Alla Myzelev (Guelph): Canadian Architecture and Nationalism: From Vernacular to Deco. From Just Labor, a special section on New Voices in Labour Studies, including Julia R. Woodhall and Alicja Muszynski (Waterloo): Fordism at Work in Canadian Coffee Shops. A mine in the Northwest Territories provided much of the uranium used during the Manhattan Project — unbeknownst to the indigenous people who worked there. David Johnston, Canada’s twenty-eighth Governor General, possesses impeccable credentials and old-fashioned charm — plus he is the government’s secret weapon in restoring the power of the monarchy. A review of Transnational Canadas: Anglo-Canadian Literature and Globalization by Kit Dobson. The Michael Ignatieff Experiment: The celebrity intellectual decamped from Harvard to join Canada’s political fray in what was supposed to be a sure rise to the top — what went wrong? Modest country, ambitious leader: There must always be working men, men to work with their hands, to be poor, to be industrious, to be unfortunate, to suffer; it is the will of God, and the destiny of the race. Do alternative weeklies have a future? Inside the recent upheaval at a Montreal media institution. An interview with with Richard Gwyn, author of Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times. Five years ago, Justin Ferbey helped his Yukon community become one of Canada’s few self-governing First Nations — that was the easy part. Why pioneers breed like rabbits: Families that colonized the Canadian frontier contributed more genetic material to the modern population than folks who stayed home. Montreal Is Burning: Arcade Fire’s meteoric rise changed a city and redefined a subculture. An article on Toronto as the worst sports city in the world. Pipeline Offence: How TransCanada Corporation changed the game for football fans in Nebraska. Blame Canada: Eric Andrew-Gee on the right-wing menace to our north.
A new issue of Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics is out. Paul Grimstad (Yale): On Going On: Rules, Inferences and Literary Conditions. James Warner on Dilbert's presidential bid: Is technocracy dressed up as libertarianism the natural political home of the engineer? Stephane Hessel and the handbook of the revolution: The 94-year-old Frenchman's 13-page essay, Time for Outrage, helped to inspire protests movements in Europe and the U.S. From The Current Moment, an interview with Jeff Frieden, co-author of Lost Decades: The Making of America’s Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery; and an interview with Wolfgang Streeck, director of the Max Planck Institue for the Study of Societies. Sasha Issenberg on the 12 kinds of undecided voters: Liars, haters, mavens, know-nothings, bandwagon riders, and other kinds of voters who just can’t make up their minds. A review of Lucking Out: My Life Getting Down and Semi-Dirty in the Seventies by James Wolcott. What not to think about: There is an opportunity cost to bad ideas — Big Think's editors recommend the stories that are not worth following. From New York, a special issue on Reasons to Love New York 2011. Eighteen years ago, three teenagers in Arkansas were falsely accused of the murders of three young boys; suddenly released this summer, the West Memphis Three are now free to pick up their lives — if they can even find them. Is incest wrong? Tauriq Moosa wonders. Nancy Leys Stepan on her book Eradication: Ridding the World of Diseases Forever? An interview with William Ian Miller, author of Losing It: In which an Aging Professor laments his shrinking Brain.
Ahmed Taha (Wake Forest): Are College Athletes Economically Exploited? Fixing college sports: Why paying student athletes won't work. 2011 is the year Dave Zirin learned to hate college football: Unless we boycott sham amateurism and indentured servitude masquerading as sport, we will never reclaim sports. Questions about why college football programs breed scandal and off the field violence might want to look at high school football for clues. Would colleges be better off without football? A look at how contracts for top college football coaches grow complicated. Would Jesus love football? Rodney Clapp wonders. In the name of the Father: Tod Gitlin on how college sports came to be above the law. The Green Bay Packers have the best owners in football: The fans are shareholders, the CEO is a union leader and ex-player, the city is a dot on the map — the bizarre anomaly of the franchise that rules the NFL. Football is better than soccer: An Englishman abandons the beautiful game for the NFL. James M. Dorsey (NTU): Soccer: A Middle East and North African Battlefield. From The Point, Ben Jeffery on soccer and schizophrenia. From Swans, Gregory Elich on class struggle on the baseball diamond: A review essay. Tyler Cowen and Kevin Grier on the economics of Moneyball: Do the principles really work anymore? Elite athletes increasingly depend on technology to help them win — but what constitutes an unfair advantage, and who should decide? Timothy Liam Epstein on how sports' unions help maintain integrity of competition. A look at what the public can learn from sports riots. Fighting Words: Christine Ammer on military terms that apply to sports. With a Web presence, strong writers and now a print quarterly, Grantland opens the conversation on a new way of thinking about sportswriting and the games we play.