A new issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives is out. The first chapter from Valuing the Unique: The Economics of Singularities by Lucien Karpik. Trust is the best fiscal stimulus: How the potent hormone of empathy, oxytocin, is shaking up the field of economics (and more). Putting development economics into historical perspective: An interview with Bertram Schefold. Peter Victor is an economist who has been asking a heretical question: Can the Earth support endless growth? A handful of economists, along with interlopers from the natural sciences, believe that agent-based models offer the best hope of understanding the economy in all its messy glory. Does the hyperrational consumer actually exist? It makes sense on paper — but in reality, nobody is saving more just because there's a budget deficit. What were they thinking? Scientists pursue neurological and behavioral explanations for financial decision-making. When even a professor in Chicago’s market-oriented finance department fingers unequal incomes as a key factor behind the crash, you know something’s up. The economist as political philosopher: David Warsh profiles Raghuram Rajan, author of Fault Lines (and more and more). From The National Interest, a review essay on books about the Great Recession. The free-marketeers strike back: A counter-narrative of the financial crisis. Jobless and staying that way: Economists of all stripes rethink a safety net that assumes short-term unemployment. Is "more efficient" always better? Uwe Reinhardt investigates. A review of Taking Economics Seriously by Dean Baker.

From Open Letters Monthly, a review of A Reader on Reading by Alberto Manguel (and more); and movies notoriously fail when they try to depict interiority, so why not just restrict ourselves to books? How we drown: You can be watching, and still not know someone is going down (and more). From FDL, a book salon on The Evolution of Everything: How Selection Shapes Culture, Commerce, and Nature by Mark Sumner. A review of Seneca and the Idea of Tragedy by Gregory A. Staley. If we want to spend time pondering the essential pointlessness of all human activity, where better to go than existentialism? A review of Wolf: The Lives of Jack London by James L. Haley. Kissing Inclinations: A potentially awkward social situation is the subject of a new scientific analysis from researchers at the MOVE Research Institute. You’ve heard of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but the lure of list-making has inspired plenty of people in the modern day to compile their own lists of wonders. Miles Davis was the personification of cool; Don Draper, not so much — The Notorious Ph.D. breaks it down for us. From tragedy to trend story: Tom Bissell writes in defense of Virginia Quarterly Review Editor Ted Genoways. Orwell and the Tea Party: George Orwell never thought that his work would outlive him by much — after all, he considered himself “a sort of pamphleteer” rather than a genuine novelist — yet sixty years later, Orwell endures.

From New Left Project, an interview with Stuart White on how to institutionalise the values of the left, focusing in particular on the idea of an unconditional basic income. From Democracy, Roger Berkowitz on why we must judge: It’s not all relative — without judgment, a society loses its sense of justice. From the Platypus Review, an interview with George Scialabba, author of What are Intellectuals Good For?; and a look at how cheering for team Chavez is a way for post-mortem leftists to hold on to dear life. From The American Prospect's twentieth anniversary issue, neither liberals nor conservatives have been able to claim lasting power, but liberals have an advantage: real solutions (and more); a look at the right way to please the base: What the left can learn from right-wing extremists; and all politics is identity politics: We can't forget that ideology is shaped by personal experience. Idealists for Hire: Canvassing works, but is its success at the cost of its workers? From Adbusters, Micah M. White on the eternal idea of revolutionary justice: A road map for insurrectionary anticonsumerism. From New Statesman, an interview with Marshall Berman, author of All That Is Solid Melts Into Air. Is there more to the refusal of identity than the romantic escape fantasies of certain anarchist cells or the necessary survival tactics of the "illegal"? John Cunningham takes up the case of clandestinity and resistance in the age of biopolitics.

