From Collegium, a special issue on French literature, theory and the avant gardes. Katherine Rosman on the death of the slush pile: Even in the Web era, getting in the door is tougher than ever. A review of Terry Eagleton by James Smith. Publishing Perspectives goes inside the secret world of literary scouts (and part 2 and part 3). Aside from the invasion by European theorists, Jeffrey Williams reminds us, America had homegrown rebels against the New Criticism. Writing off reading: Contrary to the expectations of some, the internet has boosted the written word. In defense of editors: Writers are to editors as Scarlett O’Hara is to Rhett Butler. "I suppose it would be better if one were aggressive, contentious and so on. But there's rarely any occasion to be savage": Frank Kermode interviewed by Christopher Tayler. A review of Dante and the Making of a Modern Author by Albert Russell Ascoli. A review of Exit Capitalism: Literary Culture, Theory, and Post-Secular Modernity by Simon During. Twitterature has, without provocation, kicked all that is sacred about the written word in its proverbial scrotum. The Death of the Author: Andrew Gallix revisits a classic essay by Roland Barthes. From Dickens to digitization: An article on how technology killed copyright. Rebecca West on how a little grave reflection shows us that our first duty is to establish a new and abusive school of criticism. As evidenced by the bevy of awards (including Nobels and Pulitzers), the best-sellers, and the critical acclaim of the work being done consistently by independent presses, print can succeed on a responsible scale.
Can America educate itself out of inequality?: A review of The Race between Education and Technology by Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz. Fifth period is Facebook: Why schools should stop blocking social network sites. The three Rs and neuroscience: After decades of antipathy, education is finally embracing brain studies (and more). An interview with Frank Furedi, author of Wasted: Why Education Isn’t Educating. All or Nothing: Chloe Angyal on the difficult decision between co-ed and unisex education. Education Next takes an inside look at school discipline. From The Washington Monthly, Mariah Blake on how a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids’ textbooks. What makes a great teacher? Teach for America, drawing on two decades of observation and research, may have found the answer. A review of Researching Sex and Lies in the Classroom by Pat Sikes and Heather Piper. Kate Christensen reviews Free For All: Fixing School Food in America by Janet Poppendick. Forcing all high school students onto a college-prep track is not only wrong, it's dumb. A review of Tough Fronts: The Impact of Street Culture on Schooling by Janelle Dance. Seyward Darby on a new vision for education reform — and nagging questions about whether it can work. Learn how to practice safe sex at the Hojskole, Denmark’s alternative school. A review of Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of Education by Terry Moe and John Chubb. At Landover middle school, philosophy is part of lunch menu. Are boys being shortchanged in K–12 schooling? An interview with Richard Whitmire, author of Why Boys Fail.
A review of The Environment and World History by Edmund Burke III and Kenneth Pomeranz. Six months is all it took to flip Europe’s climate from warm and sunny into the last ice age, researchers have found. A review of On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear by Richard Ellis and After the Ice: Life, Death and Geopolitics in the New Arctic by Alun Anderson. Jeremy Bernstein on the disappearing snows of Everest. Rapa Nui deja vu: Tourism threatens to trigger another ecological collapse in Easter Island (and more). It's not just about Copenhagen: In Papua New Guinea, the battle between environmental protection and economic development plays out with one controversial gas project. In a remote patch of the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of miles from any national boundary, the detritus of human life is collecting in a swirling current so large that it defies precise measurement (and more and more on the Pacific Garbage Patch). Artist and photographer Chris Jordan examines the bad habits of human consumption with work that depicts trash in all its incarnations. Plastic Not-So-Fantastic: How the versatile material harms the environment and human health. Water-hogging, pesticide-laden golf courses occupy more than 2.3 million acres of United States green — thanks to pressure from environmentalists, however, some courses are trying to bring the sport back to its roots: in nature. American Ruins: Camilo Jose Vergara on how nature is taking back these buildings. A look at how climate change affects world heritage sites. How can we communicate the dangers of nuclear waste to future civilizations?
