The inaugural issue of African Nebula is out. From Africa Spectrum, Leo J. de Haan (ISS): Perspectives on African Studies and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa; and Francis B. Nyamnjoh (Capetown): Racism, Ethnicity and the Media in Africa: Reflections Inspired by Studies of Xenophobia in Cameroon and South Africa. Families flee homes in face of xenophobic violence in South Africa. Living in District 9: James McEnteer on the bad old (and new) days in South Africa. A review of books on Nelson Mandela. President Jacob Zuma announces that South Africa would stop recognising half the nation's traditional kings and queens, dismissing them as artificial creations of the apartheid regime. A review of books on the Cold War in Southern Africa. In central Africa, where on-air demagogues caused chaos in the 1990s, a Burundian radio broadcaster is playing with fire. Witches are overwhelming the courts in the Central African Republic — and that may be a good thing. Madagascar is celebrating 50 years of independence — and it's still in crisis. Africa is in the throes of election fever, but more voting does not necessarily mean more democracy. An article on the return of the African coup. Nobody's fault: We fail to notice many shades of grey in Africa. Africa has more serial-killers than US and Europe: Given to ritual murders and a sedentary lifestyle, African serial killers are quite peculiar.


From The Public Sphere, T. R. Kiyoshi Oshiro on why anniversaries matter; and Colin Dickey on being an amateur phrenologist. From New Left Project, Christopher Read on The Undeserving Disabled: The neoliberal ontology of the human being, that is, its conception of what a human being actually is, reveals a great deal about its practical workings. Do abstract systems work?: Has our ability to think reached the point of diminishing — or even negative — returns? Think the divorce process is a nightmare today? Try having the Catholic Church decide whether your impotence is natural or a witch's spell. A review of Stuff Matters: Genius, Risk and the Secret of Capitalism by Harry Bingham. A look at how Snooki, The Situation and Jersey Shore rule the world. It’s just an oil spill, how bad could it get? Truly catastrophic, according to some of the out-there theories being floated by concerned "experts". A look at how to ensure oil spill disasters do not happen again. Learning from the ancients: A leading archaeologist’s take on the pre-European Maya discounts "ecocide" and suggests the people were actually astute stewards of the jungle who could teach us a thing or two. The Willpower Paradox: Setting your mind on a goal may be counterproductive — instead think of the future as an open question. Ever wanted to be an astronaut? Here's New Scientist's guide to the not-so-small steps that will get you into space.


A new issue of The New School Psychology Bulletin is out. From Psychiatric Times, why is the DSM Classification so messy and atheoretical? Because none of the theories is proven and widely accepted; here are two perspectives on DSM5 and the medicalization of grief and a history of the DSM5 controversy; a psychiatry of tomorrow: DSM-5 and beyond; a review of The Rise and Fall of the Biopsychosocial Model by S. Nassir Ghaemi; should psychiatry and neurology merge as a single discipline?; and why aren’t there any celebrity psychiatrists? From The Psychologist, Viren Swami and Rebecca Coles look at belief in conspiracy theories; Martin Monti and Adrian Owen go looking for consciousness; Christian Jarrett examines the psychology of the impostor phenomenon; have our minds evolved to see human beings as types of artefacts? Jesse Bering investigates; Hyunjin Song and Norbert Schwarz describe some fascinating findings on how fluency affects judgement, choice and processing style; and Arthur Miller on a meeting of minds between Carl Jung and Wolfgang Pauli. The Occult World of CG Jung: How a near-death experience transformed the psychologist's attitude to the world of mysticism and magic. A review of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Misconceptions About Human Behavior by Scott Lilienfeld, Steve Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, and Barry Beyenstein (and more).


