From The Trumpeter, Wendell Kisner (Athabasca): The Fourfold Revisited: Heideggerian Ecological Practice and the Ontology of Things; C. A. Bowers (Oregon): Why the George Lakoff and Mark Johnson Theory of Metaphor Is Inadequate for Addressing Cultural Issues Related to the Ecological Crises (and a response); and a review of Reinhabiting Reality: Towards a Recovery of Culture by Freya Mathews. From Sirens, a look at the trials of the 21st century wife; Babysitter, PhD: From baby-sitting to freelancing, over-educated, over-qualified women are doing whatever it takes to pay the bills and stay motivated after a layoff; and when you hit the road solo, you stumble upon a host of lessons that will serve you well back in your normal, workaday life — if only you can remember to bring them back with you. From Wired, a special section on Design Under Constraint: A look at how limits boost creativity. From Popular Science, an article on the right way to remake games; and who protects the Internet? Esther Dyson on transparency.com and the Internet’s immune system. From The Sun, an interview with Nicholas Carr on how the Internet is rewiring our brains. What, genetically, distinguishes one breed of dog from another is now becoming apparent. Is it possible to be a conscientious meat eater? Felix Salmon on the sorry tale of the Harvard Endowment (and more).
From The Root, an article on the political decline of the white male. Authoritarian powers who softened their rule to boost growth now face growing political unrest — but lack the old means to contain it. Once the editor of the official Sandinista newspaper, Carlos Fernando Chamorro, the son of Nicaragua’s most prominent independent journalist, is under threat as the country’s leading advocate for press freedom. The introduction to The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right by Jon A. Shields. Government has a responsibility to restore full employment by making an “unconditional job offer” at a liveable minimum wage to all who want to work. Zoe Slutzky reviews All the Living by C. E. Morgan. A review of From Guns to Gavels: How Justice Grew Up in the Outlaw West by Bill Neal. Is there a clash of civilisations? An interview with Ramin Jahanbegloo. The US needs a Department of Development: Foreign assistance isn’t only a moral gesture, it’s also essential to our national security. A review of Prison: Five Hundred Years of Life Behind Bars by Edward Marston. A review of I Was Wrong: The Meanings of Apologies by Nick Smith. A review of Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity by Lila Corwin Berman. A review of Jim Stanford's Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism.
From TLS, a look at the controversial history of the soybean and the uncertain future of tofu. Here are 5 myths about all those nukes out there. From Wired, an article on Biggest Little Cities: Models for urban planning. A tense debate is under way between states and localities over what local government should look like. An excerpt from The Preemption War: When Federal Bureaucracies Trump Local Juries by Thomas McGarity. The Numbers Guy on how what seems almost impossible can sometimes be probable, as unlikely events happen all the time (and more). The Decade of the Booming Zeroes: How will the current decade be described in history books? Three decades on, David Marquand examines the social and economic consequences of the Thatcher revolution. Shhh, I'm changing your life: Pianos, jerks, even trolls — why everything has a "whisperer" now. OMG the DTR: Observations and stories about sex and dating in the 21st century. The rich jerk is us: We generate the outrageous get-rich-quick schemes that we deserve. A review of Scandal and Civility: Journalism and the Birth of American Democracy by Marcus Daniel. He threw it all away: In the early 1970s, Lutheran pastor Richard John Neuhaus was poised to become the nation’s next great liberal public intellectual — the Reinhold Niebuhr of his generation. More on Life Without Lawyers by Philip Howard.
From Policy Review, is pornography the new tobacco? Mary Eberstadt on another curious reversal in moralizing; Niebuhr and Obama: What does the president’s taste for the theologian foretell?; Jakub Grygiel on the power of statelessness: The withering appeal of governing; and a review of Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori and Rom Brafman. Andrew Bacevich reviews David Kilcullen's The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One. How we ended up with such vile ideas about marriage? An interview with Fran Dolan, author of Marriage and Violence: The Early Modern Legacy. A review of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life by Dacher Keltner. The ascendancy of politics: Around the world, political capital is replacing plain old capital. A look at journalism’s culpability in the economic crisis. When we do hit bottom — this year or years from now — how will we know? An interview with Tim Flannery, eco-science’s great campaigner. Sick in the head: Why America won't get the health-care system it needs. A review of The Mother Factor: How Your Mother's Emotional Legacy Impacts Your Life by Stephan B. Poulter. A review of Rethinking Marxism: from Kant and Hegel to Marx and Engels. Growing up on Facebook: Can you forge your future self when you never leave the present?