Darrell Payne and Linda Wermeling (NKU): Domestic Violence and the Female Victim: The Real Reason Women Stay. From Mother Jones, an article on the Purpose-Driven Wife: Teaching women to submit to their husbands, for the love of Christ. Lies, damned lies and blatant statistical lies: Did you hear the one about the Turin Shroud? Or the one about bad pupil behaviour? Time is real: An interview with Astra Taylor, director of "The Examined Life". Gettysburg regress: How the government is ruining America's most famous battlefield. Like Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Barack Obama is capable of being a pragmatic progressive. Has Obama ruined his chances of ending the culture war? Anchors away: Michael Schaffer on the strange resilience of the local TV personality. In the Internet age, foreign correspondents write for locals as well as for readers living somewhere else. From Psychology Today, Neanderthink: An article on the appeal of the bad boy; and a look at designer babies as a common misconception about science (and more from Wired). An excerpt from Babies by Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice by Ronald M. Green. An article on synthetic biology: building life (potential & dangers). Valid fundraising on Facebook could help legitimize the site (if it’s not too late) — but who thinks heavy metal, beer, and Paris Hilton qualify as legitimate causes?
Who reads an early American book?: A new issue of Common-place is out. David Brooks on the end of philosophy (and a response by Hilzoy). An interview with Sam Nunn on Obama's no-nukes speech. Christopher Hitchens on telling the truth about the Armenian genocide and why Texas is right on teaching evolution. Michelle Goldberg on the growing clout of atheists and non-believers. The decline of traditional news media will accelerate the rise of The Daily Me, and we’ll be irritated less by what we read and find our wisdom confirmed more often. The magazine isn't dying — it’s just the badly motivated ones that are going under. Washington Post reporter calls out George Will for lying in the Washington Post (and more). Stress Test: What interview questions did D.E. Shaw ask Larry Summers? From Secular Web, an essay on the untenability of theistic evolution. We think of the hunter's life as one of untamed authenticity, but take away his accouterment. Thank you for teaching: We all respect teachers, but the position remains one of the country's most thankless. A pene-enclave is almost an enclave in the same way that a peninsula almost is an island, but only on a strictly lexical level. The introduction to The Rise and Fall of the Shah: Iran from Autocracy to Religious Rule by Amin Saikal. The death of Jewish philosophy: An excerpt from Jewish Faith and Modern Science by Norbert M. Samuelson.
From TNR, driven up the Rawls: William Galston on why it's dangerous to think of politics as more than politics. John Quiggin on an agenda for social democracy. From Vox, Barry Eichengreen and Kevin H. O’Rourke on how the world economy is now plummeting in a Great-Depression-like manner. The recession heats up romance novels: In a down economy, sales of bodice-rippers are growing — escapism is part of the allure, but there's more to the story. Healing art: A look at the long partnership of medicine and literature. From African Amereican Review, a review of Jacqueline Goldsby's A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature; and a review of Louis Chude-Sokei's The Last "Darky": Bert Williams, Black-on-Black Minstrelsy, and the African Diaspora. A review of Earth: An Intimate History by Richard Fortey. Rather than relying on warm, fuzzy feelings to protect animals, conservationists suggest appealing to something more reliable: greed. An interview with Bernard Wuthrich, an expert on Swiss politics: “Economics has defeated racism”. Can democracy be introduced from outside, and what conditions make the effort legitimate? Daniele Archibugi investigates. When news goes totally digital, how do you create trust? Sexing books: Does an author's gender change the way we read them? A review of Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide by Johanna Drucker and Emily McVarish.
Mark Danner on the Red Cross Torture Report: What it means (and the report). From Slate, here's a history of CIA torture. Torture memo author John Yoo blames ruined reputation on "hippies, protesters and left-wing activists". Fred Kaplan on how Obama proved his mettle at the G-20 summit and and how Robert Gates follows through on his promises to reform the Pentagon (and more and more). The Reluctant Globocop: What is NATO's role? A look at what the Spanish prosecutions of Bush administration lawyers really means. World Wad: What would a new global reserve currenvy look like? Although Britain and Canada have decided that no one will go without health care, even if some must occasionally wait, the U.S. has decided that most of those who can't afford care simply won't get it. You say you want a revolution: A founding member of the Weather Underground looks back at an organization unable to come to terms with its own violence (and more and more and more; and an interview with Bill Ayers). Criminal Verite: An article on mug shots, funny and unusual punishment. The perception of population growth in developing countries as the culprit of worldwide environmental damage is a fallacy that deserves to be eradicated. Meet the Parents: A look at the dark side of overseas adoption. An interview with John Bellamy Foster, author of The Great Financial Crisis.