Rosemary C. Salomone (St. John's): Rights and Wrongs in the Debate over Single-Sex Schooling. John Tierney on why teachers secretly hate grading papers: It's the most stressful part of the job — partly because it's so hard to be fair. MIT economist Josh Angrist’s meticulous methods have influenced scholars for two decades — now he’s zeroing in on what makes some schools better than others. Why some conservatives are warming to socioeconomic school integration: Richard D. Kahlenberg reviews The Diverse Schools Dilemma: A Parent’s Guide to Socioeconomically Mixed Public Schools by Michael J. Petrilli. In early childhood education, “quality really matters”: Dylan Matthews interviews James Heckman. What Ferris Bueller got right: Students definitely begin losing interest in school somewhere between first grade and 12th. A wealth of words: The key to increasing upward mobility is expanding vocabulary.
David Orentlicher (Indiana) and William S. David (Harvard): Concussion and Football: Failures to Respond by the NFL and the Medical Profession. Chris Kluwe won't turn you into a lustful cockmonster: The Vikings' outspoken punter on brain injuries, creative swearing, and life after football. From Intellectual Conservative, does ESPN stand for “Elite Socialist Progressive Network”? Peter Richardson reviews Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down by Dave Zirin (and more). Should sports gambling be legal? James Surowiecki wonders. How to think about our steroid supermen: Jeremy Rozansky on Lance Armstrong, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the meaning of sports. Yet another reason to legalise doping in sport: Organised crime. Is it only a game? Sanja Kadric reviews Ajax, The Dutch, The War: The Strange Tale of Soccer During Europe's Darkest Hour by Simon Kuper.
From the Journal of Philosophy of Life, William Irwin (King’s College): Liberation through Compassion and Kindness: The Buddhist Eightfold Path as a Philosophy of Life; and Jeff Noonan (Windsor): The Life-Value of Death: Mortality, Finitude, and Meaningful Lives. From the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a special section on patents. Here's a modest proposal — it's well past time we grow up, stop the carnage, and enjoy sex the way God intended. Gavin Mendel-Gleason interviews Paul Cockshott, author of Towards a New Socialism and Classical Econophysics. What lasts? Sarah Ruden on the work of editor and critic Roger Kimball. Fox News' Roger Ailes wants more Latino viewers — his employees don’t seem to agree. Theodore George reviews Utopia of Understanding: Between Babel and Auschwitz by Donatella Ester Di Cesare. Ye Olde Blogge Postte: Jessica Love on an ironic phrase with an ironic past.
Gerhard Michael Ambrosi (Trier): Social Justice: Aristotle versus Pythagoreans and Implications for Modern Debates. David Dyzenhaus (Toronto): Hobbes's Constitutional Theory. Lars Ostman (Copenhagen): The Frontispiece of Leviathan: Hobbes’ Bible Use. What did the Founders think they were doing? Harvey C. Mansfield on why we vote. From ARPA, Lisa Hill reviews Philosophic Pride: Stoicism and Political Thought from Lipsius to Rousseau by Christopher Brooke. Nick O'Donovan on control and fortune in the City of God, and on the use and disadvantage of history for political thought. The introduction to Hume's Politics: Coordination and Crisis in the History of England by Andrew Sabl. Jill Frank reviews Plato, Aristotle, and the Purpose of Politics by Kevin M. Cherry. Jonathan Gornall on how Cicero's writings compiled in How To Run A Country may not be relevant today (and more).
From Evolutionary Psychology, Eric Russell, Danielle DelPriore, Max Butterfield, and Sarah Hill (TCU): Friends With Benefits, but Without the Sex: Straight Women and Gay Men Exchange Trustworthy Mating Advice. Prospects for 2013: Goran Therborn casts a broad eye across Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Research suggests power helps you live the good life by bringing you closer to your true self. Molly Ball on how the gun-control movement got smart: Why are advocates so optimistic now when reform has failed so many times before? Because they have a totally new strategy. The .03% Solution: The unwritten rule of Washington debates about taxing and spending is to never consider anything new, but wouldn't it be wonderful if the pressure of the next few months' debate changed that? The pool is always closed: A preview of Mad: 50 Worst Cartoons.
