A new issue of Education Next is out. The other pride parade: It's fine to celebrate heterosexuality, just be straight about your intentions. A review of Falun Gong and the Future of China by David Ownby. John McCain and Barack Obama both say America should lead the world; do they know what follows? From National Geographic, Charles C. Mann on Our Good Earth: The future rests on the soil beneath our feet. This place is the bomb: Something wild is happening on Christmas Island, once ground zero for nuclear test explosions. Hugh Andrew publishes the books others won’t touch because he believes they contain dying voices that must be revived. From CUP, an excerpt from Useless Arithmetic: Why Environmental Scientists Can't Predict the Future by Orrin H. Pilkey and Linda Pilkey-Jarvis; and an excerpt from Humanity's Footprint: Momentum, Impact, and Our Global Environment by Walter Dodds. From Eat the State!, an article on the Global Poverty Act, the most important bill you've never heard of; and even if you're a vegetarian and you line-dry all your laundry, it's still not a good idea to fly to Greece for a week. The Greeks and the Chinese, doing business for aeons, and the lofty theory, and tough reality, of a link between two peoples who have always known the meaning of diaspora. A look at the top 10 endangered languages.
From LRB, what works doesn’t work: Ross McKibbin on politics without ideas. From LRC, Andrew Ng goes beyond entrenched divisions in the United States and Canada; progressivism’s end: In Obama, both Americans and Canadians can see the promise of something new; and more on American distractions. From FP, here's a list of Obama’s 10 worst ideas. From Monthly Review, Edward S. Herman and David Peterson on Jeremiah Wright in the Propaganda System. From ITT, Slavoj Zizek on the Audacity of Rhetoric. From n+1, Aziz Rana on Obama and the Closing of the American Dream. From The Root, an article on Obama and the Suicidal Left: Why the black intelligentsia needs to stop hating on the Democratic nominee; and from Clarence Thomas to Sarah Palin, nobody plays cynical identity politics like the GOP. From TAS, Morning in America: With one bold masterstroke, everything that was so wrong with American politics has been made right. Emily Bazelon and Dahlia Lithwick on the complicated business of judging Sarah Palin. The Second Vermont Republic is a network that aims to dissolve the United States and, in particular, return Vermont to an independent republic. From Radar, Lynn Harris charts the origins of cougar mania. From IL, Richard Dawkins on freedoms lost and gained. From Standpoint, Cynthia Ozick on writers, visible and invisible; and what do we mean by "art"?
Barbara E. Armacost (Virginia): Interrogation after 9/11: The Law on the Books and the Law on the Ground. From Homeland Security Affairs, David Tucker (NPS): Terrorism, Networks, and Strategy: Why the Conventional Wisdom is Wrong; an article on paramilitary terrorism, a neglected threat; and a review of Catastrophe: Risk and Response by Richard Posner. Here's the full text of War Inc. by Seymour Melman. A review of Governing through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear by Jonathan Simon. From Government Executive, a special issue on the top government contractors. Show respect for women, ban contraception: Has Humanae Vitae's proscription against contraception been vindicated? From the Journal of Consciousness Studies, a review of A Phenomenology of Love and Hate by Peter Hadreas; and hitting on consciousness: Honderich Versus McGinn. From THES, a review of Trust: Self-Interest and the Common Good by Marek Kohn. Why is philosophy as a subject such a fizzer in schools, asks Laura Parker. No veritas in this vino: Robert Goldstein's research involved entering bogus wines into competitions, in order to expose lack of standards in the industry. Leaving Guyland: Peter Pans aren't as happy as they seem. A review of The Godfather of Tabloid by Jack Vitek.
