From History Now, a special issue on sports, including Mark Naison on why sports history is American history, and essays on Jim Thorpe, Satchel Paige, Muhammad Ali, Title IX, and women's baseball. Football is galvanising action to deliver education for all children, but can football help achieve development goals? When sports help economies score: Sports events like the soccer World Cup stimulate trade around the world and spotlight the host country; hosting the Olympic Games and other mega sporting events is an honor many countries aspire to — but why?; countries that bid for the Olympics are sending a signal that they are ready to open up trade; if life is like cricket, then the luck of a good first job matters a lot in a successful career; and a review of Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski. The black athletes who don't play basketball: The term "the Tiger Woods of [sport]" has become common shorthand for a certain kind of athlete — the kind who is "changing the face of the game". The Michael Jordan of India: Meet Sachin Tendulkar, the best athlete you've never heard of. Can't Canada just leave hockey alone? Hockey is Freudian for Canadians — it puts the id in their collective identity. A review of The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold US Foreign Policy and Promoted the American Way Abroad by Robert Elias. Two books chart the rise and fall of the people of the politicized black athlete. From Taki's Magazine, Steve Sailer on the death of spectator sports. If Darwin were a sports psychologist: Jesse Bering on evolution and athletics. The Unsporting Event: Do the Paralympic Games encourage athletes to win big by aiming low? A review of European Football in Black and White: Tackling Racism in Football by Christos Kassimeris. A review of Football and Philosophy: Going Deep.


From Slate, Christopher Beam on how Andrew Breitbart is messing with you. More and more and more on Derek Bok’s The Politics of Happiness. A review of Imagination in Place by Wendell Berry (and more). An interview with Sheena Iyengar, author of The Art of Choosing (and more). The Pentagon's Stringers: Ex-CNN exec Eason Jordan and author Robert Pelton say their Afghan reporting project was hijacked by a rogue DoD official — but had their unorthodox operation already crossed a line? A review of Paul Gilroy's Darker than Blue: On the Moral Economies of Black Atlantic Culture. Japanamerica: Anime must eventually transcend Japan "national" brand; and is American prudery affecting Japanese law? Aisa Harris on how the only wrong place to wear a political t-shirt is church. Greek Tragedy: Will Europe tank the world economy? How to build a $1000 fusion reactor in your basement: Admittedly, the project is a little dangerous. More on The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham. Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., has set his sights on ending a different inequality: Potty parity. Chris Lehmann on the recession-scarred plastic-surgery industry. The Boogeyman Bomb: How afraid should we be of electromagnetic pulse weapons? (and a response on EMPs) From NYRB, Robert Darton on blogging, now and then. Blog mining: An article on scouring blogs for useful information. Does the popularity of 3D films and the fashion for casting unknown actors spell the end of stardom? Dahlia Lithwick on how John Yoo, the author of the "torture memos", loves a good fight way more than a good debate. Andrew Corsello on William Shatner: The Long. Strange. Never-Boring Journey of a National Treasure. More and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on Reality Hunger: A Manifesto by David Shields.


There persists in the American Jewish imagination an anxiety of inauthenticity — that someone, somewhere, is the real Jew, but I’m not it. From American Thinker, an article on liberal Jews and the legacy of neoconservatism. The Fork in J Street: Will the new Israel lobby disavow its extreme left flank? An interview with Stephen Walt on books on US-Israel relations. Scott McLemee interviews Abraham Socher, editor of the Jewish Review of Books. From JRB, a review of Myths, Illusions and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East by Dennis Ross and David Makovsky; and a review of Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal by Dana Evan Kaplan. Moment profiles Jeremy Ben-Ami, the man behind J Street; and an interview with Howard Zinn. Leon Wieseltier on cruelty and stupidity in Jerusalem. Why ambivalence is good for Israel and American Jews. Gordon Haber attends the Jewlicious Festival, a celebration of Jewish cool. What about the red, white and blue ball on the pool table that keeps cozying the blue and white ball with the Star of David no matter where you push it? A new community of American Judaism is embracing religious traditionalism and social liberalism. David Remnick on how Israel views Obama. Evangelical Christians have emerged as Israel’s staunchest allies — even as some American Jews are made uneasy by the show of support. Shalom on the range: Theodore Ross goes in search of the American Crypto-Jew. Unsettled: Why Israel and liberal American Jews are drifting apart. The high cost of Jewish living: The recession has hastened an affordability crisis and highlighted the refusal of the American Jewish community to look after its own first. Mark LeVine on changing the Jewish state and the state of Jews: J Street and the future of Israel.