A new issue of Fathom is out. Ryan J. Suto (PSU): Small Nation, Big Questions: Bahrain After the Arab Spring. From Guernica, as the disappeared from the Kurdish-Turkish conflict are unearthed from unmarked graves, will the government help deliver justice? Patrick Wrigley wants to know. Obama can't get it right on the Arab Spring unless he holds Saudi Arabia to account. Arab Spring, Israeli Winter: William S. Lind interviews Martin van Creveld on what the Muslim uprisings mean for Israel. The Palestinian Authority has given itself a new name, the State of Palestine — is this a step toward making recognition at the U.N. a reality? Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi on the new generation and the future of the broader Middle East. Does Arab progress founder on an ossified language? We need to understand our history better — why did Arabs disappear from “our” science?
Jon Solomon (Lyon): The Transnational Study of Culture and the Indeterminacy of People(s) and Language(s). Sundays with the Christianists: Doktor Zoom on a “world history” book that’s ready for the Apocalypse, now. Dani Rodrik on the tyranny of political economy: An excessive focus on vested interests can easily divert us from the critical contribution that policy analysis and political entrepreneurship can make. From Modern Times, John Guzzon on the irrational GOP love for Calvin Coolidge. Drinking toilet water: Sam lemonick on the science (and psychology) of wastewater recycling. Philosophers have written tomes on love, so why have they, and most of us, left tenderness — that blossom of love — out in the cold? Alexander Cohen on the law and morality of insider trading. Hey, Valentine, here are a few snippets from an interview with Slavoj Zizek on seduction conducted by John Summers and David Graeber.
From the International Journal of Communication, a special section on the study of political entertainment, including Roderick P. Hart (Texas): The Rhetoric of Political Comedy: A Tragedy?; Dannagal G. Young (Delaware): Political Satire and Occupy Wall Street: How Comics Co-opted Strategies of the Protest Paradigm to Legitimize a Movement; Amber Day (Bryant): Shifting the Conversation: Colbert’s Super PAC and the Measurement of Satirical Efficacy; Heather LaMarre (Minnesota): When Parody and Reality Collide: Examining the Effects of Colbert’s Super PAC Satire on Issue Knowledge and Policy Engagement across Media Formats; Megan R. Hill (Ohio State): Developing a Normative Approach to Political Satire: A Critical Perspective; and R. Lance Holbert (Ohio State): Developing a Normative Approach to Political Satire: An Empirical Perspective. From HPR, Daniel Lynch on the Stewart-Colbert factor.
Jaime Elias Bortz (Buenos Aires): “The Medical Books I Have Read So Far”: A Research into the Books Read by Maimonides (1138-1204) for his Medical Education. Simon Werrett (Washington): Recycling in Early Modern Science. From Expositions, a roundtable on Daryn Lehoux's What Did the Romans Know? An Inquiry into Science and Worldmaking. Madeline Muntersbjorn reviews Henri Poincare: A Scientific Biography by Jeremy Gray. There is a groundswell of support for the campaign to save the London's Royal Institution — but, asks Adam Smith, beyond the emotion is there good evidence that it's worth saving? Adam Gopnik reviews books on Galileo. Amativeness, ideality, “God spot”: Jena Osman on the seductive promise of phrenology and its progeny. How do you write a definitive book for the 21st century? Early Flowers and Angiosperm Evolution provides a blueprint.
Pnina Lahav (BU): The Woes of WoW: The Women of the Wall as a Religious Social Movement and as Metaphor. Our Abraham, not theirs: Inheriting Abraham, by Jon Levenson, expertly dismantles the idea of the patriarch as the father of three religions. Jonathan Sarna on the Jewish translation that rewrote the Bible: After 50 years, is JPS version getting old in the tooth? An excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was by Gerhard Lohfink. From The New Yorker, a review of books on Francis of Assisi. Amid threats of Islamic terrorism, a nuclear-armed Iran and tumult across the Middle East, a growing group of American evangelicals say the Antichrist will be Muslim. Jamal Mahjoub interviews Lesley Hazleton, author of The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad. Amy Adamczyk and Brittany Hayes on Islamic cultures, religious affiliation, and sex outside of marriage.