From New Humanist, an interview with Daniel Dennett and Linda LaScola on Christian ministers who have lost their faith but continue to preach; an interview with Rebecca Goldstein, author of 36 Arguments for the Existence of God, on her novel approach to religion (and more); and why is religion on the rise in so many different countries? A review of Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment by Phil Zuckerman. From The Scriptorium, Allen Yeh on how to witness to postmodern Western atheists. Catholicism is hollowing out in its traditional European strongholds, but signs of intriguing new life are springing up at its periphery. Under the radar of most observers a trend is emerging of evangelicals converting to Catholicism. From The Christian Post, Greg Stier, the president of a ministry called Dare 2 Share, hates evangelism; and a former atheist says Christianity really does make sense: A review of Not God’s Type: A Rational Academic Finds a Radical Faith by Holly Ordway. The most pressing question: What is it, finally, that divides the believer from the atheist? In search of the G spot: Is faith hard-wired in the the brain? Understanding the neurobiology of religious belief is a far cry from explaining it away. Atheism’s gift: Christopher Killheffer on the good questions that dispel false beliefs. An interview with Michael Largo, author of God's Lunatics: Lost Souls, False Prophets, Martyred Saints, Murderous Cults, Demonic Nuns, and Other Victims of Man's Eternal Search for the Divine.


From The Washington Post Magazine, Lance Kasten won't stop rocking until he becomes national champion of the make-believe art of air guitar; and the debate about whether ghosts exist will never be settled, but for paranormal investigator John Warfield, it's all about the search for proof. From WorldHum, Frank Bures remembers fellow travelers who've been lost on assignment. Factory tours are never mentioned in the same breath as national parks or museums or battlefields — and yet who can turn one down? Ewwwwwwwww! Drake Bennett on the surprising moral force of disgust. The aesthetics of disgust: Designer Katrin Baumgarten has created a range of inanimate objects that “touch back” when a human interacts with them. Black Jews will save the world: They believe in a “lifestyle of righteousness”, of perfecting yourself and your community while doing no harm to the environment. A review of Chocolate, Women and Empire by Emma Robertson. Back in the USSR — except this time we're afraid of something more vague than geo-political chess games or nuclear annihilation. Would you take the new Alzheimer's test? Over the Hill: Gavin McInnes on 10 things about turning 40. From NYRB, Martin Filler on deconstructing Prince Charles. The Amazonian Gorilla: How does the online book vendor's power affect publishers? Scott McLemee asks around in university-press circles. Lights out: The incandescent bulb, an obituary.


A new issue of Metropolis is out. From Metropoles, Paul Kantor (Fordham) and H.V. Savitch (Louisville): The Politics of City Regions in Comparative Perspective; Ernesto d’Albergo (Rome): Governance, Participation and In-between: Inclusion in Policy Making and Policies for Inclusion in Four Western European Metropolises; and Olivier Borraz and Patrick Le Gales (CNRS): Urban Governance in Europe: The Government of What? From FT, a review essay on the modern metropolis. Power, mobility and diaspora in the global city: An interview with Saskia Sassen. Louis Moreno and John Alderson's The Architecture and Urban Culture of Financial Crisis and Sarah Glynn's Where the Other Half Lives assess the damaging impact of financialisation on built environments and urban housing — Owen Hatherley identifies architecture as a prime casualty of neoliberalism's de facto Non-Plan. From Axess, a special issue on the triumph of the city. The Endless City: Will the megacities of tomorrow cut us off from the natural world completely? A review of Restless Cities. Cities pose novel challenges to wildlife, but some animals are finding they're suited to city life and are undergoing rapid evolution in their new ecological niche. A review of Public Produce: The New Urban Agriculture by Darrin Nordahl. Howard Gillette on his book Civitas by Design: Building Better Communities, from the Garden City to the New Urbanism.


A new issue of Theme is out. From The Washington Quarterly, Giora Eiland (INSS): Israel’s Military Option. From The Atlantic Monthly, a cover story on The Point of No Return: The Iranian nuclear threat will soon come to a head, and a preemptive attack by Israel could be disastrous — it might happen anyway; and Robert Kaplan on how Henry Kissinger believes that containing Iran will depend on one thing: showing its leaders that we're willing to go to war. From The Threepenny Review, Philip Gourevitch on James Salter, a writer’s writer; and Arthur Lubow on Adam Mickiewicz, the last of his kind: Marginal in America, poets in Poland are lionized as authorities — not merely on syntax and scansion, but on political affairs. The Roadmap to a High-Speed Recovery: Forget a bigger stimulus or a smaller deficit — we need to blow up the fundamentals of our economy. Did Tigger and Donald Duck grope women at Disney World? From Time, a cover story on Jonathan Franzen, Great American Novelist. My Darklyng, a serialized novel unfolding in text and on Facebook and Twitter, illustrates how fictionalized teenagers are online. Contrary to the Machiavellian cliche, nice people are more likely to rise to power; then something strange happens — authority atrophies the very talents that got them there. Six essential questions about the deficit, Wall Street and Washington: Where is the Washington establishment's obsession with the deficit coming from?


From Miller-McCune, proverbial sayings such as “we’re all human” reduce feelings of regret and hypocrisy after men get into trouble, but new research finds they don’t have the same soothing effect on women; and men opt for foods associated with a masculine identity — even if it means passing up something they prefer (and more). American masculinity's split personality: The Great Recession is exacerbating the divide between elite winners and working-class losers. From Alternet, a look at 5 stupid, unfair and sexist things expected of men and five rigid, narrow definitions of maleness that men feel pressured to contort themselves into. Men who cry: The men’s movement in India has gathered speed — time to look at who they are. A new read on masculinity: Magazines see a market for stories about parenting, home life. Men are living longer than ever before, but is that any cause for rejoicing? Heterosexual women bear the brunt of narcissistic heterosexual men's hostility, while heterosexual men, gay men and lesbian women provoke a softer reaction, due to women's unparalleled potential for gratifying, or frustrating, men's narcissism. Are feminists raising their sons to be misogynists? Only when men participate equally in the care of young children will sexism be modified. AskMen.com has unveiled The Great Male Survey  — mixed in are some surprising, and surprisingly refreshing, findings about modern manhood.

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