A new issue of Five Dials is out, on Roberto Bolano, Jon Savage, Paul Murray and more. From Geez, a special issue on work. An 82-year-old Catholic priest, father Marques Barbosa, became an unwitting porn star when he was shown on Brazilian TV having sex with a 19-year-old altar boy. From Global Politician, Kenneth Houston on the Vatican’s Nietzschean moment. Somewhere over the rainbow: David McNeill on Toyota and the consequences of the drive to be the world’s No.1. Tiger Woods’ true self: The golfer was sincere but not authentic as he staged his confessions for the camera — in a tradition that goes right back to Rousseau’s invention of the confessional mode. Do movie critics matter? Armond White wants to know. From the latest issue of Granta, we are transported back by one generation to visit the life Jeremy Seabrook would have lived, had he been born at a different time — and back into the nineteenth century, and his days as a "ranting cobbler-preacher". From The Awl, choose your own adventure: The Blog Post. Green Berets with a Human Face: Slavoj Zizek on The Hurt Locker. Victor Davis Hanson on Tomorrow’s Wars: Enormous, massively destructive engagements may again be on the horizon. Is Muhammad more deserving of reverential treatment than Jesus? The New York Times seems to think so. From LQ, an atheist meets the masters of the universe: An article on AJ Ayer's near death experience; and the [heart] icon is used all over the world as a pictogram of the human heart, and as shorthand for affection; the story of how the [heart] and love came together is a romantic tale. A study suggests alien abduction experiences not simply products of fantasy-proneness. Where Hannah Arendt went wrong: Shlomo Avineri looks back at The Origins of Totalitarianism.


From The Baltimore Sun, a series on "books as art", including interviews with Jim Rosenau, Carol Owen, Val Lucas, Steven B. Levine, and David Montgomery. The boom in printing on demand: New technology promises to prolong the life of the book. Micah McCracy on the romance and appeal of the used book. The publishing industry's dark secrets are being exposed by a new breed providing welcome intelligence on its inner workings. Anthony Grafton reviews Used Books: Marking Readers in Renaissance England by William H. Sherman. Borders Books: Rodgers Jacobs on corporate media heroin in Las Vegas (and part 2). Jason Epstein on the revolutionary future of publishing. Hooray for the ISBN: The importance and function of the ISBN in the new world of “books”. The joys of bookshop browsing: Searching real shelves is the most satisfying way to find literary treasures. More and more on The Oxford Companion to the Book. Small is beautiful: The lost art of little books. No bad time to be a writer: Traditional publishing may be in crisis, but the internet has given all writers a chance to win both readers and remuneration. A review of Read Me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements by Dwight Garner. Toward a new Alexandria: Imagining the future of libraries. Reimagining Books: Patrick Carman on how to reach young readers. Since they don't do anything useful, a new fashion for going without wrappers is likely to catch on. "Do you really need an editor at a publishing house?" Carole Baron is annoyed. No matter who wins the battle between the Kindle and the iPad, it marks the return of machines as market-makers. A review of The Case for Books by Robert Darnton. Ewwww, E-books! Even my phone does more things than the Kindle, and my phone is a Snoopy desk phone from the ‘70s.


Jacek Wieclawski (LSCL): The Eastern Enlargement of the European Union. From Time, an article on the incredible shrinking Europe. A review of Europe's Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age by Steven Hill (and more). Europe's Parliament takes a stand: Long a backwater, the institution has begun to flex its muscles on issues central to the transatlantic relationship. SWIFT and American Espionage: Europe’s newly empowered Parliament’s first muscle flex involves privacy and tracking terrorist finances. Juggling Europe's stars: Herman Van Rompuy, the new president of the European Council, will be worth watching. From FT, why Europe needs its own IMF: Historical flaws in the continent’s single currency are threats to stability and need to be fixed; the twin imperatives of sound money and European integration are clashing — ironically, Germany must become less German if the eurozone is to become more so; and the euro is the second most important reserve and investment currency, largely because financial markets trust the ECB — to maintain this, the crisis must be surmounted rapidly. Greece limps, Germany simmers: A “United States of Europe” was never going to be easy. Who is a European? The deeper response is still evolving. More on The New Old World by Perry Anderson. A review of Barbarism and Civilization: A History of Europe in Our Time by Bernard Wasserstein. John Lichfield reviews In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century by Geert Mak. A review of Geographies of Empire: European Empires and Colonies c. 1880-1960 by R. A. Butlin. A review of War in European History by Michael Howard. A review of A History of Murder: Personal Violence in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present by Pieter Spierenburg.


Nancy Fraser (New School): Feminism, Capitalism, and the Cunning of History. How your Twitter account could land you in jail: Anything you tweet could be used against you. A review of Rebecca Solnit's A Paradise Built in Hell. Haiti's Excluded: How the earthquake aid regime sidelines those it intends to help. From NDPR, a review of Plasticity at the Dusk of Writing: Dialectic, Destruction, Deconstruction by Catherine Malabou; and a review of Radical Indecision: Barthes, Blanchot, Derrida, and the Future of Criticism by Leslie Hill. From The Root, a list of people black history could do without — which got John McWhorter thinking about who he would include on a top-ten list of that kind. Jeff Jarvis on why our educational system is total bullshit. The Business Roundtable, an organization representing Fortune 500 CEOs, is at the heart of the Economic Elite's power center. From NYRB, Ian Buruma on Himmler’s favorite Jew. Ian Chillag uses all of WGN's newly banned words in one sentence. An article on Alice in Wonderland's secret ingredient: Math. A review of Country Driving: A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Sexporting an image of American women: Did MTV pave the way for Amanda Knox's guilty verdict? Dressed for Success: Business casual and the evolution of the American workplace. The psychology of the taboo trade-off: Surprising insights into sacred values, and what they mean for negotiation. A review of Ill Fares the Land: A Treatise on Our Present Discontents by Tony Judt (and more). From LRB, a review of The Blaze of Obscurity: The TV Years by Clive James. Are gruesome scenes in books for young people OK if they have a mythological pedigree?


