From History & Policy, Ben Jackson (Oxford): How to Talk About Redistribution: A Historical Perspective. From Scientific American, an article on the science of gossip: Why we can't stop ourselves; and a look at how randomness rules our world and why we cannot see it. From Literary Review, a review of The Man Who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus by Justin Marozzi; and a review of The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes. Muscular Christianity: A review of Playing with God: Religion and Modern Sport by William J. Baker. From Beliefnet, an article on the twelve tribes of American politics in the '08 election. If you live in an American swing state you may have received a copy of "Obsession", a documentary produced by The Clarion Fund. An interview with Bill Maher on "Religulous" (and more and more). The real Americans: Forget red and blue, the real battle is over the allegedly authentic and the allegedly inauthentic. Writing sex and gallows humor: An interview with Anne Enright. Uncle Sam’s Harem II: Thomas Fleming on Christianity and marriage. The religious dating game: How evangelicals, Catholics, Mormons and Orthodox Jews have developed alternative ways to engineer marriage. An article on western sexual mysticism: The hidden links between sexuality, spirituality, and nature.