From Academic Questions, Richard Phelps on dismissive reviews and academe’s memory hole. A review of Stylish Academic Writing by Helen Sword. Peter Suber on opening access to research. Leopold’s Ghost: When the president of a liberal-arts college brought an at-risk Rwandan scholar to campus, his good intentions were challenged in ways he could have never imagined. Andrew Delbanco reviews The Victims' Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind by Bruce Bawer. On leaving academe: Tenured professor of computer science Terran Lane explains why he quit to take a job in industry. God and the Ivory Tower: What we don't understand about religion just might kill us. The managing editors of four blogs shared their thoughts with socialsciencespace about the state, impact, and future of academic blogging. When sex isn’t sexy: Nathan Harden on his bizarre education at Yale University (and more and more on God and Sex at Yale). Mark Athitakis on how college bookstores are killing college bookstores. Mythbusting 101: Mark Hendrickson on uncomfortable truths your college won't tell you (and part 2).
Gary Dickson (Edinburgh): Charisma, Medieval and Modern. From Popular Mechanics, what makes a supervolcano so super? Trumping any volcanic eruption known to modern humans, the supervolcano could cause rapid climate change and mass extinctions; and life at the epicenter: Kale Thompson on preparing for the mega-quake. Extremism and national character: “Personality differences” between people from different countries may just be a reflection of cultural differences in the use of “extreme” language to describe people. Are you worth more dead than alive? Jason Stanley on speech, lies and apathy: Blatant falsehoods like those of the Romney-Ryan campaign are only possible because Americans no longer expect to hear the truth. From Aggregation Magazine, Matthew Fox on sex and overpopulation. Kevin Drum on Paul Ryan's grim vision for America. Ouiser Boudreaux on when annoying Ayn Rand acolytes invade OkCupid.
Cara Nine (UCC): Claiming the Arctic: Principles for Acquiring Territory from the Commons. Klaus Dodds (London): Anticipating the Arctic and the Arctic Council: Pre-emption, Precaution and Preparedness. Klaus Dodds (London) and Valur Ingimundarson (Iceland): Territorial Nationalism and Arctic Geopolitics: Iceland as an Arctic Coastal State. Ashley Barnes and Christopher P.M. Waters (Windsor): The Arctic Environment and International Humanitarian Law. Can national interest supersede global interest? Bharti Lakkad and Vijaylakshmi Choudhary on the North pole controversy. Arctic coastlines hitting ecological tipping point (and more). From Popular Mechanics, Jerry Beilinson on America's Arctic challenge. Form Current Intelligence, Matthew Ford on engaging with the Arctic. Polar melting signals end of “Pax Arctica”: A largely ice-free Arctic will bring a new, porous border to a continent that has long had the best borders of them all. Where penguins live, and other reasons why the Antarctic is not the Arctic. Frozen Truths: What Antarctica can tell us about the world. Antarctic trees surprise scientists.
Michael Z. Green (Texas Wesleyan): Against Employer Dumpster Diving for E-Mail. Those acronymic names still manage to summon up a ghost of awe: BOS, LAX and CDG, JFK and LHR — these are the grandest kings and queens of airports, the gods that no one believes in anymore but is forced to worship anyway. From the latest issue of Political Theology, a series of book reviews. From Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi on the true story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital: How the GOP presidential candidate and his private equity firm staged an epic wealth grab, destroyed jobs — and stuck others with the bill. If rapid response has replaced the “state of emergency” as the dominant paradigm for governing emergencies, how might those of us concerned with enhancing democratic life respond to rapid response? Wikipedia has a list of the largest peaceful gatherings in history.
Stephen Ansolabehere looks at polling data on Americans' opinions about taxes, the budget, and entitlements. Morris P. Fiorina and Samuel J. Abrams on the myth of the "Big Sort": In the information age, Americans’ political allegiances go far beyond their neighborhoods. A review of Government's End: Why Washington Stopped Working by Jonathan Rauch. The probable outlook for US politics is continued paralysis and possible catastrophe — and most likely, both. The end of reason: Marc Hujer on what potatoes say about the state of US democracy. George W. Bush doesn’t miss “the swamp” of politics (and more). No, this isn't the nastiest campaign ever: Welcome to the political class's quadrennial freakout. Daniel Adler on Political Ads: Overpriced, inefficient, essential. Nieman Journalism Lab goes inside the star chamber: How PolitiFact tries to find truth in a world of make-believe; and BuzzFeed with a press pass: What happens when the GIF kings try to take Washington? The Tweeps on the Bus: How Buzzfeed is remaking campaign coverage. For sale: Katy Steinmetz on ridiculous political domain names.