A new issue of OnEarth is out, including a cover story on Loving the West to Death. From Plenty, here are 10 global-warming policy recommendations for the Obama administration. Is anybody buying art these days? The Mugrabis are, Jose and his sons. A review of Common Reading: Critics, Historians, Publics by Stefan Collini. From Quarterly Conversation, an essay on the demise of publishing, reading, and everything else. From Radical Notes, an article on the evolution of knowledge production in capitalist society. For DIY brewers, Prohibition lasted until 1978 — but once unleashed, they revolutionized the industry. A review of Beyond the Revolution: A History of American Thought from Paine to Pragmatism by William H. Goetzmann. Is Obama a closet conservative? You've got to admire a man who regularly wore a cape, and this goes doubly if that man is an economist — but Joseph Schumpeter was no ordinary economist. From Utne, the revolution will not be funded: It’s time to liberate activists from the nonprofit industrial complex; here is a 10-step primer from a media expert on how to help get you or your cause noticed, on your terms; and a hint of BS: Can it be that wine snobs are even worse than art snobs? Is the "Two-State Solution" viable after Gaza? Michael Walzer investigates. Prospect profiles Michael Ignatieff, an intellectual in politics.
A new issue of Fray is out. From The New Yorker, D. T. Max on David Foster Wallace’s struggle to surpass Infinite Jest. Before John Updike and Richard Yates, there was John Cheever; will a new biography and the reissue of his fiction find him a place on America’s night stands — and in the canon? (and John Updike reviews Cheever: A Life by Blake Bailey; and more from The New Criterion). From New York, an article on sin taxes, nanny politics, and the illogic of trying to govern by what’s best for us. From TNR, a review of Verses and Versions: Three Centuries of Russian Poetry, translated by Vladimir Nabokov; a review of Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney by Dennis O'Driscoll; and Michelle Cottle on the Cool Presidency: An inquiry into Obama's hipness; The GOP’s new colors: Michael Steele and Bobby Jindal don’t look like the vast majority of Republicans, but do new faces mean new ideas? (and more) The Root on Alan Keyes, the GOP's nutty Negro. "Leader of the GOP" Rush Limbaugh on defining socialism (and more by George Packer). Defeated at the polls, divided over issues and outflanked by the Democrats, Republicans in Congress turn their lonely eyes to former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich? Saskia Sassen goes Beyond Party Politics: The new president and the growth of executive power.
From Air &Space Power Journal, Jennifer Henderson (USAF): Holy War: Millenarianism and Political Violence; a review of The Last Crusade: Americanism and the Islamic Reformation by Michael A. Palmer; a review of Beyond al-Qaeda: Part 1, The Global Jihadist Movement and Part 2, The Outer Rings of the Terrorist Universe by Angel Rabasa et al.; and a review essay on strategy making; Nouriel Roubini says nationalizing the banks is the market-friendly solution. Jeffrey Toobin on the Supreme Court taking on a civil-rights landmark. A look at how bloggers and unions are joining forces to push Democrats to left (and Obama wants to move the center left — the president's liberal critics miss the bigger picture). A review of 7 Deadly Scenarios. A Military Futurist Explores War in the 21st Century by Andrew Krepinevich. From Dissent, Seyla Benhabib on Turkey's constitutional zigzags; Forrest D. Colburn on Latin America: Captive to commodities. From TNR, Michael Wahid Hanna on why a timeline for troop withdrawal is no longer only Washington's decision; and huge expectations, big egos, turf wars: Is Clinton's State Department just like her campaign? From The Monkey Cage, Matt Jarvis on improving scholarly journals (and part 2). "Liberal bias? Research finds network TV election coverage favors Republicans. Majikthise on Quiverfulls and the OctoMom.
