Simon Goodman (Coventry): “It’s Not Racist to Impose Limits on Immigration”: Constructing the Boundaries of Racism in the Asylum and Immigration Debate. From Metropoles, Philip Booth (Sheffield): Community, Cooperation and Metropolitan Democracy. From New English Review, David Hamilton on social engineering through architectural change (and more on architecture and tradition) and on the neglect of English classical music. From Literary Review, England made them: A review of Shades of Greene: One Generation of an English Family by Jeremy Lewis (and more and more and more and more); and wake up, England: A review of What Ever Happened to Modernism? by Gabriel Josipovici (and more). A review of The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective by Robert C. Allen. Norman names such as William, Henry and Alice have been popular for 1,000 years — why did the English copy their invaders? A review of Is God Still An Englishman: How We Lost Our Faith (But Found New Soul) by Cole Moreton (and more on how the Church of England is being replaced by the Church of Everywhere and Nowhere). A review of The Future of Multicultural Britain: Confronting the Progressive Dilemma by Pathik Pathak. Johann Hari on the slow, whiny death of British Christianity. Revisiting London: What happens when you return to a destination you once knew, only to find it unrecognizable? From The Spectator, how Jewish are the Milibands? The contradictions of identity: An interview with Gary Younge. From Alternative Right, Sean Gabb writes in defense of the British Empire. From DHA Communications, here are 20 essays exploring the future of the public and not-for-profit sectors over the next ten years. A review of Before Wilde: Sex between Men in Britain's Age of Reform by Charles Upchurch. A review of Turned Out Nice: How the British Isles will Change as the World Heats Up by Marek Kohn.


Luca Malatesti (Rijeka): Moral Understanding in the Psychopath. From Skeptical Inquirer, an article on Oprah Winfrey, bright (but gullible) billionaire; and "heads I win, tails you lose": Richard Wiseman on how parapsychologists nullify null results. And justice for all: An interview with Sister Helen Prejean on the death penalty. Warren Davies tries to explain statistical significance in plain English. Cracked takes a look at the 7 most horrifying museums on earth. The 20 strangest celebrity dedications: Mark Wahlberg regrets dedicating his memoir to his penis, but he isn’t the only star who needs a do-over. A review of Einstein’s Watch: Being an Unofficial Record of a Year’s Most Ownable Things by Jolyon Fenwick and Marcus Husselby. Davos for the disturbed: Notes from a gathering of far-right parties in Tokyo, with a cameo from Jean-Marie Le Pen. From 3:AM magazine, teenage hooker became a Zizek machine. In praise of losers: Sometimes life's losers are just victims of chance — so do they deserve a critical savaging? From FDL, a book club on Seeds of Change: The Story of ACORN, America’s Most Controversial Antipoverty Community Organizing Group by John Atlas. Dark Roasted Blend has a round-up of unusual globes. Corals all over the world are dying as oceans warm, but the hardy reefs near a tiny island in the South Pacific may hold the clues for saving them. The introduction to Hiroshima After Iraq: Three Studies in Art and War by Rosalyn Deutsche. From Oxonian Review, an interview with Joyce Carol Oates. Dave Jamieson, author of Mint Condition, on the 1994 crash of the baseball card industry — and the outlook for a once-cherished hobby. A review of Stranger from Abroad: Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Friendship and Forgiveness by Daniel Maier-Katkin. Buyer, be aware: What we don’t understand as consumers really could hurt us.


