J. Alexis Galan Avila (EUI): The Fragmentation of (International) Law and the Limits of Modern Systems Theory. From The Missouri Review, a look at why MFA rankings are useless (could they be useful?). Iowa Writers' Workshop director Curtis Sittenfeld on why critics of MFA programs have it wrong. Christopher Hitchens on how the Republican presidential candidates are benefiting from their “gaffes”: They’re not unforgivable, just imprudent. Why does this pig Jason Barker have a job at the New York Fed? Bloomberg reports that as Treasury secretary, Hank Paulson gave a potentially lucrative heads-up to hedge fund managers — should we be outraged? The government and the big banks deceived the public about their $7 trillion secret loan program— they should be punished. It seems unavoidable that some European countries will have to support other EU member states, yet Europe finds itself in an unfortunate bind: fiscal integration is unsustainable, and fiscal minimalism is unwanted. 5 ways to save Europe: The fallout from its fast-approaching financial meltdown would hurt the US. Eurodoom: The terrifying new theory that the European economic crisis could devastate the US. Habermas, the Last European: A philosopher's mission to save the EU. The introduction to The Virtues of Our Vices: A Modest Defense of Gossip, Rudeness, and Other Bad Habits by Emrys Westacott. A look at the best public restroom in America.