From Forward, a review of Israel vs. Utopia by Joel Schalit, The Myths of Liberal Zionism by Yitzhak Laor, and A Living Revolution: Anarchism in the Kibbutz Movement by James Horrox. From NYRB, an article on Israel and Palestine: Can they start over? Whether the new-found interest in governing will transform and even tame Hamas has not yet been decided. Is Israel a democracy? Gershom Gorenberg wonders. More and more and more and more on Shlomo Sand's The Invention of the Jewish People. From TNR, Moshe Halbertal on The Goldstone Illusion: What the U.N. report gets wrong about Gaza — and war (and Israel without illusions: David Shulman on what Goldstone got right). An interview with Richard Goldstone: “I’m certainly a friend of Israel — I don’t mind being called a Zionist”. A review of Allis and Ronald Radosh's A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel. All rise for the Palestinian anthem: A parody of a nationalistic Palestinian song ridicules the intractable dispute between Hamas and Fatah leaders. Jonathan Campbell reviews Right to Exist: A Moral Defense of Israel's Wars by Yaacov Lozowick. An interview with former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy on the peace with the Palestinians and why Israel is indestructible. An interview with Michael Goldfarb on books on Israel. With their rampaging special sales, the bookstore chains are destroying Israeli culture. Tony Judt on why Israel must unpick its ethnic myth. Benny Morris reviews Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations by Avi Shlaim. An interview with Dan Senor, author of Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle (and more and more).


From Culture Machine, a special issue on (Internet) Pirate Philosophy. The supermajority’s use of the procedural filibuster is, at worst, unconstitutional and, at best, at odds with the founders’ intent. The Noughties, a fond(ish) farewell: Toby Young takes an irreverent look back at a decade characterised by a yearning for chaos. The world in 2020: What will life be like a decade from now? Words have replaced sex as the cause of the classic Washington scandal: John McWhorter on Reid's three little words: The log in our own eye (and more and more and more). Getting a new word into Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary is easier said than done, which explains why Ron Gagliardi decided to publish his own Noah’s Desktionary and Allmanack. If no action is taken against alleged war criminals who have advocated torture, history must be the judge. Would you wear a serial killer's sweater? How our intuitions lead us into strange territory. Down in the valley: A journey into the "uncanny" place where the not-quite-human can be found. A review of Max Weber: A Biography by Joachim Radkau. Fox’s 24 is exquisite nonsense, but can its limerick logic survive in the post-Cheney era? A review of Running: A Global History by Thor Gotaas. Here are 100 things your kids may never know about. An interview with Daniel Ellsberg on his willingness to go to jail, the political effectiveness of lying, and why war is prolonged. Lane Kenworthy on four things citizens and policymakers think they know about taxation but are wrong. Good asks the world’s most prominent futurists to explain why slowness might be as important to the future as speed.


A review of Perfect Rigor: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century by Masha Gessen (and an interview; and more). A mad, principled genius Russian math prodigy: Grigory Perelman should be a celebrated millionaire — instead, he is a poor recluse who lives with his mother (and more). Mathematics by collaboration: The Polymath project harnesses the power of the Internet to use massive collaboration to solve a major problem in record time. Rejecta Mathematica is a new math journal specializes exclusively in research papers that have been rejected by other math journals. A worldwide study of nearly half a million boys and girls found no significant gender gap in math ability. Warp-Speed Algebra: A new algorithm does algebra in a snap. Many mathematicians find the pure and tight patterns of juggling as irresistible as those of mathematics. A review of Mathletics: How Gamblers, Managers, and Sports Enthusiasts Use Mathematics in Baseball, Basketball, and Football by Wayne L. Winston. Ta Da: Amazing feats of mathematics — it’s magic. Humanity's other basic instinct, math: New research suggests that math has evolved its way right into our neurons — and monkeys', too. 19th-Century mathematician Charles Babbage finally proves himself. A review of The Princeton Companion to Mathematics. A review of Those Fascinating Numbers by Jean-Marie De Koninck. From Plus, Liz Newton takes you on a journey of origami, maths and science; Burkard Polster and Marty Ross explore the maths behind bell ringing; and how do you go about modelling catastrophes? Think a coin toss has a 50-50 chance? Think again.


From Dissent, a symposium on Intellectuals and their America. Are progressives depressed or too privileged to produce social change, or are we just failing to organize effectively? Without a movement, progressives can't aid Obama's agenda. The Party of Obama: What are the president’s grass roots good for? Barack Obama reminds John Judis of Herbert Hoover — but it doesn’t have to be this way. From The Atlantic's first annual Washington Ideas Forum, what, if anything, can we predict about the next three or seven years of Obama’s presidency, based on its first year and on the trajectories of past presidencies? In a sequel to her acclaimed 2004 essay for Metropolis, Karrie Jacobs observes what the White House website says about Obama's administration. Andrew Sullivan on how Barack Obama is locked in dirty war with the Right. Is the Secret Service targeting the Birthers? Why agents investigating threats to the president have been paying visits to the right-wing activists questioning his citizenship. Tunku Varadarajan writes in defense of tea parties. Who are you calling crazy?: A review of The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease by Jonathan Metzl. Is this McCarthyism 2.0? John Richardson goes inside the Right's battle with ACORN. GOP Hipster Makeover: Stephanie Mencimer on the radical right's Twittertastic search for young blood. A look at why John Thune is the GOP’s future. From Commentary, Jennifer Rubin on why Jews hate Palin (and more and more). A review of Michael Steele's Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda.

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