From American Scientist, a review of The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics by Roger A. Pielke, Jr.; a review of Why Youth Is Not Wasted on the Young: Immaturity in Human Development by David Bjorklund; a review of The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth's History by David Beerling; and a review of The Social Atom: Why the Rich Get Richer, Cheaters Get Caught, and Your Neighbor Usually Looks Like You by Mark Buchanan. More and more reviews of books on China. Scott McLemee reviews Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman (and more and more and an excerpt and an interview). Aging acts account for most of the music industry's live performance revenue — what happens when these acts are gone? International front: The term "world music" has finally become redundant in 2008. A review of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon. A review of What Sport Tells Us About Life by Ed Smith (and more and more). From The Nation, a special issue on the annexation of Hawaii by the United States. Michael Ruse reviews Why Think? Evolution and the Rational Mind by Ronald de Sousa. The introduction (and an interview) to The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State by Noah Feldman (and a review).
A new issue of Kritike: An Online Journal of Philosophy is out. Can a Jew enjoy the sound of church bells? Leon Wieseltier wants to know. A review of Fridge Magnets are Bastards: An A-Z Rant About Annoying People & Useless Things in the Modern World by Mark Dapin. Research debunking the Easterlin Paradox pleases Chrystia Freeland, who believes that being richer does make you happier. New images uncover 25 secrets about the Mona Lisa, including proof that Leonardo da Vinci gave her eyebrows. What do burqas, Osama and fascism have to do with six hours of man-free exercise time at Harvard? Katha Pollitt wants to know. A review of The Physics of NASCAR by Diandra Leslie-Pelecky. From Reason, a review of The Pirate’s Dilemma: How Youth Culture Is Reinventing Capitalism by Matt Mason. Why should we think that the human genome is a once-and-for-all finished, untamperable product? Tiny Tyrants: How to really change your kid's behavior. Disappointing the world: Does international enthusiasm for Barack Obama hurt him? A review of Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America by Allen C. Guelzo. Nico Israel reviews Erin Hogan’s Spiral Jetta: A Road Trip Through the Land Art of the American West. A review of Confessions of an Eco Sinner: Travels to Find Where My Stuff Comes From by Fred Pearce.
From THES, a review of The Neuroscience of Fair Play: Why We (Usually) Follow the Golden Rule by Donald W. Pfaff; and a review of Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius by Detlev Claussen. More and more on Michio Kaku's Physics of the Impossible. The Playboy was a spy: Behind the dandyish image, Noel Coward was an antifascist who could be as tough for England as anyone. A review of McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld by Misha Glenny (and more). Men who explain things: Every woman knows what it's like to be patronized by a guy who won't let facts get in the way. Link by Link: He wrote 200,000 books (but computers did some of the work). When strings are attached, quirky gifts can limit universities. Presidential words: A review of White House Ghosts by Robert Schlesinger. An excerpt from God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris and Hitchens by John Haught. A new issue of The Washington Post's Education Review is out. Women Under the Influence: In a spate if recent novels, Iranian-American women peer beneath the veil to examine Islamic culture's impact and intimate legacy. A review of books on New Labour. From FT, an interview with Isabel Allende (and more and more on The Sum of Our Days). Labor's Love Lost: Will Andy Stern save unions, or destroy them? (and more)
From Powell's, a review of Popeye, Vol. 1: "I Yam What I Yam" by E. C. Segar. Jefferson, Buffon and the Moose: To counter the European insult that American species were weak and degenerate, Thomas Jefferson employed scathing rhetoric and a moose from Vermont. A Superman approach to foreign policy: Our nation's favorite comic book hero might have had the right idea: Use power sparingly and judiciously. A review of Women in Science: A Social and Cultural History by Ruth Watts. Bread-winning badante: Diana Ivanova examines a unique form of intercultural dialogue — the exchange of suffering between elderly Italians and Bulgarian women. The American man is twice screwed: A postmodern sort of men’s group means male bonding in the guise of group therapy, with herbal tea and hummus dip. From Cultural Survival, a special issue on Burma. Welcome to the Christian sex advice movement: An excerpt from Rapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture. Hungary's entry into the Schengen Zone in December 2007 brought a further relaxation of historical borders; while many communities have benefited, the process has not been without its absurdities. From First Principles, an essay on Walter Starkie and the Greatest Novel of All. Philip Stephens on the lessons for the west’s confrontation with violent Islamism.
From World Affairs Journal, Robert Kagan on Neocon Nation: Neoconservatism, c. 1776; and Jacob Heilbrunn on Rank-Breakers: The Anatomy of an Industry. Tip-of-the-tongue states yield language insights: Probing the recall of those missing words provides a glimpse of how we turn thoughts into speech and how this process changes with age. From Forward, okay, fine, there really are no good Jewish men out there. Waste not: Here's a steamy solution to global warming. An interview with Thomas Bender, co-author of American Higher Education Transformed, 1940-2005. Does Asia exist? Rivals, by Bill Emmott, suggests we are witnessing its creation. An interview with Steven M. Teles, author of The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement. Computers have much better memories than people do — can we learn from them? Jurgen Habermas has spoken in support of the Archbishop of Canterbury on the subject of Shariah. When brain death isn't terminal: The case of a revived "brain-dead" accident victim raises some disturbing issues. A review of Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath by Michael Paul Mason. Colm Toibin reviews R. F. Foster’s Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change from 1970. How sportswriting lost its game: Down with celebrity profiles, the steroids saga, and blow-by-blow business news — let’s bring back good storytelling.
