From The New York Times Magazine, here's the 2009 Green Issue. From Boston Review, when it comes to health care, economists ignore their own rules. From Bomb, an interview with Will Steacy, the lovechild of Charles Bukowski and Dorothea Lange. It may be hard to understand the uproar that Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s work caused when it first appeared in the mid-1980s (and an interview with Judith Butler on Sedgwick). Classical investigations: An interview with Timothy Williamson, Wykeham Professor of Logic at Oxford. Great and terrible truths: David Foster Wallace’s address at Kenyon College was funny, warm — and unmistakably dark. Changing the American Mind: President Obama has led people to re-think their assumptions — just like F.D.R. A review of The Canal Builders: Making America's Empire at the Panama Canal by Julie Greene (and more from Bookforum). From The New Yorker, Margaret Talbot on the underground world of “neuroenhancing” drugs; and Jill Lepore on Edgar Allan Poe and the economy of horror. Public provides giggles, bloggers get the book deal: Publishers are hoping that millions of page views on a blog will translate into booming sales on the bookstand. Democracy's cheat sheet: Jack Shafer on why it's time to kill the idea that newspapers are essential for democracy.
From the inaugural issue of Public Reason, Hillel Steiner (Manchester): Left Libertarianism and the Ownership of Natural Resources; Reidar Maliks (Harvard): Acting Through Others: Kant and the Exercise View of Representation; Timothy Waligore (Smith): Cosmopolitan Right, Indigenous Peoples, and the Risks of Cultural Interaction; Annabelle Lever (LSE): Is Compulsory Voting Justified?; Endre Begby (Oslo) and J. Peter Burgess (PRIO): Human Security and Liberal Peace; Andras Miklos (Harvard): Nationalist Criticisms of Cosmopolitan Justice; and Sirine Shebaya (JHU): Global and Local Sovereignties. From Revue Internationale des Livres et des Idees, an interview with Nancy Fraser on global justice and the renewal of critical theory. We're all torturers now: Will anything about the U.S. torture scandal ever scandalize us again? Mark Danner on the paradoxes of the torture scandal. From New Internationalist, the Age of Possibility: David Ransom reckons the meltdown could turn out to have made another world possible. From THES, boring and dismal sciences: Funding for economics and other related disciplines is being cut just when we need their insights most and are warming to their popularisers; and the world isn't made of equations — we should keep alert against mathematical seduction.
From NYRB, Andrew Delbanco reviews Pioneering Portfolio Management: An Unconventional Approach to Institutional Investment by David F. Swensen, Tearing Down the Gates: Confronting the Class Divide in American Education by Peter Sacks, and Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of Elites by Mitchell L. Stevens; a review of Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle Over Our Ancient Heritage and Whose Culture? The Promise of Museums and the Debate Over Antiquities by James Cuno; and Avishai Margalit and Michael Walzer on Israel civilians and combatants. From TNR, a review of Franz Kafka: The Office Writings (and more from Bookforum). A review of Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America by Beryl Satter. Book End: Jacob Weisberg on how the Kindle will change the world. From TED, Nate Silver on picking apart the puzzle of racism in elections. From The Nation, has the Wall Street Journal lost its soul? Scott Sherman investigates. Let’s hope this gift keeps on giving: A review of Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Eduardo Galeano (and more). Tracy Quan on a sex worker's guide to Craiglist. You might think Greg Beato is crazy, but a topless coffee shop is NOT a good idea.
From The New Yorker, can Peter Orszag keep the President’s political goals economically viable? Ryan Lizza investigates. From McSweeney's, here's a day in the life of a supply-side economist. From Intelligent Life, Elizabeth Gumport considers the spin-offs, sequels, adaptations and fan-sites that both honour and belittle Jane Austen's work. Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, on ten terrible truths about the CIA Torture Memos. The Next 100 Days: Former officials, strategists and others on their thoughts on the next phase of the Obama administration. Testicular politics: Obama is getting punked by the Big Dogs of banking; does he have the balls to do what's right? From Slate, Bruce Ackerman on abolishing the White House Counsel and the Office of Legal Counsel, too; and David Morris on why the military should close its torture school. The Regulatory Charade: Elliot Spitzer on how Washington had the power to regulate misbehaving banks — it just refused to use it. Spitzer in Exile: When your resume says "disgraced ex-governor", what do you do next? (and more by Spitzer) From Spiked, Brendan O’Neill on the 10 craziest things about Boylemania (and a look at "beauty is on the inside" and other lies). Why do some poems play it cool and simple while others are all timpany and cacaphony?