From Foreign Affairs, a review of books about power and US foreign policy. A review of Five Roads to the Future: Power in the Next Global Age by Paul Starobin. A panel on The Betrayal of American Prosperity: Free Market Delusions, America's Decline, and How We Must Compete in the Post-Dollar Era by Clyde Prestowitz. Behind the Pentagon’s facade of honourable motives for invading other countries lies a history of promoting violence and covering up atrocities with wars of misinformation. Eric Reeves on Sudan's next war and the failure of US leadership. “We’re No. 1 and have to keep deserving it” has been both an attractive and a useful attitude for America; the current rise of “We’re No. 2” thinking threatens to be the reverse. More and more and more and more and more and more and more on The Icarus Syndrome by Peter Beinart. Think Again: Ronald Reagan wasn't the warhound his conservative followers would have you think. How the US got Lebanon's leading Shiite cleric dead wrong — and missed a chance to change the Middle East forever. Robert Kagan on Obama's 5 foreign-policy victories. From Democracy, a roundtable on America 2021: The Military and the World. A review of Reset: Iran, Turkey and America’s Future by Stephen Kinzer (and more). Geoffrey Wheatcroft on the rise of American Anglophobia. Two young State Department officials are hoping to nudge diplomacy into the 21st century one Twitter post at a time.


A new issue of Metropolis is out. Alan K. Goodboy (Bloomsburg) and Maria Brann (WVU): Flirtation Rejection Strategies: Toward an Understanding of Communicative Disinterest in Flirting. From Platform, Panayiota Tsatsou (LSE): Reconceptualising "Time" and "Space" in the Era of Electronic Media and Communications; Aleksandra Bida (Ryerson): Cultural Deterritorialisation: Communications Technology, Provenance and Place; and Lauren Movius (USC): Cultural Globalisation and Challenges to Traditional Communication Theories. The Fatwa: Kenan Malik on Ayatollah Khomeini and the legacy of the Salman Rushdie affair. Corporations aren’t persons: We need to amend the Constitution to strike down the Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance. From Newsweek, a special report on The Beauty Advantage: The quest to look good isn't just a vain pursuit. From the Jewish Review of Books, a review of God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark and The Crusades, Christianity and Islam by Jonathan Riley-Smith. Islam’s political problem: A review of The Flights of the Intellectuals by Paul Berman and The Other Muslims: Moderate and Secular. Keith J. Bybee on his book All Judges Are Political — Except When They Are Not: Acceptable Hypocrisies and the Rule of Law. From Radical Philosophy, Claudia Aradau on the myth of preparedness. Short-Sighted: Why do some liberals refuse to admit Obama is a change agent?


From the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, a special issue on modernist poet Hilda Doolittle. Omniscience is something that the novel always aspires for but never quite achieves. From NYRB, a review of Best European Fiction 2010, Why Translation Matters by Edith Grossman, The Novel: An Alternative History, Beginnings to 1600 by Steven Moore, and Reality Hunger: A Manifesto by David Shields. Jessica Loudis reviews Byron in Love: A Short Daring Life by Edna O’Brien. From the forthcoming The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, Benjamin Kunkel says goodbye to the graphosphere; and Marco Roth on the outskirts of progress. Two Canadian enthusiasts are launching an inventive mash-up of the Bard’s greatest hits. When literary trends survive: 5 trends that have made the leap to subgenre status. Are you there, God? How Christian YA novels are offering a surprisingly empowering guide to adolescence. More on Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature by Emma Donoghue. A review of The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief by James Wood. From LRB, a review of books on Leo Tolstoy. Yehuda Halevi is one of the great poets of the Western tradition, but it is difficult to convey his life and achievement to an English-reading audience. From the Spanish civil war onwards, writers were forced to negotiate a perilous intellectual divide — the result was the greatest era of political fiction we have known.


