From Ethics & Global Politics, Kenneth Baynes (Syracuse): Discourse Ethics and the Political Conception of Human Rights; Fred Dallmayr (Notre Dame): Hermeneutics and Inter-cultural Dialog: Linking Theory and Practice; and William E. Scheuerman (Indiana): Postnational Democracies without Postnational States? Some Skeptical Reflections (and a reply by Hauke Brunkhorst). The death of a civil servant: Two of the twentieth century’s dominant literary traditions — modernism and fantasy — met as mismatched roommates in colonial Ceylon. A review of Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law by Gabriel Schoenfeld. Sheila Heti on "secret self-help" books, though, really, that phrase can describe almost all literature. From The Caribbean Review of Books, a review of Exhibiting Slavery: The Caribbean Postmodern Novel as Museum by Vivian Nun Halloran; and Vahni Capildeo begins her first visit to India. The father of big government? The federal government doubled during the Lincoln administration — but after the Civil War it dropped back down again. New insights into the science of emotion unravel the seeming neurological magic that turns emotions into social expressions. More on The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes. A review of "Broad Bills of Particularistic Policy? Historical Patterns in American State Legislatures" by Gerald Gamm and Thad Kousser. From The Rumpus, Monica Shores compares Masterclass: Blow-Jobs vs. Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man. The jig is up: On the remote west coast of Ireland, Doolin — the epicenter of traditional Irish music — sings the economic blues away. Headbangers Unite! An article on the international cultural power that is heavy metal.