Kathy Ferguson (Hawaii): Bush in Drag: Sarah Palin and Endless War. From New Statesman, a cover story on the danger of Sarah Palin (and more). From The Weekly Standard, a cover story on the roots of Obama worship: Auguste Comte’s Religion of Humanity finds a 21st-century savior. Steele Cage: Republicans find their inner Al Sharpton. Frank Rich on the Great Tea Party Rip-Off. Extremist Republicans are crushing dissent within their own party, creating a California Legislature that can’t work. The bigoted and frighteningly violent conservative Internet sensation Steven Crowder is far from being just for laughs. The Telegraph presents its latest list of the 100 most influential conservatives and 100 most influential liberals in America. Christopher Hitchens on why the smug satire of liberal humorists debases our comedy — and our national conversation. Matt Taibbi reviews Rod Blagojevich's The Governor: The Truth Behind the Political Scandal That Continues to Rock the Nation. One year in, Obama’s approval ratings have slipped, and they’re likely to get worse, but this is okay — in fact, it’s the definition of success for a modern president. Bigger than Obama: Blaming the president for the slow pace of reform is too simplistic. Opponents love to cast Democrats as weak; what it might take for the president to look strong? The cool, deliberate Obama is as temperamentally well-suited to these fast-paced times as was the warm, impulsive FDR to a somewhat slower age. The Mass. Senate race exposes the contradictions of Obamaism. Is Obama "not connecting"? (and more) Just pass the damn bill — pass it now (and more).
Christy Chapin (Virginia): Meeting the 1950s Consumer Ideal in Health Care. Our world of diversity and microfame owes Michael Jackson, the Last Celebrity, the tribute of old-fashioned immortality. Before you gossip, ask yourself this: "Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary?" The Democrats are doomed — what better time to tackle climate change? Mark Miodownik packs Materials Library with the world’s strangest substances — the blackest black created, a metal that screams — to instil a sense of wonder in visitors. A review of And Then There’s This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture by Bill Wasik. I'm Feeling Unlucky: An essay on independent culture in the Google Era. Why do Americans only give when they see the drama unfold on TV? Matthew Bishop and Michael Green, authors of Philanthrocapitalism, on the nature of sympathy. A history of the world in 100 objects: A new BBC radio series shows how the things that man made can be even more compelling witnesses to the past than the events he witnessed. A look at ten psychology studies from 2009 worth knowing about. A review of The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess by Andrei Codrescu. Joseph Pugliese (Macquarie): Apostrophe of Empire: Guantanamo Bay, Disneyland. Locally produced food is best, but we also want oranges in August and an end to world famine — what's a locavore to do? Sometimes the most obscure news article reveals significant processes that have the potential to reshape global geography. Got a working time machine you can use? Might be a good idea to take along this handy map to make sense of where you find yourself.
A review of Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur by Ben Kiernan. The evil that men do: A review of books on the Armenian Genocide. A review of Genocide before the Holocaust by Cathie Carmichael. From Der Spiegel, Erich Follath on Holocaust as Career: The Khmer Rouge, the Nazis and the Banality of Evil. The horrors of the Khmer Rouge's rule may be in the past, but the question of whether its crimes amounted to genocide lingers on. Genocide or "a vast tragedy"?: University students in an Alberta classroom try to decide. Never again?: A look at what the Holocaust can't teach us. A review of Some Measure of Justice: The Holocaust Era Restitution Campaign of the 1990s by Michael Marrus. A book by its cover: Judging Holocaust memoirs by appearance only. Shalom Auslander is at work on a new project: a comic novel about genocide. Ending our age of suffering: Daniel Jonah Goldhagen on a plan to stop genocide (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on Worse than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity). The first chapter from "If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die": How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor by Geoffrey Robinson. John Prendergast on five myths about genocide and violence in Sudan. Musa Hilal has the blood of hundreds of thousands on his hands, but the Janjaweed leader claims he's just a peacemaker. The accepted story of the mass killings of 1994 is incomplete, and the full truth — inconvenient as it may be to the Rwandan government — needs to come out (and more). Philip Gourevitch on the Mutsinzi Report on the Rwandan genocide. Felix Holmgren on how Philip Gourevitch wrote the victors' history book. Sarah Sewall on a genocide policy that works.
Robert Solow reviews How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities by John Cassidy. A review of The Cost of Capitalism: Understanding Market Mayhem and Stabilizing our Economic Future by Robert Barbera. From Soundings, a series of papers on the credit crunch. From TAP, a review essay on the financial crisis. A look at how the Fed's approach to regulation left banks exposed to crisis. The Big Bank Theory: Dean Baker on how government helps financial giants get richer. An excerpt from Complicit: How Greed and Collusion Made the Credit Crisis Unstoppable by Mark Gilbert. What caused the economic crisis? Jacob Weisberg on the 15 best explanations for the Great Recession. Jeremy Bernstein on Paul Samuelson and the obscure origins of the financial crisis. From Vanity Fair, one of the biggest disconnects on Wall Street today is between the way Goldman Sachs sees itself (they’re the smartest) and the way everyone else sees Goldman (they’re the smartest, greediest, and most dangerous). When greed is not good: Wall Street has quickly rediscovered the virtues of mammoth paychecks — why hasn't there been more financial reform? Why are we letting Wall Street off so easy? Joseph Stiglitz wants to know. Taking care of Wall Street: An interview with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. Thank you, Wall Street, may we have another? Americans are angry at the financial crisis — just not at the fat cats who caused it. Bring back Glass-Steagall: Banks that behave like hedge funds don't deserve guarantees. Trust no bankers: The financial industry has always been wrong about the dangers of regulation.
