From The Root, Dayo Olopade on how black women became powerful, on why are there so few black women politicians, and on tomorrow's crop of black women leaders. Are our asteroid-destroying nukes big enough? A new study shows that blasted asteroids could re-form, Terminator-style. Why are we afraid to tax the super-rich? Recording sexual behaviour in the sixteenth century: An excerpt from Shakespeare, Sex & Love by Stanley Wells. Diversity training has swept corporate America — just one problem: It doesn’t seem to work. Children’s books have privileged a paradigm of homogeneity and heterosexuality, but lately a number of children’s books that reflect existing diversity have been steadily appearing. Toward a New Alexandria: Lisbet Rausing on imagining the future of libraries. From The Nation, a review of Freedom's Orator: Mario Savio and the Radical Legacy of the 1960s by Robert Cohen. GalleyCat Reviews collects some classic criticism of Alice in Wonderland from some great writers. The decision to honor Wendy Doniger's The Hindus: An Alternative History has provoked controversy; Scott McLemee meditates on the protest. From This Recording, Alex Canevale on The Urge to Rehab; and Dick Cheney on Sex with Josh Holloway: "You guys. This is a perilous time in American life for precisely all the reasons you're thinking of". Michael Dirda on how Robert K. Merton's classic work of comic scholarship On the Shoulders of Giants is a uniquely witty, digressive entertainment for the mind. The Gay Terrorist: A new story about the run-up to 9/11 has emerged — a previously undisclosed, covert C.I.A. effort to recruit a spy to penetrate Al Qaeda a year and a half before the planes crashed into the towers.