Robert Maranto (Arkansas-Fayetteville) and Richard E. Redding (Chapman): Bush's Brain (No, Not Karl Rove): How Bush’s Psyche Shaped His Decision-Making. Daniel McCarthy on how neocon godfather Irving Kristol rewrote the American Right (and more). From The Nation, an article on the curious case of Meghan McCain; and CampusReform.org is a social networking site with an agenda: to provide training to future leaders of the political right by harnessing ground-level organizing capabilities (and more). From Reason, an interview with Steve Forbes on 1930s-style economic policies, the news industry, and the future of the GOP. A round table discussion: Are the Tea Partiers good or bad for the GOP? In the brief age of Obama, we have had “truthers,” “birthers,” Tea Party activists and town-hall dissenters — comes now, the “Oath Keepers”. The Conservative Bible Project: Looking for conservative diamonds in a liberal dung-hill. From World, meet Ted Cruz, the Republican Obama. Fill out your census form in red or blue ink: The rather nerdy constitutional pursuit of counting everybody in the country once a decade has become a political issue like everything else. From TAS, Quin Hillyer writes in defense of principled moderates. From TNR, Leon Wieseltier how the common ground is not always the high ground; when it is without end, moreover, the search for common ground is bad for bargaining. An excerpt from The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victory by David Plouffe. Disorganized: What happened to Obama's massive network of grassroots activists?
From Judgment and Decision Making, Eric Luis Uhlmann (Northwestern), David Pizarro (Cornell), and David Tannenbaum and Peter Ditto (UC-Irvine): The motivated use of moral principles. Don’t make me scrape off that fake tan: Our era's greatest scourge — the carrot-colored hot mess. From LRC, Charles Wright on too much health care: We can’t afford life’s creeping medicalization. A review of What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell (and more and more and more and more). Christina Binkley on the relentless rise of power jeans: World leaders and executives wear them (mostly well) — and how to get denim right. Newsweek surveys of how heads of state spend their vacations. Jacob Weisberg on gay marriage and marijuana: You can't stop either — why that's good. Is Ultimate Fighting gay? Thaddeus Russell investigates. An interview with Jim Holt on the "puzzle of existence". Old hipsters now need hip replacement: A review of The Birth (and Death) of Cool by Ted Gioia. From n+1, why turn your blog back into a printed book when the whole point of blogging and reading blogs was thought to lead to an inexorable emancipation from the bindings of the page, the severe duties of print? Sex for Cartoons: Jay Cantor's Krazy Kat is a fascinating, overlooked novel about human urges in 2-D characters. Adam Sternbergh on why you should resist the lure of book clubs. Can we say goodnight to the bad guy, already? In a craven country where we simultaneously crave more Gordon Gekko and loathe the Bernie Madoffs, something's gotta give — a manifesto for the end of cultural hypocrisy.
Jukka Mikkonen (Tampere): The Realistic Fallacy, or: The Conception of Literary Narrative Fiction in Analytic Aesthetics. The vestigial tale: In our modern click-and-skim world, there's dwindling time and space for the expertly crafted narrative. What's the role of fiction in a world gone completely berserk? From PEN America, Albert Mobilio, Benjamin Anastas, Nadeem Aslam, Brian Evenson, and Jan Kjaerstad discuss religious faith and its relationship to fiction (and from Bookforum, God, Living is Enormous: How might the novelist reconcile fiction and faith — make-believe and must-believe?). From Dappled Things, an interview with John C. Wright on "the soul of sci-fi". A review of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Michael Ward. John Gray reviews The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. The future that had arrived: While popularly known as a writer of science fiction, the late J. G. Ballard was a veritable philosopher of contemporary culture. From LRB, Frank Kermode reviews William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies by John Carey. Despair and hope: A review of There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya. On the new Russian realism: An interview with Jeff Parker and Mikhail Iossel, editors of Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia. In the Shadow of the Patriarch: Enrique Krauze on Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the demons of his time. The name of this land is Hell: An article on Mexico in literature.
From National Geographic, when Henry Hudson first looked on Manhattan in 1609, what did he see? Hudson is not my hero: A review of Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City by Eric Sanderson (and more; and more by Philip Nobel at Bookforum). The Hudson: Is any other river as confusing? From New York, about New York’s governorship, as about so much in his recent political career, Rudy Giuliani can’t fully, wholeheartedly make up his mind; and Mike Bloomberg owns this town: With shrewdness and luck, an imperious idea of democracy, and plenty of money, the mayor has made himself the only political player in New York who really matters. New York City’s oddball mayoral candidate Reverend Billy is mobilizing young voters in droves in his race for City Hall (and more and more). From The L Magazine, a look at the heroes and villains of New York City; and an article on the whitest neighborhood in New York City. A Brooklyn of my mind: When all that's left of a place are street names and house numbers. From The Village Voice, a look at how New York City's seven newspapers are (nearly) surviving: Print is undead, and NYC is the only city where you can still read all about it. Matt Harvey exposes the media bullshit behind New York’s supposed heroin epidemic. Window shopping, NYC: Never mind all that gloomy talk of falling real-estate prices — for many renters, even a heavily mortgaged apartment is the stuff of daydreams. NYC is filled with obelisks, and a tour of them will take you all over Manhattan and beyond. A review of Appetite City: A Culinary History of New York by William Grimes.