From Slate, poor little CEOs: The government's giving them everything they want, yet still they whine; and too big to fail, the 1912 version: How Wilson and Roosevelt tried to roll back the power of corporations. The shame of right-wing "journalism": Andrew Breitbart and Tucker Carlson distort facts to smear liberals, and it works — what liberals should learn. From Vice, an interview with Justine Kurland, known for her idyllic portraits of girl runaways, commune hippies, and mothers with their children. Lifestyles of Mad Men: An acclaimed dramatic series about the world of advertising returns to TV; Scott McLemee glances at the historical context. A real Mad Man: An interview with Jerry Della Femina on his career, casual sexism and how advertising has changed. From TED, Julian Assange on why the world needs WikiLeaks. An interview with Serene Jones on Glenn Beck's attack on Black Theology and Black Power by James Cone (and more on Beck's "social justice" heresies). Captive minds, then and now: Tony Judt on Czeslaw Milosz. From New York, Emily Nussbaum on the strange gender-humor divide in fake-real news; and what would a maverick do? Joe Hagan on John McCain, still at war. From NYRB, Jeff Madrick on Obama’s risky business: The unavoidable fact of the matter is that the effectiveness of regulation will depend entirely on how regulators attend to their duties in the future.


From FDL, a book salon on Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It by Richard D. Wolff. Surveying the wreckage: What can we learn from the top books on the financial crisis? When markets crash for no apparent reason: Why did the world economy plunge into the worst recession since the Great Depression? Economic fundamentals do not explain the global crisis, but they did play a role. A review of Capitalism 4.0: The Birth of a New Economy in the Aftermath of Crisis by Anatole Kaletsky. More and more and more on More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of the New Elite by Sebastian Mallaby. Adair Turner on the uses and abuses of economic ideology. From Policy, a review of Capitalism, Institutions and Economic Development by Michael G. Heller; a review of In Defense of Monopoly: How Market Power Fosters Creative Production by Richard B McKenzie and Dwight R Lee; a review of Filthy Lucre: Economics for Those Who Hate Capitalism by Joseph Heath; a review of Christian Theology and Market Economics by Ian Harper and Saumel Gregg; and a review of "Are Economics Basically Immoral?" and other Essays on Economics, Ethics and Religion by Paul Heyne. A review of Crack Capitalism by John Holloway. A review of Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction by Barry C. Lynn and Rebound: Why America Will Emerge Stronger from the Financial Crisis by Stephen J. Rose.


The inaugural issue of Eastern Journal of European Studies is out. Scott Nicholas Romaniuk (Carleton): Europe’s "Dual" Challenge: The Shifting Frontiers of NATO and the EU. Eric Engle (Harvard): A Viking We Will Go! Neo-Corporatism and Social Europe. Sanja Ivic (Belgrade): Rethinking EU Citizenship: Towards the Postmodern Ethics of Citizenship. George Soros on the crisis and the euro. Crisis in the EU: There are very real problems with the European project, but the eurozone isn’t going anywhere. Calling time on progress: Europeans thought they were progressing towards an ideal civilisation, but now time is up, and it hurts — can anything perk up Europe? Paul Blokker on confrontations with modernity: Openness and closure in the other Europe. More on Perry Anderson's The New Old World. A review of Moving People, Moving Images: Cinema and Trafficking in the New Europe by William Brown, Dina Iordanova and Leshu Torchin. Dimiter Kenarov on traveling along the Danube into the heart of the new Europe. From Reartikulacija, Stas Kleindienst on European conscience and totalitarianism. Philip Nord on how European socialism isn't as socialist as you might think. The EU is more divided, diverse and polarised than the USA — but in the EU, the lines of tension are forming worryingly close to the political centre. It is a truth universally acknowledged that the US and Europe are radically different, but the facts show that the contrast between the two continents is not particularly dramatic. America's ignorant, narcissistic anti-Europeanism is an embarrassment.


From the inaugural issue on Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies, an introduction, Karmen MacKendrick (Le Moyne): The Multipliable Body; and Julian Yates (Delaware): It's (for) You; or, The Tele-t/r/opical Post-human. Online book reviews are plentiful and expanding; it is still under debate, however, whether these online reviews meet the standard of quality of their ink-and-paper ancestors. From The Economist, a special report on gambling. Events such as the World Cup and the Olympics are not the economic juggernauts that their promoters claim they are — how do host nations benefit from them? Goldman Sachs, the world’s pre-eminent investment bank, has more than just image problems to worry about. Going off the grid: A review essay on moving away from the city and living without power, running water, cars and in some cases, companionship. The origins of literacy: Reading may involve unlearning an older skill. The rights of the future?: The present generation cannot easily speak for people yet to be born whose circumstances we cannot know. Oil spills, poverty, corruption: Why Louisiana is America's petro-state. Every oil spill is different, but the thread that unites some major ones is a growing scientific awareness of the persistent damage that spills can do. From TEDGlobal 2010, Laurie Santos on the evolutionary origins of irrationality; and Sebastian Seung on the connectome: Do neural maps define our identity?


