesman, rise of the new Anglo-world order: It's an old controversy that was reignited this autumn by the remarks of a Nobel Prize judge: is American literature too insular, preoccupied only with the home country? From Culture11, an article on The Wal-Mart at the End of the World: A bad place to bring your dog. From Cracked, a look at the 10 most devastating insults of all time. From Esquire, take a look at Mark Roth in his lab in Seattle — it's mad, it's heroic, it's science the way it's supposed to be. More on The Family by Jeff Sharlet (and more from Bookforum). From First Principles, who needs One Big Market? Joseph Stromberg wants to know. From Intelligent Life, an article on Peter Gabriel: Rocker, human rights advocate. Beyond the burqa: A look at how Afghans are managing the struggle between modernity and tradition. More and more on The Man Who Owns The News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch by Michael Wolff. The Pygmies' Plight: A correspondent who chronicled their lives in central African rain forests returns a decade later and is shocked by what he finds. Africa, life after colonialism: An excerpt from Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century. Was the Moon created through a runaway nuclear reaction? The Art of Peace: Veteran negotiator Dennis Ross charts the rocky road to America's redemption.