Armando Galarraga and the Perfect Asterisk: Baseball is as much art as science — that’s the real lesson in an egregious and, yes, wonderful botched call at first base (and more and more). A new camera system takes the guesswork out of baseball stats. The latest frontier of statistical research in baseball — and the newest front in the Yankees vs. Red Sox arms race — is defense, and it’s yielding some surprising insights about which players are worth their salaries. A review of After Many a Summer: The Passing of the Giants and Dodgers and a Golden Age in New York Baseball by Robert Murphy. A review of Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball by Bill Madden. A home-run record you don't want: The Phillies' Jamie Moyer is about to pass Robin Roberts in giving up the most long balls. If they build it, you will pay: When the rich owners of baseball clubs want a new stadium, they strong-arm politicians for tax dollars — why aren't taxpayers more outraged? A review of Satch, Dizzy, and Rapid Robert: The Wild Saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson by Timothy M. Gay (and more). Babe Ruth's whores, Pete Rose's pills, and other stuff you never read about your favorite players when you were a kid. An interview with Mark Kurlansky, author of The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris. Can the Blue Jays survive in Toronto? A review of High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time by Tim Wendel (and more). From Forbes, an article on the holy grails of baseball collecting. Jonathan Goldwater on George Will’s Marxist theory of baseball. Game on: Creditors go to bat against the rules of baseball, a hallowed American sport. A review of The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant (and more).


From the Graduate Journal of Social Science, a special issue on translation and the social sciences. Is Afghanistan "medieval"? Afghans shouldn't be insulted when Westerners say the country reminds them of the Middle Ages. An interview with Paul Johnson: "After 70 you begin to mellow". From FT, a look at how gambling moved into the mainstream. An interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali why Christians should try to convert Muslims. Robert Brockway on the U.S. Army’s Weed Weapon: A paranoid but true conspiracy. A mindful beauty: Joel Cohen on what poetry and applied mathematics have in common. Protecting fashion with copyright would only stifle the natural order of copying, remixing and referencing that produces enduring style. Dan Ariely on how to commit the perfect crime. Julian Baggini on how there is no one either good or bad, but circumstances make them so. These books by artists — mostly painters — read like diaries; they reveal the successes and failures, highs and lows, of working in the late 1960s up through the '80s. Cartoonist Scott Adams's personal road to riches: Put your money on the companies that you hate the most. More surprises from this pope: An interview with Ramiro Pellitero, author of The Theme of a Pontificate: The Great "Yes" of God. Dominant theory says that desertification is caused by overgrazing; Operation Hope has upended this idea, restoring degraded African grasslands into lush, green pasture. Government bad, corporations good: Casey Mulligan's “economic” analysis is so perverse it barely passes the snicker test. A review of The Uses of Pessimism and the Danger of False Hope by Roger Scruton (and more). From Dissent, young writers who belong to the next generation to govern America speak about themselves in the first person.


From Reason, an interview with Virginia Postrel on the economics of health care and the intersection of glamour and politics. The Obama Avatar: What do Barack Obama and James Cameron have in common? A review of A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama’s Promise, Wall Street’s Power, and the Struggle to Control Our Economic Future by Robert Kuttner. It’s time for the president to realize he is the one we’ve been waiting for, but it’s not clear he cares all that deeply about leading his party — that’s the real wild card in the midterm elections. Peter Ferrara predicts President Obama will resign in discredited disgrace before the fall of 2012. Obamasfailures.com is a miserable failure. John Sides on explaining the origins of the Tea Party: A rebuttal of Mark Lilla (and more by the New School's JM Bernstein and more at the Mises Institute). Frances Fox Piven on how she ended up in Glenn Beck’s line-of-fire and why it matters. Why conservatives hate you: Our politics relies on creating disgust for opponents. Saint Sarah: To white evangelical women, Sarah Palin is a modern-day prophet, preaching God, flag, and family — while remaking the religious right in her own image. Laissez-Faire meets the oil spill: Sarah Palin is trying to outflank Obama to the left. Suddenly, Republicans want an active federal government. If Americans don’t want the dubious comforts of a full-fledged nanny state, then they can’t come running for comprehensive succor when some milk, or oil, spills. From militias to white supremacists, right-wing groups are using social networking to organize and spread propaganda — should the government do something? A review of Beyond the Echo Chamber: How a Networked Progressive Media Can Reshape American Politics by Jessica Clark and Tracy Van Slyke.


