From Portal, a special issue on Italian Cultures. From Evolutionary Psychology, Daniel J. Kruger (Michigan): Male Financial Consumption is Associated with Higher Mating Intentions and Mating Success; Pieternel Dijkstra and Dick Barelds (Groningen): Do People Know What They Want: A Similar or Complementary Partner?; Shannon Nguyen and Emily J. Zillmer (Wisconsin-Oshkosh) and E. L. Stocks (Texas-Tyler): Are Sexual and Emotional Infidelity Equally Upsetting to Men and Women? Making Sense of Forced-Choice Responses; and a review of The Supernatural and Natural Selection: Religion and Evolutionary Success by Lyle B. Steadman and Craig T. Palmer. Marshall Berman reviews Modernism: The Lure of Heresy by Peter Gay (and more from Bookforum). From Small Wars Journal, a review of A Wicked Brew: Piracy and Islamism in the Horn of Africa by Tim Sullivan. From Ducts, here are the memoirs of a Grand Canyon boatman. The Pyrrhic victory of secular capitalism: An excerpt from The Age of Aging by George Magnus. Our choices in books, movies, music, and art go to the core of who we are — what your tastes reveal about you. From TNR, a review of Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing by Russell G. Foster and Leon Kreitzman. More on Mark Bauerlein’s The Dumbest Generation.
From New Statesman, rise of the new Anglo-world order: It's an old controversy that was reignited this autumn by the remarks of a Nobel Prize judge: is American literature too insular, preoccupied only with the home country? From Culture11, an article on The Wal-Mart at the End of the World: A bad place to bring your dog. From Cracked, a look at the 10 most devastating insults of all time. From Esquire, take a look at Mark Roth in his lab in Seattle — it's mad, it's heroic, it's science the way it's supposed to be. More on The Family by Jeff Sharlet (and more from Bookforum). From First Principles, who needs One Big Market? Joseph Stromberg wants to know. From Intelligent Life, an article on Peter Gabriel: Rocker, human rights advocate. Beyond the burqa: A look at how Afghans are managing the struggle between modernity and tradition. More and more on The Man Who Owns The News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch by Michael Wolff. The Pygmies' Plight: A correspondent who chronicled their lives in central African rain forests returns a decade later and is shocked by what he finds. Africa, life after colonialism: An excerpt from Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century. Was the Moon created through a runaway nuclear reaction? The Art of Peace: Veteran negotiator Dennis Ross charts the rocky road to America's redemption.
From the inaugural issue of Aspeers, Judith Freiin von Falkenhausen (Mount Holyoke): The Influence of Sigmund Freud’s Clark Lectures on American Concepts of the Self; Konstantin Butz (Bremen): Rereading American Hardcore: Intersectional Privilege and the Lyrics of Early Californian Hardcore Punk; and Stuart Noble (USD): Don DeLillo and Society’s Reorientation to Time and Space: An Interpretation of Cosmopolis. A review of Loot: The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World by Sharon Waxman. A review of The Future of the Internet: And How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain. A review of The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America by Peter Dale Scott. The first chapter from Living Speech: Resisting the Empire of Force by James Boyd White. From Policy Review, Seth Kaplan on fixing fragile states: Solutions that make local sense; and an essay on trafficking and human dignity: The face of twenty-first-century slavery. From Imprimis, Dinesh D’Souza on what’s so great about Christianity (and an interview). Keith Devlin on multiplication and those pesky British spellings. What can the art market tell us about our economy? Stoppeth, already: Learning to love bogus archaisms. Lee Jamieson investigates. A review of Loneliness by John T. Cacioppo and William Patrick and Loneliness as a Way of Life by Thomas Dumm.
