From The Economist, a special report on waste: Talking rubbish. An interview with Rich Benjamin, author of Searching for Whitopia: How the Whiter Half Lives. Many who don't care at all about New England would still find "Yankee" an interesting read. Here's advice from a person with a bachelor's degree in psychology. What would Horatio Alger do? Thousands of Americans are defying eviction notices and exercising civil disobedience. Welcome to the New Media Campaign Tools of 2012: The real secret of Obama's tech team — and what's next for online organizers. A review of Thomas Raymond Wellock's Preserving the Nation: The Conservation and Environmental Movements, 1870-2000. A strange rush for the exit: In a world where life appears to be getting better, why are we in the grip of a suicide epidemic? Peter Osnos on why it's time for Google to share the wealth. A playbook for beating Facebook: CEO Chris DeWolfe outlines his strategy for expanding profits, luring advertisers with "hyper-targeting," and keeping MySpace's U.S. edge over rival Facebook. Should children learn math by starting with counting? An article on 5 whores who changed the course of history. More on Credit and Blame by Charles Tilly. Does America need protection from its out-of-control judges? Dahlia Lithwick investigates.
From Freedom Daily, a look at how Abu Ghraib was politically defused (and part 2). From Al-Ahram, an article on virginity, one of Egypt's most contentious social issues. A review of Godel's Theorem: An Incomplete Guide to Its Use and Abuse by Torkel Franzen. A review of Paris Noir: The Secret History of a City by Jacques Yonnet. An excerpt from The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind by James Boyle. The face of world history: An excerpt from What Color Is the Sacred? by Michael Taussig. Alan Greenspan’s Perpetual Motion Machine: A look at how the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve revolutionized physics. A review of Bits of Me are Falling Apart: Dark Thoughts from the Middle Years by William Leith. The political risk of toxic assets: The administration’s plan is attractive, but are there too many strings attached? A review of Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War by Dora L. Costa and Matthew E. Kahn. A review of The Life and Times of Raul Prebisch, 1901-1986 by Edgar J. Dosman. A review of The Venturesome Economy: How Innovation Sustains Prosperity in a More Connected World by Amar Bhide. A review of Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction by Thomas K. McCraw.
From Public Relations Journal, Tony Jaques (RMIT): Learning from Past Crises: Do Iconic Cases Help or Hinder? From Doublethink, an article on Keith Gessen’s New York: The Blog-Literary Complex. With so many good scholarly books going unread, and good conference papers unheard, it's time to rethink how we share information in academe. A review of Africa’s World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe by Gerard Prunier. An excerpt from Provisional Politics: Kantian Arguments in Policy Context by Elisabeth Ellis. A review of Shame and Philosophy: An Investigation in the Philosophy of Emotions and Ethics by Phil Hutchinson. Excerpts from upcoming oral histories: The use of unfiltered direct quotes gives a veneer of authenticity, and the writer doesn’t have to do much actual writing. James V. Schall, S.J. on St. Cassian of Imola, the patron of teachers. What do humans owe animals? Emily Yoffe on the many dangers of anthropomorphism. Why do the courts let presidents get away with war? Alfred W. Blumrosen and Steven M. Blumrosen want to know. An excerpt from Life Explained by Michel Morange. A review of American Blacklist: The Attorney General's List of Subversive Organizations by Robert Justin Goldstein. Radical populism and sceptical wit: A review of Every Fury on Earth by John Summers.
From New Scientist. a special feature on the five ages of the brain. Print or Byte: Won't digital publishing destroy the old-fashioned book? Scott McLemee reads up on "the hidden revolution". Socialism has failed, now capitalism is bankrupt — so what comes next? Eric Hobsbawm wants to know. Taliban, a response to modernity: In its rigidity, the Talibanised society mimics an authenticity that sounds and feels truly pure and Islamic and is greedily imbibed by a population that is hungry for answers. A review of Heidegger: A (Very) Critical Introduction by S. J. McGrath. From The Root, Henry Louis Gates on John Hope Franklin, the prince who refused the kingdom. Colliding anarchistic subcultures, zombified yuppies and the ruins of the welfare state, Laura Oldfield Ford's work opens up the economic and cultural wounds of London's regeneration. From The New Criterion, an essay on the perils of the welfare state: Spiritual enfeeblement & the rise of the “Last Man” in Europe. A review of More Than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City by William Julius Wilson. A review of Restless Genius: Barney Kilgore, The Wall Street Journal, and the Invention of Modern Journalism by Richard J. Tofel. The introduction to Connections: An Introduction to the Economics of Networks by Sanjeev Goyal.