From the Journal of Libertarian Studies, Walter E. Block (Loyola): Libertarianism is Unique and Belongs Neither to the Right nor the Left: A Critique of the Views of Long, Holcombe, and Baden on the Left, Hoppe, Feser, and Paul of the Right; Jan Krepelka (Rebecque): A Pure Libertarian Theory of Immigration; Alfred G. Cuzan (UWF): Revisiting "Do We Every Really Get Out of Anarchy?"; and Gene Callahan (SUNY-Purchase): Is There a Distinct and Valid Libertarian Form of Historical Understanding? From The Independent Review, Loren E. Lomasky (Virginia) and Kyle Swan (NUS): Wealth and Poverty in the Liberal Tradition; a review of Prohibitions by John Meadowcroft; a review of You and the State: A Fairly Brief Introduction to Political Philosophy by Jan Narveson; a review of Deleting the State: An Argument about Government by Aeon J. Skoble; and Scott Boykin on Hayek on spontaneous order and constitutional design. Justice and markets: Hayek rejected justice arguments for and against the market, but his reasons do not logically rule out moderating market outcomes. A review of The Myth of Natural Rights and Other Essays by L.A. Rollins. David Gordon reviews Morality, Political Economy, and American Constitutionalism by Timothy P. Roth. From Reason, where do libertarians belong? Brink Lindsey, Jonah Goldberg and Matt Kibbe debate. From Cato Unbound, David Bernstein on a better libertarian approach to antidiscrimination law.


From Butterflies and Wheels, Paula Cerni on the secret of New Age thinking: To judge by the stream of popular texts and movements that mix together self-help and spirituality, we are still living in a New Age; and with what authority does a public philosopher speak? Andrew Taggart on philosophy in the popular imagination: To do philosophy in the public sphere today is to be immediately put on the defensive. Bill Clinton and the Country That Never Was: While most of the world has stopped paying attention to Haiti, he has become the de facto leader of the effort to rebuild the country after the historic earthquake — the problem is, there wasn't much there to begin with. The War Nerd Returns: Be famous or be shot tryin’. In the long term, the Tea Party movement destroys the Republican brand — you can't be a conservative revolutionary. Helpful Explanations: Ryan Broderick on understanding the Gawker v. 4chan thing. Mel Gibson isn't just an angry narcissist: His tirades are the distilled violence, cruelty, and bigotry of right-wing Catholic ideology. From Slate, Jeremy Singer-Vine on what Politico deletes from its articles without telling anyone; and help Jack Shafer find a long-form story to report. From The Nation, a look at the case for Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (and more and more). An interview with Keith Gessen, author of Diary of a Very Bad Year: Confessions of an Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager.


Luciana C. Silva and David W. Wright (Georgia): Safety Rituals: How Women Cope with the Fear of Sexual Violence. From International Socialist Review, Dave Zirin on women, gender, and sports; and are men really better athletes? A review of Playing With the Boys: Why Separate is Not Equal by Eileen McDonagh and Laura Pappano. From the Journal of Religion and Society, a special section on women, gender, and religion. Sexual violence is not cultural: Rape is so common in Congo wars that some dismiss it as "cultural" — that is wrong and dangerous. From Radical Philosophy, Lynne Segal on how feminism did not fail. Our houses, our selves: A new crop of books suggests that for women, obsession with real estate is replacing obsession with love and marriage. Sara Libby on the media’s ongoing war on single black women. How does it feel to be a black, female, single problem? Lately, some high-profile women are acting like mean girls — is the fault theirs or ours? A review of Reclaiming the F Word: The New Feminist Movement by Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune. An excerpt from Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists by Jennifer Baumgardner. The TED conference creates a new venue for the ladies — why not just add more to the main event? A review of Living Dolls: the Return of Sexism by Natasha Walter. Amazon woman or life! Marta Popivoda on a forced decision/discussion of gender "artivist" tactics. 

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