A new issue of Canadian Political Science Review is out. From c2c, a special issue on Canada's Drug War. A review of books on tar sands in Canada. Will the promise of the Northwest Passage finally be realized? The Last Inuit of Quebec: Justin Nobel was searching for a different way of life, but so were the Inuit. A review of Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation by Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard. A look at how the Inuit who were lured north and left to battle for survival can't escape their horrific memories (and more). Canada is becoming a world leader in official apologies — do they benefit anyone but the people offering them up? An article on Michael Ignatieff, the stranger within. What happened to Canada's Liberals? A Pragmatic Manifesto: Can Quebec's social democrats make markets serve equality? The Fraser Institute's school of spin: An excerpt from Not a Conspiracy Theory: How Business Propaganda Hijacks Democracy by Donald Gutstein. What would the Florentines do? Mark Milke on what modern conservatives and libertarians can learn from Renaissance Italy. Do Stephen Harper's "theocons" give a Christian tint to policy or simply keep the base happy? The Afghan torture scandal, the Arar affair, Adscam, the Bush years — given so many cautionary tales, why are Canadians still letting the government hide public information? From Maisonneuve, a more prefect union: Should we give up on Canada and merge with the United States? The Canadian Way of War: Can the US learn to fight from our staid northern neighbors? A review of The Island of Canada: How Three Oceans Shaped Our Nation by Victor Suthren. Oh. Canada: Stefany Anne Golberg's great-grandparents needed to escape — Saskatchewan sounded nice.
Mariam Thalos and Chrisoula Andreou (Utah): Of Human Bonding: An Essay on the Natural History of Agency. From The American Interest, Francis Fukuyama, Joseph Nye, G. John Ikenberry, Stephen Krasner and others take stock of Obama's first year. The quiverings about Obama's self-regard reveal more about the pathologies of his accusers than about the President. From Vanity Fair, behind the breakthrough magic of Walt Disney’s first animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and his other 30s and 40s classics — Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi — toiled as many as 100 young women, the inkers and painters, working from dawn to dusk on thousands of cels that brought his dreams to life. From The Economist, a review essay on Albert Camus. A look at 7 bullshit police myths everyone believes (thanks to movies). An unexpected wedding invitation to the unfortunately named town of Al-Qaeda highlights Yemen's promise and its challenges. An interview with Adrian Johns, author of Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates. Was democracy born of science?: A review of The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason and the Laws of Nature by Timothy Ferris. Nestled between the Ukraine and Romania, Moldova is the kind of country you need to repeat two or three times when describing your itinerary. Moldova, a corner of potential in Europe, where Lenin still stands: How the Communist Party has held on to Moldovans' votes. A review of King of the Lobby: The Life and Times of Sam Ward, Man-About-Washington in the Gilded Age by Kathryn Allamong Jacob.
From Ameriquests, a special issue on Manliness: Black American Masculinities, including Frank Dobson (Vanderbilt): Beyond Black Men as Breeders: White Men and the Commodity of Blackness; Thabiti L. Lewis (WSU): The Modern Athlete, Hip-Hop, and Popular Perceptions of Black Masculinity; Davarian Baldwin (BC): Pimps Up, Hoes Down?: The Amazing Misadventures of Blackface Masculinity; and Vania Penha-Lopes (Bloomfield): Work, Love, and the Family Involvement of African American Men. Kathryn A. Sweeney (Emory): Contact and the Continuum of White Women's Racial Awareness. A review of Posing Beauty: African American Images From the 1890s to the Present by Deborah Willis. Beverly Johnson on the psychology of beauty: An excerpt from Family Affair: What It Means to Be African American Today. Negritude 2.0: Obsessing about black beauty never goes out of fashion. From The Black Commentator, Sharon Kyle on the other N-word: Nappy. The roots of it: By styling her daughters' hair each morning, she was attending to something deeper than a beauty ritual. A review of Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward a Hip-Hop Feminist Pedagogy by Ruth Nicole Brown. Welcome to the dollhouse: A look at the line the new black Barbies won’t cross. Black babies as propaganda: Antiabortion activists target African-American women, again. Kids as young as 6 months judge others based on skin color — what's a parent to do? Behind your secret racism: An interview with Shankar Vedantam, author of The Hidden Brain (and more). 13 black truths: It's the 21st century, folks — you really ought to know this stuff. A primer on racism: The many uses of the word and how legit they are. Michael Kinsley on the decline of the racist insult. John McWhorter on retiring the term "African American".
