From National Journal, a cover story on the members of Congress who could serve as allies to the new president. From TNR, Jonathan Chait on how Obama can avoid the failures of Clinton's early presidency; and Robert Puentes on how Obama can be strategic about investments in transportation infrastructure. Tod Lindberg on a portrait of an electorate moving from center-right to center-left. Dangerous mind: Stephen Howe chases the storm of controversy surrounding the ideas of Edward Said. You can download Future Imperfect: Technology and Freedom in an Uncertain World by David D. Friedman. From Portfolio, the era that defined Wall Street is finally, officially over — Michael Lewis returns to his old haunt to figure out what went wrong. Eliot Spitzer on how to ground The Street. Depression 2009, what would it look like? Lines at the ER, a television boom, emptying suburbs — a catastrophic economic downturn would feel nothing like the last one. Kay Hymowitz on Love in the Time of Darwinism: A report from the chaotic postfeminist dating scene, where only the strong survive. Drugs uncovered: Here's a brief history of drugs in literature. Magic and the brain: A look at how magicians "trick" the mind. Invisible people: Forty-five tribes have populated Egypt's deserts for millennia and yet their existence remains a mystery to the country's urban masses.
From Der Spiegel, Nobel Prize winners Edmund Phelps, Robert Lucas, Reinhard Selten, Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Samuelson share their views on what the future global finance order should look like. Barry Nalebuff on how game theory can save your relationship and everything else. So when will a Muslim be president? A guide to which minority group has the best chance to win the White House next. From Slate, what we didn't overcome: Obama won a majority of votes — he didn't win a majority of white votes; and Christopher Hitchens on how Obama's victory didn't magically eliminate America's problems and enemies. James Pethokoukis on why Obama looks like a one termer (and a response) From Adbusters, what’s Left after Obama? Simon Critchley wants to know. Andrew Sullivan on why Palin still matters. From Suite 101, an article on the steps to become a politician, local to national. From the ocean floor to the forest canopy, some of the world’s strangest places to spend the night have been documented by explorer Steve Dobson, author of Unusual Hotels of the World; and all over America, cities are becoming vast playgrounds for practitioners of parkour. A look at how floating energy islands could power the future. The thrill of the bar hook-up: What exactly do people get out of cruising for inebriated strangers in bars? Trivial Pursuits: Game shows reach a deeper level of weirdness.
From Mother Jones, a special section on The New ECOnomy, including Al Gore on America's next moon shot: Can we save the planet and rescue the economy at the same time? (and more); and Joseph E. Stiglitz on the Seven Deadly Deficits: What the Bush years really cost us. From Cato Unbound, Roderick Long on corporations versus the market; or, whip conflation now. From Business Week, an article on how to fix financial reporting. Dear journalists, stop screwing up: The press should have reported every Sarah Palin refused to meet with credentialed members of the media. From CJR, drawing lines: Why do we let political operatives act like journalists? Are big political donors just looking for favors? Apparently not. Why Obama Can’t Win author Shelby Steele defends analysis. Many of the biggest battles of the 2008 campaign played out on YouTube, the most important political venue of the year. After eight years of President Bush, we should pause to remember just what we're leaving behind. From NYRB, a review of books on Frank Lloyd Wright. Novels are "better at explaining world's problems": People should read best-selling novels like The Kite Runner and The White Tiger rather than academic reports. Want to end patriarchal oppression? Don't burn your bra — just get one that fits. Hairy Times: St. Louis-based American Mustache Institute wants to put the 'stache back in style.
Richard Tanter (RMIT): The Coming Catastrophe: The American War in Afghanistan and Pakistan. From Boston Review, Martha Nussbaum on The Mourner’s Hope: Grief and the foundations of justice. Real missions for 007: Here are five missions we’d love James Bond to tackle. It seems a simple question, but do we really want to read everything a writer has produced? A review of Flirting with Disaster: Why Accidents are Rarely Accidental by Marc Gerstein with Michael Ellsberg. In Moscow traffic with Walter Benjamin: Dragan Klaic was in Moscow to run a theatre workshop; he was overwhelmed by the sense of impending financial disaster and nearly missed his plane home. Bruce McCall is a liar: Everything he's about to tell you is a pack of lies. Here are the 20 wildest reactions to Obama’s victory. Origins of the Obama machine: An excerpt from Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century by Randy Shaw. Time's up for the Minutemen: Bidding adios to the anti-immigrant sensation. Is Jeff Jarvis gloating too much about the death of print? Ron Rosenbaum wants to know. Mark Danner on how scandal, unpurged and unresolved, transcends political reality to become commercial fact. Negar Azimi visits the palace of Hossein Vaziri, the Iron Sheik, an Iranian wrestler who parlayed his role as an Arab villain into American fame.
