A new issue of the Journal of College Student Development is out. From Minding the Campus, Patrick Deneen on why the Great Books aren't the answer (and a response). Modeling college major choices: Students’ forecasts of expected earnings in different majors are often incorrect; 7.5 percent of students would switch majors if they made no such forecast errors. America needs more plumbers than English professors: The idea that every young man or woman needs a college degree to earn a living has become outdated and counter-productive. Does where you go to college really matter? For graduate students in the humanities, it takes, on average, more than nine years to complete a degree; what they may not realize is that they could spend another nine years, or more, looking for a tenure-track teaching job. Bad writing and bad thinking: Most poor scholarly writing is a result of bad habits, of learning tricks of the academic trade as a way to fit in — it's positively Orwellian. Oxford University Press is building selective online bibliographies to point researchers to the "best" sources on various topics; will the project save time or homogenize scholarship? The journal of everything: Michael Wood calls for a global organisation to set up a quality-controlled academic repository for all disciplines. Putting free courseware online was a first step in reimagining education — what now? (and more and more) The virtual university: Why cash-strapped colleges need to stop worrying and learn to love the online classroom. Millions of unemployed Americans need to upgrade their skills, fast; community colleges aren’t up to the task, but with help from Washington, they could be. A review of Reshaping the University: Responsibility, Indigenous Epistemes, and the Logic of the Gift by Rauna Kuokkanen.


From Nthposition, a look at why nonsense sharpens the intellect. The origins of morality do not matter: Mothers will makes sacrifices for their children, whether they believe in God, karma, or a mindless evolutionary process. From Guernica, an interview with Ted Conover, author of The Routes of Man: How Roads Are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today; and an interview with Alice Walker on the similarities between Tibet and Palestine, womanism versus feminism, and Carl Jung. So you want to be a futurist? Better be ready to do a lot of reading. A review of Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State by Gary Wills (and more at Bookforum). From The Curator, an essay on Posthumanism: A Christian Response. Demasculinisation and other side effects: The chemical environment is a vast, unchecked experiment on human health. A review of Music and the Irish Literary Imagination by Harry White. An interview with Harry Kreisler, host of "Conversations with History". An excerpt from A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God by John Piper. These days, it seems, everyone has a habit that he can't control; for millions, this habit is overeating — never have so many human mastodons bestridden the earth as now. An interview with James Purnell on books on power and ideas. A review of Connected: The Amazing Power of Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives by Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler. An interview with Barry Marshall, the doctor who drank infectious broth, gave himself an ulcer, and solved a medical mystery. A review of In the Land of Believers by Gina Welch (and more). The "vicious" new tween obsession: What is the online trash-talk phenomenon, Formspring.me — and why are attention-hungry kids seeking out its anonymous insults?


From The University Bookman, a review of Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right by Paul Gottfried; and a review of Restoring the Meaning of Conservatism: Writings from Modern Age by George Panichas. The introduction to The Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism: A Short History by David Farber. Wisdom from a 14-year-old? A review of Defining Conservatism: The Principles That Will Bring Our Country Back by Jonathan Krohn. Believing “people are rational as consumers and irrational as voters”, many conservatives would favor free markets without democracy. Andrew Klavan on why conservatives should embrace more of our popular culture. From The Washington Monthly, it’s a big-government-dependent tool to fight climate change that was championed by Carter, is now dominated by the French, and has never competed in the marketplace — so why, exactly, do Republicans love nuclear power so much?; there is something exquisite about the moment when a conservative decides he needs more government in his life; and conservatives have discovered the virtues of investigative journalism — but can their reporting survive their politics? Sarah Posner on the Christian Right's new racial playbook. White Tea Party supporters blame black disadvantage on not working hard enough, not the legacy of discrimination (and more). Does the Tea Party represent an early stage in the fulfillment of Sam Francis’s grand political design? The Tea Party Jacobins: A review essay by Mark Lilla on American conservatism. A look at the strange career of Tea Party Populism. Christopher Malone on Tea Party populism and the return of Social Darwinism. Are the tea baggers really wealthy and highly educated? They're more likely to be middle-class. So you wanna join the Tea Party?


From The Intercollegiate Review, a look at the Fifty Best and Fifty Worst Books of the (20th) Century. From Anthropoetics, Kyle Karthauser on Popular Culture after Postmodernism: Family Guy, Borat, The Office, and the Awkwardness of Being Earnest. The Margaret Mead of the North American Weirdo: An article on Christopher Owens and the Children of God. Many of the pavilions at the 2010 Expo in Shanghai are phenomenal, both inside and out; the USA pavilion, however, is neither. The weakest link: Why BP's rivals should be doing much more to stop the Gulf oil spill. News of every oil spill is illustrated with pictures of dead or oily animals; this is good for the animal, but bad for the environment. In the toilet: There are distinct similarities between what comes out on the page and what comes out in the w.c. Martin, Maggie, and Me: An excerpt from Christopher Hitchens' Hitch 22: A Memoir (and more). Carmen Reinhart and Vincent Reinhart on five myths about the European debt crisis. Europe is no model: Jeffrey Bergner on the genius of American politics. Surviving the Age of Humiliation: Public humiliations define our society today — here's how to conduct yourself to avoid being targeted. An interview with Michael Wolff: "Rupert will do anything". Charlotte Higgins on Gordon Brown's Ode to Post Neo-classical Endogenous Growth Theory. Philosophers Football: In a hard-fought game Socrates Wanderers asked questions of Nietzsche Albion, but in the end the German team’s sheer will to power won through. The ten biggest issues Elena Kagan will face. The return to elitism in education: A society's attitudes to innate intelligence are closely correlated with its levels of inequality. Rex Hammock on the benefits of having your disaster snubbed by the national media. Matthew Shaer reviews Risk by Colin Harrison.


Lauren Joseph (Stony Brook): Finding Space Beyond Variables: An Analytical Review of Urban Space and Social Inequalities. Eric Gordon on his book The Urban Spectator: American Concept Cities from Kodak to Google. The first chapter from From the Ground Up: Translating Geography into Community through Neighbor Networks by Rick Grannis. The "Mega-Eights": An excerpt from The Leviathan Returns: The Rise of the Megacity and Its Threat to Global Security by PH Liotta and James Miskel. Introducing the Master Plan: A chronicle of New Urbanism and exurban decay. An interview with Christopher Carrick on regional inequality and life after Richard Florida. A review of American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century by Christine Stansell and Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places by Sharon Zukin (and more). Christian Madera on the future of cities in the Internet era. New library complexes rejuvenate urban centers around the world by including theaters, shops, cafes, offices and even gyms. A review of The Situationists and The City. A review of Planning Twentieth-Century Capital Cities by David LA Gordon. Define a "great" city: H.V. Savitch data-crunches and theorizes about the "greatest" American cities. The Metro Moment: The 21st century calls for overhauling the bloated networks of metropolitan governments; how to restore order to local chaos. A UN report on the world's biggest cities merging into mega-regions finds "endless cities" could significantly affect population and wealth in the next 50 years. An interview with Alex Lehnerer, author of Grand Urban Rules. Preachers of post-industrial revivalism say the future can be bright for dying manufacturing towns — too bad their formula for rebirth doesn’t work.

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