A new issue of City & Time is out. A review of Another City: Urban Life and Urban Spaces in the New American Republic by Dell Upton. Why cities matter: A review of Chicago: A Biography by Dominic Pacyga. The ruse of the creative class: Cities that shelled out big bucks to learn Richard Florida's prescription for vibrant urbanism are now hearing they may be beyond help. Squatters take on the creative class: Who has the right to shape the city? Forced out of the areas they occupy, the involuntary subjects of urban gentrification confront a double challenge: the need for housing, and the need to radicalise campaigns beyond the parliamentary liberalism of rights discourse. World class carelessness: A review of Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism. Learning from Tijuana: An interview with Teddy Cruz on the graveyards of corporate architecture and informal settlements of Latin America. Vancouver imposes notions of sustainability in its decisions on what, where and how to build — still, it's not quite the utopia (and more). Where do architectural wonders, coat hanger abortions, virtual slave labor, and a modern underground railroad meet? (and part 2) City diplomacy: An article on global governance beyond the state. Here are 12 unrecognizable before and after views of cities. An article on on the uncanny beauty of Peter Zumthor’s out-of-the-way buildings. Clay Risen reviews The Secret Lives of Buildings: From the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in Thirteen Stories by Edward Hollis (and more and more and more and more and more). An article on Boston's Hancock Tower, the skyscraper that ate a billion dollars.
Timothy M. Christensen (Muskingum): “A Dark and Hidden Thing”: Evelyn Waugh, Cannibalism, and the Problem of African Christianity. On the evolution of skateboarding in New York City — skating is everywhere. From 3:AM, an interview with Bogdana Koljevic on Serbia and Europe, philosophy and poetry. From New Internationalist, a special issue on counterterorrism's rise. From Nerve, here are ten good reasons to hate Oprah. An interview with Jason Bitner, author of Cassette From My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves. From Reason, why is Washington spending so much on the military? From Cultura, Frederic Will on saving time and paying for the world; and what do I remember when I remember that my wife said to get milk on the way home? The funny thing about nappies is the cute cartoon animals on them — who is that for? The Goldwater Anomaly: An excerpt from Why American History Is Not What They Say: An Introduction to Revisionism by Jeff Riggenbach. In recent years, American ideas about psychiatric disorders have spread around the globe; is that really good for the world’s mental health? (and more) The erasure of boundaries: The Root’s editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr., looks back at the first decade of the first century of the new millennium. How Rome got it wrong: A failed empire offers lessons for modern times. Here are 11 things you didn't know about pinball history. Justin Fox visits Ron Paul's Fed-free utopia. Along with helping people reconnect with old flames, childhood friends and even long-lost relatives, the Internet is giving rise to a newer phenomenon: the decades-late apology.
From Psychology Today, an article on suicide bombers and Islamic shtick; a look at what connects the Christmas airline bomber with the Fort Hood shooter (and more); and the unconscious psychology of terrorists: What makes someone psychologically susceptible to recruitment by Al-Qaeda? Amid the hysteria, a look at what al-Qaeda can't do. The Butt Bomb: Michael Crowley on Al Qaeda's hidden weapon. Timothy Noah on why the recommendations of the 9/11 commission wouldn't have stopped the underpants bomber. Undressing the terror threat: Running the numbers on the conflict with terrorists suggests that the rules of the game should change. Al Qaeda and the Taliban are at odds, yet it is only growing more difficult to defeat the global jihad. A recent surge of homegrown terrorist plots has renewed interest in designing a U.S. counter-radicalization program; here are 10 lessons that the US should keep in mind. Jessica Stern on 5 myths about who becomes a terrorist. Peter Beinart on why profiling will never work. Matthew Yglesias on the real reason profiling fails: We have more Muslims who want to cooperate with us than who want to bomb us. Obama promised to improve our intelligence system, but how good can it get? We have 16 separate intelligence agencies — no wonder people aren't connecting the dots. One of the biggest challenges for American intelligence? The way the brain works. America's terrorism amnesia: Why do our politicians and press react to every terrorist incident as though it was happening for the very first time? (and more and more and more) Bruce Schneier on stopping the panic on air security.