Andrew C. Kuchins, Thomas M. Sanderson, and David A. Gordon (CSIS): Afghanistan: Building the Missing Link in the Modern Silk Road. From the Journal of Democracy, Zalmay Khalilzad (CSIS): Lessons from Afghanistan and Iraq. Whose hands, whose blood? Tom Engelhardt on killing civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq. Bury the Graveyard: If you want to figure out a way forward for Afghanistan, fake history is not the place to start. The war is at a critical juncture — can Afghanistan be saved? When nation-building becomes cowardly escape: Americans should be outraged that shoddy infrastructure and broken promises will be our legacy in Iraq. A review of My Life with the Taliban by Abdul Salam Zaeef. What if the United States had stayed focused on Afghanistan after 2001, had rebuilt it as it said it would, had ignored Iraq? This is war: How USAID workers are trained for work and danger in Afghanistan. Anyone who thinks the United States is really going to withdraw from Afghanistan in July 2011 needs to come to the giant air base in Bagram an hour away from Kabul. The New Lost Generation: Suicide rates for troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq are out of control, and post-traumatic stress disorder is reaching epidemic proportions. From Time, a cover story on the plight of Afghan women: A disturbing picture. Chris Bray reviews on Greetings from Afghanistan, Send More Ammo: Dispatches from Taliban Country by Benjamin Tupper and Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War by Megan K. Stack (and more). Raised from the ruins: After looting in Iraq damaged invaluable antiquities, archaeologists work to restore the cradle of civilization’s cultural heritage. When it comes to communicating with local populations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army often puts away the blinking and beeping devices and uses a war tactic hundreds of years old: distributing leaflets.


A new issue of Open Letters Monthly is out. From Surveillance and Society, Keith Guzik (Bloomfield): Discrimination by Design: Data Mining in the United States’ "War on Terrorism"; and Nicholas Holm (McMaster): Watching the Paranoid: Conspiracy Theorizing Surveillance. Fortune profiles Sal Khan, Bill Gates' favorite teacher. Life's Work: William James refused to reduce life or cancel possibility (and he didn't like Henry's writing). Terra Infirma: Daniel Engber on the rise and fall of quicksand. Nostalgia can conceal or justify thoughtlessness, which according to Hannah Arendt is the banality that is Evil — and that is the magic that is Glenn Beck. Surrendering to Tomorrow: Once, the e-book reader was a futuristic fantasy — Scott McLemee faces the ambivalence of living it out. A review of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (and more and more). Something out of nothing: A look at the sitcom post-Seinfeld. The Charitable-Giving Divide: Why giving the rich a break doesn’t necessarily do anything for the poor. From FT, a review of Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science by Sissela Bok (and more); and the seven secrets of a happy life: New research in psychology and economics reveals surprising discoveries about contentment. Are you being served? James Surowiecki on the crisis in customer care. Every reader a reviewer: Barbara Hoffert on the online book conversation. Whore or gore: Does the Motion Picture Association of America, the self-described “family organization” responsible for movie ratings, favor violence over sex? Martin Wolf on how Obama was too cautious in fearful times. NYC's Golden Gossip Era Fades: Gotham gossip loses grip, fights off rabble — rattled tattletales tell all.


From America, Luke Timothy Johnson on the Jesus controversy: Jesus is best learned not as a result of an individual’s scholarly quest that is published in a book, but as a continuing process of personal transformation within a community of disciples (and two responses). From Inside Catholic, Jeffrey Tucker on why Catholics don't understand economics. St. Peter and the Minarets: The Catholic Church is under assault — a secularizing West, the encroachment of Islam into Europe, and the sexual-abuse scandal all threaten the Vatican's ability to influence the masses. A review of This Little Light: Beyond a Baptist Predator Preacher and His Gang by Christa Brown. A review of The Hermeneutics of Doctrine by Anthony C. Thiselton. A review of Apocalypse and Allegiance: Worship, Politics, and Devotion in the Book of Revelation by J. Nelson Kraybill. From Ars Disputandi, a review of The Meaning of the West: An Apologia for Secular Christianity by Don Cupitt. From New English Review, Nicolai Sennels on Muslims and Westerners: The psychological differences; and Hugh Fitzgerald on twenty-five (out of one hundred) things we all should know about Islam. A look at how "sharia" is a much more abstract concept than ideologues — whether Mideast Islamists or Newt Gingrich — suggest. A review of The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam by Eliza Griswold (and more and more and more and more and more and more). A review of Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam by Fred M. Donner. When Islam abandoned reason: An interview with Robert R. Reilly, author of The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis (and more). A review of The Quest for Meaning: Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism by Tariq Ramadan (and more and more and more).


