From Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, Paul Fearne (LaTrobe): Nijinsky: Ballet, Schizophrenic Consciousness and Philosophy; a review of Comedy Incarnate: Buster Keaton, Physical Humor, and Bodily Coping by Noel Carroll; and a review of Hitchcock and Philosophy: Dial M for Metaphysics. A review of Exploding the Myths of Modern Architecture by Malcolm Millais. The disappearing darkroom: Photographer Richard Nicholson documents the demise of the traditional industry with snapshots of London's remaining professional labs. Even in the face of prolonged war and bitter recession, it seems 2010 is a pretty great time to be a young artist. From The Nation, Barry Schwabsky on The Resistance of Painting: To speak of a movement of abstractionists would be a contradiction in terms, like speaking of a church of atheists. A review of Fine Art and High Finance: Expert Advice on the Economics of Ownership. The DIY Chip: William Gurstelle on how new sensor tech is democratizing art and invention. David O'Neill reviews Robert Bresson: A Passion for Film by Tony Pipolo. If you draw it: An article on art in the age of resource overconsumption. How soon was now? Barry Schwabsky on the death, and afterlife, of the Polaroid. Toward a Starchitecture: Aaron Hsieh on the theoretical polemics of Rem Koolhaas. From Artforum, the work of Anne Truitt has always stood slightly apart. That Francisco Goya was a better painter than the earlier, more popular Peter Paul Rubens, or a more intelligent artist than Diego Velazquez, Michelangelo or Rembrandt hardly seems worth mentioning.


From The American, Roger Noriega on Haiti’s disasters, natural and man-made. From CJR, Haiti expert Henry (Chip) Carey gives context to the current tragedy; and Sam Eifling on Haiti as journalists have known it. Here are satellite photos that show Port-au-Prince before and after the Jan. 12 earthquake. Mary Beard reviews The Infinity of Lists by Umberto Eco (and more; and more by Albert Mobilio). A review of Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential, "America's Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine" by Henry E. Scott. Disclosed Encounters: Why UFO buffs think Barack Obama is their best hope for the truth about ET. Dahlia Lithwick, Nick Gillespie, and Clive Thompson debate the worst ideas of the '00s. Hippie meets hip-hop in the 2K10 Factory of Damon Dash. From Vanity Fair, it became known, and ultimately reviled, as Disco, but the music that surged out of gay underground New York clubs such as the Loft and 12 West in the early 70s was the sound of those who wanted to dance, dance, dance. A review of Uglier Than a Monkey's Armpit: Untranslatable Insults, Put-Downs, and Curses from Around the World by Stephen Dodson and Robert Vanderplank. Obama Contra Niebuhr: Supporters of President Obama’s "moral realism" are unaware of many elements of Reinhold Niebuhr’s political theology. Survivalism Lite: They call themselves "preppers" — regular people with homes and families, but like the survivalists that came before them, they're preparing for the worst. From Cracked, a look at 6 assassination attempts that almost f#@ked the world; and an article on 7 books we lost to history that would have changed the world.


Craig Calhoun (SSRC): Remaking America: Public Institutions and the Public Good. The first chapter from The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being by Derek Bok. From National Affairs, Jim Manzi on keeping America's edge (and more and more and more). How to make America more innovative: Give scientists more incentives to innovate. For eight years, Republicans politicized science or ignored it — can Obama stop the War on Science? An article on 10 (potentially) cool innovations from government. From Governing, the millennial in the cubicle: A new generation of workers expects unfettered access to technology tools — they may end up changing the way governments operate; and an article on wi-fi and social justice. Push Comes to .GOV: How federal agencies learned to stop worrying and love Web 2.0. A review of The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA Is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs by Michael Belfiore. Bullet trains for America: The Obama administration has revived the dream of building high-speed rail lines to rival those of Japan and Europe, but the tracks are littered with political and financial obstacles. A trainspotter's guide to the future of the world: America's preference for highways and airports over modern rail transportation will make the country increasingly look so 20th-century. Here are seven ways to fix the U.S. Postal Service. Here are five reasons why libertarians shouldn't hate government. Paul Light on the real crisis in government: The federal government can no longer guarantee the faithful execution of our laws.


From Rolling Stone, a cover story on how Big Oil and Big Coal mounted one of the most aggressive lobbying campaigns in history to block progress on global warming (and more on climate killers). Tim Flannery on Copenhagen, and after (and more). Sam Hummel on common mistakes in the coverage of the Copenhagen Accord. Here are 7 tipping points that could transform Earth and five possible scenarios for our future climate. We've just ended a two-decade experiment in global problem solving, but climate change doesn't scare us — that's frightening. Post-Copenhagen, it's clear that logic alone won't save us — we must accept that big business is just about the best hope we have left. The geoengineering gambit: We may have to consider extreme action despite the dangers. Ronald Bailey on the cultural contradictions of anti-nuke environmentalists: Why do environmentalists reject a good bet for renewable energy? Get ready for these nuclear fallacies. A group of six new blueprints for nuclear power stations promise advances in safety and efficiency. Coal or nuclear? Experts discuss how clean coal works and how dangerous nuclear waste really is. An essay on living with coal, climate policy’s most inconvenient truth (and a response). A look at how fossil fuel subsidies dwarf clean energy subsidies. An article on seven myths about alternative energy. The green movement is boring: Should environmentalism become less empirical and more emotional? People haven't stopped caring about our planet, but the reasons why they care have changed immensely. Why don’t TV weathermen believe in climate change? An excerpt from Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming by James Hoggan.

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