Alla Myzelev (Guelph): Canadian Architecture and Nationalism: From Vernacular to Deco. The Canadian School: A new generation of designers marries the local with the avant-garde. A look at how the Communist Party changed Canadian elections forever. No one can hear you scream: At Mars on Earth, on Canada’s Devon Island, researchers prepare for space travel’s worst dangers. A review of The Canadian Century: Moving Out of America's Shadow by Brian Lee Crowley, Jason Clemens, and Niels Veldhuis (and more). Let’s begin with a premise that presumably we can all agree upon: literary criticism in Canada is struggling. Here, Now: Canadian writers, living on the edge of the world, have the best view. Canada's Funnyman: Stephen Leacock was the most successful humorist writing in the English language, but his ideas about society were not so amusing. The secret script for "Fox News North": Deride hippies, assail Starbucks, introduce guest with alternative view, cue head-shaking. Location, location, location: Does where you live determine who you are? (and a graphic on the 66 faces of Canada) Here is an eccentric, non-textbook sense of contemporary Canadian literature. Follow the Leader: A friend and colleague remembers Pierre Trudeau. With her "un-Albertan" magazine Alberta Views, founding editor Jackie Flanagan is trying to show her province isn't all rednecks, cowboys and oil tycoons.


A new issue of Armed Forces Journal is out. From Spectrum, whimsy and invention: Why ridiculous inventions are a good thing. Fun-loving Muslims: Islamic dating sites reveal Muslims to be just as shallow as everyone else. In San Francisco, two dominant trends of the cocktail world are converging, with exquisite results. What a shame that guilt got a bad name. Here's a new metaphor for human reason: Our rational faculty isn’t a scientist — it’s a talk radio host. German researchers find evolutionary logic behind the way we lay out our bedrooms. The pen gets mightier: One entrepreneur’s latest effort to revolutionize how we think, learn, play music, and order coffee in Chinese. Why ask people what they think of a product when you can just scan their brains instead? New Scientist explores the brave new world of neuromarketingForeWord book review editor Teresa Scollon explains what happened to your book. The Downfall Meme and Content ID: If you’re a YouTube user, chances are, at one point or another, you’ll have seen a notice that goes something like this. A review of Torture and Democracy by Darius Rejali. A review of Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life by John Bogle. How the mysterious collapse of nearly 300 young musicians at a rural English fete became one of the most controversial examples of "mass hysteria" ever.


From The New Yorker, Jane Meyer on the billionaire Koch brothers who are waging a war against Obama. From FDL, a book club on Over the Cliff: How the Obama Election Drove The American Right Insane by Dave Neiwert and John Amato. Tea, Anyone: Maine's surging Tea Party is way out there. Markos Moulitsas on his book American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right (and more). A political party for the mild-mannered is off to a slow start: The Modern Whig Party tries to tap the angry middle — just 59 points back in the polls. Ranking states’ citizen embarrassment levels: Amid a rush of political scandals and missteps, some citizens are more embarrassed for their state than others. Are governors responsible for the state economy? Adam R. Brown on partisanship, blame, and divided federalism. A corrosive collapse in confidence: The deep alienation that Americans feel toward their public and private leadership isn't likely to go away when the economy improves. Democracy through thick and thin: How have we ended up with a public discourse of slogans and sound bites, and how do we escape it. On civility and incivility in American politics: An interview with Susan Herbst, author of Rude Democracy. Jasmine Farrier on his book Congressional Ambivalence: The Political Burdens of Constitutional Authority. Do Americans want to govern themselves?


A new issue of The American Interest it out. From Time, Michael Grunwald on how the stimulus is changing America. It increasingly seems as if the policy makers attending like physicians to the American economy are peering into their medical kits and coming up empty. Jeremiah Bannister discusses the recent suppression at InsideCatholic.com applied against contributing editors from The Distributist Review. Dicking Around: This is Judd Apatow’s vision of America, as realized in three self-help fables — over the last half-decade it has really struck a chord. When disaster strikes a country that doesn’t like America - as with the floods in Pakistan — foreign aid can be a public relations tactic. From Mother Jones, a special report on BP's Deep Secrets. A 10 percent World: Our natural world is a fraction of what it was before the mass culls and oil spills of the human era — to imagine how it once was is not to lament, but to picture what it can be again. From Meanland, McKenzie Wark writes on publishing A Hacker Manifesto and the beginnings of a copygift economy; Sherman Young explores how the book as a physical object enables control of the industry, and what e-books mean for key stakeholders; Emmett Stinson gives us the lowdown on book piracy and associated myths; and Margaret Simons examines all that is exciting and frightening about reading in a digital era. Heeb magazine suspends print edition, goes on-line only.


From Reconstruction, Deborah Wills and Erin Steuter (Mount Allison): Gaming at the End of the World: Coercion, Conversion and the Apocalyptic Self in Left Behind: Eternal Forces Digital Play. From Digital Culture and Education, Kyle Kontour (Colorado): Revisiting violent videogames research: Game Studies Perspectives on Aggression, Violence, Immersion, Interaction, and Textual Analysis; and a review of Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System by Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost. A review of Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter by Tom Bissell; and notes from a video game developer: You play them for the stories — and someone needs to make those stories. A review of Games of Empire: Global Capitalism and Video Games by Nick Dyer-Witheford and Greig de Peuter. A review of Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames by Ian Bogost. Most video games — in which you accumulate stuff and/or dominate the world — are the opposite of progressive. Once relegated to the "cultural wasteland", video games make it to the next level — academia. Alienware M11x: The King Kong of gaming computers now comes in a Fay Wray-size package. Sometime this August, librarians at the University of Illinois will finish archiving over a dozen famous computer games, then step back to consider where to go next with their project. A review of Fun Inc.: Why Gaming Will Dominate the Twenty-First Century by Tom Chatfield. Online games are a gold mine for design ideas: When gamers play online, they leave a data trail that intelligent algorithms are picking up to build ever more challenging and entertaining games.

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