Benjamin Winegard (Missouri) and Robert Deaner (GVSU): The Evolutionary Significance of Red Sox Nation: Sport Fandom as a By-product of Coalitional Psychology. From the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, Papalii Failautusi Avegalio (Hawaii): Reconciling Modern Knowledge with Ancient Wisdom; and Beatriz Caiuby Labate (Heidelberg) and Ilana Goldstein (Campinas State): Ayahuasca — From Dangerous Drug to National Heritage: An Interview with Antonio A. Arantes. Douglas Messerli reviews Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang. New solutions to entrenched economic problems: An interview with Edmund S. Phelps. Tale of Woe: The death of the VQR’s Kevin Morrissey (and more). The most isolated man on the planet: He's alone in the Brazilian Amazon, but for how long? As electronic readers gain popularity, what happens to the personal library? 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. David v. Goliath: A tribe in India has won a stunning victory over Vedanta Resources, one of the world’s biggest mining companies. When Simon Parke was asked to produce some biographies of Van Gogh, Tolstoy, Conan Doyle and Meister Eckhart, he didn’t go down the traditional path. The Born Identity: Designer diapers join the repertory of child-as-prop tools.

From Magtastic Blogsplosion, when we look at old newspapers, magazines and books today, many of them are yellowed, faded, and so brittle that they crumble in our hands — how long will magazines last? From Triple Canopy, an interview with Jordan Crandall on Blast, a “system of editorial circulation” published between 1991 and 1995. New York magazine was a success for Bruce Wasserstein, offering Sidney Harman a rough blueprint for reviving Newsweek. Jews have always had a special connection to magazines, and it’s Jews — like Sidney Harman, new owner of Newsweek — who will reinvent them. Gay print media on the wane: The Internet spells doom for many long-established periodicals. Is there hope for the magazine industry? Jeff Jarvis investigates. The Economist, a bible of world news with a heavy dose of business, seeks readers who see themselves moving up in the world. Women's service magazines traditionally bring in top ad dollars, but old standby Homemakers was falling behind upstarts such as More. From Broken Pencil, Vakis Boutsalis on the uncertain future of Robert Thomas Payne, homeless zinester. A lot of changes are happening at ESPN the Magazine. Isaiah Wilner reviews Creating the College Man: American Mass Magazines and Middle-Class Manhood, 1890–1915 by Daniel A. Clark. Shelter Magazines: A look at how the category is stacking up now that the industry is starting to rebound.

A new issue of the Journal of Politics in Latin America in out. From Guernica, international adoption is not always the unambiguous act of altruism it might seem — in Guatemala, it may be creating orphans. A look at how Colombia has becomes the new star of the south. Christopher Hitchens on what he learned about Hugo Chavez's mental health when he visited Venezuela with Sean Penn. The “spice of danger” once added to the allure of towns like Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez — but now the danger from drug violence is very real, and a culture and economy are threatened. From NYRB, Alma Guillermoprieto on a quiet shift in Mexico's drug war; and Robert Darnton is talking about Brazil with Lilia Schwarcz. A review of Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro by Janice Perlman. Can Brazil live up to its promise as a "natural knowledge economy"? William Powers on high anxiety amid giant Tree Ferns and landslides in Bolivia’s little-traveled — and dazzling — Carrasco National Park. Over a thousand people die on Bolivia's roads every year, largely because the drivers are a little crazy. Sketches of Spanish: Edith Grossman has reimagined the Latin American canon for readers of English, who perhaps, like she, have ventured to Latin America only via the page. From Solutions, how can Cuba’s sustainable agriculture survive the peace? Fidel Castro, columnist: Cuba’s chief opinionator goes online to talk about sports, politics, and capitalist evildoers.

