From Cato Journal, a special issue on Lessons from the Financial Crisis. With his 401(k) in ruins, Jeffrey Goldberg visits investment gurus, hedge fund managers, and a freakish Arizona survivalist with one question in mind: How can the ordinary investor recover? A review of books on the Bosnian war. Down at the half: A look at the surprising benefits of being behind. Bill Kauffman on the artist as a kept man. From Metapsychology, a review of Taking America Off Drugs: Why Behavioral Therapy Is More Effective for Treating ADHD, OCD, Depression, and Other Psychological Problems by Stephen Ray Flora; a review of Brain and Culture: Neurobiology, Ideology, and Social Change by Bruce E. Wexler; and a review of Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy by Roberto Esposito. From PopMatters, a review of Nazi Nexus: America's Corporate Connections to Hitler's Holocaust by Edwin Black; and Gay Nazi, Gay Aryan, Gay Supremacist: History reveals that homosexuals have long been a part of the Nazi party and were major players in its formation. Welcome to America, the world's scariest emerging market. For millions of women, getting birth control is a laborious process; would making the pill an over-the-counter drug be the best policy fix?
From The Atlantic, Jay Parini on how historical fiction went highbrow: Paperback writers pass the torch to Joyce Carol Oates and Gore Vidal; finding intelligent life in the cosmos requires leaving the solar system — one group of scientists may have found a way; and a review of books on Hitler and Nazi Germany (and more from Bookforum). A review of Great Powers: America and the World After Bush by Thomas PM Barnett (and more and more and more). Be It Hereby Resolved: The Texas Legislature attempts to pay homage to George W. Bush. Conservatives in Britain try a new idea: Defend the community from global corporations. Brad DeLong on the crisis — and Geithner plan — explained, and James K. Galbraith on why the Geithner Plan won't work. We've been here before: If protectionism impedes globalisation, it doesn’t contradict capitalism. Why do more open economies have bigger governments? Unions to the rescue: How proud free-trader Jagdish Bhagwati justifies supporting the Employee Free Choice Act (and more). What difference does inequality make? A review of What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America by Peggy Pascoe. What? You've not been honored by the Webbys? On the least exclusive award on the planet.
Richard White (Stanford): Corporations, Corruption, and the Modern Lobby: A Gilded Age Story of the West and the South in Washington, D.C. Over It: America's quick recovery from its torture program suggests it wasn't a torture program in the first place. A review of Walter Benjamin's The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility, and Other Writings on Media (and from Bookforum, a review of Four Jews on Parnassus — A Conversation: Benjamin, Adorno, Scholem, Schonberg by Carl Djerassi). An interview with James Patterson, who's topped the New York Times bestseller list 35 times. John Summers' work has shed light on C. Wright Mills and other anarchists; in an interview, Scott McLemee shines a light on Summers himself. After ideology comes the age of innuendo: At a time when there are no deep divisions in policies, the character of leaders is more important than their programmes. You have to give the Somali pirates this: They explore a universal insecurity few of us are willing to face. How can two countries that share a 2,000-mile border and centuries of history know so little about each other? Slate looks at America's dysfunctional ties with Mexico. What's the deal with those blog things? Old-media types who decry the new medium's supposed immaturity are missing the point.
From Business Week, a cover story on what good are economists anyway? Why they failed to predict the global economic crisis—and why their help is still crucial to a recovery. If Introduction to Macroeconomics proved challenging for any members of Congress while in school, the current economic crisis surely evokes bad memories. From The Nation, a review of Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare by Jonathan Bates. A review of Shakespeare and Modern Culture by Marjorie Garber. Spring Cleaning Special: Washington Post contributors on Ten Things to Toss Out, including academic tenure, the Nobel Prize in Literature, the prom, the White House press corps, and West Point. From TNR, a review of Alain Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher by Leonard Harris and Charles Molesworth; Jonathan Cohn on why he's thrilled that his taxes are so high; turd blossom in the mirror: Jonathan Chait on why when Karl Rove and Mike Gerson hate on Obama, they're hating on themselves; and too much information: Leon Wieseltier on the case against transparency (and Facebook). Fred Kaplan on how to beat the pirates: Let's start by treating them like the criminals they are. Lock up your daughters: Is the world ready for Taki Jr.? (and a response by Taki Theodoracopulos).