From The Wilson Quarterly, why are the Chinese such legendary savers? The answers shed light on why that habit is about to change. In search of the Swedish soul: What most defines Sweden — its welfare state, Lutheranism, sex or Pippi Longstocking? From Mohammad to Marx: Here's an intellectual history of Iran's Green Revolution. The digitisation of the oldest known Bible, the Codex Sinaiticus, could herald a library unparalleled in history (and more). History sneezed in 1969: For one weird, hot summer, events became a mad spasm in New York City. The Two P’s of Gender Inequality: Marci Hamilton on how laws against both prostitution and polygamy are underenforced to protect men and subjugate women. From Splice Today, how can you know if movie ratings and reviews are accurate enough? Make them even more quantifiable. A review of Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness by Emmy van Deurzen. You know more than you think: How to tap the wisdom of the crowd in your head. A review of Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior by Geoffrey Miller (and more and more and more). It's the future, Jim, but not as we know it: George Jetson is (or will be) a liar. Why spy for Cuba? The 2001 trial of five Cubans caught spying in Florida might provide some insight into the case of Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers.
From Edge, Don Tapscott on the impending demise of the university. Jonathan Wolff on why greed is good (sometimes) — but regulation is better. The next tropical paradise: New ideas for what to do with America's piece of Cuba. A review of Joe Scarborough's The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise. A review of Money, Markets, and Sovereignty by Benn Steil and Manuel Hinds. From CT, a review of James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years by Wayne Franklin; and a review of The Selected Letters of Wallace Stegner; and Wallace Stegner and the American West by Philip L. Fradkin. An interview with Christopher Hayes: The Nation’s Washington editor is just 30 years old and spends his time reporting on “a very corrupt town.” Stuart Jeffries on the strange case of Mrs Slocombe's vanishing pussy. La Vie d'autrefois: Graham Lea on animal traction, French food culture, bio-agriculture, and a return to bygone days. A review of The Broken Compass: How British Politics Lost Its Way by Peter Hitchens. When Britain feared the Blackshirts: Nicholas Mosley on Sir Raymond Carr discuss about the rise and fall of British fascism. A review of Democracy: 1,000 Years in Pursuit of British Liberty by Peter Kellner. Don't swallow the scaremongering claims of the anti-GM lobby — modified foods are a rational alternative to mass starvation.
From Seed, five experts debate the roots of GM opposition, the role of big agribusiness, and whether we’ve achieved real scientific consensus; protecting the environment, some say, is a drag on economic growth — Kristen Sheeran aims to prove them wrong; and a new nanoscale storage device could preserve all the digital information you want, for as long as you want — and longer. Kids today have unprecedented access to pornography — most of them seem to know how to handle it. After "Bruno", Hollywood depictions of gays may never be the same — that's a good thing. Douglas Wolk reviews Pixu: The Mark of Evil by Gabriel Ba, Becky Cloonan, Vasilis Lolos, and Fabio Moon. The first chapter from Pythagoras' Revenge: A Mathematical Mystery by Arturo Sangalli. A review of The Empire Stops Here: A Journey Along the Frontiers of the Roman World by Philip Parker. A review of The Other Side of Desire: Four Journeys into the Far Realms of Lust and Longing by Daniel Bergner. Hemingway revealed as failed KGB spy: Notes from Stalin-era intelligence archives show "agent Argo" as a willing recruit in 1941. The pilot issue of the literary journal The New Anonymous has hit newsstands with one very striking variation: The entire production of the magazine, including the articles printed, is anonymous.
From Adbusters, an article on the creative destruction of G8 economics: A plan to shift the theoretical foundations of our global system. From FP, G-8, G-whatever: Why the G-8 should step aside for the G-2 and G-20 — as soon as possible; what if Iran got the bomb? It would be time to calm down; and here are 5 leaders who miss George W. Bush. From New Statesman, a special issue on the British monarchy. When Tim Parks began his new translation of The Prince, he wondered if Gordon Brown could learn from it. From Standpoint, John Bolton on the Post-American Presidency: The euphoria is over — it is time for a serious critique of Barack Obama’s foreign policy. From Esquire, Tucker Carlson interviews Jeb Bush, the future of the Republican Party. From Mother Jones, William T. Vollmann on "Las Baladas Prohibidas": On the trail of narcocorridos, the drug ballads Mexicans love to hate; and a reporter flees the biggest cartel of all — the Mexican Army. The sperm of one male may have to compete with those from another; how and why they do it is surprising. With scientists now claiming they can make sperm in a lab, does the world need men any more? Yes, being a man is a nightmare and of course the world would be a better, simpler, gentler, more evenly run place without us, but God, what a bore!
From Education Next, Diane Ravitch and John E. Chubb on the future of No Child Left Behind. Is it harmful to dress up in overalls and run around the woods covering each other in goo? Southern Exposure: Republican strength in the South has both compensated for and masked the extent of the party's decline elsewhere. Compromised crime laboratories are a national scandal that can't be set straight until the labs are independent of law enforcement. A new study by three FBI officials suggests that cooperation —whether by witnesses or even other departments —is the key to closing more murder cases. People feel duped by Francis Bacon; such is our prejudice toward the scream (and more from Bookforum). From Seed, the recent sequencing of the bovine genome will dramatically transform more than just the cattle industry; and a global effort is underway to collect and cache the genetic resources contained in seeds (and more). In his revealing Merci Karl!, Arnaud Maillard describes his ex-boss Karl Lagerfeld as a diva of the international fashion scene. A review of When China Rules the World: The Rise of the Middle Kingdom and the End of the Western World by Martin Jacques (and more). From "Once upon a time" to "Happily ever after": Fairy-tale scholars explore the nuanced history of the genre.