A new issue of Lost is out. e-flux is in search of the postcapitalist self. From Lyceum, Rebecca Carhart (Taylor): Pacifism and Virtue Ethics. From TNR, Michael Walzer on trying political leaders. From The Atlantic Monthly, a special section on the 14 3/4 Biggest Ideas of the Year (and a blog), including Hanna Rosin on the End of Men (and more); Walter Kirn on why boredom is extinct; Michael Kinsley on the power of no; Walter Issacson on how information wants to be paid for; and David Brooks on why teachers are fair game. From Inside Catholic, Deal Hudson on Glee and the search for postmodern innocence. Conversations with literary websites: An interview with Scott Esposito, editor of the Quarterly Conversation. Is Darth Vader mentally ill, or are the crazy ones the French psychiatrists who set out to "psychoanalyze" Anakin Skywalker? An interview with Eric Davidson, author of We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988-2001. Scott Bradfield reviews Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend by Joshua Blu Buhs and Anatomy of a Beast: Obsession and Myth on the Trail of Bigfoot by Michael McLeod. Is there sex in heaven? Peter Kreeft wants to know. Why South Africa cannot fail: There is no reason to think this is a country on the brink of chaos — but when the World Cup is over, the same urgent problems will remain in the world’s most unequal country. Regulators are watching Google over antitrust concerns. Changing the course at Newsweek: It’s easy to throw rocks at an industry dealing with a digital competition and a fractured culture — here are a few (helpful) ideas. The twilight of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is nigh — this is a good thing for heterosexuals. A review of Moral Combat: A History of World War II by Michael Burleigh (and more and more and more and more and more).


From The Journal of Markets & Morality, Guido Hulsmann (Ardens): The Production of Business Ethics. Lidija Polutnik (Babson): The Case for Economic Reasoning in MBA Education Revisited. Managers are made, not born — but can an MBA program teach a person to be a good one? From Business Week, a look at how business schools lost their way; and former active-duty soldiers are learning a lot from B-school — maybe it's time for B-schools to learn a thing or two from the military. A review of Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads. Floated on the ideas market: Julian Baggini meets Melbourne Business School’s philosopher-in-residence, John Armstrong. Changing the world, one MBA at a time: Groups like MBAs Without Borders give B-school graduates experience in the developing world, and just maybe a new career. Courses and curriculums are being revised to avoid building silos in business schools and students’ minds. A review of The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won’t Learn in Business School by Selena Rezvani. Berkeley's is the latest business school to shake up its MBA courses. Here are 10 predictions for the future of B-schools. From Forbes, a look at why more women are heading to business school. Producing the highest-quality MBAs is the unabashed aim of "sausage factory" BPP; Katie Best is proud to see it deliver. How to Build a B-School: Johns Hopkins is creating an MBA program that plays off its strengths. Can an "MBA oath" fix what’s wrong with business? A review of The MBA Oath: Setting a Higher Standard for Business Leaders by Max Anderson and Peter Escher (and more). In India, demand for high-quality business education is outstripping supply; for some North American business schools, India may be the new promised land.


A review of The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine by Simon Price and Peter Thonemann. Lessons from Venus: A review of La Pensee Francaise a l’Epreuve de l’Europe by Justine Lacroix. From H-Net, can anyone understand the EU? It takes a crisis to make a continent: Addressing the Greek crisis has brought the members of the European Union closer together as a political unit. Clive Crook on Europe's missing foundations. Europe's crisis is political: German politics is now the crucible in which the future of the EU will be formed. Etienne Balibar on how Europe is a dead political project — unless the EU can find the capacity to start again on radically new bases. Safe European Currency: With the Eurozone, it's integrate — or bust (and more). From the Centre for European Studies in Romania, a series of articles on European integration. Xenophobia is not contained to Europe's extremist fringes but part of the political mainstream; quick-fix political solutions appealing to a mythical Europe of homogenous communities must be replaced by a politics of hospitality, fairness and solidarity. Western fears about an upsurge of ultra-nationalism in eastern Europe suggests the era of democratic idealism has come to an end. Rise of the Eurocons: Why the continent's conservative moment won't last. Sweden, Germany and other European countries are proof that you can have it all — but only if you have the right institutions. Monkeyshines in Monkey Country: Why Europeans despise American lawyers. Should the US and Europe bring back the visa? Because “visa-free travel” to America no longer exists. A review of The Narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe are Alike by Peter Baldwin.


From Obit, Matt Katz on the death of idle time: Technology fills our hours — reflection be damned! Six giant banks made $51 billion last year, the other 980 lost money: An oligopoly of Goldman, BofA, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Citi and Wells Fargo is flourishing. Here are 6 ridiculous history myths (you probably think are true). Not Dead Yet: P. J. O'Rourke introduces the pre-obituary, a few choice words before you go. A review of books on shopping. Scott Roeder is now serving a life term for murdering abortion doctor George Tiller — but did he really act alone? Plight of the Living Dead: The strange longevity of George A. Romero’s zombies. The writings of debunker of pseudoscience Martin Gardner show us how little has changed in the last 60 years. Obama’s Muslim Strategy 2.0: Creating Islamic networks, incubating ideas, beginning anew (again) — so what’s the problem? Bilge Ebiri reviews The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession by David Grann. A review of The Medieval Prison: A Social History by G. Geltner. From the Englewood Review of Books, a review of books on medieval history. Just how fashionably detached do you need to be? It’s a rule that the more aloof one is toward popular culture, the more noble and/or interesting one’s life pursuits must be. Make them pay: How to calculate what BP owes America. Enough snobbery over his TV career — as Simon Schama's books show, he created the path lesser historians stumblingly follow. WikiLeaks has revealed the secrets of the Pentagon, Scientology, and Sarah Palin and the explosive video of a US attack on civilians and journalists in Iraq — meet the shadowy figure behind the whistleblower site. From NYRB, a review essay on the Bauhaus. Overwhelmed? Welcome the Age of Curation.


