A new issue of Words Without Borders is out. Brad Baumgartner (IUP): Recovering Resentment: A Reflection on Disgust, Empathy, and Milton's Satan. William S. Haney II (AUS): Consciousness and the Posthuman in Short Fiction; and an essay on the wisdom of Shakespeare’s fools. And the Beat goes on: A forged will sends Jack Kerouac scholars, fans, collectors, literary executors, and lawyers on the warpath. Sappho, the great poet of the personal: Hardly any of the Greek poet's work survives, but the fragments that remain are enough to make her immortal. From The Guardian, an article on Leo Tolstoy, the forgotten genius; there's more to Tolstoy than War and Peace; and do today's novelists think Tolstoy is the greatest writer of all time? From Harper's, Elif Batuman on the murder of Leo Tolstoy: A forensic investigation. From The New Yorker, Claudia Roth Pierpont on the contemporary Arabic novel. An interview with Michael Ondaatje about why he writes novels, and when fiction can succeed by operating like poetry. In the fiction of Sylvia Townsend Warner, historical change is accidental and almost imperceptible, but for all that no less decisive. An interview with Orhan Pamuk on "finding an authentic voice". Enid Blyton may not have regarded the children of the post-colonial world as her audience, but many of the authors among them still cite her work as an inspiration. An article on Martin Amis: The wunderkind comes of age. James Wallenstein on Geoff Dyer’s unlikely terms of engagement (and from Bookforum, Kera Bolonik interviews Geoff Dyer on Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi).

From FT, the rise of Newsmax defies media trend. At the pinnacle of media and politics, Roger Ailes of Fox News has an agenda (and more). A look at how the Republican Party is like Domino’s Pizza. More and more on Republican Gomorrah by Max Blumenthal. White Power USA: A look at the rise of Right-wing militias in America. The upcoming Tea Party convention has attracted a large number of the high-profile conservative Christians — could an alliance be next? Samuel Jacobs on the finger-pointing and paranoia that rules the Tea Party Convention. The first senator from the Tea Party: 2010 will be a year of Republican civil war, and Florida is where the fighting is now fiercest. Meet the new GOP centrists: How a formerly fringe caucus is giving Tea Parties a direct line to the Hill. A look at why Harry Reid is receiving a benefit of the doubt that wouldn’t be extended to a Republican leader under similar circumstances. Is an anti-filibuster movement taking hold? As the reach of his alumni has widened, Chuck Schumer has become one of the most powerful men in American politics. So what should liberals and leftists do about the Palin phenomenon? Saint Elizabeth and the Ego Monster: An excerpt from John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime (and more and more and more and more). President Obama once praised as a gifted orator, is now facing heat for what some say is a lack of emotion. David Bromwich reviews The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President by Taylor Branch (and more and more and more).

Stian Reimers (UCL): A Paycheck Half-Empty or Half-Full? Framing, Fairness and Progressive Taxation. From Vanity Fair, given Tiger Woods’s impenetrable mask of perfection, and the hints of trouble from one strange glimpse behind it, the revelations were inevitable and very, very costly; and since, like, the 60s, and definitely since Clueless, one word has been, like, everywhere; Christopher Hitchens examines the, like, unstoppable onslaught of “like”. Dems versus the deficit: What's the progressive approach to deficit reduction, anyway? From Business Week, forget economics: Philosophy offers a deeper, broader way of thinking to help guide companies through times made tougher by overspecialized experts. A review of Alice Waters and Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution by Thomas McNamee. Ron Rosenbaum on the catchphrase of the decade — and those that have had their 15 minutes of fame. The first chapter from Our Army: Soldiers, Politics, and American Civil-Military Relations by Jason Dempsey. Supersized Cocktails: Wayne Curtis on the drinking man’s case for smaller servings. From TPM, Lewis Gordon, author of An Introduction to Africana Philosophy, on an intellectual terrain that examines what it means to be human in the modern world; and Wendy Grossman is a humourless spoilsport and proud of it. Where in the world is Umaru Yar'Adua? Nigeria hasn't seen its president for more than 50 days, leaving the country without effective leadership. Us paranoia: Could the newly remade Red Dawn actually be a good thing?

Harris Gleckman (BEC): Global Governance in a Globalized World. David Freestone (UNSW): Problems of High Seas Governance. From German Law Journal, a special issue on the transnationalization of legal cultures. An excerpt from The Perils of Global Legalism by Eric Posner. From Carnegie Council, a panel on Five to Rule Them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World by David L. Bosco. An interview with Mark Mazower, author of No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations (and more and more and the first chapter). A review of Conundrum: The Limits of the United Nations and the Search for Alternatives. A review of UN Peacekeeping in Civil Wars by Lise Morje Howard. An interview with Edward Mortimer of the Salzburg Global Seminar on books about the United Nations. Joel Kotkin and Robert J. Cristiano on moving the United Nations to Dubai. The Keep: Justin Davidson on America’s medieval new U.N. mission. For the conservative World Congress of Families, the United Nations is a key battleground over abortion and "family values". Only two governments have not ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Somalia and the US; President Obama supports ratification — on the opposing side are Christian Right home schoolers and believers in "American Exceptionalism". The limits of soft cultural power: Guarding precious and vulnerable places is one of the better things UNESCO does — but it may topple over if it stretches too far (and more and more).