Nicholas A. Primrose (Barry): Has Society Become Tolerant of Further Infringement on First Amendment Rights? Tessa Hadley reviews Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece by Michael Gorra. What if Americans treated athletes the way our politicians treat business owners? Austin Hill wonders. Frank Schaeffer on America's white male problem: Our country is lurching from manufactured crisis to crisis and it isn't about politics — it's about pathology. Laura Vanderkam on America’s unique love affair with self-help books. The gospel of wealth: Jim Chaffee reviews Economics and Finance for the American Way of Life, a textbook for a mandatory full year Texas public school course at the end of middle school. Paul Davis reviews Mafia Prince: Inside America's Most Violent Crime Family and the Bloody Fall of La Cosa Nostra by Phil Leonetti, Scott Burnstein, and Christopher Graziano. Jeff Jordan on the death of the American shopping mall. Over the last decade, the nation’s capital has been the great American boomtown, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer — what happens when the government money dries up? Peter Messent reviews Alone in America: The Stories That Matter by Robert A. Ferguson. Who really built America? A look at the story the History Channel left out.
Alexander Somek (Iowa): On Cosmopolitan Self-Determination. Simon Springer (Victoria): Anarchism and Geography: A Brief Genealogy of Anarchist Geographies. It's not a fever: Noam Scheiber on how Obama can break the House Republicans. West vs Asia education rankings are misleading: Western schoolchildren are routinely outperformed by their Asian peers, but worrying about it is pointless, says MacGregor Campbell. Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media has some words of advice for the defeated GOP: follow the English Defence League. "Islamophobia is bad for business": Massoud Hayoun examines how Islamophobia is costing America business opportunities, to China's advantage. Terra Bosart on why transhuman simultaneous hermaphroditism is a goal for some, and how it might eventually work. Michael Kazin on a short history of meaningless inauguration speeches. Researchers have found that engineering students are usually less empathetic than students in some caring professions. Brian K. Pinaire reviews An Introduction to Political Crime by Jeffrey Ian Ross.
Elaine Hatfield, Cherie Luckhurst, and Richard L. Rapson (Hawaii): A Brief History of Attempts to Measure Sexual Motives. From the latest issue of the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, Maryanne L. Fisher (Saint Mary’s) and Cristina Candea (Max Planck): You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take My Man: Female Intrasexual Competition as Portrayed in Songs; Rosemarie Sokol Chang (SUNY-New Paltz) and Maryanne L. Fisher and Tami M. Meredith (St. Mary’s): Evolutionary Perspectives on What Women Want; and Grant T. Trouton, Amanda E. Guitar, Rachael A. Carmen, Glenn Geher, and Terry L. Grandis (SUNY-New Paltz): Olfactory Ability to Detect Ovulatory Cues: A Function of Biological Sex, Sexual Orientation, or Both? From Touchstone, Anthony Esolen on manly chastity, hedonism and the law of non-contradiction; and Russell D. Moore on Christian honesty about the harm of fornication. Tracy Clark-Flory interviews Alain de Botton, author of How to Think More About Sex (and more). Mara Hvistendahl reviews Behind the Red Door: Sex in China by Richard Burger. Carlin Romano reviews Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World.
Linda Ross Meyer (Quinnipiac): Law's Suffering. Sylvie Maurer (Savoy): Mauritius: Interethnic Relations Through Rice and Rum. From Christianity Today, John J. Travis on why evangelicals should be thankful for Muslim insiders: Insider followers of Jesus may not have changed religions, but their lives have been changed by Christ; and Timothy C. Tennant on the hidden history of insider movements: For generations, Islam and Hinduism have had believers. Charles Fried and Frederick A.O. Schwarz on the filibuster myth: There are no legal or constitutional barriers to the Senate rewriting its filibuster rules with a simple majority vote. How Facebook can ruin study abroad: Cellphones and social media protect students from culture shock, and that's a loss. Lydia DePillis on how there's a war in cyberspace over icons vs. text. The long shadow of the founding: Aziz Rana reviews Liberty, State, and Union: The Political Theory of Thomas Jefferson by Luigi Bassani, To Secure the Liberty of the People: James Madison's Bill of Rights and the Supreme Court's Interpretation by Eric Kasper, and The Ideological Origins of American Federalism by Alison LaCroix.
From Cosmos, the vast majority of the universe is something we can't see, can't touch and is expanding the universe at ever-increasing speeds; Tamara Davis explains why dark energy poses more questions than answers. Can time just stop? Michael Byrne wonders. The God Particle: What explains the current wave of popular physics? Virginia Trimble reviews Gravity's Engines: The Other Side of Black Holes by Caleb Scharf. Dark matter mystery may soon be solved: Experiments to detect dark matter, which scientists believe makes up about a quarter of the universe, are underway and may yield direct evidence within a decade. What is string theory, and why should we bother finding out? Steven Gubser explains. Most fundamental clock ever could redefine kilogram: Physicists have created the first clock with a tick that depends on the hyper-regular frequency of matter itself. Rebecca J. Rosen on the largest structure ever observed in the universe: At 4 billion light years across, this quote-unquote "object" throws astronomical assumptions that go back to Einstein into doubt.