A new issue of Logos is out, including Khristina Haddad (Moravian): Hearing Hannah: Listening to German-Language Recordings of Hannah Arendt from the 1950s and 60s; Geoffrey Kurtz (BMCC): Obama and the Organizing Tradition; Hooshang Amirahmadi (Rutgers): Nuclear Geopolitics in US-Iran Relations: The Case for a Big Push toward Confidence Building; a review of Iran: A People Interrupted by Hamid Dabashi, a review of Rashid Khalidi's The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood; a review essay on modern India; Ian Williams on Orwell and the British Left; P. Adams Sitney on Emersonian Poetics; and Andrey Gritsman on Poetic Sensibility across Cultures and Languages. Mark Rhoads mourns the passing of the once great Spirit of National Review. Charles Peters on how Obama can make Washington work. A review of Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq by Steve Fainaru. John David Lewis (Duke): Reason or Faith: The Republican Alternative. A review of The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy, ed. by Brian Leiter and Michael Rosen. Supply-side education: What explains the growing gap in wages? An exit interview with Bob Barr, the 2008 Libertarian candidate for president. A review of History's Greatest Heist: The Looting of Russia by the Bolsheviks by Sean McMeekin.
From Monthly Review, Brett Clark (NCSU) and Richard York (Oregon): Rifts and Shifts: Getting to the Root of Environmental Crises; John Bellamy Foster (Oregon): Ecology and the Transition from Capitalism to Socialism; Jason W. Moore (Lund): Ecological Crises and the Agrarian Question in World-Historical Perspective; Victor Wallis (Berklee): Capitalist and Socialist Responses to the Ecological Crisis; and Anna Zalik (York): Liquefied Natural Gas and Fossil Capitalism. The curse of tribe: The fighting in eastern Congo is not just a scramble for China's mineral dollars; until the underlying tribal tensions are addressed, the region will never have peace. From Wired, secret geek A-Team hacks back, defends Worldwide Web; and an article on the decline and fall of an ultra rich online gaming empire. Jailhouse bloc: The real reason law-and-order types love mandatory-minimum sentencing? It's money in their pockets. The rise (and fall?) of a caffeine empire: A few years ago, no one would have predicted a site like www.SaveOurStarbucks.com. More and more and more and more and more and more on 2666 by Roberto Bolano (and from Bookforum, a review of Last Evenings on Earth, a review of Distant Star, a review of The Savage Detectives, and an excerpt from Nazi Literature in the Americas). Reparations, RIP: Cause of death: 9/11, public opinion, and the courts.
From Osteuropa, an essay on disputed memory: Jewish past, Polish remembrance; from obscurantism to holiness: "Eastern Jewish" thought in Buber, Heschel, and Levinas; and remembrance as balancing act: The public and academic treatment of eastern Europe' s Jewish heritage. From Collegium, Sari Kivisto (Helsinki): G. F. von Franckenau’s Satyra sexta (1674) on Male Menstruation and Female Testicles. From Prospect, where do we go from here? The markets have ruled for a third of a century, but it has all ended in tears — a return to selfish nationalism is possible; if we are to avoid this sombre outcome, we must find ways to rub the rough edges off globalisation; the Mumbai attacks hit India's rich the hardest — they may now take democracy more seriously; through misreadings and mistranslations, the ten commandments have come to be seen as the rantings of a vain and vengeful God — in fact, they are an early blueprint for self-government forged by refugees escaping tyranny; the art of prize-fighting: Prizes are a vital part of the modern market for serious literature, but they're also increasingly flawed and compromised; and a review of The Book of My Enemy: Collected Verse 1958-2003 and Angels Over Elsinore: Collected Verse 2003-2008 by Clive James. Faith and the uniform: Should the military be more open to nonbelievers? Chris Goodall on the 10 big energy myths.