From Ralph, a review of The Ice Palace That Melted Away: How Good Design Enhances Our Lives by Bill Stumpf; a review of Bad Cop: New York's Least Likely Police Officer Tells All by Paul Bacon; a review of Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo by Vanessa Woods; a review of Oscar Wilde in America: The Interviews; a review of Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice by Paul Butler. Joshua Cohen reviews Gordon Lish's Collected Fictions. Could the decades-long global impasse over abortion worldwide be overcome — by little white pills costing less than $1 each? There is growing evidence that our governing elite just doesn’t care about the prospects of American workers — that a once-unthinkable level of economic distress is in the process of becoming the new normal. A review of The End of Ideology and the Rise of Religion by William D. Rubinstein. A review of Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead by Ray D. Madoff (and more). From Lillith, Julie Greenberg is confidently breaking the norms: How one mother, with a series of female lovers, two rabbinic sperm donors, two adoptions, and one gay parenting partner raises five exceptional kids. "The word is douche bag. Douche space bag.": Lori Fradkin on what it's really like to be a copy editor. Here is research on the legend of good cop/bad cop. After three failed marriages and 60 years on the road, Willie Nelson knows music — and heartache. A review of Creepiosity: A Hilarious Guide to the Unintentionally Creepy by David Bickel (and more). My Bald Head: Raymond Tallis reveals the philosophical connection between medical ethics and hair loss.


Bradley High (McMaster): Boys Will Be Boys With Boys: The Real and Queer Subjectivity in Film. From New Politics, a symposium on gays and the Left. Ars Homo Erotica: An interview with Pawel Leszkowicz on lesbian art, punching viewers in faces and why art and the Polish capital’s largest museum is a live nerve of democracies. From International Socialist Review, a review of Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and Theory of LGBT Liberation by Sherry Wolf; and an interview with historian John D’Emilio on LGBT liberation. Michael Abernethy on how Tammy Faye never understood what that whole gay thing was about. Colum Lynch on the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, the little gay and lesbian organization that could. Fuller, vaster, brighter: For those of you who are concerned about the so-called "Gay Agenda", have no fear. A Day in Gay America: What's it look like to be gay in America today? From Canadian Dimension, an article on Queer Liberation: The social organization of forgetting and the resistance of remembering; and a review of One of the Boys: Homosexuality in the Military During World War II by Paul Jackson. From Curve, an articles on lesbians and social justice; and why are lesbians falling below the poverty line in such alarming numbers? The Vatican’s gay priests: For residents of Rome, the sight of courting priests is hardly an anomaly, but a recent expose is rocking the Catholic Church.


Scientists have found that the tiny proton is even smaller than previously thought (and an interview). Gravity may be leaking from black holes into an invisible cloud of curled up dimensions and some think they can prove it by creating tiny black holes in the LHC. The most massive star ever found challenges astronomers’ notions of just how big a star can get. From Physics Today, in a dispute with more than just scientific import, Alexis Clairaut, Leonhard Euler, and Jean le Rond d’Alembert each employed their own strategies to establish that they were the first to understand a puzzling feature of the Moon’s orbit; and three iconic laboratories constructed in 1966 reveal how architectural design and scientific culture can help or hinder a building’s ability to adapt to the changing discipline it serves. Why it’s increasingly difficult to make discoveries — and other insights from the science of science. A review of Voyager: Seeking Newer Worlds in the Third Great Age of Discovery by Stephen J. Pyne (and more). An interview with Ian Glynn, author of Elegance in Science: The Beauty of Simplicity. A review of What is Science? An Interdisciplinary Perspective by Klaus Jaffe. Can science explain everything? A debate. A review of What Science Knows: And How It Knows It by James Franklin. A review of Imperfect Oracle: The Epistemic and Moral Authority of Science by Theodore Brown. A review of Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk by Massimo Pigliucci.


From InTheFray, a special issue on physical and mental fitness. From Philanthropy, Richard Gilder went long on New York City and American history — the payoff? Enormous; Michael Holthouse is on a mission to revitalize America, one lemonade stand at a time; gang violence terrorizes neighborhoods, businesses, and families — some donors have had enough; articles on the legacies of Irving Kristol and Norman Borlaug; a review of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles; a review of Billions of Drops in Millions of Buckets: Why Philanthropy Doesn't Advance Social Progress by Steven H. Goldberg; a profile of Philip and Nancy Anschutz; Wikipedia is a social media website that philanthropists can’t afford to ignore; and Dan Pallotta believes charities will be more effective if they model themselves on for-profit enterprises — is he right? In 1977, William Sims Bainbridge and Murray M. Dalziel wrote “New Maps of Science Fiction”; published in Analog Yearbook, it was one of the first carefully done computer-based social sciencey analyses of science fiction. A review of Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography by John A. Hall (and more). From Peace, a review of Under the Radar: Cancer and the Cold War by Ellen Leopold; and a review of Great Peacemakers: True Stories from Around the World by Ken Beller and Heather Chase. How would a Republican president have handled the Gulf oil spill?