From Popular Mechanics, a special report on Rebuilding America: How to Fix US Infrastructure. From Modern Age, an essay on conservatism, Christianity, and the revitalization of Europe. Only judgment from outside statistical models – general knowledge – tells us when correlations will remain stable. From classics and sci-fi to poetry, biographies and books that changed the world: Here's The Perfect Library of 110 books. Kids’ Lit Gets Graphic: Two surprise best sellers may herald a young-adult revolution. Harvard Business School turns 100: Whither the MBA? Ray Kurzweil on making the world a billion times better: Technology is advancing at internet speed. A review of Indo-European Poetry and Myth by M.L. West. Obscurity Now: Published over a half century ago, Randall Jarrell’s Poetry and the Age remains vital. From The Globe and Mail, a symposium on atheism. Thesaurus Unbound: If Roget's is becoming a relic, what lies ahead? You won't like this article: Politicians have perfected the art of lowering expectations and "reframing" results. Kill the one with the ball, or How I learned to love capitalism: For many of us, preparation for real life happened not in the classroom, but on the playground at recess — there's a lot to be learned about capitalism from the bottom of a schoolyard pig-pile. World overpopulation means nothing when extra children are the new status symbol.
From CT, a review of The Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark Noll; and a review of What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War by Chandra Manning. Sarah Arrr! of Zinetopia is a sell-out to the internet; she apologizes in advance for that. Michael Gorra reviews Cynthia Ozick's Dictation: A Quartet. The Emir of NYU: NYU president John Sexton has been promised a blank check to duplicate his university on a desert island in Abu Dhabi. An unlikely row has erupted in France over suggestions that the semicolon's days are numbered; worse, the growing influence of English is apparently to blame. In light of the recently burst housing bubble and the resulting inflation, this renter is having a hard time maintaining sympathy for borrowers who went in over their heads. Meteorites not only did in dinosaurs, some scientists suggest, but may also explain other phenomena. An excerpt from James V. Schall's The Life of the Mind: On the Joys and Travails of Thinking. The introduction to Hidden in Plain Sight: The Tragedy of Children's Rights from Ben Franklin to Lionel Tate by Barbara Bennett Woodhouse. A review of Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future by Geoffrey Perret. Is the Renaissance scholar dead? Adrian Monk and AC Grayling debate.
From the latest issue of Policy Review, Amitai Etzioni on Religion and Social Order: Filling the gap when autocrats fall; and a review of The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack by Ronald Kessler. A review of The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution by Sean Carroll. A review of Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making by David Rothkopf. More on X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft But Can Still Keep Everything From Sucking by Jeff Gordinier. Wendy Lesser reviews Mark Richardson's The Collected Prose of Robert Frost. More and more and more and more on Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence (and three more interviews). A review of We-Think by Charles Leadbeater (and more). From The Nation, Rick Perlstein on how the conservative noise machine is coming around to support McCain — if it can keep its stories straight; and a review of books on the history of the first women's rights campaign. For some TV viewers, storylines of adultery, murder, war, rape, etc. are not reprehensible enough to prompt a channel change; two men kissing, however, is another matter. How to defuse a human bomb: What would it take to persuade a terrorist to give up the life? A growing number of specialists are trying to find out.
From NYRB, a review of Reading Judas by Elaine Pagels and Karen L. King and The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot by Bart D. Ehrman; Michael Chabon reviews Lush Life by Richard Price; Garry Wills on two speeches on race; and what have we learned, if anything? Tony Judt investigates. It's a cinematic archetype as reliable as the fish out of water and the blonde in distress: the disheveled, misanthropic college professor; there's little doubt why academia provides such a tempting backdrop for filmmakers. Catholicism, Inc.: An interview with Rev. John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame. Freedom and faith on campus: Mindless dogmatism is not part of the Catholic intellectual tradition (and here's how to read the coat of arms of Pope Benedict XVI). From The Telegraph, a list of the 100 most powerful people in British culture. Is John McCain Bob Dole? Or is he Dwight Eisenhower? Inventing John McCain: The maverick icon of American duty and patriotism is as much a literary creation as a political one — meet the author. His involvement with Dissent was, so to speak, one of Norman Mailer’s more improbable marriages, and by no means the shortest. Confused by the war in Iraq? No wonder — there isn't just one, there are three. As the economy deteriorates, the calls grow louder for government intervention — is it time to reconsider Milton Friedman’s legacy?
From The New Yorker, Ian Buruma reviews The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria; The Return of History and the End of Dreams by Robert Kagan; and Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India, and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade by Bill Emmott; Nick Paumgarten on the lives of elevators; Caroline Alexander goes on a journey through the mangrove forest of Bengal; and can anyone design a nice airport? Paul Goldberger wants to know. The Feminist Reawakening: Even if Hillary’s campaign ends soon, it will leave a legacy — consciousness-raised women rediscovering the benefits of sisterhood. Joyce Carol Oates reviews Keith Gessen’s All the Sad Young Literary Men (and more and more; and more from Bookforum). There’s just one problem with Alan Greenspan’s attempts to defend his record on the financial crisis: The former Fed chairman is guilty as charged. A review of The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, ed. by Richard Dawkins. A review of Dee Dee Myers' Why Women Should Rule the World. Can the cellphone help end global poverty? Why a corporate “user anthropologist” is spending so much of his time in the shantytowns of the world. The Gay-Straight Divide: What are the connections between sexual orientation and gender? Paulville is the name of the town where rightwingers will be free. If you think your taxes are unjust, just think again.