From Vanity Fair, a look at the Mystery Suicides of Bridgend County. Fatal distraction: Forgetting a child in the back seat of a hot, parked car is a horrifying, inexcusable mistake — but is it a crime? From Reason, an interview with David Hillman, author of The Chemical Muse: Drug Use and the Roots of Western Civilization; and can Christiania survive? A countercultural enclave in Denmark fights for its life. From Triple Canopy, here's evidence of a postindustrial disassembly line, performed live with a drill, mirrored plates, construction lights, and sheer distortion. Deceiver in Chief: Left-leaning columnist Kevin Field regrets his vote for President Obama. Greil Marcus reviews Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead. An article on the rational underpinnings of irrational anger. The call of the toad: Gunter Grass's 1990 diary has just been published' former East German writer Monika Maron looks at how blinded Grass was by his own preconceptions. Racism can be funny, and more importantly, political correctness has no place in the arts. Thomas Frank on conservatives and their pity parties; why the GOP fetish for outsourcing deserved to be repudiated; and why the "populists" are right about Wall Street. A review of John Milton. Life, Work, and Thought by Gordon Campbell and Thomas N. Corns. Two economists propose a simple system for deciding who gets to run the world — how about Bangladesh?
From the Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, Sara Martino, Kristin Dillon, and Brennan Jordan (Richard Stockton): The Rise of Obesity in Young Women: Does the Media Have An Impact?; and Denise E. DeLorme and Fred Fedler (UCF): Endowed Newspapers: A Solution to the Industry’s Problems? A review of The Political Thought of Jacques Ranciere: Creating Equality by Todd May. In Search of Silence: One man’s quest to find the quietest places on earth and keep them that way. The one thing markets don't make: No amount of regulation will restore our sense of honour and shame — economics needs ethics. A review of Nature Red in Tooth and Claw: Theism and the Problem of Animal Suffering by Michael J. Murray. From The Hindu, seeing a woman getting kidnapped in front of one’s eyes and the public reaction to it brings home many truths; and all about -ite, -ian & -ist: Does an “-ite”, then, denote a closer, perhaps even more slavish, association with a person than a mere “-ian”? As social emulsifiers go, nothing can beat a happily babbling baby. A spectre is haunting America: Ghosts of neoliberalism trouble Obama’s response to the recession. Should students be allowed to vote, via clickers, in class? Melvin Konner, author of The Jewish Body: An Anatomical History of the Jewish People, on the Jewish body: The circs; the sex; the nose jobs; and the muscle-Jews.
From Al-Ahram, is Bahrain another Kuwait? To blow things out of proportion is not the wise thing to do; and the ascendance of a business class in other parts of the world has fostered democracy — can the same happen in the Arab world? Pachamama: Ecuador provides the world with a bold new legal framework for protecting the biosphere. From Carnegie Ethics Online, Matthew Hennessey on Obama's moral obligation to Africa; an interview with Alex J. Bellamy on the responsibility to protect; and an interview with Simon Dalby on environmental security. A look at how top dailies are killing cartooning. With the Web’s advertising engine stalling just as newspapers are under pressure, some publishers are second-guessing their liberal attitude toward free content. Modern life can allow little time to maintain meaningful relationships, so what's the optimum number of friends? An easy way to lose your shirt: Why foreign-exchange trading is hazardous. Learning from slums: The world's slums are overcrowded, unhealthy and increasingly seen as resourceful communities that can offer lessons to modern cities. Who should Obama look to for advice?: Jimmy Carter. From Campus Progress, a review of Stanley Fish's Save the World on Your Own Time; and a review of Alan Michael Collinge's The Student Loan Scam: The Most Oppressive Debt in U.S. History — and How We Can Fight Back.
From The New Atlantis, Ari N. Schulman on why minds are not like computers: Fundamental confusion about artificial intelligence; an excerpt from P. W. Singer's Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century (and more from Bookforum); reality and the postmodern wink: James Bowman champions curmudgeonliness as an antidote to cynicism; nations, liberalism, and science: Peter Augustine Lawler on civil theology and civil biology; a review of books on the medical and social questions that mental illness raises; and Wayne Ambler on reform and recalcitrance in Twain’s " Connecticut Yankee". A review of How Professors Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment by Michele Lamont. From Australian Review of Public Affairs, what job, which house? Simple solutions to complex problems in Indigenous affairs. Why bluffing about books is a civilised art. A review of Gambling, Freedom and Democracy by Peter J. Adams. Can MySpace get its mojo back? With Facebook soaring, and top talent leaving, News Corp.'s social network needs answers. Rewiring the Brain: Wired goes inside the new science of neuroengineering (and part 2). From Psychiatric Times, is pathological lying a symptom or disease? From Obit, we realize we aren’t supposed to speak ill of the dead, but we adore it, often to a perfectly scandalous degree.
From Prospect, goodbye, homo economicus: The economics profession must bear a lot of the blame for the current crisis — if it is to become useful again it must undergo an intellectual revolution, becoming both broader and more modest; and after capitalism: The era of transition that we are entering will be disruptive — but it may bring a world where markets are servants, not masters. Is China the New America? The Great Depression made the United States the world's unquestioned financial leader — the current crisis can do the same for China. From Adbusters, an interview with Michael Hardt on Generation Obama's revolutionary potential. From Bookforum, Scott McLemee reviews books by Antonio Negri, the master theorist of the resurgent global left. The trouble with outside activists: Do-gooders from out of state are still flocking to help New Orleans rebuild; are they actually doing as much harm as they are good? Sex is natural, so why are so many people so bad at it? Why is the Religious Right obsessed with other people's sex lives? From Slate, a look at why American churchgoers like to shop around; and an excerpt from Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible by David Poltz. The Geist of the Zeit: an interview with Simon Reynolds of fanzine Monitor.
