From the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Michelangelo Paganopoulos (London): Jesus Christ and Billy the Kid as Archetypes of the Self in American Cinema; Victoria Meng (ASU): Everyday a Miracle: History According to Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN); Emily Clark (FSU): Of Catholics, Commies, and the Anti-Christ: Mapping American Social Borders Through Cold War Comic Books; and Jennie Chapman (Manchester): Tender Warriors: Muscular Christians, Promise Keepers, and the Crisis of Masculinity in Left Behind. Robert Pippin on his book Hollywood Westerns and American Myth: The Importance of Howard Hawks and John Ford for Political Philosophy. A small town in 1920: A hundred years ago, freedom — and society — looked quite different. A Promising Land: Small towns in the South are looking for a few good Jewish families. Networking the neighborhood: A Vermont town reinvents the Net. A review of The Last Empty Places: A Past and Present Journey Through the Blank Spots on the American Map by Peter Stark. Dare to be finished: The Dictionary of American Regional English gets ready to close the book on its already 45-year-old project. More on Greil Marcus’s New Literary History of America. Redemption Song: Why music is the one giant thing America has done right. More and more and more and more and more on Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. — How the Working Poor Became Big Business by Gary Rivlin. From Adbusters, Chris Hedges on American Psychosis: What happens to a society that cannot distinguish between reality and illusion?; and an article on America's identity crisis: Coming to terms with imperial decline. Call the Politburo, we’re in trouble: Tom Engelhardt on entering the Soviet Era in America.


A new issue of the Journal of Historical Biography is out. From Interpersona, Dan Rempala (Hawaii): Seizing, Freezing, and Suffering? Looking at Need for Closure in Romantic Relationships; and Hafez Bajoghli (TUMS) and Edith Holsboer-Trachsler and Serge Brand (Basel): Cultural and Gender-related Differences of Concepts of Love between Iranian and Swiss Adults Based on Hafez’ Poetry of Love. Revenge of the ’80s: Mclean's meets the heroes of Splash, Footloose, and E.T., and find they’ve changed. From Mechanical Engineering magazine, an essay on engineers as visionaries. From obesity to chronique fatigue syndrome, jihadism to urban ennui, the costs of civilization are becoming ever more apparent. More and more and more on Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization by Spencer Wells. Conan Doyle and the creeping man: What was the mysterious force that haunted the creator of Sherlock Holmes? A review of Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved by Frans de Waal. David Rieff reviews Paul Berman's The Flight of the Intellectuals (and more by Marc Lynch). A few years ago, Akaya Windwood made a decision not to worry, ever — so how’s that working out for her? Robert Frank on Kahneman and Tversky and the impact of the irrelevant on decision making. Location, Location, Location: Tony Perrottet on a user's guide to the property markets of history. The Fear Factor: What happens to democracy when everyone's too scared to show up? Tony Judt on the disintegration of the public sector. Although queues can be annoying, they are also a leveling and unifying experience, the glue of civilization; indeed, a metaphor for life. A look at the best and worst book publishing websites. Frankie Thomas on the lure of the drama orgy: or, are you a Pauline?


From the JCMC, Heidi Campbell (Texas A&M): Religious Authority and the Blogosphere; and Sonja Utz (VU): Show Me Your Friends and I Will Tell You What Type of Person You Are: How one's profile, number of friends, and type of friends influence impression formation on social network sites. Anonymous online poster comment on everything from today’s news to hotel rooms; many are harmless, but some are ruthless — who are they exactly, and why do they do what they do? The philosophy (and business) of memes: Tracking and spreading viral and wacky Internet content is both a business and an art. The Internet offers an endless supply of medical information, some of it reliable, some of it not; faced with a supremely sensitive health-care decision, Matt Kapp turned to the Web. (Caution: Male-reader discretion advised.) Alissa Quart on the trouble with experts: The Web allows us to question authority in new ways. A review of Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky (and more and more and more and more and more and more) and The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brain by Nicholas Carr (and more and more and more and more and more and more). Googlethink: Nicholas Carr on the giant’s creepy efforts to read his mind (and more). YouTube is Google's greatest untapped weapon — and it'll stay that way. A review of The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company that is Connecting the World by David Kirkpatrick (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). R.I.P. Chatroulette, 2009-2010: A few months ago, it was the web's hottest trend — then users took their self-exposure way too far. Closing the digital frontier: How media companies are taming the Internet’s chaos. A look at how the most exciting part of web isn’t "world wide".


From the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, Johannes Voelz (Frankfurt): A Matter of Style — Charlie Parker and Jack Kerouac: Between Coolness and Ecstasy; Klaus Neumann-Braun (Basel): Retro Meets Rat, or the Vespa Legacy in the Hands of Young People; Leerom Medovoi (PSU): Marx and McQueen: Racing against Communism in Fordist America; Gary L. Kieffner (UTEP): Police and Harley Riders: Discrimination and Empowerment; M. Shelly Conner (UIC): First-Wave Feminist Struggles in Black Motorcycle Clubs; history changes you: Darilynn (Dee) McClure on the Motorcycle Rights movement; a roundtable on Marlon Brando's The Wild One; a review of Bodies in Motion: Evolution and Experience in Motorcycling by Steven Thompson; a review of Riding on the Edge: A Motorcycle Outlaw’s Tale by John Hall; and a review of Harley-Davidson and Philosophy: Full-Throttle Aristotle. Hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself, the world’s rich countries are cutting spending and betting that the private sector can make up for withdrawn stimulus spending. From International Socialism, a review of Karl Marx, Anthropologist by Thomas Patterson; a review of Gramsci, Culture, and Anthropology by Kate Crehan; a review of The Gramscian Moment: Philosophy, Hegemony and Marxism by Peter Thomas; and Terry Eagleton on culture and socialism. Jon Stewart on how "Fox & Friends" deems it inappropriate for the Obama administration to mention Bush when talking about the wars, economy or oil spill. From The Village Voice, Kevin Baker on Coney Island's grand past and grim future: Requiem for a dreamland. The bitter war between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh has been on hold for 16 year, but that doesn't mean it's over.


From the Journal of Pan African Studies, a special issue on Black Studies. From Law and Contemporary Problems, a special issue on race and socioeconomic class. From The Nation, a review of The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations by Ira Berlin and The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom by Steven Hahn. A review of Parallel Worlds: The Remarkable Gibbs-Hunt and the Enduring (In)significance of Melanin by Adele Logan Alexander. I feel your pain, unless you're from a different race. Race in America, race in music: Different trains, same two tracks. From The Chronicle, Imani Perry on the new black public intellectuals: Working to better one's community is as important as prestige and visibility. A review of Black Maverick: T.R.M. Howard’s Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power by David Beito and Linda Royster Beito. A review of “Baad Bitches” and Sassy Supermamas: Black Power Action Films by Stephane Dunn. A review of White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race by George Yancy. The myth of black-on-black violence: As we head into another long, hot summer, the media — and black folks — need to retire this loaded term. Why aren't more blacks in the audience at Broadway plays? An interview with Lane Demas, author of Integrating the Gridiron: Black Civil Rights and American College Football. Racial supremacy still sounds foolish (you can't cure white racism by turning it upside down), but the notion that human populations harbor significant differences? Take a moment to think about it — the black male body, that is. Pascal Robert asks, what happened to the black literary canon? A review of Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation by Stuart Buck. Are that many black folks really on Twitter?

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