From the Electronic Journal of Sociology, Michael Sosteric (Athabascau): The Death of Newton: Consciousness, Spirituality, and the Second Scientific Revolution; and an article on bridging the gap between science and spirituality and the role of scientific investigations of paranormal phenomena. From Foreign Affairs, a review of In Sickness and in Power: Illnesses in Heads of Government During the Last 100 Years by David Owen. From Global Journalist, Peter Preston on why editors keep news out. I hate you, blue-tux-wearing Viagra guy: Web video ads are annoying and repetitive — here's how to fix them. From The New Criterion, Joseph Bottum reviews What the Gospels Meant by Garry Wills; and Mark Steyn reviews The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein. The English translation of Roberto Esposito's Bios appears to be an important contribution to the critical analysis of a politics of life, but can the book's claim to "revitalise" politics really be thought from within the exclusive bounds of academic philosophy? A review of Funding Fathers: The Unsung Heroes of the Conservative Movement by Nicole Hoplin and Ron Robinson. From Chronicles, Gregory Davis on politics in the anti-Christian age. When Jesus met Buddha: Something remarkable happened when evangelists for two great religions crossed paths more than 1,000 years ago: They got along.
A new issue of Ephemera is out, including Burkard Sievers (Wuppertal): The Psychotic University; a discussion on the role of the business school; a review of Rakesh Khurana's From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Management as a Profession; and a review of Stanley Aronowitz's Against Schooling: For an Education That Matters. From Logos, Kurt Jacobsen (Chicago): Got No Culture: Anthropology confronts Counterinsurgency; Christine Kelly (William Paterson): If Not Now, When?: How Student Protest Can Help Save US Higher Education; and a review of Historians In Trouble: Plagiarism, Fraud, and Politics in the Ivory Tower by Jon Wiener. The humanities move off campus: As the classical university unravels, students seek knowledge and know-how elsewhere. Cheating 2.0: Technology is catching cheats on college campuses — students don't like it. From Dissent, Jeffrey J. Williams on student debt and the spirit of indenture. From Conversations with History, an interview with Steven Chu. You know times are tough when the rich start cutting costs on their mistresses. City of Shards: A review of the novels of Elias Khoury. A review of The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel. From Fellowship, a look at why the culture of white privilege is to remain silent.
From Florida Philosophical Review, a special issue on heresy, blasphemy, and freedom of expression. A project every bit as far-reaching and ambitious as the federal highway program is to be found on the drawing board, pretty nearly ready to go. More on Robert Kuttner's Obama's Challenge. A review of The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 by Paul Krugman (and more). Why is great perfume not taken more seriously? A review of Perfumes: The Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. More on Jenny Block's Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage. Forty-somethings on Facebook: Tunku Varadarajan gets up close and personal — online. A review of American Rifle: A Biography by Alexander Rose (and more). From Physorg, a look at why life originated (and why it continues). Here's 10 things fungi have done for us. Molecular gastronomy: An article on the new science of cooking. From Harper's, Scott Horton on the torture presidency. From The New Yorker, news you can lose: James Surowiecki on the newspaper industry’s uncertain future; a review of Susan Sontag's Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963 (and more from Bookforum); and Shakespeare’s Shylock gets an appeal. Eric Banks on the legacy of Jonestown: Thirty years after the murder-suicides in Guyana, the country struggles with memories of the event.
From Dissent, Eric Reeves on refusing to save Darfur; Benjamin Kunkel on science fiction and end of politics; and Richard Wolin on defending the Enlightenment: A review of Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists by Susan Neiman and Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal by Rob Riemen. From TNR, a review of Hitler's Private Library: The Books That Shaped His Life by Timothy W. Ryback. More on Fighting Words: A Tale of How Liberals Created Neo-Conservatism by Ben J. Wattenberg. The recent glut of obituaries is premature — the neoconservative school of thought still has a lot to teach us. Amazing Race: How post-racial was Obama’s victory? From New York, a special issue on reasons to love New York. From LA City Beat, an essay on seven false starts about the death of Wallace. From Barnes & Noble Review, Brooke Allen, Michael Anderson, Daniel Menaker, James Parker, Katherine A. Powers, and Tess Taylor on the year in reading (and part 2 and part 3). Safety in uniqueness: As consumer culture permeates politics, the man-in-the street has slipped beyond the control of his creators and taken on a life of his own. We, the target audience: When did America become a marketing proposition? El Salvador’s New Left: Once a guerrilla movement, the FMLN has swapped revolutionary rhetoric for pragmatic politics. More on Mark LeVine's Heavy Metal Islam.