Robert Paul Wolff (UMass): The Future of Socialism. From Mediations, Sarah Brouillette (Carleton): Creative Labor; Mathias Nilges (UIC): Marxism and Form Now; a review of From Marxism to Post Marxism? by Goran Therborn; and a review of Valences of the Dialectic by Fredric Jameson. What is intended here is an attempt to foreground the relationship between loss and revolutionary politics by exploring how loss can be perceived, articulated and (re)defined within the Marxist paradigm. Here are the online lectures that make up David Harvey’s new book, A Companion to Marx’s Capital. From Monthly Review, John Bellamy Foster on Istvan Meszaros, pathfinder of socialism. A review of The New Spirit of Capitalism by Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello. Michael Perelman on his Manufacturing Discontent: The Trap of Individualism in Corporate Society. From the fiftieth anniversary issue of New Left Review, an editorial by Susan Watkins; and founding editor Stuart Hall on the life and times of the first New Left. Stefan Collini on New Left Review at 50: "Can a left intellectual project hope to thrive in the absence of a political movement?" Fifty years after Greensboro, whatever happened to the American Left? For the generation that came of age intellectually in the 1970s and 80s, Staughton Lynd’s Intellectual Origins of American Radicalism (1968) was one of those tattered Vintage paperback (number V-488 to be precise) you came across browsing in used bookstores. An interview with Susan Neiman: “Progressives never know what to do in power”. It's defeatist nonsense to talk of a crisis of leftwing thinking: Progressives have been vindicated — the public are far ahead, and to the left, of government on the reforms we need. Joseph Cassara writes to his incredibly active leftist friend.


It’s not so easy being Han Han, the heartthrob race car driver and pop novelist who just happens to be China’s most widely read blogger. A review of Your Own James: The Montreal Lectures of C.L.R. James by Rico Cleffi. A review of The Allure of Chanel by Paul Morand. Simon Schama on why we like tough guys in politics. A review of books on the history of medicine. The problem with Murdoch's Journal isn't the politics, but his tabloid sensibility. Tal Pinchevsky on the emerging political force that is Snoop Dogg. Robin Hood and the Templars of Doom: John Paul Davis on the forgotten history of England's most famous outlaw. What if our economy was not built on competition? Nobel Prize winner Elinor Ostrom talks about her work on cooperation in economics. A review of Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the World's Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created Her by Robin Gerber (and more). An interview with Harvey Klehr on books on communism in America. Everything is political — and you don't have to be a card-carrying Foucauldian to think so. An article on Hitler as the most versatile word on the Internet. Melissa Milgrom on why the Victorian fascination with stuffing animals has become the hot new thing among hipsters and urbanites. Here is CMO's Guide to the Social Media Landscape. Saints on Percocet: Drug-addicted healers are elevating hospital drama to metaphysical art. A review of Albert Camus: Elements of a Life by Robert Zaretsky (and more on Camus). To understand radical Islam, To Padnos pretended he was a Muslim and settled himself into Yemen’s radical mosque scene; years later, his cover has finally been blown. The Coffee Party held its first meetings in cities around the country — is it really the liberal answer to the Tea Party movement? (and more and more).