Rafael Ziegler (Greifswald): Crooked Wood, Straight Timber: Kant, Development and Nature. Louis E. Wolcher (Washington): An Inquiry into the Possibility of an Ethical Politics. Stephen Eric Bronner (Rutgers): Constructing a Critical Political Theory. Stanley Aronowitz (CUNY): Class and Political Philosophy. Lenart Skof (Primorska): In Dialogue for Democracy: R. M. Unger’s Pragmatist Vision of Democratic Experimentalism and Explorations of Democracy in Luce Irigaray. Henrik Friberg-Fernros (Gothenburg): Abortion and the Limits of Political Liberalism. Rafal Wonicki (Warsaw): Cosmopolitanism and Liberalism: Kant and Contemporary Liberal Cosmopolitanism. Roland Axtmann (Swansea): Democracy and Globality. Julie Mostov (Drexel): Rethinking Borders, Violence, and Space. A review of Seeking Spatial Justice by Edward W. Soja. Beyond rights and borders: An interview with Onora O'Neill. Here are papers from a conference on Territory and Justice. From Quadrant, James Allan on intimations of the decline of democracy; Paul Monk on the open society and its friends; and an appreciation of Isaiah Berlin’s life and work. From Dissent, Rafael Khachaturian on Isaiah Berlin. The overarching telos of liberalism has been reached, and we are left with liberal society as an assortment of private teloi — where now? A review of A Brief History of Liberty by David Schmidtz and Jason Brennan. A review of Are Liberty and Equality Compatible? by Jan Narveson and James P. Sterba. A review of Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists by Daniel Dorling (and more). More on G. A. Cohen's Rescuing Justice and Equality. From Variant, Femi Folorunso remembers Brian Barry. From The Utopian, too much justice: An interview with Harvey C. Mansfield. A review of Philosophy and Real Politics by Raymond Geuss. Leo Strauss is back and better than ever in new recordings and transcripts of his political philosophy lectures.


From TLS, a review of The Oxford Book of Parodies (and more); and a review of Teach Us to Sit Still: A Sceptic's Search for Health and Healing by Tim Parks. The magnetic appeal of a meaningful life: A sense one’s life has meaning increases one’s allure in social situations. A review of Cake: A Global History by Nicola Humble. From World Press Review, Joseph Kirschke on BP's Other Disaster (and part 2). An interview with Rosalind Cartwright, author of The Twenty-four Hour Mind: The Role of Sleep and Dreaming in Our Emotional Lives. The YIMBYS: Five places saying "yes, in my backyard" to the nasty stuff that no one else wants. A review of True Prep: It's A Whole New Old World by Lisa Birnbach. Atlas Obscura visits the unfinished Monument to Humanity for peace between Turkey and Armenia, long divided by a dispute over genocide. Gadget Lab looks at the secret histories of those @#$%ing computer symbols. In the wake of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, Americans cried out for catharsis, and the 9/11 Commission delivered — what we are left with is an ill-conceived bureacracy in the guise of reform. Dying for fame: Acclaim after death may be the coldest of comfort. Even when foreign-language science fiction seems to cater for anglophone tastes, it seldom crosses borders — it may not suit everyone's palate, but what can it tell us about the state of the genre? A look at how books are losing out to the algorithms of love. Too many cheeses can drive society crackers: Slovenian scholar Renata Salecl tells Matthew Reisz about the paralysing effects of the Western ideology du jour, the "tyranny of choice".


