Mary L. Dudziak (USC): Law, War, and the History of Time. Underdogs of War: A look at 6 tiny nations that kicked ass. The Believer goes on a journey deep into the cavern of Dungeons & Dragons, a utopian, profoundly dorky and influential game that, lacking clear winners or an end, may not be a game at all. All Together Now: A look at the universal appeal of moving in unison. What do we mean when we say we need more female justices? Dahlia Lithwick investigates. A review of A Constitution of Many Minds: Why the Founding Document Doesn't Mean What It Meant Before by Cass Sunstein. Does John Yoo belong in front of a class? Yes vs. No. An interview with Martin Amis: "Men are terrible. We can't help it". From Ovi, an article on women as the ultimate cause of war. From NYRB, a review of From Eve to Dawn: A History of Women, Volumes I-IV by Marilyn French; and a review of books on Le Corbusier (and more at Bookforum). Of couples and copulas: How the broken-heart syndrome led to a mathematical formula so brilliant that it sparked a market boom and so flawed that it is blamed for bringing down Wall Street. With its new policy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Obama administration has taken ownership of an orphaned conflict — but can it achieve victory, and how?
From The Daily Beast, Joseph Wilson on Dick Cheney's torture hypocrisy; and Tina Brown on the quake at Conde Nast (and more on Portfolio). From Wired, a look at how the evolution of office spaces reflects changing attitudes toward work. Apologies to residents of the Lower East Side; Williamsburg, Brooklyn; and other hipster-centric neighborhoods — you are not as cool as you think, at least according to a new study that seeks to measure what it calls “the geography of buzz.” An interview with Ted Striphas, author of The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control. A review of A Blueprint for a Safer Planet by Nicholas Stern. Is a high IQ a burden as much as a blessing? Sam Knight investigates. AC Grayling on brain science and the search for the self — and on the empty name of God. Has Britain become a society indifferent to beauty? The last book party: Gideon Lewis-Kraus on publishing drinks to a life after death. The end of evolution: Humans are undergoing a "grand averaging", argues Steve Jones, because the raw material for evolution has largely disappeared. More and more and more and more on Why Evolution Is True by Jerry A. Coyne. Outlook: Extreme: As the planet warms, look for more floods where it’s already wet and deeper drought where water is scarce.
From Swans, who wants a One World Government? Michael Barker investigates. A look at why supplanting the dollar would be good for America. From The Wilson Quarterly, Robert Z. Aliber on the Dollar's Day of Reckoning: America’s financial crisis is the inevitable product of dysfunctional international financial arrangements; and Martin Walker on the World's New Numbers. From New York, Gay Talese is writing a new opus — about his relationship with his wife; an article on Andrew W.K. and the democratization of clubland; and which movie villain does Dick Cheney most resemble? From TNR, what will happen when the Vice President says something untoward? Because he will; and William Galston on why we need a committee to investigate our use of torture, and suggestions for what it should do. Here's what you should know about the torture memos. Matt Miller on Obama's secret plan to raise taxes. From Doublethink, an article on the folly of sin taxation; and an essay on onanism and the future of sex. From its nude Jacuzzi to the orgy-filled “mat room”, at Plato’s Retreat you could have sex next to Sammy Davis Jr., a porn star, or even a bus driver. Satoshi Kanazawa on how men sexually harass women because they are not sexist (and part 2); and on why beautiful people are more intelligent (and part 2).
From The New Yorker, a review of books by Antonio Lobo Antunes (and more on What Can I Do When Everything’s on Fire? at Bookforum); despite Governor Perry's fighting words, there is no reason that Texas’ separation should be an occasion for violence — the globe is replete with two-state solutions; and Lizzie Widdicombe on reprogramming ex-Wall Streeters for new careers. Stop the Insani-Tea: A recent study shows surprising support for redistributing the wealth — Scott McLemee dips in cautiously. From The Hungarian Quarterly, Agnes Heller's damning indictment of Hungarian politicians twenty years after 1989. A recent conference at Birkbeck gathered together philosophers to discuss the past, present and, more importantly, the possible future of communism. The best chance to curb Kim Jong Il's worst behavior is to think outside the box — way outside. Remember same-sex-marriage proponents rolling their eyes at talk of what might be next? We’re in the fast lane to polygamy. On the sixth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad to American forces in 2003, Nir Rosen finds that Iraqis are safer but hardly safe, sectarian tensions have been submerged but not eliminated, and almost everyone expects the worst after US troops withdraw.