From National Review, William Voegeli on why liberalism is dangerous. A review of Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century by Thomas Woods. A review of The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President by Taylor Branch and The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr by Ken Gormley. Frank Rich reviews The Promise: President Obama, Year One by Jonathan Alter. The left is finding out that Obama is not the progressive they fell in love with, but they should remember that progressive politicians have all the cards stacked against them. Why some Republicans want to "restore" the 13th Amendment: No, it’s not about slavery; like so much of our politics these days, it’s about Barack Obama. What will a Republican majority do next? Mark Schmitt investigates. The Fall and Rise of Rand Paul: Rumors of the Tea Party champion's demise have been greatly exaggerated — on the campaign trail with the most controversial politician in America. Keyboard Commandos: The folks who threaten political violence aren’t hiding — they’re tweeting and posting. In America, always more republican than democratic anyway (lower case, please), the power alignment is increasingly reasserting its horizontal bias. A review of Political Solidarity by Sally J. Scholz. Middle man: David Weigel on lessons from life in Washington's ideological gray zone. By refusing to take sides, the political agnostic shuns the virtue of justice and damns the good.


Markus Wrbouschek (Vienna): Discourse Analysis and Social Critique (and a response). From Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, a special issue on The Space Between: Languages, translations and cultures. Information processing and pleasure: A review of The Age of the Infovore by Tyler Cowen (and Cowen recommends books on information). Peter and Christopher Hitchens have never been close, but perhaps nothing separates the brothers more than their views on faith. That Obama saved Detroit is nothing short of a miracle (and more). In his unexpurgated autobiography, whose first volume was published a century after his death, a very different Mark Twain emerges, more pointedly political and willing to play the role of the angry prophet. Ruth Graham reveals what's inside the indefinitely postponed Speaking Up: The Sarah Palin Story. Why do men cheat? Olga Craig meets the man who has spent five years finding out. Four Deformations of the Apocalypse: David Stockman on how the Republican Party destroyed the American economy. Marisa Meltzer reviews Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis. After Breitbart and Shirley Sherrod, we need a slow-news movement. What would Roosevelt do? Much of the stimulus spending has given a priority to gross domestic product, but government spending alone does little good if it isn’t creating jobs. Eric Holder doesn’t hate white people — sorry, Fox News.


Bogdan C. Enache (CADI): What Is the West? From OUP, David Wengrow on his book What Makes Civilization?: The Ancient Near East and the Future of the West. From Rosetta, a review of Greek Mythology: Poetics, Pragmatics and Fiction by C. Calame and The Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology; a review of Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice by Paul Cartledge; and a review of Dreams and Experience in Classical Antiquity by William V. Harris. A review of The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Political Thought. Peter Frost (Laval): The Roman State and Genetic Pacification. An interview with Peter Heather, author of Empires and Barbarians: The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Modern Europe. With The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, Jacob Burckhardt rediscovered the Renaissance for the 19th century, viewing it shockingly as the dark and turbulent origin of modernity. A review of History and the Enlightenment by Hugh Trevor-Roper. A review of In Defence of The Enlightenment by Tzvetan Todorov (and more). A review of Full Circle: How the Classical World Came Back to Us by Ferdinand Mount (and more and more and more). A review of In Search of Civilisation: Remaking a Tarnished Idea by John Armstrong. An interview with Spencer Wells, author of Pandora’s Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization (and more). A review of A Cosmist Manifesto: Practical Philosophy for the Posthuman Age by Ben Goertzel.

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