A new issue of Education is out. A new issue of the International Journal of Multicultural Education is out. Anastasia Stamoglou (Birmingham): The Battle of the Books: Canon and Literary Tradition in Literature School Textbooks. From Rethinking Schools, a special section on the power of poetry. What they're doing after Harvard: Teach for America now attracts 12% of all Ivy League seniors — the program's founder explains why it beats working on Wall Street. A review of The Making of an Educational Conservative by E.D. Hirsch. An Episcopalian, an atheist, and a Jew walk into a Catholic school: Meet the (non-Catholic) patron saints of inner-city Catholic education. A review of Americans All: The Cultural Gifts Movement by Diana Selig. Jonah Lehrer on how preschool changes the brain. With test scores down and the dropout rate up, everyone’s looking to fix Texas’ schools; has a Turkish Muslim who has been influenced by the teachings of obscure philosopher Fethullah Gulen found an answer? The self-esteem movement may be silly, but social scientists should exercise caution in diagnosing a so-called epidemic among young people. From Time, a look at the case against summer vacations. From Gifted Child Quarterly, a special issue on revisiting gifted education myths. Separate but equal: More schools are dividing classes by gender. What we could learn from India and Korea: Martha Nussbaum on how both nations understand how to educate children the right way. Is firing (a lot of) teachers the only way to improve public schools? Needs Improvement: The Numbers Guy Carl Bialik on where teacher report cards fall short (and more). Between Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, which Founding Father did the most — by far — to promote and shape the future of public education in America?


A new issue of Edge is out. Alfred G. Cuzan (West Florida): Will the Republicans Retake the House in 2010? For the 10th-anniversary issue of The Chronicle Review, a series of scholars write about the defining idea of the next decade, including Jaron Lanier on the end of human specialness; Peter Singer on how the Internet will set you free; Yi-Fu Tuan on a new cosmopolitanism; Mary Beard on the Dark Ages — or, rather, how to prevent them; and Steve Landsburg on putting ideas to work. The Covenant: Francis Collins, a fervent Christian, thought he had resolved the stem-cell debate — a federal judge disagreed. Charlie Rose interviews Tony Judt from his home three weeks before his death of ALS. The newest Twitter celebrity is bright green, heavily muscled, and often described as “incredible” despite his anger-management problem, the Incredible Hulk. Gavin McInnes writes in defense of stoning. N1FR is the new online film supplement from n+1, and the first edition features essays on contemporary films and filmmakers. Flood Tides: Steve Coll on the best way to help Pakistan. An interview with Jay Rosen on the press and its failings. Start the school year right: Forget these 10 language laws. The Proto-Internet of 1704: Jack Shafer on the small ways in which Colonial newspapers anticipated the Web. An interview with David Plotz and Chris Wilson on Slate Labs: “When you build the data yourself, you can be fairly certain no one else is going to have the story.” The rise and fall of American Apparel: The ethical clothing firm founded by controversial CEO Dov Charney is facing bankruptcy. From Vanity Fair, Sarah Palin the Sound and the Fury: Following the former Alaska governor’s road show, Michael Joseph Gross delves into the surreal new world Palin now inhabits — a place of fear, anger, and illusion.


From Neo-Victorian Studies, Nadine Muller (Hull): Not My Mother’s Daughter: Matrilinealism, Third-wave Feminism and Neo-Victorian Fiction. From Psychology and Society, Petra Steiner and Barbara Pichler (Vienna): Objective Hermeneutic: Methodological Reflections on Social Structures in Women's Lives (and a response); and Julia Riegler (Vienna): Re-Constructing Women’s Experiences of Sexual Pain: The "Deviant" Body as an Object of Cultural Psychological and Feminist Consideration (and two responses). Two steps forward, one step back: Do women have the clout that they ought to in progressive politics? A review of Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites Use Women's Labor and Ideas to Exploit the World by Hester Eisenstein (and more). From Big Think's blog Dollars and Sex, do women really value income over looks in a mate? A review of Daughters of Aquarius: Women of the Sixties Counterculture by Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo. Kerry Howley reviews Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century by Sheila Rowbotham's and Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, Tenth Anniversary Edition by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards. From Shameless, are sororities empowering, feminist organizations, or destructive, conformist cults? A review of Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine. An interview with Chris Bobel, author of New Blood: Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation. The political wing of the women’s sports movement is accustomed to challenging timid bureaucrats and university administrators, but in taking on TV sports coverage, they are challenging the market itself. Ladies, gaga: A look at what drag is doing for women. All style, no substance: Feminists have a fraught relationship with Michelle Obama's political agenda — or lack thereof.

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