From Americana, John Ryder (SUNY): Prospects for a Thick Democracy; Ashis Sengupta (UNB): The Hyphenated Identity in Contemporary Multiethnic American Drama; and a review of Pragmatism as Post-Postmodernism: Lessons from Dewey by Larry A. Hickman. An article on Foucault on intellectuals. From The Nation, a review of The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS by Elizabeth Pisani and Sizwe's Test: A Young Man's Journey Through Africa's AIDS Epidemic by Jonny Steinberg. An interview with John Cacioppo on how loneliness is a threat to your health. With high school newspapers disappearing, the future of journalism is at risk. From TED, Marvin Minsky on health, population and the human mind. From NYRB, more on The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker by Steven Greenhouse. Voters don’t know much about the European Union; what’s more, they don’t want to learn. Did Kosovo open up Pandora’s Box? If the international community intends to keep the floodgates to secessionist movements closed, it would do well to learn from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Ian Buruma on the wrong lesson of Munich. From Earth First! Journal, here's a closer look at two snitches. Turning a blind eye: An image said to reveal an "unknown" tribe instead exposes a history of our ignorance and greed.