From ARPA, a review of Australia: The State of Democracy by Marian Sawer, Norman Abjorensen, and Philip Larkin; a symposium on protecting human rights in Australia; a review of Losing My Religion: Unbelief in Australia by Tom Frame; and is Australia the new economic and social model for the world? Over the past few months, Australia has shown the world how not to manage asylum seekers. A review essay on cricket: Analogy for Australian values, or tool of hegemony? From AHR, a review of Russel Ward: Reflections on a Legend. A review of Forgetting Aborigines by Chris Healy (and more). A review of The Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apologies by Danielle Celermajer. From Arena, contracting out indigenous futures: Geoff Sharp on how Noel Pearson and Peter Sutton both take an assimilationist turn; Roland Boer traces the use of "pietism and sacrimentalism" in Peter Sutton’s writing on White Australia and Aboriginal reconciliation; and John Hinkson on the dangers of promoting neo-liberalism as the basis of Aboriginal culture. From FT, an article on Adelaide, Australia’s driest capital. From ABR, a review of books on climate quarrels. From Green Left Weekly, a review of There’s a Riot Going On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars and the Rise and Fall of ‘60s Counter-Culture by Peter Doggett; and a review of How to Make Trouble and Influence People by Iain McIntyre. A review of The Men Who Killed Qantas: Greed, Lies and Crashes and How They Destroyed the Reputation of the World’s Safest Airline by Matthew Benns. From New Matilda, it's often claimed that most journalists are lefties at heart, but opinions from the far left are much less visible than those from the far right; and is 24-hour news good news?


Maria Malatesta (Bologna): The Legal Profession and Social Activism: The Italian "Long 1968". From ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, a special issue on Friedrich Nietzsche and geography. Chet of Arabia: Kayt Sukel writes in defense of exotic travel with young children. A review of Mirrors to One Another: Emotion and Value in Jane Austen and David Hume by E. M. Dadlez. An interview with Daniel Rigney, author of The Matthew Effect: How Advantage Begets Further Advantage. The real cause of the recession? Not enough babies. Philly is now the place to stretch out with a laptop and soak up hours of cafe time — what happened to New York? French President Nicolas Sarkozy declares that capitalism can be made kinder and more humane — good luck with that! Research finds coverage of Islam-related issues on Al Jazeera English (the "Broadcaster of the Year") differs very little from that on other international news channels such as CNN or BBC (and more). An interview with Adam Foulds on books on the Mau Mau Uprising and the fading empire. Is the government in charge, or is it the shadow elite?: A review of Shadow Elite: How the World's New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government and the Free Market by Janine Wedel (and more and more and more and more). Upright Hubris: Ingrid Rowland on a short tale of skyscrapers. Dan Ariely on how bonuses boost activity, not quality. From Miller-McCune, why have women magicians vanished? A review of Disturbances of the Mind by Douwe Draaisma. An interview with Matt Labash, author of Fly Fishing with Darth Vader.


A review of Health, Luck, and Justice by Shlomi Segall. From Rationality, Markets, and Morals, Friedrich Breyer (Konstanz): Health Care Rationing and Distributive Justice; Gundolf Gubernatis (Wilhelmshaven): Rationing in Medicine: A Presupposition for Humanity and Justice; and Eduardo Rivera-Lopez (UTDT): Rationing Health Care and the Role of the Acute Principle. Jeremy D. Graham (UW): Medical Care Prices in the United States: Private Dominion and the Relative-Value Scale. David W. Brady and Daniel P. Kessler (Stanford): Who Supports Health Reform? From NYRB, is there life in health care reform? Christopher Beam on what game theory can teach us about the fate of health care reform. Health reform and moral hazard: Would health reform boost frivolous doctor visits? A look at how individualism shapes the US healthcare debate. Jonathan Chait on the Obama Method and the health care summit. Fairness Doctrine: Yes, let's talk about those Republican ideas for health care. Ezra Klein on the six Republican ideas already in the health-care reform bill. How insurers reject you: A look at BlueCross BlueShield of Texas' blueprint for denying health policies. The evidence that insurance and the access to care it facilitates improves health, particularly for vulnerable populations (due to age or chronic illness, or both) is as close to an incontrovertible truth as one can find in social science (and more and more and more). On health care, who knows "best"? Everyday Miracles: Can we live without the advances of modern medicine? A review of Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds by Sanjay Gupta. More and more on Atul Gawande's The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right.


From NYRB, a review essay on rape and American prisoners. Going back to the future with steampunk: Speculating on the possible futures of bygone ages is both easier than predicting what's coming tomorrow, and more fun. From Fortune, a special report on the top 100 employers to work for. Stanley Crouch on how the real power of looking back at Soul Train is seeing what black culture has lost. Top Down vs. Bottom Up: What do grassroots organizers actually do when they organize? From New Scientist, a look at how our world may be a giant hologram. Fool’s Gold: How the Olympics and other international competitions breed conflict and bring out the worst in human nature. Chris Clarke on how to write an incendiary blog post. Immanuel Wallerstein on chaos as an everyday thing. Here are ten things you need to know to live on the streets: Learn the best bathroom options and soup kitchen schedules, carry a blanket, squat and more. From WSJ, even in a recovery, some jobs won't return. Pac Rat: Clay Risen on the fight to preserve old video games from bit rot, obsolescence, and cultural oblivion. From New Left Project, Horatio Morpurgo on how not to do an MA on George Orwell. Tasmania’s clear skies are made for eavesdropping on the stars; Nicholas Shakespeare went to live there and found some interesting links to the rest of this planet too. In a contemporary political scene characterized by disruptive, shallow, and contempt-laden vitriol, Robert Goldwin’s approach to civilized discourse will be sorely missed.


From THES, a review of The Historical Novel by Jerome de Groot. The Renunciation Artist: William Deresiewicz on The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy. At the dawn of the 1960s, the modest tradition of novels depicting men and women active in Marxist movements morphed abruptly from a comparatively marginal to a mainstream phenomenon. Mark Piggott explores why state-of-the-nation novels are in vogue but rarely win the big prizes. From NYRB, Tim Parks on the dull new global novel. Emily Williams on the translation gap: Why more foreign writers aren’t published in America. A review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life by Gerald Martin. Daniel Balderston (Pittsburgh): Interpellation, Inversion, Identification: The Making of Sexual Diversity in Latin American Literature; and a review of Fictions of Totality: The Mexican Novel, 1968, and the National-Popular State by Ryan Long. From The Believer, a roundtable discussion with Daniel Alarcon, Eduardo Halfon, and Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez, prizewinning Latino novelists living in the US, on the implications of writing in Spanish, English, and elsewhere. A review of Manly Love: Romantic Friendship in American Fiction by Axel Nissen. Winter of his discontent: Before On the Road, Jack Kerouac drank, wrote, loved and lost in Detroit (and David L. Ulin on the fiftieth anniversary of On the Road). Is the Great American Novel destroying novelists? Masters of American literature: With the death of JD Salinger, a remarkable era in US literature came to its end. Does Salinger's Catcher in the Rye resonate with teenagers in the digital age? Coming of Age: An interview with Meg Rosoff on novels for young adults. From Amazon.com's "Omnivoracious", Heidi Broadhead on the YA Decade: No other genre (except maybe graphic novels) has grown and changed as much during the last decade as young adult fiction.

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