From 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, a special issue on the Victorian East End. From Neo-Victorian Studies, a special issue on Visual and Material Culture and/in Neo-Victorianism, including Christine Ferguson (Glasgow): Surface Tensions: Steampunk, Subculture, and the Ideology of Style. England’s booze culture: Binge drinking used to be the height of fashion. The heart of Englishness: A review of The Gentry: Stories of the English by Adam Nicolson. Whose Englishness is it anyway? Anthony Painter on the time for an optimistic Englishness. Patrick Scott on Mrs Windsor’s sixty bloody years. Monarchists are from Mars, republicans are from Venus: If you want proof that there is not one universe but a multitude of parallel worlds, you don’t need any quantum physics — just read the Letters pages of our national newspapers. White trash, vermin, underclass, broken Britain — when Owen Jones published his book Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class, he wasn’t expecting such an onslaught. And now for something completely different: Mark Applebaum takes a whimsical look at British manners, and what you need to know about napkins.
From Utopian Studies, a special issue on crafting and craftivism. From Surveillance and Society, Matthew P. Tiessen (Ryerson): Being Watched Watching Watchers Watch: Determining the Digitized Future While Profitably Modulating Preemption (at the Airport); and Daniel Trottier (Alberta): Mutual Transparency or Mundane Transgressions? Institutional Creeping on Facebook. To be fair, he is a journalist: A short response to Chris Hedges on the Black Bloc. A Congo gold scam involving several American businessmen goes horribly wrong. Do thrifty brains make better minds? Recent studies indicate that our brains may work like JPGS, conserving "bandwidth" and influencing how we see the world. The New Dealers: Family, kids, minivan and drug dealing — how the recession has driven average Americans into the game. Vanity Fair interviews dozens of people associated with Guantanamo — lawyers, soldiers, diplomats, former detainees — in order to tell the story in their own words. #HipsterStudies: Dave Paul Strohecker on some thoughts on hipsters (with comics!).
Cameron Smith and Julia Ruppell (Portland State): What Anthropologists Should Know About the New Evolutionary Synthesis. The introduction (by Michael Ruse) to The Origin Then and Now: An Interpretive Guide to the Origin of Species by David N. Reznick. From The New Atlantis, Stephen L. Talbott on evolution and the illusion of randomness. Lamarck ascending: A review of Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology. Christie Wilcox on evolution and the rise of complexity. Helen Camakaris on how our evolutionary instincts are shaping our future on the planet. A look at how evolution is written all over your face. From the Journal of Future Studies, Arthur Saniotis and Maciej Henneberg (Adelaide): Future Evolution of the Human Brain. From the Journal of Evolution and Technology, a special issue on Minds and Machines. Nick Bostrom and Eliezer Yudkowsky on the ethics of artificial intelligence. Unnatural selection: Is evolving reproductive technology ushering in a new age of eugenics? Welcome to Evotourism, Smithsonian’s new travel-information service that will help you find and fully enjoy the wonders of evolution.