From Studies in Social Justice, a special issue on security, exclusion, and social justice, including David Roger Mutimer (York): My Critique is Bigger than Yours: Constituting Exclusions in Critical Security Studies. Why on earth is seal hunting so unpopular? Bradley Doucet wants to know. Critique of Impure Reason: All hail the scholarship of Jean-Baptiste Botul; Scott McLemee looks into a case of philosophical fact-checking (and more and more on BHL). The greatest literary hoax ever?: A French philosopher has been caught out by a literary prank, but it's nothing on the tale of the forgotten artist Nat Tate. From The Hill’s new feature "The Story Behind the Bill", a look at legislation you may not have heard about and the people inspiring it. Why is braille dying?: In an age of audiobooks, only 10 percent of blind kids learn it — but listening isn't the same as reading. From Adbusters, what do you see: Is your brain East or West?; and East-West: Good-evil, right-wrong? From Popular Science, an article on the quest to read the human mind; and a look at how robots display predator-prey co-evolution, evolve better homing techniques. From Popular Mechanics, humans have feared a robotic uprising since the machines first appeared in science fiction; today, experts caution against a more insidious threat — we might like living with them too much; and a look at the 8 evil forms of AI that gave robots a bad name. A library is no longer a mere home for books, but a wired-up information center: A review of This Book Is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson (and more and more).
Jorge E. Horvath (Sao Paulo): Dark Matter, Dark Energy and Modern Cosmology: The Case For a Kuhnian Paradigm Shift. From TED, David Deutsch on parallel universes and you. The Wow Factor: Joel Achenbach reads between the pixels of the Hubble's latest images. Fleeting evidence of cosmic chaos: High above the Namibian savannah, scientists are using giant telescopes to find gamma rays from deep space. Strange Matter: John Olson on the physics and poetics of the search for the God particle. The first chapter from Quantum Physics For Dummies by Steven Holzner. The prologue to From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time by Sean Carroll (and more and more and more). At the level of quantum physics, chaos as we now define it is unquantifiable. A review of The Universe: Order Without Design by Carlos I. Calle. A review of Secrets of the Universe: How We Discovered the Cosmos by Paul Murdin. Are black holes the architects of the universe? Scientists have determined the mass of the largest things that could possibly exist in our universe. The properties of the universe can be derived by thinking about the origin of complexity, says a new theory. An article on physicists’ dreams and worries in the era of the Big Collider. Repository of the cosmos: An article on Neil deGrasse Tyson and his tricked-out, gift-filled office. The first chapter from The Origins of the Universe For Dummies by Stephen Pincock and Mark Frary. A review of The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn by Louisa Gilder. An interview with Frank A. Wilczek on discovering the mathematical laws of nature. Beautiful symmetry provides glimpse into quantum world: Whether or not E8 really turns out to be the key to a fundamental understanding of the Universe remains to be seen.
From Axess, where did the money go? A special issue on the financial crisis. An interview with Doug Henwood of Left Business Observer. Daniel Gross on the little-known reason why investment banks got too big, too greedy, too risky, and too powerful. From FT, Philip Stephens on how the big banks rigged the market. Tunku Varadarajan on how Wall Street made money soaking savers and taxpayers, rather than adding value. A review of The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It by Scott Patterson. More and more on Too Big to Fail: Inside the Battle to Save Wall Street by Andrew Ross Sorkin. Raghuram Rajan on a better way to reduce financial sector risk. Banks make money, literally, money is their output, but social guarantees are their input — should they be the ones making money? The Wall Street Pay Puzzle: Do big bankers deserve their high salaries? From Too Much, a review of "What is Fair Pay for Executives?" by Venkat Venkatasubramanian; an article on Wall Street’s bonus binge in perspective: A relative handful of Americans will take home more this year than half the nation’s taxpayers combined — when will the White House wake up? An interview with Neil Barofsky, special inspector general of the Troubled Asset Relief Program. A review of Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy by Joseph Stiglitz (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). The Needle’s Eye: Why America’s economic recovery needs the Global South. From American Scientist, can control theory save the economy from going down the tubes?
From Anthropological Notebooks, Karolina Bielenin-Lenczowska (Warsaw): Visiting of Christian Holy Places by Muslims as a Strategy of Coping With Difference; and Begonya Enguix (UOC): Identities, Sexualities and Commemorations: Pride Parades, Public Space and Sexual Dissidence. From the Great Generals Series, a review of MacArthur by Richard B. Frank; and a review of LeMay by Barrett Tillman. From smallpox and the Berlin Wall in the recent past, to post offices and glaciers in the near future, extinction is all around us — but is there hope for the extinction of death itself? Dodonomics preaches that the government should be "run like a business", but what business doesn't borrow money? Imperial Movements, Round-by-Round: It was not long ago that Filipinos and Puerto Ricans were the gloveless, unprotected, and militarily inferior populations fighting for their lives. Do people prefer to spread good news or bad news, and which stories do social creatures want to share, and why? Syracuse schoolchildren are upset over a White House response to their letter. When school kids sing Obama's praises: An article on education the politics of critical thinking. The difference between a million and a billion is a number so vast that it would seem nearly impossible to confuse the two, but who's counting? The Art of the Ambush: Critics dismiss the practice of surprising reluctant sources with a camera and a microphone as more showbiz than journalism, but television reporters and producers argue the tactic is not just legit, but also good for the story. A review of History of the Mafia by Salvatore Lupo.