From The Space Review, an article on space colonies, the god that failed; and an essay on NASA and the book of laws. Conspiracy theories can be hilarious, but reality is a better story, says David Aaronovitch. An excerpt from John Bellamy Foster's The Ecological Revolution: Making Peace with the Planet. A review of Death, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Adolescent Literature by Kathryn James. A review of Paradoxes of Peace and God's Hazard by Nicholas Mosley. The place of women on the Supreme Court: Ruth Bader Ginsburg talks about women on the bench and their effect on the dynamics and decisions of the court. Is Ayelet Waldman a bad mother, or just honest? Barack Obama is taking on health care, financial regulation, torture and environmental policy — he’s also revamping the White House art collection. Research suggests SAT coaching barely boost scores. Cheers to beers: A look at the weird, the fascinating, the potent and the expensive, from around the world. A 9,000-year-old brew hitting the shelves this summer. Where everybody is disadvantaged: Postcards from the diversity follies.The Other Sons of Iraq: How the lessons al-Qaeda learned in Iraq are informing the next generation of fighters. Scandinavian Crime Wave: Why the most peaceful people on earth write the greatest homicide thrillers.
From Vanity Fair, what’s a culture snob to do? Pity the culture snob, as Kindles, iPods, and flash drives swallow up the visible markers of superior taste and intelligence; with the digitization of books, music, and movies, how will the highbrow distinguish him- or herself? Busted Transmission: Can the U.S. government transform GM into a true global car company? Cars & Stripes Forever: Some diehards recommend buying nothing but U.S. cars — it's the ultimate act of patriotism. What’s up with all the Ayn Rand love we’re seeing lately? An interview with Marvin Olasky, the architect of compassionate conservatism. Classical liberalism and the fight for equal rights: An article on remembering the forgotten libertarian legacy of American anti-racism. A review of Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths by Robin Waterfield. Happinomics: What is the value of real-world social interactions? A look at how Facebook is affecting school reunions. My ten favorite fetishes: Lifelong sex researcher Kris Saknussem on his most unusual discoveries. The power of the three: Here are the secrets of the mighty triumvirate that rules the universe. A review of LOT 2: The Language of Thought Revisited by Jerry Fodor. Over 60 years, Tony Allison has made two major breakthroughs and is a scientist who should be better known.
From The Washington Monthly, a special report on tropical deforestation: "A Clear Cut Crisis". Here is the Encyclical Letter "Caritas in Veritate" by Pope Benedict, and interviews with Legionary of Christ Father Thomas D. Williams and with CUA's Andrew Abela and David O'Connell (and a fable by George Weigel: "The Good Pope and the Bad Advisers"). "You’re an idiot and I am a coward": Comedy is too often constrained by preconceptions of audience reaction and the comic’s own self-censoring streak. Good enough, smart enough: Norman Ornstein on why Al Franken will be a superlative senator. From The Simon, here is a list of potential Sarah Palin television projects. From Nerve, a look at the 20 Unsexiest Beautiful People. More sex please: What goes on in the bedroom is a vital part of being human, so why are writers so shy about confronting it honestly? Wank Thyself: William Saletan on the pro-life case for masturbation. Will the most ostentatious mansion in Greenwich history survive the bust? Does philosophy make you a better scientist? Sean Carroll investigates. Albert Mobilio reviews Woman Twirling by Jo Ann Callis. You say you want a reference book about revolution? We all want to change the world — Scott McLemee interviews Immanuel Ness, editor of the International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, 1500 to the Present.
From TLS, a review of books on Charlie Chaplin. Michael Shermer on what skepticism reveals about science. Lost and found ideals: The noble principles on which modern France was founded are in trouble, but the effort to give them new life is underway. Eryn Loeb reviews Not Becoming My Mother: And Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way by Ruth Reichl. Few books have so shocked received opinion and been as influential as A.J.P. Taylor's The Origins of the Second World War. Cyber-Scare: The exaggerated fears over digital warfare. Die Zombie Newspapers, Die! The dailies really died a generation ago, and now their corpses are following suit. Reinventing the magazine: Publications that push the boundaries of the print medium (and more on skin magazines). Like newspapers and other businesses buffeted by the financial crisis, the porn industry is in danger of extinction. A review of Obscene, Indecent, Immoral and Offensive: 100+ Years of Censored, Banned, and Controversial Films by Stephen Tropiano. Military thinking has invaded medical thinking — it’s time to replace shock and awe with health and peace. A review of Flotsametrics and the Floating World by Curtis Ebbesmeyer and Eric Scigliano. During past recessions, collective action among laid-off workers was common — will this financial crisis foster a similar movement?
From Popular Science, an article on geoengineering: Are weather machines really the answer? In anarchist circles there are often discussions about either a gradual transition or a sudden collapse of society that can be replaced with anarchism — here's a modern example where this has happened, Albania. A review of Alger Hiss and the Battle for History by Susan Jacoby. Robert O. Paxton reviews The Shameful Peace: How French Artists and Intellectuals Survived the Nazi Occupation by Frederic Spotts, Art of the Defeat: France 1940–1944 by Laurence Bertrand Dorleac, and Bronzes to Bullets: Vichy and the Destruction of French Public Statuary, 1941–1944 by Kirrily Freeman. Mug shot nation: Humiliation without due process is no laughing matter. People with more than enough have an immediate and personal obligation to help those living in extreme poverty, says Peter Singer (and more and more). Death doesn't lie: Death masks promise a truthful representation of the departed. Not in Our Backyard: Can Vermont towns tell registered sex offenders where to live? Please salute Julie Geissler, the New Hampshire resident who stunned library staff members by showing up unannounced one day in 2001 to return a rare first-edition copy of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.