From Variant, a special issue on radical change in culture. The Moneyless Man: Mark Boyle describes how and why he went from a successful, comfortable life to a year of cashless living. A review of The Book in the Renaissance by Andrew Pettegree. How TED connects the idea-hungry elite: Fast Company goes inside the world's most exclusive and (and most accessible) club (and a response). Paradise for Pagans: Thomas More’s Utopia was a joke that nobody got — especially in the New World. A review of LOLcat Bible: In teh beginnin Ceiling Cat maded teh skiez an da Erfs n stuffs by Martin Grondin. As sea traffic booms, can new shipping lanes and speed limits save the right whale from extinction? Johann Hari on why we need to change how we think about our errors. Indicted for conspiring to reveal classified information, former AIPAC analyst Keith Weissman spent five years fighting to clear his name. Reform, radical change and the activist’s dilemma: Which works best — to attempt small steps or huge leaps? Winds Thy Messengers: Barton Swaim on natural disasters as ministers of God. From the University of Chicago Magazine, biologist Dario Maestripieri studies the differences that separate man from man, monkey from monkey; and with more than 1,000 whole genomes sequenced and new ones being processed every day, Rob DeSalle believes scientists can construct a complete Tree of Life.

From Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, a special issue on epistemic boundaries. In arguing that quantum physics challenges the materialist view of the world, Jay Lakhani gets his science wrong. From Prospect, never has so much money poured into scientific research, yet the results add up to surprisingly little — have we finally come to the end of what science can tell us? From New Statesman, a look at today’s most cutting-edge scientific thinking: from switching off ageing to “enhancing” our babies, understanding consciousness to finding dark matter. A review of The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean (and more and more and more). A review of The World Makers: Scientists of the Restoration and the Search for the Origins of the Earth by William Poole. A review of A Grand and Bold Thing: An Extraordinary New Map of the Universe Ushering in a New Era of Discovery by Ann K. Finkbeiner. Cosmology's not broken, so why try to fix it? Claims that there is something wrong with our standard model of the universe rest on flawed logic. A review of How it Ends: From You to the Universe by Chris Impey (and more). From Big Think, Michio Kaku on how to explore the universe and how to travel to a parallel universe, how to become a superhero and how to build a sci-fi robot, and how to teleport and become invisible.

A new issue of European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy is out. From William James Studies, David C. Lamberth (Harvard): What to Make of James's Genetic Theory of Truth; and Scott Sinclair (SLU): William James as American Plato? To mark the centenary of William James's death, this week The Second Pass will be devoted to James, including an essay by J.C. Hallman on how to fathom an emotion, and at New Humanist, Jonathan Ree calls for a return to his humane example. From World Policy Journal, an article on India: Healthcare for under $30 per year; Brazil: Healthcare on $300 per year; and France: Healthcare on $3,000 a year. The best-selling author and Christian apologist Dinesh D'Souza has been selected as the new president of the King's College, a small Christian institution located in the Empire State Building. The Third Replicator: Information is being copied at previously unheard of rates — has the Internet given birth to a new evolutionary process? Learning the hard way: Every day, the Martu people of Western Australia go to extraordinary lengths to find or hunt what they need to eat — how they do it offers lessons for the rest of us. Richard Beck reviews The Fall of Buster Keaton: His Films for MGM, Educational Pictures, and Columbia by James L. Neibaur. From the Huffington Post, a look at 15 feisty independent literary presses and the 17 most exciting university presses in the country.

A new issue of Peace and Conflict Review is out. Francis Shor (Wayne State): War in the Era of Declining US Global Hegemony. From The New Individualist, a special issue on war. From Radical Philosophy, an article on war as peace, peace as pacification. A look at how military dogs can be traumatized by the stress of war. A review of Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear by Steve Goodman. More on The American Way of War by Tom Engelhardt. A review of The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace (and more). From THES, a review of Militainment, Inc.: War, Media, and Popular Culture by Roger Stahl Routledge; and a review of How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace by Charles Kupchan. An interview with Sebastian Junger, author of War (and more). Animals have each played roles in human military history, and continue to aid modern warfare. Michael Cohen on the myth of a kinder, gentler war. The end of (military) history: Andrew Bacevich on the United States, Israel, and the failure of the Western way of war (and more). From The Economist, it is time for countries to start talking about arms control on the internet; and war in the fifth domain: Are the mouse and keyboard the new weapons of conflict? Proportionality in warfare: Keith Pavlischek on the abuse of an important just war principle. A review of Peace Processes: A Sociological Approach by John Brewer. A review of Six-Legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of War by Jeffrey Lockwood.