From Dissent, Michael Walzer on Obama's first year: It could have been worse (and more by Todd Gitlin, Lillian Rubin and Nelson Lichtenstein). From The Nation, a forum on Obama at One. From Harper's, Kevin Baker on Barack Hoover Obama: The best and the brightest blow it again. A look at how Obama is from the 80s Left, not the 60s. From PUP, the first chapter from Demanding Democracy: American Radicals in Search of a New Politics by Marc Stears. Bill Fletcher Jr. on why it’s time for the Left to get serious. No We Can't: Obama had millions of followers eager to fight for his agenda, but the president muzzled them — and he's paying the price. An excerpt from Stoking the Fire of Democracy: Our Generation's Introduction to Grassroots Organizing by Stephen Noble Smith. A review of Democratic Promise: The Populist Movement in America by Lawrence Goodwyn. Is democracy killing democracy? The founding fathers saw this coming, but the walls they erected to contain the mob may no longer hold. Down with the People: Blame the childish, ignorant American public — not politicians — for our political and economic crisis. Populism is democracy at work: The president is merely speaking for the people. The Populism Problem: James Surowiecki on why voters and economics don’t mix. Why do people vote against their own interests? David Runciman investigates (and a response). Realignment revisited: Until the Republicans come to their collective senses, depriving them of power must be the most urgent aim of progressive politics. Apostles of nihilism: Republicans are winning the war of political rhetoric — the president needs to fight back. Night of the Living Dead: An essay on the party of Palin and the brainless and soulless living-dead conservatives who will eat your brain. From Reason, a review of books on Sarah Palin. Marc Ambinder on getting Sarah Palin's paradigm (and more).
Simona Segre Reinach (Venice): Fashion and National Identity: Interactions between Italians and Chinese in the Global Fashion Industry. The entirety of Greil Marcus' famous 1970 "What is this shit?" review prefigures the sense of profound, disturbed wonder in the best of Marcus’ criticism. A review of Structure and Randomness: Pages from Year One of a Mathematical Blog by Terence Tao. From Psychology Today, why do so many self-help books sound the same? From The Root, an article on Haiti's "orphans" and the transracial adoption dilemma. Christian imperialism in Haiti?: An article on missionaries, theo-tourism, and the invasion of the Global South. From Salon, an article on JD Salinger, a "recluse" with an ugly history of women. Nerd porn of the day: "We love xkcd": Neil Gaiman and a bevy of Internet celebs sing a tribute to our favorite Web comic. Bryan Curtis on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue: An intellectual history. From The Tablet, Wieseltier vs. Sullivan: Your guide to the brawl. You can’t handle the truth: David Nutt set out to determine which drugs are actually the most dangerous — and discovered that the answers are, well, awkward. Failing the IQ Test: A review of Intelligence and How to Get It by Richard E. Nisbett. The shop that gives: Where would we be without our cafes? Deep Doo-Doo: A review of The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters by Rose George; The Last Taboo: Opening the Door on the Global Sanitation Crisis by Maggie Black and Ben Fawcett; and The Culture of Flushing: A Social and Legal History of Sewage by Jamie Benidickson.
From Ars Technica, Matthew Lasar on the noosphere in 1996, when the Internet was Utopia; Rudolf van der Berg on ENUM: Dragging telephone numbers into the Internet Age; and a tale of two qubits: Joseph Altepeter on how quantum computers work. For half a century computer performance has roughly doubled every two years, but the laws of physics place insurmountable barriers on how long this growth can occur. The trend in supercomputing is not only one of faster machines, but a steady erosion of how super supercomputing actually is. From Wired, in the next Industrial Revolution, Chris Anderson says, atoms are the new bits (and more). Lo-fi vs hi-tech: You don’t need to have access to the latest or most expensive technology to create your own media — you can do it your own way. Andrew Sullivan on how the iPhone and IED rule the Age of Asymmetry: Everywhere, technology is subverting the old forces of order. Gizmos and the City: How our new toys can derange civic life. The rebellion of the tools: Geoff Olson on techno-Darwinism, cyber addiction and natural play. Computers were supposed to be labor-saving devices — how come we're still working so hard? What happened to those inventions of the future?: Real life hasn't always lived up to the visions of science fiction in books and movies. Tending the garden of technology: An interview with Kevin Kelly. Clive Thompson reviews You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more).