From The Wilson Quarterly, Americans love to complain about gridlock in Washington and partisan warfare between presidents and Congress, yet the record suggests that unified party government is no panacea; teaching a hippo to dance: The most brilliant policies will fail if government does not attract talented people and free them to do their best work; William Galston on the five maxims the federal government can follow to regain the public confidence it has lost over the past four decades; and a look at how America’s national security structure is designed to confront the challenges of the last century rather than our own. From Splice Today, an article on the roots of blogging: Literary masters' journals are being reprinted as blog updates, which is perhaps the best way to read them. From VQR, a look at how book reviews are moving from print to podcasts. From THES, children of the revolution: The Sixties generation of academics are approaching retirement, so what better time to consider that contentious era's legacy; and comic-strip hero: Graduate student Jorge Cham decided to look on the bright side of his experiences and created a comic that is entertaining millions. Thomas Frank says bipartisanship is a silly Beltway obsession. A theory that explains the evolution of ecosystems may apply to civilizations as well-and it says we're approaching a critical phase.
From NYRB, such, such was Eric Blair: A review of books by George Orwell; and here are selections from the letters of Norman Mailer (and part 2); and can we transform the auto-industrial society? Emma Rothschild wants to know. From the Project for Excellence in Journalism, here's a special report on the New Washington Press Corps. Manufacturing Guilt: Experts say this exclusive video shows a dental examiner creating the bite marks that put a man on death row. Salon asks what President Obama will do about the rise of suicide and murder among U.S. soldiers returning from combat; and an interview with Alexandra Pelosi, director of "Right America: Feeling Wronged". From Sign and Sight, Bernard-Henri Levy embarks on an adventure of anti-Nazi dialectics — first stop: Tom Cruise; and submission in advance: 20 years after the fatwa was issued against Salman Rushdie, Islamism has the West more firmly in its grip than ever before. How cartoons joined the 21st century: Forget paper and wave goodbye to inky fingers; Simon Usborne discovers the hottest comics are strictly online (and from Bookforum, a review of Douglas Wolk’s Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean). From TNR, a review of 2666 by Roberto Bolano. From Smithsonian, a look at how Lincoln and Darwin shaped the modern world. A review of Everyday Aesthetics by Yuriko Saito.
From Open Democracy, Tony Curzon Price on the liberty of the networked (and part 2 and part 3). From The Philosophers' Magazine, the village anti-idiot: An English village rediscovering Hobbes, its greatest thinker; James Connelly on Collingwood and the finest philosophical autobiography ever; three senior editors at leading philosophy publishers pick the books the buyers have missed; an interview with Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on why civil society needs saving; a review of Illness by Havi Carel, Sport by Colin McGinn, and Hunger by Raymond Tallis. Julian Baggini on Hume on religion (and part 2). Terrorism experts feared that North Africa would be the next Afghanistan: a haven, and a launching pad, for Al Qaeda — why hasn’t it turned out that way? We share DNA with chimps and other primates, and are tempted to overshare more of ourselves. The Hard Cases: Will Obama institute a new kind of preventive detention for terrorist suspects? Literary death spiral: Dick Meyer on the fading book section. From Popular Mechanics, a special section on UFOs, including a look at the 10 most influential UFO-inspired books, movies and TV shows. How did humans develop? Fossils and molecular genetics are just some of the tools researchers have used to answer questions about the history of the human species. Dani Rodrik on Capitalism 2.0: Coming soon.
A new issue of Education Next is out. From CRB, an essay on the roots of liberal condescension: Snobbery is the last refuge of the liberal-arts major. From New York, why the New School insurrection may be Bob Kerrey's greatest battle. The history behind the film and play "Frost/Nixon": John Dean on how David Frost really convinced Richard Nixon to talk. Thomas Ricks on why the war in Iraq isn't over — the main events may not even have happened yet. The New Yorker profiles Rahm Emmanuel, the gatekeeper. Time profiles Robert Gibbs, the president's warrior. A look at how relentless press-bashing — from both the Left and the Right — just gives politicians more reasons to ignore the media. From The Nation, a review of Writing in the Dark: Essays on Literature and Politics by David Grossman. From Mother Jones, America on $195 a week: How the working poor get by — barely; an interview with Michael Pollan, America's favorite food intellectual; and Kevin Drum on 10 ways to trade up: How Obama can fix the climate, raise billions for clean tech, and send you a fat check. Brad DeLong on building a better life via deficit spending. From Air & Space, an interview with Chesley Sullenberger on That Day, his advice for young pilots, and hitting the ditch button (or not). Sense and Sensibility: A.C. Grayling debuts his new column "The Thinking Read".