A new issue of Inroads: The Canadian Journal of Opinion is out. From Radar, more on the worst colleges in America (from their "College Week" special section). From Miller-McCune, a call on the professorial classes to help check abuses of governmental power and to start confronting the Alberto Gonzaleses of the world before they wreak havoc. From The Hedgehog Review, an interview with E. J. Dionne, Jr. From ISSR, a debate on abolishing vs. preserving the Electoral College. More on Dee Dee Myers’ Why Women Should Rule the World. From History Now, a special issue on "books that changed history". An interview with James Howard Kunstler on deconstructing the human habitat. From malaprops (the "wonton" aggression of the Chinese) to mondegreens, "Excuse me while I kiss this guy" (Hendrix): An excerpt from Can I Have a Word With You? by Howard Richler. What does George W. Bush really think about former rival McCain, the fall campaign and his own presidential legacy? A review of The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics by Leonard Susskind. The world’s "best" car bombers: An interview with ex-CIA agent Robert Baer on terror, Iran, and Hezbollah. A review of Walter Benjamin's On Hashish. A review of Sexual Politics: The Gay Person in America Today by Shannon Gilreath.
The latest issue of The Little Magazine is online. From Commentary, how to manage savagery: The clash of civilizations has now, in the case of Islam, become primarily a clash within; and a review of books on Jews and their DNA. From NS, the genes of a European person can be enough to pinpoint their ancestry down to their home country, claim two new studies. A review of Europe: A Nietzschean Perspective by Stefan Elbe. From Foreign Policy, think Russia is the big winner in Georgia? Think again. BHL on Georgia, Russia and Europe. From Anarchy, a review of Endgame, Volumes I & II by Derrick Jensen; and an article on anti-imperialism, yet another statist ideology. Zadie Smith reviews The Tremendous World I Have Inside My Head: Franz Kafka: A Biographical Essay by Louis Begley, more on Excavating Kafka by James Hawes, and so what if Kafka enjoyed porn? From The Walrus, a look at the complexities of queer parenthood. Conservatives finally learned that sheer moralizing doesn't keep teens from having sex; now they have a creepy new tactic. From The Believer, Rolf Potts on the Henry Ford of Literature: How one of the most prolific publishers in US history ended up floating dead in his swimming pool — possibly murdered by the FBI; and a look at how public-access and David Letterman informed the weirdest show ever aired.
The first issue of Strategies of Critique is out. From Left Curve, foetry.com: An interview with Steven Ford Brown on what academia doesn't want you to know about the creative writing industry. Intellectuals as castrators of meaning: An interview with Rene Girard. From BBC Magazine, things aren't what they used to be, and thank goodness for that; and towns and cities are designed primarily for men, not women — so what's the difference? From New Matilda, a man drought is a tricky problem, because the solutions we apply to other types of drought don't apply. From Lost, a look back at the losers of American presidential elections. Cass Sunstein on how Obama's views aren't easy to characterize, so stop trying already. Michael Kinsley on how Sarah Palin made the GOP change its mind about presidential qualifications. More on Grand New Party by Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam. Offered perpetually to the Congress, would the so-called Christian Amendment really achieve its objectives? Of all moral issues, war is perhaps the most difficult, and most important; what would a specifically libertarian response to this issue be? From Prospect, African states have arbitrary borders and unsuitable systems of "winner-takes-all" electoral democracy — it is time to develop an African form of democracy; and bullfighting is seen by many as cruel, but can aesthetics justify the suffering of the animal?
From Carnegie Ethics, Devin Stewart on the myth of the nation-state (and responses). An interview with Michael Hudson, author of Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire. An interview with Paul Kennedy, a man still unafraid of tackling the grand strategies of empire and war; and contrary to expectations, it seems that we have succeeded in developing forms of society in which doing the hokey-cokey is what it's all about. A review of Fascism and Democracy in the Human Mind: A Bridge between Mind and Society by I. W. Charny. A review of Executive Orders and the Modern Presidency: Legislating from the Oval Office by Adam Warber. Democracy and accountability: A look at the perverse effects of term limits. Is history siding with Obama’s economic plan? Alan Blinder reviews Unequal Democracy by Larry Bartels. Hepatitis B and missing women: An article on the "morality tale" involving Robert Barro, Steven Levitt, Amartya Sen and Emily Oster. A review of Natural Goodness by Philippa Foot. From NYRB, an article on Georgia and the balance of power; and a review of books on the price of being black. Todd Gitlin on the Left, lost in the politics of identity. From Harp & Altar, sliver of a sliver: A review of Red Shifting by Aleksandr Skidan. A review of The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature by Daniel J. Levitin.
