From The New York Review of Books, Michael Pollan on the rise of the Food Movement: a review essay. From The New Yorker, is Le Fooding, the French culinary movement, more than a feeling? When KFC comes out a chicken sandwich on a chicken bun, we're outraged; when a mom-and-pop diner does the same thing, we say, "What a quaint slice of Americana". Beeline to Extinction: Saving our threatened pollinators is key to global food security. Why is nutritional math so muddled? If you want to fight global warming, it’s time to consider a different diet (and more). How school gardens are cheating our most vulnerable students: A review of Alice Waters and Chez Panisse by Thomas McNamee. A Christian diet: David Grumett on the case for food rules. An interview with Carolyn Steel on books on food and the city. Brett Anderson on his top five favorite books about the New Orleans's cuisine. From FT, a review of Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer; The End of Overeating: Taking Control of our Insatiable Appetite by David A Kessler; and An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage (and more). A review of Sugar: A Bittersweet History by Elizabeth Abbott. When it comes to legitimate restaurant reviewing, many journalists have dropped the ball; a code of ethics for Australia’s restaurant critics and food journalists needs to be written and adhered to. From LRB, Jeremy Harding on the future of food and its supply. A review of The Italian Way: Food and Social Life by Douglas Harper and Patrizia Faccioli. The Femivore’s Dilemma: Can chickens save the desperate housewife? Better Farmers Markets: Farmers markets need to do more to tackle the convenience problem. Everyone eats — but that doesn’t make you a restaurant critic.
Noah Isenberg reviews Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History by Simon Winder (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Germans, secret inventors or hot air? An article on the great "scareship" wave of 1909. Hitler needs a woman: An excerpt from Travels in the Reich, 1933-45: Foreign Authors Report from Germany. Semiotext(e)'s The German Issue provides us with a time capsule from a very different era, but so much of its content remains pertinent. From The Nation, a review of Baader-Meinhof: The Inside Story of the RAF by Stefan Aust and Everybody Talks About the Weather, We Don't: The Writings of Ulrike Meinhof. Victor Grossman on Oskar Lafontaine and the troubled German Left. Auf Wiedersehen Macho: A new manifesto from the German Green Party aims to banish macho men for good. An article on Germany’s far-right: Style and tea party shakeup. The Melting Centre: Eckhard Jesse on Germany’s changing political map. Teuton the Introvert: Germany was once the most powerful nation on the Continent — now it is spiraling toward mediocrity. A shifting Weltanschauung: With its resistance to an instant Greek bail-out, Germany, a nation long seen as unfailingly committed to European cohesion, appears increasingly prepared to put its own interests first. Germany is tired of paying Europe's bills: If Germans feel less guilty about the war, they won't make sacrifices to help feckless Greeks. Frau Germania: How Angela Merkel's selfishness is killing Europe. From The Economist, a special report on Germany, older and wiser; and a look at why Germany needs to change, both for its own sake and for others. From CJR, journalism criticism in German: How Germany approaches the media beat.
From Ethics & Global Politics, Kenneth Baynes (Syracuse): Discourse Ethics and the Political Conception of Human Rights; Fred Dallmayr (Notre Dame): Hermeneutics and Inter-cultural Dialog: Linking Theory and Practice; and William E. Scheuerman (Indiana): Postnational Democracies without Postnational States? Some Skeptical Reflections (and a reply by Hauke Brunkhorst). The death of a civil servant: Two of the twentieth century’s dominant literary traditions — modernism and fantasy — met as mismatched roommates in colonial Ceylon. A review of Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law by Gabriel Schoenfeld. Sheila Heti on "secret self-help" books, though, really, that phrase can describe almost all literature. From The Caribbean Review of Books, a review of Exhibiting Slavery: The Caribbean Postmodern Novel as Museum by Vivian Nun Halloran; and Vahni Capildeo begins her first visit to India. The father of big government? The federal government doubled during the Lincoln administration — but after the Civil War it dropped back down again. New insights into the science of emotion unravel the seeming neurological magic that turns emotions into social expressions. More on The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes. A review of "Broad Bills of Particularistic Policy? Historical Patterns in American State Legislatures" by Gerald Gamm and Thad Kousser. From The Rumpus, Monica Shores compares Masterclass: Blow-Jobs vs. Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man. The jig is up: On the remote west coast of Ireland, Doolin — the epicenter of traditional Irish music — sings the economic blues away. Headbangers Unite! An article on the international cultural power that is heavy metal.
From Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, a special issue on science communication in a changing world. The first chapter from Nanotechnology for Dummies by Richard D. Booker and Earl Boysen. From Fermilab, a new clue to explain human existence? Stephen Hawking on how to build a time machine: All you need is a wormhole, the Large Hadron Collider or a rocket that goes really, really fast. Yes, but why do it? Figuring out a reason for the world's longest-running scientific experiment. Hello, Dolly: A conversation in a Dublin bar in 1987 proved crucial to Sir Ian Wilmut's research and led ultimately to the first clone of an adult animal. Mark Kingwell reviews The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self by Thomas Metzinger and Why Us? How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves by James Le Fanu. Why does it take so long to add new elements to the periodic table? Shing-Tung Yau explains how he discovered the hidden dimensions of string theory. Aids denialism is estimated to have killed many thousands; Jon Cartwright asks if scientists should be held accountable, while Bruce Charlton defends his decision to publish the work of an Aids sceptic. Accommodationist scientists are afraid of antagonizing a religious mainstream America: That’s silly — in the end, the truth will out. Ben Goldacre tells Julian Baggini why he expects rigour in the reporting of science. Science 2.0 Pioneers: From open-access journals to research-review blogs, networked knowledge has made science more accessible to more people around the globe than we could have imagined 20 years ago.
The inaugural issue of Miranda is out. From The Millions, J.C. Hallman on Ayn Rand, Rand Paul and utopian schemes. Is the mystery of Easter Island solved? From n+1, a review of Experimental Philosophy and Kwame Anthony Appiah's Experiments in Ethics. Why did the folk at The New Yorker and the distinguished artist, Daniel Clowes, decide that creating "The Boomerang Generation" would be a humorous and relevant depiction of contemporary PhD life? An interview with Jean Yu-wen Shen, editor of Asian American Studies Now: A Critical Reader. An interview with Joel Olson, author of The Abolition of White Democracy, on fanaticism and extremism. Philosophy in the boudoir and the streets: An interview with Simon Critchley. Jeffrey Wasserstrom on 5 parallels between author tours and rock concerts. Howard Kurtz profiles Chuck Todd, White House correspondent, anchor, blogger, twitterer. A review of In Hock: Pawning in America from Independence through the Great Depression by Wendy A. Woloson. Erin Aubry Kaplan reviews Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story by George Lipsitz. Gawker's Max Read on the idiots responsible for the BP oil leak disaster (and 9 strange facts of the spill). A review of Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days. A review of Should You Judge This Book by Its Cover? 100 Fresh Takes on Familiar Sayings and Quotations by Julian Baggini. The Library of Congress holds conference on origins of portolan charts. It worked for Betty White: Academics are a force behind a new Facebook campaign to have Slavoj Zizek named as a guest host of SNL. Towards a new ethics of nature: Our obligation to the future is not to preserve purity but to pass on equivalent value for the natural assets we deplete. Belgium Waffles: Two nations, after all?
From The New Ledger, Paul Cella on American Exceptionalism (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4). Altered states: The strange history of efforts to redraw the New England map. An interview with Michael Kammen, author of Digging Up the Dead: A History of Notable American Reburials (and more and more and more). A look at 5 lesser known (completely ridiculous) American civil wars. Illegal immigrants are breaking the law of the land; Joseph Carens makes the moral case for waiving it. Chris Hedges on the New Secessionists. The United States is a jury-rigged country put together following the outlines of a myth suggested in the Declaration of Independence, which Americans think is part of the Old Testament. A review of American History Revised: 200 Startling Facts That Never Made It Into the Textbooks by Seymour Morris. A review of Jeremiah’s Prophecies: The End of the United States by Charles Brannan. A review of The Last Empty Places: A Past and Present Journey Through the Blank Spots on the American Map by Peter Stark. Should California be its own country? Charlie Rose interviews Joel Kotkin, author of The Next Hundred Million. Mark Twain’s life and stories revolved around the Mississippi; Laura Barton follows the river across ten states to see it through his eyes. A review of Rebound: Why America Will Emerge Stronger From the Financial Crisis by Stephen Rose. A review of Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character by Claude Fischer (and more and more). Greil Marcus on the making of A New Literary History of America (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5). An interview with Kirkpatrick Sale on the Vermont secession movement. A review of The Taming of the American Crowd: From Stamp Riots to Shopping Sprees by Al Sandine.
A review of Cinema, Philosophy, Bergman: On Film as Philosophy by Paisley Livingston. Saving philosophy from the suits: The long march of market mechanisms through Britain's cultural institutions has accelerated — is there a business/state case for philosophy and humanities? Why Middlesex Matters: John Protevi considers why so many American academics have joined the fight to save a noted philosophy program at a British university. Get em while they’re young: 20 years on from the introduction of philosophy in British primary schools, Brooke Lewis looks at how the subject is faring. The Examined Life, Age 8: An article on philosophical reasoning taught in the second grade. What is philosophy? It's not about beards and togas. If Aristotle ran the Huffington Post: An article on Tom Morris and a series of “interviews” with philosophers (like Jeremy Bendik-Keymer and Allen Thompson, Dave Baggett and Shannon Eric Kincaid). From The New York Times's new philosophy blog The Stone, Simon Critchley on what is a philosopher. From McSweeney's, Mike Sacks on famous philosophers and how they were first discovered. From PopMatters, a review of Stephen Colbert and Philosophy: I Am Philosophy (And So Can You!); and a review of Zombies, Vampires and Philosophy: New Life for the Undead. From John Stuart Mill's On Liberty, Aristotle's "mean" philosophy to the principle of charity, here are the greatest principles of philosophy. From The Philosophers' Magazine, the editorial team of the journal Philosophy of Management make the case for their emerging field; what can the Stoics do for us? Antonia Macaro investigates the alleged usefulness of Stoic philosophy for life today, and Nancy Sherman on modern soldiers and ancient wisdom; and here are one two three reflections on the philosophy of day to day life.