From TNR, a review of Sex and Sensuality in the Ancient World by Giulia Sissa. Pet trends that must die: Social networking sites for dogs? Kitty wigs? It's time to stop the madness. From Metapsychology, a review of In Therapy We Trust: America's Obsession with Self-Fulfillment by Eva S. Moskowitz; a review of A Brief History of Anxiety: Yours and Mine by Patricia Pearson; and a review of Radical Grace: How Belief in a Benevolent God Benefits Our Health by J. Harold Ellens. Geoffrey Robertson on how he hid Salman Rushdie during the fatwa. Insurgencies that refuse to die: Five rebellions that somehow keep going years after the governments they antagonize declared victory. A review of The Russell/Bradley Dispute and its Significance for Twentieth-Century Philosophy by Stewart Candlish. From Conversations with History, an interview with John Harte on the current environmental crisis; an interview with Barry Eichengreen on the current economic crisis; and an interview with David M. Kennedy on what is to be learned from the Great Depression. From NPQ, an interview with Paul Samuelson: "Don't expect recovery before 2012; and an article on Barack Obama and "Slumdog Millionaire". From PopMatters, could the lighthearted, seemingly innocuous genre of the romantic comedy actually be as psychologically damaging as onscreen violence and sex?
From The University Bookman, is conservatism dead? A symposium in response to “Conservatism is Dead” by Sam Tanenhaus. Who killed the neocons? Commentary magazine was once one of the conservative movement’s leading voices, but today it’s an ideological bunker. When one extraordinary life story is not enough: Herman Rosenblat survived a Nazi death camp; fifty years on, he told Oprah of the little girl who had thrown food over the fence and kept him alive. Sure, the Twitter guys still have no idea how to make money off their fabulous invention, but for now they are living in a dreamworld of infinite possibilities, maybe the last one on Earth. A look at how your looks betray your personality. Why are creative geniuses always portrayed as insufferable louts? Javier Marias wants to know. An Alienation Artist: A review of books on unraveling the Kafkaesque mystique of Franz Kafka. Where is Kant when we need him?: We seem unable to extend the rules we live by to others. An interview with Maggie Jackson, author of Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age. The banks are imploding, your home is worthless, we’re all going to die! A new crop of Dr. Dooms are making careers out of scaring you. A review of How To Live A Search for Wisdom From Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth) by Henry Alford (and more).
Neil Munro (Aberdeen): Which Way Does Ukraine Face? Popular Orientations Toward Russia and Western Europe. From the Caucasian Review of International Affairs, Robert Nalbandov ( St. Andrews): Battle of Two Logics: Appropriateness and Consequentiality in Russian Interventions in Georgia; Mykola Kapitonenko (Kyiv): Resolving Post-Soviet “Frozen Conflicts”: Is Regional Integration Helpful?; and Vladimer Papava (GFSIS): The End of the Frozen Cold War? Decisions, decisions: What people can learn from how social animals make collective decisions. From Foreign Policy, the axis of upheaval: A special report on the coming age of instability; and the long legs of the crash: Daniel Drezner on 13 unexpected consequences of the financial crisis. A review of Talk Dirty Yiddish by Ilene Schneider. The Carney Consequence: A poor Oscar choice for Best Actor in 1974 set in motion a ripple effect of makeup awards by the Academy that is still being felt today. If the debate over climate change is closed, why is John Coleman, the founder of the Weather Channel, still trying to prove it’s all a scam? From LRB, Perry Anderson reviews books on Italian politics. Known as the "Tome Raider", he also goes by the aliases Mr Santoro or David Fletcher; a notorious gentleman thief in the rarefied world of antiquarian books, he has slipped through the hands of the police, is wanted and at large.