From The University Bookman, a review of Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life by Anthony T. Kronman; a review of Beyond Capitalism and Socialism: A New Statement of an Old Idea; histories right and left: A review of Rightward Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s; and A Conservative History of the American Left by Daniel J. Flynn; and here's the conservative exiles’ reading list. From OJR, journalism is the business of building communities — so newsrooms must hire from within those communities; and here are ideas that get in the way of saving journalism. A review of Work Hard Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America by Jay Mathews (and more). What if the September 11th attacks had coincided with the ravage of Hurricane Katrina? Weighing the connections between weather and terrorism in India during November’s monsoon and the Mumbai attacks. An interview with Julienne Stroeve on tracking the fallout of the Arctic's vanishing sea ice. Daniel Gross on dumb money: Are executives villains or morons? From American Sexuality, an article on Richard Burton's Kama Sutra quest. Tails of a curious submariner: A US Marine with a lot of time on his hands has noticed that a strange thing happens when you keep tossing a coin.
From the Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, a special issue on the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. From Human Rights & Human Welfare, Howard Adelman (York): Intent: Ius In Bello Norms in Just War Theory — The Case of the War in Gaza in 2009; and a review of Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution and Peace Out of Reach: Middle Eastern Travels and the Search for Reconciliation by Stephen Eric Bronner. From Utne, an essay on The Lonely American: Choosing to reconnect in the 21st century (and more on the art of lively conversation). Sandra Newman reviews A Fortunate Age by Joanna Smith Rakoff. You make me sick: Does maladaptive psychology cause autoimmunity? Mathematician answers Supreme Court plea: New, fair method for dividing states into congressional districts could reduce political squabbles. That voodoo that scientists do: When findings are debated online, as with a yet to be released paper that calls out the field of social neuroscience, who wins? Ecstasy is much less dangerous than we thought, say scientists, but politicians are ignoring this. Happy camper: Jesse Smith was skeptical of RVs. From TED, Charles Moore on sailing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Though we've come to accept it as part of the economic cycle, the "layoff tactic" can trace its roots to the military discharge.
From The National Interest, Minxin Pei and Jonathan Anderson debate "the color of China"; and cranks or soothsayers: Why aren’t the right experts listened to at the right time? Maybe it’s a personality deficit disorder. Truth over happiness: First and foremost, Americans want honesty from the Oval Office. Jim Hightower on why America needs a Truth Commission. Ha-Joon Chang on how protectionism did not cause the depression — indeed, moderate protection is what we need. Is the School of Economic Science a cult? Jeremy Stangroom investigates. Countless towns and small cities across the U.S. have proven vulnerable to these tough times — and no one knows how to stop the bleeding. A look at how to build a better robot. An interview with Peter Feaver on evangelical public intellectuals. A review of Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right from Wrong by Wendell Wallach and Colin Allen. An interview with Jacob Hacker, author of "The Case for Public Plan Choice in National Health Reform". A review of American Grit: What It Will Take To Survive in the 21st Century by Tony Blankley. If witches existed, John Demos would have found them. A review of Life and Action: Elementary Structures of Practice and Practical Thought by Michael Thompson. Ada Louise Huxtable is a formidable architecture critic, but her legacy may be too much of a good thing.
From Reviews in History, a review of Glamour: A History by Stephen Gundle; a review of Cars for Comrades: The Life of the Soviet Automobile by Lewis H. Siegelbaum; and a review of Unrespectable Radicals? Popular Politics in the Age of Reform. Noah Isenberg reviews Shadow and Light by Jonathan Rabb. Here are 10 reasons why we love making lists, and here are seven lies we tell ourselves about Facebook (and more). James Surowiecki on wages, productivity, and the unemployment crisis. Is the exclusive TED conference intellectual nirvana — or just a return to high school? Jaron Lanier wants to know. Father in Chief: Parenting — and governing — is messy business. Happy Medium: How an indie-crafts venture found mainstream expression. Roid Warriors: Ben McGrath goes in the newsroom with the Daily News’ steroid squad. From Ovi, an essay on ideological clashes, the most frequent conflict in 2008; and a review of two books on the widespread socio-pathology of the rape of nature. An interview with Woody Tasch, author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered. The case against thrift: The downturn is giving us new excuses for moral flagellation, but saving money won't save your soul. What are the salient evils of our time? Paul Johnson on what the temptations on the high mountain mean today.
Radhika Desai (Manitoba): The Inadvertence of Benedict Anderson: Engaging Imagined Communities. These kids today: A prominent critic worries about college students' extracurricular reading, but Scott McLemee wonders about the best-seller lists. An interview with Alissa Hamilton, author of Squeezed: What You Don't Know About Orange Juice. You don't deserve to be rich: The sooner we shed our illusion that people end up financially where they deserve to, the faster we’ll fix the economy. A review of Vernon Smith's Rationality in Economics. How big is the Agatha Christie industry, and what explains her enduring appeal? Intelligent Life meets James Murdoch, the invisible mogul. A review of Unequal under Law: Race in the War on Drugs by Doris Marie Provine. In an age when magazines are fighting for their very survival and print itself is under fire, is The New Yorker finally becoming as dated as the top-hatted Eustace Tilly? From Cracked, here are 5 ways people are trying to save the world (that don't work); and a look at 6 dream jobs that would actually suck. The first full crisis of globalization means the start of a kinder, more selfless economic system, the new co-op capitalism. A review of Belching Out the Devil: Global Adventures with Coca-Cola by Mark Thomas. A review of Burton Blumert's Bagels, Barry Bonds, & Rotten Politicians.