The latest issue of Pink and Black Attack, an anti-assimilationist queer anarchist periodical. A review of Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One by Zev Chafets (and more). Voodoo economics: What vampire and zombie movies can tell us about the future of capitalism. An interview with Karma Waltonen, author of The Simpsons in the Classroom: Embiggening the Learning Experience with the Wisdom of Springfield. More and more on Richard Clarke's Cyber War. Who's afraid of synthetic biology? Don't let fears about frankenmicrobes halt promising research. Nicolai Sennels on the psychological differences between Muslims and Westerners. A review of The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley (and more and more and more and more and more). What this country needs is a grand unified theory of the hoax. MetaFilter saved my pals from sex traffickers: How an online community mobilized to rescue two young Russian women. A review of "Personality and Political Attitudes: Relationships across Issue Domains and Political Contexts" by Alan Gerber, Gregory Huber, David Doherty, Conor Dowling, and Shang Ha. Bret McCabe on the towering body of work of Claude Levi-Strauss. From The Advocate, Michelangelo Signorile on the case for outing on all levels: Seen a local antigay politician having a beer at your favorite gay bar? You best speak up about it. The first chapter from Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference by Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper. Ted Rall on seven suggestions for newspapers. For more than a century, prospective Fellows of All Souls, Oxford have had to sit a frightening exam paper that contains no questions and just one word; now it has been dropped — and Harry Mount (failed, 1994) says the college is the poorer for it.
Fox Harrell (Georgia Tech): Toward a Theory of Critical Computing: The Case of Social Identity Representation in Digital Media Applications. From First Monday, a special issue on user creativity, governance, and the new media. Liz Gannes on the short and illustrious history of Twitter #hashtags. Search engines' dirty secret: Even search engines must obey the laws of thermodynamics — and that means the whole world pays for your every query. Is Facebook becoming the global phone book? The Inside Story of Moot vs. 4chan: Christopher "moot" Poole founded the infamous message board 4chan, but when the site's pranks got out of control, he cracked down on users. A British project is setting out to take geotagging to the next level: Barcodes without barriers — is this the web's next big thing? Have relationships like rock stars: Meera Atkinson on a Twitter expose. The launch of Arabic domain names has been hailed as a milestone — but a milestone to where? PerezHilton.com is the "McDonald's of the Internet". Lost and Found: An article on Deep Purple, GeoCities, and the web as archive. The death of the open web: The Internet was once an unruly place — are apps gentrifying it? Nicholas Carr on how “real life” is now “lived”. The argument that "we take the internet for granted" may seem like a tired straw man, but perhaps the ideology of the internet could stand a second look. In praise of Boise: Why space really is the final frontier in the internet age. Who remembers a time when there was no internet? The web is filled with amazingness. Is anything we make online now going to exist in the future? From Cracked, a look at 5 guilty pleasures the Web killed while you weren't looking; and here are 5 reasons you should be scared of Google and 10 survival tips now that Google knows you're on to them.
From Portal, a special issue on Fields of Remembrance. New Media, Old Media: How blogs and social media agendas relate and differ from traditional press. Richard Beck reviews Silk Parachute by John McPhee. Ghostwriting and the political book culture: From U.S. Grant to Eleanor Roosevelt to Laura Bush and many others, their own words are often put on the page by others. The omission of Birgit Jurgenssen in American critical and curatorial circles is perplexing, for hers is among the most trenchant work in the feminist-art canon. A review of The Plundered Planet: How to Reconcile Prosperity with Nature by Paul Collier (and more and more and more). Checking up on the doctor: What patients can learn from the ways physicians take care of themselves. Why do bad and incompetent governments emerge and persist under a variety of different political regimes? Daron Acemoglu, Georgy Egorov and Konstantin Sonin investgate. Offering refuge, glamour, the frisson of exotic lands, and (yes) a nice buzz, a good hotel bar is worth its weight in crushed ice. A review of Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA by Daniel Carpenter. Even in his grave, Norman Mailer is providing gossip, with memoirs this year by his widow, his cook, and one of his mistresses; yet despite the sea of women in Mailer’s life his great literary handicap was the failure to learn from them. A review of The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War between States and Corporations? by Ian Bremmer (and more and more and more and more and more and more). Scott Storch raked in hip-hop millions and then snorted his way to ruin. The first chapter from European Modernity and the Arab Mediterranean: Toward a New Philology and a Counter-Orientalism by Karla Mallette.