From Index on Censorship, just as Russia's economic growth has obviated talk of democracy, the media's financial successes leave no place for ethical debate. A review of Making Prehistory: Historical Science and the Scientific Realism Debate by Derek Turner. A look at how natural disasters often prompt political reforms — and, sometimes, revolutionary changes. From Transit, Mykola Riabchuk on how he became a Czech and a Slovak. From Gelf, an interview with Daniel Radosh, author of Rapture Ready!; and Paul Collins on how he used statistics to understand the true power of amicus curiae briefs on the Supreme Court. An interview with Matt Taibbi, author of The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire (and a review). From The Atlantic, a lawyer discovers that making ethics entertaining is the right thing to do. Thomas Frank on our great economic u-turn. From Nextbook, an article on the rise and fall—and rise—of “Jewess”. As the country turns 60, novelist Arnon Grunberg reconsiders Zionism amid revealing encounters with the Israeli military. Why the world would be a better place if women ruled. More on The Roads to Modernity by Gertrude Himmelfarb. An easy out when you don’t want to read the book: An excerpt from The Solitary Vice: Against Reading by Mikita Brottman (and a review).