From The New Yorker, can the Democrats get a foothold on the religious vote? Peter J. Boyer investigates; and Steve Coll on David Petraeus, the pressures of politics, and the road out of Iraq. From Studies in Language and Capitalism, Andrew Sola (Maryland): The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to War-Profiteering in Iraq; and Lisa Glebatis Perks (UT-Austin): The Nouveau Reach: Ideologies of Class and Consumerism in Reality-Based Television. From Luna Park, an essay on the future of lit (mags); an article on how to start a war: McSweeney's 26; and Travis Kurowski on the last movement literary magazine: n+1. From The Liberal, an article on Barack Obama and the Idea of America. From First Things, Joseph Bottum on the death of Protestant America: A political theory of the Protestant mainline. A review of Gay Marriage: For Better or for Worse? What We've Learned from the Evidence by William N. Eskridge Jr. and Darren R. Spedale. Martin Amis on terrorism's new structure. Radovan Karadzic has been caught, but the war is not over yet for the heirs of Yugoslavia's war criminals. A futurologist says . In defense of the beta blocker: Is this a performance drug that could actually increase the fairness of Olympic contests? From IHE, should American Politics be abolished (as a field)? Martha Nussbaum reviews On Religious Liberty: Selections From the Works of Roger Williams.
Maia Gachechiladze (CEU) and Chad Staddon (UWE): Towards a Political Ecology of Oil in Post-communist Georgia. From the Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, a special issue on military justice in Russia. From The New Yorker, Rebecca Mead on the soaring ambition of Santiago Calatrava. From Esquire, an inside look at this year's Young Republican Leadership Conference (and more). From Military.com, Phillip Butler, a fellow Vietnam POW of McCain's warns of the candidate's "quick and explosive temper" and suggests McCain is exaggerating his imprisonment. Noam Scheiber on how Cindy Hensley invented John McCain. Who's your daddy? An article on McCain, Obama, and the men who made them. Even Democrats find it difficult to classify Obama among the party's many types, from traditional liberals to neoliberals, New Democrats, Blue Dogs, and Net-roots activists. From Exiled, here's proof Obama isn't an American. From Hard News, an article on Stiglitz and Sen on profit and pain. A review of The Dismal Science: How Thinking Like an Economist Undermines Community by Stephen A. Marglin. From Jewish Political Studies Review, an interview with Rabbi David Ellenson on how modernity changed Judaism; and an interview with Joel Kotek on major anti-Semitic motifs in Arab cartoons. From JBooks, here's a literary history of the dirty Jew.
From Harper's, Jonathan Franzen and James Wood: An egg in return, in three parts (and more and more on How Fiction Works). If the novels named in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die seem like a quirky list, that’s no accident: the book is keen to start an argument. Memo to book publishers: Learn from Digg, Yelp, even Gawker. William Saletan on race, genes, and the future of medicine. How racist, conspiratorial crank Jerome Corsi became the Republican attack machine's anti-Obama point man. Rootlessness, the label that sticks to stories like Barack Obama’s, is a national trait that both attracts and repels. John McWhorter on why political oratory sounds so weird. A review of April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Death and How it Changed America by Michael Eric Dyson. A review of We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity by Tommie Shelby. A struggle lies ahead in hip-hop: to wrest away the gun that points at us on the cover of NWA's "Straight Outta Compton". A review of Big Black Penis: Misadventures in Race and Masculinity by Shawn Taylor. A review of A Surgical Temptation: The Demonization of the Foreskin and the Rise of Circumcision in Britain by Robert Darby. From Jewish Quarterly, a review of Foreskin’s Lament by Shalom Auslander; and a celebration of the anarchic freedom of Israeli graphic novels.