A new issue of Electronic Green Journal is out. A review of Natural Experiments of History, ed. Jared Diamond and James A. Robinson. More on The Environment and World History. A review of James Lovelock: In Search of Gaia by John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin, The Balance of Nature: Ecology’s Enduring Myth by John Kricher, and The Medea Hypothesis: Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive? by Peter Ward. A review of Seasick: Ocean Change and the Extinction of Life on Earth by Alanna Mitchell. Network Theory: Carl Zimmer on a key to unraveling how nature works. In praise of mundane nature: The unsung nature in alleyways and backyards plays an important — and undervalued — role in urban lives. You think fall foliage viewing is just about finding a tree and staring at it? Wrong. In The Life & Love of Trees, vivid photography from around the world coupled with author Lewis Blackwell’s lucid prose explores the virtues of our leafy companions (and a slideshow). The Super Trees: They can grow to be the tallest trees on Earth, they can produce lumber, support jobs, safeguard clear waters, and provide refuge for countless forest species — if we let them. What does it take to save a species? Sometimes, high-voltage power wires. A review of Hope for Animals and their World: How Endangered Species are Being Rescued from the Brink by Jane Goodall (and more). Could re-wilding avert the 6th Great Extinction? A review of Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution by Caroline Fraser (and more). Brian Sholis reviews Paradise Found: Nature in America at the Time of Discovery by Steve Nicholls and A Reenchanted World: The Quest for a New Kinship with Nature by James Willaim Gibson.


From FT, a review of On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears by Stephen T Asma (and more and more), Prehistoric Monsters: The Real and Imagined Creatures of the Past that We Love to Fear by Allen A Debus, and The Natural History of Unicorns by Chris Lavers. An all-Christian prison?: Bill Berkowitz on a proposed prison for Christians in Wakita, Oklahoma. An interview with Amira Bennison on books on science and Islam. From A Contracorriente, Robert McKee Irwin and Monica Szurmuk (UC-Davis): Cultural Studies and the Field of "Spanish" in the US Academy; and Gene H. Bell-Villada (Williams): Vargas Llosa, Von Hayek, Libertarian Dogmas High and Low, and My Prophetic Spoofs Thereof; the Lion King vs. Evo Morales? A review of Circuits of Culture: Media, Politics, and Indigenous Identity in the Andes by Jeff D. Himpele; and a review of The Black Madonna in Latin America  and Europe: Tradition and Transformation by Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba. A map astutely expands the very somatic aspect of healthcare to the "body politic" of the US, presenting an aspect of healthcare reform — the Public Option — as a necessary medicine for the patient — America itself. Margaret Eby on the Cartography of Crime: In a noir novel, the cityscape is as crucial as the crime spree; the following books render their city's cartography through the cadences of detective fiction. Mothers in Combat Boots: Mary Eberstadt on reassessing a military policy. Among the plethora of ethnic insults that traffic in food — Germans as “krauts,” say, or Irish people as “potato eaters” — “pepsi” deserves special mention. Sick of business as usual, Rep. Alan Grayson is trying something new: saying pretty much whatever he feels like. An article on The Berg, the biggest artificial mountain in the world.

Acclaimed authors Mary Gaitskill, Hari Kunzru, and Ed Park appear in a reading presented by Bookforum @ Housing Works' Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012, this Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 7:00 PM.


From The Barnes Review, an alternate view of world history and global end times doctrines from an Indo-Aryan perspective; an excerpt from March of the Titans: A History of the White Race by Arthur Kemp; an essay on Arminius, the Liberator of Europe; and if you are Swiss, you have something to celebrate. From The American Conservative, Peter Hitchens on how the British National Party isn’t conservative, it’s Klan (and more). A look at how Abraham Lincoln destroyed George Washington’s America. Wilson R. Huhn (Akron): Cross Burning as Hate Speech Under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. A look at how Long Beach State professor Kevin MacDonald is helping mainstream a new white supremacist political party. Jared Taylor on the silent catastrophe: The declining quality of the American work force; and on the dangers of diversity: What actually happens when races mix (and part 2 and part 3). Memo from Middle America: From conservative radio shock jock to “Defensor de la Raza”, here's the Ben Seed story. A photo of the righty stuntman James O'Keefe at a white-nationalist confab illustrates a career marked by racial resentment. A look at how white racial resentment drives the Right (and more). Parul Sehgal reviews Searching for Whitopia by Rich Benjamin (and more and more). Now you too can find your Aryan dreamgirl (or boy): April Gaede, the mother of the adorable white pride singing act Prussian Blue, is now launching her very own Aryans-only dating service. "Geek Dad" Jonathan Liu on how to raise racist kids. It Takes a Village to Raise a Racist: Researches have found that kids don't necessarily get their prejudice from their parents — it is the community that fosters tolerance or prejudice.


From The New Yorker, Louis Menand on the crazy world of contemporary psychiatry. Charity Case: Whether they like it or not, China has been very good for Tibetans (and more). Missile Silo Confessions: An article on living on the edge of Armageddon. We're not doing as well as we might like to think: A review of Bad Ideas?: An Arresting History of Our Inventions by Robert Winston. What do gombo, hidden cameras and advertorials have in common? Each is a part of mainstream journalism somewhere in the world. Mind Power: Harvard professor Ellen Langer’s research transformed psychology — now she wants it to transform you. McStrategy: George Friedman built Stratfor, a private, subscription-based CIA — but is his intel any good? What language experts don't care about: The deeper you go, the more you come to understand that language rules — well, they aren’t exactly the rules of physics. Climate change legislation looks dead — can the EPA handle the job? The Pleasure of Flinching: In the viral video realm, amateur Iraq war footage ranks just behind pornography, celebrities’ drunken exploits, and shark attacks. The ultimate hipster irony: The logic of gentrification is almost absurdly self-defeating. From Esquire, a look at why the torture fight keeps going around in circles. A look at research on the science of Hollywood blockbusters. Texas is in the process of declaring itself a judicial ethics-free zone. An interview with Marko Rakar on books on how to win elections. Yo, Ho, Ho, and a Digital Scrum: History shows that intellectual property is more complex than either its creators or copiers care to admit.


Dan Chitoiu (Cuza): The Founding Ideas of the Modern Cultural Horizon and the Meanings of Reason. A review of The Theological Origins of Modernity by Michael Allen Gillespie. Joseph D. Lewandowski (UCM): Enlightenment and Constraints. Amy Crawford on the use of Utopia in the Enlightenment Era. John Gray reviews In Defence of the Enlightenment by Tzvetan Todorov (and more and more and more; and Todorov and AC Grayling discuss the legacy of the great 18th-century republic of letters). The first chapter from A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy by Jonathan Israel. An interview with Stephen Eric Bronner, author of Reclaiming the Enlightenment (and part 2). The Cult of Reason: Fjordman on the dark side of the Enlightenment. A review of The Anti-Enlightenment Tradition by Zeev Sternhell (and more). A review of The Modern Philosophical Revolution: The Luminosity of Existence by David Walsh. A review of Modernism and the Culture of Efficiency: Ideology and Fiction by Evelyn Cobley. A review of Accident Prone: A History of Technology, Psychology, and Misfits of the Machine Age by John Burnham. A review of The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Iain McGilchrist (and more and more and more and more). A review of Rethinking the Western Understanding of the Self by Ulrich Steinvorth. Something fundamental is changing in the hive mind: What goes inside the collective mind of people inside other cultures. Marc Hauser on the possibility of impossible cultures. The big theories underwriting society are crashing all around us. Chris Hedges on the Zero Point of Systemic Collapse: We stand on the cusp of one of humanity’s most dangerous moments.

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