From Vanity Fair, William Langewiesche on the House of War: After Ramush Haradinaj led Kosovo’s bloody fight for independence from Serbia, becoming provisional prime minister, he was tried for war crimes by the U.N. tribunal in The Hague; in a clash of 21st-century justice and 15th-century laws, Haradinaj came out the winner. From Scientific American, a special report on the Future of the Poles. The Flying Spaghetti Monster: The American military space program in perpetual crisis. Here are fifty things you might not know about Barack Obama. Marc Ambinder on the secrets of Obama's success. Learning from Prop. 8: Is a 52-48 vote really enough to prove that the courts overstepped on gay marriage? From CJR, an interview with FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver on polling, politics, and the consolidation of the blogosphere. The real crime fighters, conservatives or liberals? Onion Nation: If its absurdist twists and wicked parodies of conventional journalism are just a joke, the country's leading satirical newspaper is having the last laugh. Sam Tanenhaus reviews Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency by Barton Gellman. The lolcats, the Internet's most famous felines, may be hilarious — but in their yearning, there is nothing less than the tragedy of the human condition. A new study finds that both more police officers and more community building are essential in reducing crime
From Obit, two memoirs of loss try to answer grief's painful questions. A look at how dead people in 1700s were the first celebrities. In Great Britain it's as easy to open a lap dancing club as a coffee shop. This old house policy: Our government's approach to housing has grown nonsensical: encourage borrowing to keep homes expensive — it's time to rebuild. An interview with Sam Gosling, author of Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You. Don't count Drudge out: His demise is overreported once again. Adelle Waldman reads Proust in the park and delights in his spot-on sense of humour — "why didn't anyone tell me", she wonders. The crisis last time: Would democracy control the corporations, Adolf Augustus Berle asked in 1932, or would the corporations control democracy? A review of The Lost Art of Walking: The History, Science, Philosophy, and Literature of Pedestrianism by Geoff Nicholson. More on Planet Google by Randall Stross. An interview with Conor Foley, author of The Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War. There's a strong chance that South America could lose the 21st century, much as it lost the 20th. An article on Congo, pornography for misanthropes. An article on how to write about Africa — don't. Why can't Johnny jump tall buildings? Parents expect way too much from their kids. Where did all the female rappers go?
From ResetDOC, an interview with Valeria Fraschetti: “If the Mahatma were still alive he would be ashamed of us”; and is a Muslim Gandhi possible? Deprogramming Jihadists: The Saudi government is trying to rehabilitate violent Islamists by addressing their psychological needs; could therapy be the best sort of counterterrorism? A review of Globalising Hatred: The New Antisemitism by Denis MacShane. More on Terror and Consent by Philip Bobbitt. Catherine St Germans reminisces about her lifetime dedication to Manolo Blahnik. Kate Carraway on how she transformed her boyfriend into a booty call. Free education: Here's a brief guide to the burgeoning world of online video lectures. Listen up! Some of the best college radio shows in the country are right here. Scientists prove there really is a thin line between love and hate. From Dissent, why rising test scores may not equal increased student learning. Traditional publishing models aren’t working, but scholars should still resist a bit — and mourn what is being lost. The Fed's big experiment: America has embarked on one of the boldest ventures in the history of monetary economics. Is laissez-faire capitalism dead? The era of no government may be over. Capitalism hits the fan: The current crisis did not start with finance, and it won't end with finance. Jim Hightower on the five most wanted rip-off artists from Wall Street and Washington.
From Triple Canopy, has a 1953 portrait of Stalin been censored by Cooper Union in 2008? (and more) From Esquire, Ken Kurson in happy the stock market crashed. Getting hooked on sin: Daniel Lende explains what Colombian teenagers can teach neuroscientists about addiction. A review of Dexter Filkins' The Forever War. From TED, Irwin Redlener on how to survive a nuclear attack. From TNR, a review of Scrapbooks: An American History by Jessica Helfand. A review of The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair—A History of Fifty Years of Independence by Martin Meredith. From Scientific American, here are five ways brain scans mislead us; and does consumerism make us crazy? Our emotional well-being may be affected by our addiction to technology and the great amount of time we spend indoors. A review of Scientific Representation: Paradoxes of Perspective by Bas C. van Fraassen. An excerpt from Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery by Siddharth Kara. Banging for big bucks: An interview with Natalie McLennan, author of The Price: My Rise and Fall as Natalia. From Cafe Babel, an interview with Elie Barnavi: "Europe has lost her sex appeal and her men are weak". There are three words you will hardly ever hear a person in power use: "I don't know".
Menachem Mautner (Tel Aviv): From "Honor" to "Dignity": How Should a Liberal State Treat Non-Liberal Cultural Groups? The introduction to The Citizen and the Alien: Dilemmas of Contemporary Membership by Linda Bosniak. What’s a depression, Daddy? How talk of money is a language of love. The N-word is flourishing among Generation Hip-Hop Latinos: Why should we care now? A review of Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century by Chris Spannos. From banking to the climate, the wreckage of short-termism is stark, and the need for a 100-year committee is plain. Will there be blood: Will falling oil prices cause civil wars? James Gustave Speth on the specter that is haunting American environmentalism — the specter of failure. A review of American Rifle: A Biography by Alexander Rose. How costly is diversity? Introducing affirmative action causes a substantial increase in the number of female competitors. From MAA, a review of Mathematical Knowledge. From Taki's Magazine, James Kalb on the tyranny of tolerance. From FT, Philip Stephens on how globalisation and the new nationalism collide. A review of Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth by Margaret Atwood. A review of Not in My Name: A Compendium of Modern Hypocrisy by Julie Burchill. A review of Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba by Tom Gjelten.
From The New Yorker, information isn’t necessarily making investors, or the market, any smarter — in fact, what’s driving the market crazy of late may be that it knows too much; and before the financial system went bust, it went postmodern. More pain to come: The financial crisis bolstered Obama's win — and could hasten his downfall. From Carnegie Council, a panel on The Shape of the World to Come: Charting the Geopolitics of a New Century by Laurent Cohen-Tanugi; and a panel on Ark of the Liberties: America and the World by Ted Widmer. A review of The Green-Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems by Van Jones. More on Facing Unpleasant Facts: Narrative Essays and All Art Is Propaganda: Critical Essays by George Orwell. Here are 6 national anthems that will make you tremble with fear. From CT, a review of Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North by Thomas J. Sugrue; and a review of Adam's Ancestors, Race, Religion and the Politics of Human Origins by David N. Livingstone. The prologue to The Long Thaw: How Humans Are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth's Climate by David Archer. Improbable research into how to make a better, lighter hammer involved two mechanical engineering students carrying out a post-mortem on a dead woodpecker.