Joseph W. Dellapenna (Villanova): Behind the Red Curtain: Environmental Concerns and the End of Communism. From The New York Observer, Leon Neyfakh on the Yaliens among us. From the Annals of Improbable Research, a look at a study on taking a shower in youth hostels and the risks and delights of heterogeneity. Have you read Heidegger's Sein und Zeit? Scott McLemee on a swearing rabbit, or puppy, or whatever it is. Switzerland has been gripped by the story of a senior consultant with light fingers in his genes; Laura Spinney reports from Lausanne. From Dissent, Marcellus Andrews on the political economy of the trapped: There is still hope for a different future, one in which a strong left-liberal party and movement help establish a place for itself by fighting for economic and social justice and slowly building its base. From Uncommon Knowledge, a look back at Christopher Hitchens and William F. Buckley Jr. on the Sixties (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5). First Mother Teresa, then Henry Kissinger, now the pope — what is Christopher Hitchens’ problem? The Freeloaders: How a generation of file-sharers is ruining the future of entertainment. Jed Lipinski reviews Milk, Sulphate, and Alby Starvation by Martin Millar. The first chapter from Social Structures by John Levi Martin (and more). Can a resuscitated left-wing publication — a print publication! — thrive in the hostile economic conditions of 2010? The editors of The Baffler are betting it can. A world without planes: Philosopher, writer and recent writer-in-residence at Heathrow airport Alain de Botton imagines a world without aircraft. Theologian Hans Kung says the Catholic Church is in its in worst credibility crisis since Reformation. Rent-A-Front: A new group wages stealth astroturf battle against Wall Street reform.

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