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.

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