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).