From The Daily Beast, a review of Kevin Roose's An Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University (and more and an interview and an excerpt); and which Gospel would Jesus read? An excerpt from Bart Ehrman's Jesus, Interrupted. An interview with Stacy Horn, author of Unbelievable: Investigations into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena, from the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory. A review of Music, Madness, and the Unworking of Language by John T. Hamilton. A review of Uncovering the Constitution's Moral Design by Paul R. DeHart. A review of 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There by Tom Davis. Cultural Ambassador 2.0: Joseph Young on dealing with your unwitting Internet reputation. The Thin Blue Lie: A wannabe cop does battle with the polygraph — and loses. A review of Eclipse: The Story of the Rogue, the Madam and the Horse that Changed Racing by Nicholas Clee. An excerpt from The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: A History of the End of the Cold War by James Mann (and more and more and more). Chris Lehmann reviews The Man Who Sold the World: Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America by William Kleinknecht (and more).
From Reason, the end of financial privacy: Why Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Austria caved on protecting its foreign investors; and a review of Black Maverick: T.R.M. Howard’s Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power by David T. Beito and Linda Royster Beito. Washington’s New Black Pack: Ten to watch in Mr. Obama’s Washington. Carol Gilligan talks about what has changed since the publication of In a Different Voice. A review of Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons From the Biology of Consciousness by Alva Noe. John Dean reviews Howard Fineman's The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates That Inspire and Define Our Country. Guyana is a hard country to place, a nation of great beauty stumped by its recent history. Do we have the right to judge others? Steven Lukes reviews the evidence. From Nerve, more on the history of single life: Smut goes digital. The Porn Identity: Stacey May Fowles in conversation with Hal Niedzviecki on privacy and internet pornography. Miseries of Il Manifesto: Italy's small, independent, radical daily is an indispensable voice on the left. What will happen when the climate starts to change and the rivers dry up and a whole way of life comes to an end? The people of Australia's Murray-Darling Basin are finding out right now (and more).
From TAC, a review of John Rawls' A Brief Inquiry Into the Meaning of Sin and Faith. From TNR, when black people don't perform as well on standardized tests, what should be done? John McWhorter wants to know; race to the top: Like it or not, the president is about to confront civil rights; and John Judis on how Barack Obama is fundamentally remaking American capitalism. The Unlikely Revolutionary: Simon Johnson isn't a populist — he just thinks bankers run the country. John Kay on how economics lost sight of the real world. John Quiggin in the ideology that dare not speak its name. You’re fired: The Senate often stands in the way of great progressive reform, so how can we get rid of it? A review of The Domestication of Derrida: Rorty, Pragmatism and Deconstruction by Lorenzo Fabbri. More and more and more and more on The Future of Liberalism by Alan Wolfe. Laura Stokes reviews Castle by J. Robert Lennon. An interview with Juan Cole, author of Engaging the Muslim World (and more and an excerpt). From Scientific American, could growing clinical use of brain electrodes lead to a chip for sexual stimulation? The truth about forgiveness: After his son was murdered, Bernard Williams became consumed by anger and depression; there was, he came to realize, only one way to save himself.
From Dissent, Nicolaus Mills on the Nuremberg Precedent and the Obama Administration; Greg Smithsimon on why we need a permanent solution for our banks; and Marshall Berman on Orhan Pamuk and modernist liberalism. From LRB, James Wood writes about the manipulations of Ian McEwan. Steven Johnson on how the e-book will change the way we read and write. A review of Anarchism/Minarchism: Is a Government Part of a Free Country? A review of The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: The Battle for Control of the Law by Steven Teles (and more on the conservative movement at Bookforum). A review of United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror by Jamie Glazov (and more). An extraordinary academic icon: A review of Maurice Bowra: A Life by Leslie Mitchell. A review of The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by David Kilcullen (and an interview). An interview with Alain de Botton, author of The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (and more and more and more). A look at how a TV network in Brazil has changed the idea of family. A review of Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is Another Way for Africa by Dambisa Moyo (and more and more and more).