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.
Nicholas C. Barberis (Yale): Thirty Years of Prospect Theory in Economics: A Review and Assessment. Eric Pooley on how behavioral economics could save both the fishing industry and the oceans. Stewart Lansley reviews Bleakonomics: A Heartwarming Introduction to Financial Catastrophe, the Jobs Crisis and Environmental Destruction by Rob Larson. Hans G. Despain reviews The Endless Crisis: How Monopoly-Finance Capital Produces Stagnation and Upheaval from the USA to China by John Bellamy Foster and Robert Waterman McChesney. Tom McDermott reviews Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics. Simon Mee on a renaissance in economics: Students all over the world are demanding a new curriculum. Claudio Borio on how macroeconomics without the financial cycle is like Hamlet without the Prince. Awesome Epic Fail: Alan J. Dignam on a journey through various paradigms and how to begin fixing the mess left behind.
Baris Ozener, Can Pelin, Ayla Kurkcuoglu, and Ragiba Zagyapan (Baskent): Facial Symmetry is Not a Reliable Clue of Aggressive Behavior. From Figure/Ground Communication, Edyta Niemyjska interviews Debra Bergoffen, author of Contesting the Politics of Genocidal Rape: Affirming the Dignity of the Vulnerable Body. Theories of everything: Paschal Donohoe review Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James A Robinson, Civilization: The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson, The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama, and Why the West Rules — for Now by Ian Morris. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith on how a despot’s health is a serious matter. Josh Harkinson interviews Nathanael Johnson, author of All Natural: A Skeptic's Quest for Health and Happiness in an Age of Ecological Anxiety.
A new issue of European Voice is out. From Intereconomics, a forum on Austerity Measures in Crisis Countries. From New Politics, a special section on Europe, including an interview with Leo Panitch on the Left in Europe. Claus Offe opts for democracy over "TINA" logic, which only leads to a politics that fails to provide the electorate with choices — and therein lies the trap: Only more solidarity and more democracy can rescue the eurozone from the brink of collapse. Market integration in Europe far outstripped political integration, and now we're now reaping the consequences of that imbalance — we must turn the nation-state into a legitimate political force for the 21st century, says Mary Kaldor. Europe is haunted by the myth of the lazy mob: It suits the wealthy to turn the debate about poverty into a morality tale, but the reality is that inequality is structural. Giulia Pastorella reviews The Europe of Elites: A Study into the Europeanness of Europe’s Political and Economic Elites.
Stephen J. Ware (Kansas): An Overview of Bankruptcy Law in the United States. Russell K. Standish (UNSW): Ants Are Not Conscious. Did gun control prevent Jews from stopping the Holocaust? From Swans, Michael Barker on the New Age foundations of the Soil Association (and part 2). Before the e-text: Scott McLemee reviews Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times by Andrew Piper. Making oppression appear normal: L. Richard Della Fave reviews Macro Cultural Psychology: A Political Philosophy of Mind by Carl Ratner. From Figure/Ground Communication, an interview with Gary Genosko, author of When Technocultures Collide. You better work; or, how to tell friends from faux: Jordan Alexander Stein on "RuPaul's Drag Race". Lydia Kiesling interviews Mark O’Connell, author of Epic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame, and the History of the Worst Thing Ever.
From Technology Review, the Internet isn’t robust enough for the ongoing explosion of connected devices — now labs around the country are scrambling for solutions. Len Rosen on how the Internet of Things and smartphones are breaking the Internet. The Internet of Things has arrived — and so have massive security issues. The fear that technology might threaten our survival is often dismissed as outlandish, but it is cause for concern. Ned Ludd on the Luddites and the politics of 21st century technology (and more). Rage Against the Machine: 200 years ago, the Luddites tried to stop technological progress — they didn’t succeed. Richard Cotter reviews Karl Marx on Technology and Alienation by Amy E. Wendling. From Aeon, electricity is a tyranny of buzzing and chirping demands — here's to wrinkled clothes, typewriters and life off-grid.
Nabamita Dutta (Wisconsin), Russell S. Sobel (The Citadel), and Sanjukta Roy (World Bank): Entrepreneurship and Political Risk. Peter Dursch and Joerg Oechssler (Heidelberg) and Burkhard C. Schipper (UC-Davis): When is Tit-for-Tat Unbeatable? From TNR, Sam Tannenhaus on why the Republicans are, and will continue to be, the party of white people — an historical investigation (and more). Who are the real savages? Emily Eakin on Napoleon Chagnon, the Indiana Jones of anthropology. The right person, in the right place, at the right time: Craig T. Palmer reviews Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes — The Yanomamo and the Anthropologists by Napoleon Chagnon. Brian Earp argues that taking love-altering substances might not just be a good idea, but a moral obligation. From JimRomenesko.com, this headline presented without comment.
From New Books in Politics, Jeff Bloodworth interviews Scott Farris, author of Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race But Changed the Nation. Ron Paul offers his opinion on our country’s economic state but won’t say whether he’ll run for president in 2016. From Harvard Political Review, new faces in Washington: Meet the Senators (and part 2). They all look the same: Marin Cogan on a reporter's guide to D.C.'s most indistinguishable politicians. Wonkblog’s wise boy: Julia Ioffe on Ezra Klein, a tale of striving and success in modern-day Washington. From the Washingtonian, they're educated, ambitious, and willing to work hard, but many of the young people who flock to Washington toil for years in low-paid internships before finally landing an entry-level job — is this what success looks like in 2013?; and need to know how many times Obama has played golf or used a Teleprompter? CBS’s Mark Knoller is your man.
Charisse T.M. Coston (UNC), Kristie R. Blevins (EKU), Robert L Bing, III (Texas), and Vivian B. Lord (UNC): Illegal Trafficking in Non-Human Animals. From New Formations, John Rundell on modernity, humans and animals: Tensions in the field of the technical-industrial imaginary; and Freya Mathews on the anguish of wildlife ethics. The best solution to the problems relating to tourism in the core areas of tiger reserves will involve a balance between banning tourism there and allowing heavy tourism. Kierin Mackenzie and Piers Locke on the ethnozoology of human-elephant relations. A dominant species is a dominant species: If you really care about animal rights, vegan ethics don't go far enough. Arson, cracked testicles, and Internet death threats: Jordan Heller on how animal rights extremists are learning from the people who murdered George Tiller. Mickey Z on speciesism, the forgotten privilege.