From International Socialist Review, an article on the limits of identity politics; and is Marxism deterministic? Debunking a common myth about Marxism. A review of Shakespeare: A Life in Seven Chapters by Edward S. Brubaker. Magic tricks reveal inner workings of the brain. From Contexts, Robert J. Sampson (Harvard): Rethinking Crime and Immigration. From Open Democracy, after Iraq and Afghanistan, amid China's rise and Russia's challenge, can western democracy any longer offer a universal model? Rein Mullerson offers a qualified, contingent and contextual answer. A review of The Illusion of Freedom and Equality by Richard Stivers. A review of Making Poor Nations Rich: Entrepreneurship and the Process of Economic Development (and more). A review of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf (and more from Bookforum). From Mental Floss, here's a brief history of stadium naming rights. From GJSS, a special issue on practising feminist interdisciplinarity. A Habsburg Plan for Brussels: A review of “Empire by Devolution: What Today’s EU Can Learn From Franz Josef I’s Empire”. The ruins of our gauzy past: A review of Lost Buildings by Jonathan Glancey. Does the word still reverberate religiously for us? A review of Providence Lost by Genevieve Lloyd. More on The Bagel by Maria Balinska.