A new issue of Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics is out, including a review of Shock Therapy: The History of Electroconvulsive Treatment in Mental Illness by Edward Shorter and David Healy. From The New York Observer, a look at why gays go gaga over Andrea Mitchell; an article on the new math of the male mind; and why do young male writers love icky, tough guy deadbeats? Jason Zengerle on Joe the Plumber and the future of foreign correspondents. The book that changed my life: Peter Tatchell chooses Animal Liberation by Peter Singer. From TLS, a review of Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC, 1874-1908 by William Oddie; enthusiasts versus bureaucrats: Why the teaching of literature should be impassioned as well as informative; and a review of books on the limitless ambitions, and problematic achievements, of science and urban planning in the early twentieth century. Seventy per cent of Jewish Israelis say they want a two-state solution, but that doesn't mean they have a high opinion of Arabs — consider the hardcore fans of Beitar Jerusalem FC. The World's First Facebook Film: Could a documentary about guys named Aaron Cohen, made by a guy named Aaron Cohen, be the funniest Jewish comedy since Woody hooked up with Soon-Yi? Not yet a woman: Teaching Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and other pop starlets how to grow up.
From TNR, Amartya Sen on how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights really did change the world. The economic crisis could spark a deep cultural change among Americans who have long prized consumerism above all else. A review of The Billion Dollar Game: Behind-the-Scenes of the Greatest Day in American Sport — Super Bowl Sunday by Allen St. John. Why real men don't like spas: Ill-fitting gowns, whale songs and lavender candles — no wonder many men struggle with the spa experience. A review of The Religious Crisis of the 1960s by Hugh McLeod. The British government is planning tougher penalties for men who use trafficked prostitutes, but who is helping the women themselves? Putting out for a good assignment: The line between sexy and sleazy is easily blurred when female writers use their personal lives as fodder. The Zen of Porn: If pornography is everywhere, is it nowhere? Research suggests the ability to map numbers onto a line, a foundation of all mathematics, is universal, but the form of this universal mapping is not linear but logarithmic. A review of Teenagers: A Natural History by David Bainbridge. No inaugural address has so thoroughly rejected the political philosophy and legislative record of the previous administration. Soviets behind the wheel: If the car was symbolic of individual freedom in the USA, what did it mean to the ideologues of the USSR?
From TAP, a discussion on Dean Baker's Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of The Bubble Economy (and part 2). Which CEO characteristics and abilities matter? From Political Affairs, an essay on overcoming unscientific concepts of "working class". The introduction to Keep Watching the Skies! The Story of Operation Moonwatch and the Dawn of the Space Age by W. Patrick McCray. Piracy in perspective: A look at the unintended consequences of U.S. foreign policy in Somalia. James K. Galbraith reviews The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath by Robert J. Samuelson. From Al-Ahram, what happens on Facebook stays there, or does it, wonders Salonaz Sami. Are you a retrosexual? A look at Facebook's latest erotic application. A review of Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State, from Christian Militias to Al Qaeda by Mark Juergensmeyer. Samuel Huntington died a pariah among America's intellectual elite — it's because he was normal. A man for all seasons: John Judis on the misunderstood John Maynard Keynes. This decade has seen a surge in publishing on human rights in journals and dissertation topics, but does it remain on political science's margins? From New Humanist, a review of The Weight of a Mustard Seed by Wendell Steavenson; and a review of The Artist, the Philosopher and the Warrior by Paul Strathern.
From the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Michael A. Bernstein (Tulane): A Brief History of the American Economic Association; Betsy Jane Clary (Charleston): The Evolution of the Allied Social Science Associations; and a review of Understanding Capitalism: Critical Analysis from Karl Marx to Amartya Sen. From TNR, a review of Saving Darwin: How to be a Christian and Believe in Evolution by Karl W. Giberson and Only A Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul by Kenneth R. Miller. New towns are often derided as eyesores, but they could transform the future, if we save them from the traditionalists. An excerpt from Constitutionalizing Economic Globalization: Investment Rules and Democracy's Promise by David Schneiderman. Truth, Reconciliation, and Obama: How should Obama deal with Bush's legacy? From The Hindu, is “Slumdog Millionaire” a put-down of a country with pretensions to rising power or is it a back-handed celebration of all things Indian? Here are 21 essays from the LRB on John Updike (and more). From Air & Space, a walk in the airpark: Rest and renewal in a long-standing pilot community. Not only are bills works of art, they are also a history lesson: You learn what cultures value by what they put on their bills. The customized newspaper is right around the corner, if you're willing to go there.
From Monthly Review, Samir Amin on "market economy" or oligopoly-finance capitalism. From Dissent, the only way to mitigate the effects of the recession will be a massive, expansionary fiscal policy. From Hoover Digest, Gary Becker on the free market’s trial by fire: What happens in the coming year will shape how the world regards competitiveness, privatization, and international free trade and markets; should the United States stamp out threats abroad even when other nations refuse to act? Abraham D. Sofaer investigates; why the study of war is so fascinating — and so necessary: An interview with Victor Davis Hanson; and A is for African-American, Z is for zeitgeist and U is for the big unknown: Tunku Varadarajan on a political alphabet. A new black president and the deepening economic crisis are creating the perfect storm for racist groups intent on swelling their ranks. An excerpt from Privacy and Social Freedom by David Schoeman. From The Washington Monthly, rethinking your opposition to nuclear power? Rethink again; does the reform of a small agency herald the return of competent government oversight? An article on the state of street art: Vandalism or legit, it's not going away. Medicine's Miracle Man: Maurice Hilleman's remarkable period of industrial scientific research yielded the most cost-effective medicines ever made.