From New Geography, an article on the real state of Metropolitan America. Another angle on immigration: Not everyone wants to live in America. Sweet land of conformity: Americans aren’t the rugged individuals we think we are. A review of The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity by Richard Florida (and more). Counting on the census: Will 2010's tally reflect the changing face of America? Gary Alan Fine and Bill Ellis on five potent rumors about illegal immigrants that don't bear close inspection (and more). Citizen Alioune: Stephan Salisbury on how not to deal with Muslims in America. A review of The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez's Farm Worker Movement by Miriam Pawel (and more). How to save Cleveland: Turning around America’s dying cities is difficult, improbable, and necessary. Sally Kohn on why ethnic studies are good for America. Migration patterns underlie a national trend in which the suburbs of major cities are becoming poorer than the cities themselves. A review of Welcome to Utopia: Notes From a Small Town by Karen Valby (and more). The US is groping towards a national ID card system — in doing so it could learn some lessons from Hong Kong. From Too Much, a review of History of the Great American Fortunes by Gustavus Myers; and a look at a historic breakthrough for US billionaires. Richard Florida on the most and least bohemian cities in the US. American Capitalism 6.0: The form of capitalism the U.S. has pursued for three decades has been discredited — what's next? Larry Schweikart on his book Seven Events that Made America America: And Proved That the Founding Fathers Were Right All Along. If Puerto Rico were to become a US state, what would the flag look like?


From Forum for Inter-American Research, Christoph Schaub (Columbia): Beyond the Hood? Detroit Techno, Underground Resistance, and African American Metropolitan Identity Politics; and Martin Luthe (Liebig): "Damn Straight, It’s Called Race!" Rap and the Transcultural Logic of Race. Time for some consistency: If Greece is the new Lehman, the new rules for banks should become the new rules for sovereigns — Alan Beattie offers a four-point plan. Bryan Walsh on the Gulf disaster: Whose asses need kicking? Sizing up the nightlife is a study of status distinction: Lauren Rivera infiltrated the nightclub scene in New York to uncover how doormen make split-second status decisions. The battling Hitchens brothers: Christopher and Peter both have new memoirs — while Peter wrestles with his absent sibling throughout, Christopher essentially ignores his brother. More and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens. This is not Obama’s Katrina; if anything, it’s Bush’s second Katrina — what other ticking time bombs await? From New Scientist, a look at how religion made Jews genetically distinct. Israel without cliches: Tony Judt on six reasons that the Middle East debate is frozen in place. S.O.S.: Israel faces an existential crisis — and Benjamin Netanyahu is making things worse. Jessica Loudis reviews On Rumors by Cass Sunstein. The World Cup is some sort of larger meditation on poverty or east/west relations or diplomacy and/or women’s rights, or maybe it’s just an exotic sport some people play involving the kicking of a ball into a net. A review of The Spears of Twilight: Life and Death in the Amazon Jungle by Philippe Descola. A review of Gadamer and the Legacy of German Idealism by Kristin Gjesdal.


From Daedalus, a special issue on the future of news, including Herbert Gans (Columbia): News and the News Media in the Digital Age: Implications for Democracy; Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Penn): Are There Lessons for the Future of News from the 2008 Presidential Campaign?; Mitchell Stephens (NYU): The Case for Wisdom Journalism — and for Journalists Surrendering the Pursuit of News; and Loren Ghiglione (Northwestern): Does Science Fiction — Yes, Science Fiction — Suggest Futures for News? A review of Newspeak in the 21st Century by David Edwards and David Cromwel. Capital Flight: Watchdog reporting is at an alarming low at many federal agencies and departments whose actions have a huge impact on the lives of American citizens. W. Joseph Campbell on how media-driven myths can take on lives of their own and persist even after being rejected by the people involved. Colleen Cotter, author of News Talk on how to be a language savvy news consumer. From Bookforum, Michael Lind reviews Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power by James McGrath Morris and The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century by Alan Brinkley; and Michael Calderone reviews War at the Wall Street Journal: Inside the Struggle to Control an American Business Empire by Sarah Ellison (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Rupert Murdoch’s conquest of the Wall Street Journal was never in doubt, but it may herald the end of an era in the newspaper business. All the dirt that's fit to print: We're used to National Enquirer stories on "shocking" plastic surgery, but in 2010 the rag almost won a Pulitzer; Alex Pappademas chronicles its evolution from tabloid to breaking-news contender (and more from AJR).

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