From Applied Semiotics, Goran Kjellmer (Gothenburg): Literary Conventions and the Human Body: The use of bodily expressions for states of mind; and Ibrahim Taha (Haifa): Semiotics of Literary Titling: Three Categories of Reference. Reganomics, or how to publish like a porn star: Firebrand editor Judith Regan's influence can be felt on two new HarperCollins imprints. A review of Plato's Ghost: the Modernist Transformation of Mathematics by Jeremy Gray. John Lloyd on why Britain is best when it comes to gossip. AC Grayling reviews Questions of Truth: God, Science and Belief by John Polkinghorne and Nicholas Beale. A review of Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average by Joseph T. Hallinan. A review of Inside the Stalin Archives by Jonathan Brent. Twilight of the autocrats: Will the financial crisis bring down Russia and China? Genetic surveillance for all: What if the FBI put the family of everyone who has ever been convicted or arrested into a giant DNA database? John Quiggin on refuted economic doctrines: Central bank independence. Regulating the new financial sector: Financial regulation is a now-or-never proposition as the sector’s lobbying power is greatly diminished. They have it all — so why is it so hard for some women to be happy? From Der Spiegel, an article on the case of John Demjanjuk: Nazi guard, sick old man or both?
From The Economist, a special report on entrepreneurship. From The University Bookman, an essay on Russell Kirk’s legacy after 15 years; an essay on Russell Kirk’s philosophy of education; from tradition to "values conservatism": Paul Gottfried on Kirk’s legacy; Lee Edwards on the many roots of American order; John Willson on a foreign policy for (probably not very many) Americans; a review of Russian Conservatism and Its Critics: A Study in Political Culture by Richard Pipes; a review of Why Conservation Is Failing and How It Can Regain Ground by Eric T. Freyfogle. Soaps, sex and sociology: Do women who watch telenovelas have fewer babies (but more men)? Daniel Gross on why Obama should pay no attention at all to stock prices. Stayin' Alive: Jonathan Cohn on the inside story of health care reform's near-death experience. How well does online punditry translate on the printed page? Stephen Howe finds out. With financial crisis and scandal as backdrop, Americans are questioning whether plutocrats are either indispensable or deserving. Primates on Facebook: Even online, the neocortex is the limit. Michael Berube reviews Sean Carroll's From Eternity to Here: The Origin of the Universe and the Arrow of Time. A review of Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity by Catherine Wilson. A review of Men in Caring Occupations: Doing Gender Differently by Ruth Simpson.
From THES, musing on the often acrimonious debate between atheists and believers, Simon Blackburn takes as his inspiration David Hume, who approached the issue not with hatred but with humour; Felipe Fernandez-Armesto finds his beloved Oxford changed, changed utterly; Duncan Wu on a night of sublimity and terror among the roaring, soaring, brutally lyrical Monster Trucks; amid the marketing puffery and opaque jargon, many prospectuses fail to explain what a course is really about — the good, the bad and the flannel; doctor who and how: Viva PhD success, and let's fete the candidates a little, too; a review of Dante's Two Beloveds: Ethics and Erotics in the Divine Comedy by Olivia Holmes; and a review of Le Corbusier and the Occult by J. K. Birksted. A look at how Biden and Obama are figuring out how to make their relationship work. Extremist nightmares: The European Union is one reason not to fear the spectre of the 1930s. From The Rumpus, an article on why you should not be afraid to read Little Women; an interview with Trevor Paglen, author of I Could Tell You but Then You Would Have to be Destroyed By Me; an interview with Jason Kottke; and an interview with Will Rockwell, author of All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washington, DC. A review of Experimental Man: What One Man's Body Reveals About His Future, Your Health and Our Toxic World by David Ewing Duncan.
From TAS, an article on Edward Abbey, conservative anarchist. Screaming mummies: The entire body is as though agitated from the last movements of agony; the last convulsions of horrid agony can, after thousands of years, still be seen. Crowds of people are often seen as bad for public order, but they have ways of policing themselves that the police might do well to understand. Fifty years seems like a long time, but if you pick up Jacques Barzun’s searching analysis of modern education, The House of Intellect, the half century melts away. More on Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists by Susan Neiman. A review of Intellectuals and their Publics: Perspectives from the Social Sciences. Nassim Nicholas Taleb on ten principles for a Black Swan-proof world. Damon Linker on the future of Christian America. An article on the the "Twitter Revolution" of Moldova's high-tech teens (and more). Watch Before Reading: Usually just one to three minutes long, the best book trailers swiftly inform potential readers of what to expect. A review of Dave Neiwert's The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right. Michael Kinsley on life after newspapers (and a response and a reply). How to stop the drug wars: Prohibition has failed; legalisation is the least bad solution. Notions of history: An interview with Simon Schama. Why do only failed politicians publish good books on their trade?