From Lacan.com, an interview with Alain Badiou on communism; and Slavoj Zizek on Beckett with Lacan (and part 2). A review of Ricoeur and Lacan by Karl Simms. From Prospect, on the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species, new research reveals that Darwin was driven to the idea of common descent by a great moral cause. Paul Waldman on what we talk about when we talk about Obama; and President Obama acknowledged nonreligious Americans in his Inaugural Address — will his administration re-separate church and state? Yard Sale Nation: James Howard Kunstler on why the change required to salvage U.S society runs much deeper than most imagine. Revolution Books in Chelsea continues to operate and prepare for the time when the system collapses. There is a distinct possibility that, within our lifetimes, robots will be everywhere—taking out the trash, day-tripping to Mars, winning the Nobel prize. Daniel Levy reviews Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of American Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East by Martin Indyk. Rabbit at Rest: John Irving remembers Updike; and the best of Updike, the worst of Updike, and why the two are connected. Christopher Lehmann-Haupt on John Updike, a lyrical writer of the middle-class man — and a literary high priest of sex and suburbia. No one captured Pennsylvania's light and landscape as Updike did.
From the inaugural issue of Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements, Mayo Fuster Morell (EUI): Action Research: Mapping the Nexus of Research and Political Action; the mirror stage of movement intellectuals?: A review essay on Jewish criticism of Israel and its relationship to a developing social movement; and a review of Praxis and Politics: Knowledge Production and Social Movements by Janet Conway. From NDPR, a review of Philosophy and Real Politics by Raymond Geuss; and a review of Nietzsche's Political Skepticism by Tamsin Shaw. From First Principles, Gary Lawson on Limited Government, Unlimited Administration: Is it Possible to Restore Constitutionalism? From Education Review, a review of Those Who Dared: Five Visionaries Who Changed American Education. From IRB, a review of Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America by Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor; more on Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines by Richard A. Muller; and more on Real Education by Charles Murray. A review of Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin by Norah Vincent. Freedom looms for terrorist: In less than a month, the 63-year-old Khalid Duhham Al-Jawary is expected to be released. The worst pop singer ever: Why, exactly, is Billy Joel so bad?
From NYRB, a review of The New Cold War: Putin's Russia and the Threat to the West by Edward Lucas; a review of Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid; and Roger Cohen in eyeless in Gaza. Rotten in the state of Denmark: Was Tycho Brahe murdered by a contract killer? It’s written all over your face: To potential mates, your mug may reveal more than you think. Nobel laureate Gerald Edelman on how your brain is one-of-a-kind in the history of the universe. It's biased, gruesome, and totally compelling: How Al-Jazeera makes one American think differently about war. An except from Europe Between the Oceans, 9000 BC-AD 1000 by Barry Cunliffe. From American Sexuality, a look at how neuroscience changed the definition of "addiction" and shed light on sex addiction disorders; and an article on Goth, wannabe, and Christian sexuality. From American Diplomacy, needed: A unitary diplomatic service of the USA. A review of Elsewhere, USA: How We Got From the Company Man, Family Dinners and the Affluent Society to the Home Office, BlackBerry Moms and Economic Anxiety by Dalton Conley (and more from Bookforum). A review of Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis (and more).
From FLYP, years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. called for a radical revolution of values to fulfill America’s promise; and cleaning up the economic mess: Should Barack Obama be thinking less about FDR and more about MLK? No wonder Obama won — the guy’s been on message since he was 28. Welcome to your new job, Mr. President: Eight world leaders tell Barack Obama how not to screw up. An excerpt from Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic Era: History and Memory in Late Twentieth-Century America by Barry Schwartz. The rhetoric of the 44th president of the United States positions him as the inheritor of the oratorical and political traditions of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and Jesus Christ. Here are 5 world leaders who were accused of being the Antichrist. "The Old Testament is a red-neck hill-billy comedy", says controversial US pastor. In the Garden: It was not guilt they felt, not at first; that would come later, after instruction. Guilt must be learned; shame, it appears, comes naturally. Christians in the fashion and beauty industries will be the first to say it’s a mission field; each day they work with people searching for purpose. America Right or Wrong: John Newsinger on Anglo-American relations since 1945. Mike Daisey raises hell about how corporate attitudes broke the American stage — and why a simple application of government stimulus alone can't fix it.
Henry Farrell (GWU) and Melissa Schwartzberg (Columbia): Norms, Minorities, and Collective Choice Online. The borders of our minds: In the conflict between Macedonia and Greece, both sides are debating a non-existent issue. A review of Megan Basham's Beside Every Successful Man. Straight vs. Narrow: "Why the fuck do we have to keep protesting this shit?" Confessions of a lassies' man: Robert Burns’s lust for women was legendary, but does he deserve to be branded a misogynist and a scoundrel? Todd Gitlin on the rebirth of the USA. Script and scribble: Our days of mastering penmanship seem long behind us. Harlem's man with the plan: Obama's the first president in 50 years to prioritize fighting poverty — meet the man who showed him how. More on The Reagan I Knew by WFB. A review of Tim Reiterman’s Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People. A review of Literature, Life, and Modernity by Richard Eldridge. Motivating minds: People procrastinate when asked to think in the abstract. One track mind: Laurie Taylor hopes he’s not a running joke. From The Globalist, an article on Vaclav Klaus, Philosopher-King. From Power Line, on President Bush: An assessment. Is there a second act for George W. Bush? Here are the five things we'll miss most about Bush (and more on Bush's forgotten scandals). A look at top 10 George W. Bush YouTube moments.