A review of Playboy and the Making of the Good Life in Modern America by Elizabeth Fraterrigo (and more). Here's the problem with hipster porn. In a market flooded with man-made porn, Samantha Linton targets the female mindset. The pornographer's manifesto: An interview with Ando Gilardi, Italy’s premier curator of naked people. It would be wonderful if a class-action suit could be brought by wives and children against the pornographers who made their money by addicting their men. A look at how a team of Jewish editors made Playboy one of the liveliest and most progressive reads around. The top reasons porn-for-profit is dying. 18th-century pornography: A stash of obscene etchings is discovered inside the UK Ministry of Justice. A review of Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain by William Struthers (and more). A review of Porn Nation by Michael Leahy. An article on the transgressive, disturbing world of "feeding" porn. Professor surfs for porn: Notes on being and having a bad body. Here are 6 reasons homemade porn is a worse idea than you think. An interview with Sasha Grey on the line between porn and performance art. A review of Art/Porn by Kelly Dennis. Austin Ruse on stopping Big Porno. What sort of woman reads Playboy? By day Peggy Wilkins runs Unix servers; by night she tends her collection of Playboys. Smut Snooki: The inside story of how two rival adult-film parodies are turning Jersey Shore into even more of a situation. Is hardcore porn played out? Beautiful Agony, a site showing real people orgasm, gives a sexy alternative. Not-so-secret fight of porn: This "secret" sin has very public consequences and causes. An article on the eco-friendly, low-tech, community-oriented porn counterculture. A look at the most brilliant porn parodies of all time.


From Smithsonian, Joyce Carol Oates returns to the town of her birth to revisit the places that haunt her memory and her extraordinary fiction (and an interview). Vatican's exorcist unleashed: The Catholic Church responds to sex abuse scandals — by blaming Satan. Fashion Democracy: Alexandra Jacobs on the world of virtual Anna Wintours. An article on keeping math whizzes off the street — off Wall Street, that is. An interview with Jason Bitner, editor of Cassette From My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves. Kenneth M. Pinnow on his book Lost to the Collective: Suicide and the Promise of Soviet Socialism, 1921-1929. The Real Year of Revolution: Despite 2008's seemingly endless celebrations of the events of 1968, it is the legacy of 1979 that lingers on. What kind of parents nurture Leftist America? Beverly K. Eakman investigates. Foodstamps and farmers' markets: Help devise a system for using food stamps to buy better produce. The O in Network: Just when Oprah was ready to give up her talk-show throne, a new opportunity presented itself, the chance to launch her own 24-hour channel — but can one work without the other? From The Root, an interview with Spike Lee (and part 2). Diorama-Rama: Are toy photography "dios" a new art form, a different breed of fan fiction, or nothing loftier than playtime for the stunted? From James Joyce to Jefferson Airplane and, now, Tim Burton, Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland novels have inspired more than a century of literature, fashion, art — even crime! What happens when you discover uranium in your backyard. When the water rises: An article on five architects’ plans for managing a globally warmed future. Let us now trash famous authors: James Agee's Depression classic Let Us Now Praise Famous Men still stings the family of its subjects.


Thomas Spitzley (UDE): Weak-willed Animals? Animal suicide sheds light on human behavior: Suicide is not just a human behavior. A review of The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection Between Humans and Dogs by Jon Franklin. Dolphins as Persons: The bedrock of our assumptions about human preeminence is shifting as scientists explore the social complexity and intelligence of other species. Sophisticated cognition in animals and those that find hard limits to animal intelligence has created a debate over animal “personhood”. For the love of pets: Father John Flynn on the growing trend to humanizing animals (and a response). Is the ability to do calculus morally better than the ability to fly with your wings?: Gary L. Francione on his book Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation. We might, indeed, wonder whether the label “humanist” has always carried a certain amount of hubris, as well as what it would take to become “post-human” — perhaps the liberation of all the apes now held in captivity, not to speak of all the other animals. In Congo's Virunga Hills, gorillas are under siege. A review of The Death of the Animal: A Dialogue by Paola Cavalieri. A review of Why Animal Suffering Matters by Andrew Linzey (and more and more). Jonathan Safran Foer on the truth about factory farming and fish farming. Steven Kellman reviews Eating Animals (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Orca resistance at Sea World: An excerpt from Fear of the Animal Planet: The Hidden History of Animal Resistance by Jason Hribal. Is a killer whale a moral being? A review of The Emotional Lives of Animals by Marc Bekoff (and more). In defense of speciesism: Wesley J. Smith is a speciesist — and he thinks you should be, too.

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