A review of Shaping America: The Supreme Court and American Society by Edward F. Mannino. A review of Louis D. Brandeis: A Life by Melvin I. Urofsky. Richard Posner reviews Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court by Jeff Shesol (and more and more and more). A review of The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution by Barry Friedman. Justice Obama: Should the president's next Supreme Court pick be himself? (and more) POTUS v. SCOTUS: In John Roberts, Obama finds the perfect enemy. Judicial sensibilities: When the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and the president get into a tiff, could the nation’s highest court fall to pieces? Promises, promises, promises: Stern words for John Roberts’s Supreme Court. Roberts versus Roberts: Just how radical is the chief justice? Jeffrey Rosen investigates. Impeach John Roberts: The Chief Justice lied (and more). From Writ, Michael Dorf on Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, and the Noble Lie; and Justice Scalia suggests that the legal academy is out of touch — is he right? Here's a humanist view of Justice Scalia. From The New Yorker, what will the Supreme Court be like without liberal leader John Paul Stevens? (and more) The unfathomable Supreme Court penchant for talking politics. SCOTUS has freed companies to spend aggressively on election ads, but the public won't know where the money's going. Why the Citizens United v. FEC ruling is bad for politics and the market (and more). An article on Citizens United and the battle for free speech in America. Lawrence Lessig on the new constitutional amendment America needs. The recent ruling left some observers to cry the sky is falling — a look at some past decisions that really did merit Chicken Little’s exclamation.


From Skeptic, Deepak Chopra and Michael Shermer debate the Great Afterlife; David Naiditch looks at why Alaska’s High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is such an attractive target for conspiracy theorists; you can learn to be a psychic in 10 easy lessons; a review of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, and Barry L. Beyerstein; and tap that unused 90%!: Anatomy of an education myth. Why global capitalism is tipping towards collapse, and how we can act for a decent future. A review of New Capitalism? The Transformation of Work by Kevin Doogan. From New Geography, a look at why there is no "free market" housing solution. After teaching at Brown for forty years, Abbott Gleason was diagnosed with Parkinson’s; with his energy failing and his muscles shrinking, he finds himself re-examining some cherished beliefs and discovering joy in what he’d once dismissed. A review of Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change by Adam Kahane. The truth shall set us free: Shakhawat Hossain investigates whether media can be both free and fair. The last of the bohemians: Tom McDonough celebrates the subversive poetic vision of the Situationists. Finding the belongers: Colette S. Coleman on life in Tortola. Do be so sentimental: Studies show that nostalgia has powerful evolutionary functions. Tax forms, credit agreements, healthcare legislation: They're crammed with gobbledygook, says Alan Siegel, and incomprehensibly long; he calls for a simple, sensible redesign — and plain English — to make legal paperwork intelligible to the rest of us. A review of Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto. More on Atul Gawande's The Checklist Manifesto.


From Intelligence Report, a cover story on Rage on the Right. The ACORN conspiracy, continued: Right-wingers remain convinced that ACORN is part of a nefarious plot to destroy America, and they'll use any means they can to prove it. The Mad Tea Party: How Glenn Beck & Co. trumped up a vast left-wing conspiracy: the "Cloward-Piven strategy" (and more). Welcome to Glennbeckistan: Where the Tea Party rules and Tea-hadis roam. Of Tea-Parties and Patriots: Liberty for who? Signs seen primarily at Tea Party Protests, featuring "creative" spelling or grammar: This new dialect shall be known as "Teabonics". Tea Bag Force! Here are limited-edition action figures; collect 'em all — unless you hate America! For all the fountains of vitriol and frantic media coverage aimed at the Tea Partiers, the movement doesn’t have the money or sophistication to win anything. The fact that many Tea Party supporters joined after losing their jobs raises questions of whether the movement can survive an improvement in the economy. Sarah Palin should drop everything else and lead the Tea Party. From The Awl, Maud Newton on Sarah Palin's "Planet Earth" and the End Times. Norman Podhoretz writes in defense of Palin: She understands that the US has been a force for good in the world (and two responses). It's a trap & Communism: A look at the evolution of Palin’s Twitter. David Carr on how Palin became a brand. Tunku Varadarajan on why Palin drives us all mad. From The Daily Beast, Reihan Salam on the Republican Frat-Boy Culture; and blow up the GOP: Is it time to get rid of the party of the insulting PowerPoint, the bondage club visits, and the sex hotline? When was the last time you heard a Republican refer to the Party of Lincoln? There is a good reason why they have abandoned the phrase.


From Human Affairs, Gabriel Bianchi (SAS): Intimacy: From Transformation to Transmutation. The Flat Earth Society has become a byword for sticking your head in the sand, whatever the scientific facts — David Adam tries to make sense of its new president, Daniel Shenton. No one likes to pay taxes, but as we get ready to stand in line at the post office on the 15th, it might be useful to dispel some of the most common myths about this springtime ritual. A review of Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). A Closer Reading of Roman Vishniac: He was the foremost photographer of prewar Eastern European Jewish life — but how real was the image he created? Lessons from the Health-Care Wars: Activism on the ground creates pressure for bolder reform and gives liberal elected officials more room to maneuver. Why do we love it when celebrities try for second acts? Because we play a leading role. Through a controversial practice called vision therapy, some optometrists say they can treat learning disabilities. Multiculturalism undermines diversity: As a political policy, multiculturalism's desire to put people in boxes has left many minorities feeling misrepresented. A review of The Complete Milt Gross: Comic Books and Life Story. The Counter-Plagiarism Handbook: Tips for writers and editors on how to avoid or detect journalistic plagiarism. Annie Leonard's Story of Stuff has made her a target of conservatives. Robert and Ellen Kaplan, authors of The Art of the Infinite: The Pleasures of Mathematics, on why the search for infinity is so essential. Could graffiti left by the Knights Templar in southwestern France be the missing link between the order and the Holy Grail? A review of Addiction: A Disorder of Choice by Gene Heyman.


From Genders, Suzanne Leonard (Simmons): "I Really Must Be an Emma Bovary": Female Literacy and Adultery in Feminist Fiction; and Jade McKay and Elizabeth Parsons (Deakin): Out of Wedlock: The Consummation and Consumption of Marriage in Contemporary Romance Fiction. From The Atlantic Monthly, Evan Connell's Mrs. Bridge is an American masterpiece of prewar repression and postwar realism; and Christopher Hitchens reviews The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard. An interview with S.J. Chambers on the current spate of monster mashup novels. A review of The Quest for Epic in Contemporary American Fiction: John Updike, Philip Roth and Don DeLillo by Catherine Morley. Some scholars are turning to M.R.I.’s and evolutionary theory to explore how and why people read fiction. The Golden Girl Image: Robin Black says making older women complicated heroines in fiction is a political act that can help bring about social change. Ben Jeffery on the novels of Michel Houellebecq. James Wolcott on how Donald Barthelme's antic fiction influenced a generation of post-postmodernists. Anis Shivani announces the death of the post-9/11 novel. When we think of the libertarian tradition, we tend naturally to think of political philosophers and economists of the past, but surely one part of the libertarian tradition belongs to novelists and other fiction writers, like Yevgeny Zamyatin. Linda Grant chooses the best-dressed women in fiction, those "whose clothes say as much about the wearer as their narrative fate". Berkeley boho Philip K. Dick spent his final years in Orange County, which suited him fine, his daughter says. Houston native Donald Barthelme never wrote about the breeze over Buffalo Bayou or the rise and fall of Texas oil fortunes — does Texas have the right to claim him?

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