Daniel Peter Hourigan (Griffith): Zizek and the Ontological Emergence of Technology. Peter Otto (UCSD): Romanticism, Modernity, and Virtual Reality: An Overview and Reconceptualisation of the Field. From The Economist, a special report on managing information: Information has gone from scarce to superabundant — that brings huge new benefits, but also big headaches. Tim Berners-Lee on the year open data went worldwide. Triple Canopy goes Inside the Mundaneum: Snail-mail Google and a card-catalog Web — a fin-de-siecle Belgian information scientist’s proto-Internet. A review of Simulation and Its Discontents. From Popular Science, what the future of America's infrastructure might look like: 25 new technologies that will transform America's systems. Given what technology can now achieve, the enduring crapness of airplanes must serve some psychological purpose, mustn’t it? Steampunk's turn toward the past is more than merely aesthetic — technology is viewed with a turn-of-the-century sense of wonder that opposes our contemporary tendency to take it for granted. An interview with Tom Chatfield on books on computer games. That whole Internet thing's not going to work out: Farhad Manjoo on how to suss out bad tech predictions. An interview with Aleks Krotoski on books on virtual living. Geert Lovink examines the colonization of real-time; comment culture and the rise of extreme opinions; and the emergence of "national webs". A review of Fun Inc.: Why Games are the 21st Century's Most Serious Business by Tom Chatfield. We now face a new threat to our control over our computing: Software as a service — for our freedom’s sake, we have to reject that. Jane McGonigal on how gaming can make a better world. A look at how the Internet will change the world — even more.


From GQ, Manny Pacquiao is the Biggest Little Man in the World: What do you get when you cross Muhammad Ali, Sly Stallone, Vaclav Havel, Michael Vick, Che Guevara, & Clay Aiken? From The Awl, Christopher Conklin on the Henry Blodget/Felix Salmon Twitt-spat and how Web writers get held responsible for the lawyers, the sales guys and even the coffeemaker (and more at FishbowlNY). Are the new diminished payouts causing more Wall Street players to keep their big swinging dicks zipped, and endure the quiet desperation of keeping up their loveless marriage franchises? The Siege of Rome: With stories spreading about the abuse by priests, without effective Vatican intervention, of 200 deaf boys in Wisconsin and of choir boys in Germany, shrubbery may not be enough. A review of The Social and Political Thought of Benedict XVI by Thomas R. Rourke. On “krabattophily”: What is the appeal of a flat cuboidal amalgam of springs and stuffing that someone else has deemed worthless enough to discard? The trials and tribulations of the "perfect mother": The controversial French philosopher Elisabeth Badinter has stirred up a storm with her critique of the Anglo-American eco-mums whose values are now invading France (and more). American Jeremiad, a Manifesto: Is it possible that some of our current manifestos are really jeremiads, trapped in the wrong packaging? The Huffington Post features the most surprising college drop-outs, celebs who are currently getting their degrees, the craziest celeb-written theses, and the clebs who teach. Government 'a counting: Does the U.S. Census need a 21st-century makeover? From Time, a look at 10 tech trends for 2010 as seen at SXSW. Do you have an Internet connection, some free time and a penchant for staring off into space? Then Galaxy Zoo needs you.


Common Calamities: What can literature tell us about the tragedies in Haiti and Chile? Work has become central to most people’s self-conception — why does fiction have so little to say about it? A look at why some memoirs are better as fiction. What does the popularity of memoirs tell us about ourselves? (and more and more on Ben Yagoda's Memoir: A History). By marrying the intimacy of autobiography with the aesthetic eclecticism of the graphic novel, graphic memoirs occupy the fertile realm between fiction and nonfiction, as well as between literature and art. At a time when comic book culture has never been more mainstream, where’s the line between wannabe and true believer? An interview with Tom Gauld on picture books for adults. Authors may gear their novels toward the junior and senior high crowd, but adults are snapping up the books, often about misfit teens or fantasy worlds. Do the edgy offerings for today’s young adults go too far over the edge? You must be having a laugh: Comic literature rarely wins prizes but the best examples are still a serious joy to read. A contemporary spin on age-old myths: Sam Munson on why we can’t help reinventing classics like the Odyssey. Something weird this way comes: Meet the 21st century's new literary movement. Critics like to denigrate horror by pointing out that unlike mystery, western or romance, horror specifies no content beyond the emotion it is intended to arouse — but this absence of specificity is not at all a limitation. From Hipster Book Club, Kyle Olson on the dearth of good horror and the downside of hot vampire sex; and an interview with Seth Grahame-Smith on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Is monster lit worth unearthing? Here are a few examples of artificially engineered genres to get you brainstorming.

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