From the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, including Russell Manning (Monash): Jumping the Jaguar Shark: Seduction and Steve Zissou; Mark S. Roberts (SCC): Brave New World Revisited Again: Resistance, the Unreal and the Real; Mel Salm (Goldsmiths): Mediation, Simulation, and the Large Hadron Collider. Joel Anderson (Utrecht): Situating Axel Honneth in the Frankfurt School Tradition. From Kritikos, Uli Muehe (Kent): Whose Empire? Which Multitude?; and Wayne E. Arnold (Louisiana): American Psycho, Cosmopolis and the Coiffure? Jordan Alexander Stein (Colorado): How To Be a Theory Dinosaur. From Social Text, a series of articles on the "speculative life". From Lacan.com, Jacques Alain Miller on reading a symptom. Theorizing the Contemporary: A forum on Theory from the South: How Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa by Jean and John Comaroff. A review of Marx Through Post Structuralism: Lyotard, Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze by Simon Choat. An interview with Walter Benjamin: A Philosophical Portrait by Eli Friedlander. A review of Althusser's Lesson by Jacques Ranciere. A review of Emerging Trends in Continental Philosophy, ed. Todd May.
From the Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, Giorgio Riello (Warwick): The Object of Fashion: Methodological Approaches to the History of Fashion. The decision to wear a tie can be a sartorial minefield for politicians and the public alike. From Philosophy Now, the Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant: Nick Bostrom tells us a philosophical parable about death. From Make, time for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts 2.0? Why Greg Smith is "dead right" about Goldman Sachs: The resignation letter heard round the world proves what we already know: Washington would like to think it can change the culture of Wall Street — and it can't. Charles Murray on why economics can't explain our cultural divide: Even during upturns, blue-collar Americans are marrying and working less. David Ignatius on the bin Laden plot to kill President Obama (and more). Ani DiFranco's “¿Which Side Are You On?”: a “radical” artist openly embraces Obama and the Democrats. Jonathan Chait on Romney's health care evasions: A history. Iceland’s ex-prime minister Geir H. Haarde is on trial over role in financial crisis.
Karl S. Coplan (Pace): Climate Change, Political Truth, and the Marketplace of Ideas. From the inaugural issue of Wayfarer, when your whole island is sinking, what do you do? The village of Kivalina, Alaska, sits on the tip of a six- to eight-mile-long barrier island some 80 to 120 miles above the Arctic Circle — and its Inupiat population is already feeling the effects of climate change. An interview with Stephen Gardiner, author of A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change. Why climate change will make you love Big Government: Christian Parenti on a secret history of free enterprise and the government that made it possible. Bill Gates backs climate scientists lobbying for large-scale geoengineering. From Momentum, what would it take to shape a planet on which people, other living things and the systems that support us can sustainably co-exist? Why the environmental movement is not winning: A new report places the blame on misguided strategies of environmental funders. Should global-warming activists lie to defend their cause? William D. Nordhaus on why the global warming skeptics are wrong.