From Prospect, Oxford's poetry revolution: Forty years ago, inspired by the 1968 revolts in Paris, Bernard Wasserstein tried to get the glamorous Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko elected as Oxford's professor of poetry — though the campaign failed, it somehow managed to suck in all the cultural currents of the time. The freedom of the city: A review of Selected Poems by Thomas Kinsella. A review of Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems by John Ashbery (and more). An interview with Robert Hass on American poetry, Bob Dylan, and the impact of "The Big Lebowski". A review of Ezra Pound: Poet, A Portrait of the Man and His Work Volume 1 – The Young Genius, 1885-1920 by A. David Moody.

From FT, with crude now close to $100 a barrel, politicians fear killing Alberta's cash cow with global-warming, water-pollution and species-protection legislation. Promoting democracy abroad: Is it the right time for Canada to take on this file? You've got to hand it to the folks at the Literary Review of Canada:  Despite a tiny circulation, they keep coming up with ideas that get them into the news. Quebec's language hawks are back: Sovereignists are cannily shelving their dreams of separation in favour of a newly muscular brand of linguistic and cultural nationalism. Outgunned in the culture wars: An article on how intellectual life in Australia is dominated by the left wing. From Quadrant, a look at how conservatives are no longer losing the Culture Wars; and a review of the Oxford Companion to Australian Politics. A review of The Vietnam Years: From the Jungle to the Australian Suburbs by Michael Caulfield; Vietnam: The Australian War by Paul Ham; and War and Words: The Australian Press and the Vietnam War by Trish Payne.

James Angresano (Albertson): Orthodox Economic Education, Ideology and Commercial Interests: Relationships that Inhibit Poverty Alleviation. Economist’s surveys suggest that profession’s laissez faire system of fighting scholarly cheating fails if breaches don’t get reported or punished. A review of The Antitrust Religion by Edwin S. Rockefeller. The introduction to Robustness by Lars Peter Hansen and Thomas J. Sargent. From Monthly Review, an article on emotionomics: A noteworthy "revelation" of market totalitarianism. From The Mises Institute, Brad Edmonds on the (free) market for corporate control. Across Europe, think tanks are promoting free-market ideals. Burn the rich: Is it "apartheid" to pay for extra fire protection?

From The Washington Monthly, why the DOJ's spokesperson Brian Roehrkasse dishonors the department. Look who's not looking: A look at the demise of the inspectors general program. A new report by the Campaign for America's Future details how the conservative minority rules by filibuster, preventing up or down vote on a record number of bills in just one year. It's a fitting moment to contemplate the mountain of moral, and mortal, hypocrisy that is our Christianized Republican Party. An interview with Matt Taibbi on how the U.S. is like Ike Turner. Couching it in simple terms, Psych 101 could probably do Bush some good, says Jonathan Haidt. What can the next president do to revive a sense of common purpose? An interview with Doris Kearns Goodwin. Democrats and the politics of failure: Even if congressional Democrats have been legitimately stymied by Republicans on their legislative agenda, they are still going to have to answer to voters. John B. Judis and Ruy Teixeira on getting ready for a Democratic era: The Donkey is back, and it's just the beginning.

Vali Nasr and Ray Takeyh (CFR): The Costs of Containing Iran: Washington's Misguided New Middle East Policy. Non-nuclear fallout: The response to the intelligence community's recent assessment troubled policy wonks on both sides of the Iran debate, all of whom agree that a threat remains. Remember Iraq? Fred Kaplan on why the Democrats aren't ending the war. Iraq — is it all the Indians' fault? A look at the effect of America’s Indian wars had on “civilizing" efforts in Iraq. The schools the Taliban won't torch: One ingenious aid program is stabilizing the toughest parts of Afghanistan — the U.S. is cutting its funding. Ask Al-Qaeda anything! It's like the jihadist equivalent of the YouTube debates. From Quadrant, Islam's Trojan Horse? An article on Turkish nationalism and the Nakshibendi Sufi Order. From NPQ, where are the Muslim moderates? Ayaan Hirsi Ali wants to know; and Tariq Ramadan responds.

From Argumentum, Kemenes Arpad on Conceptual Integration in Sylvia Plath’s "Getting There". From the Oxonian Review of Books, the mind of the moralist: A review of Susan Sontag's At the Same Time. What lies behind the enduring appeal of Harper Lee’s one and only novel? A review of Andrea O’Reilly' s Toni Morrison and Motherhood: A Politics of the Heart. From The Progressive, an interview with Jane Smiley, author of Ten Days in the Hills. Mocking Bird magic: An interview with Paula Kamen, author of Finding Iris Chang: Friendship, Ambition, and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind (and more and more and more). A review of Cleopatra's Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire by Judith Thurman. An essay on thoroughly modern Jane Austen. Underrated women of note: It was only in the 20th century that women writers and artists began to receive something approaching their due.

From Christianity Today, blessed are the barren: The kingdom of God springs forth from the empty womb. God & the second sex: A review of Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by John and Stasi Eldredge; The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman’s Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine by Sue Monk Kidd; and Chasing Sophia: Reclaiming the Lost Wisdom of Jesus by Lilian Calles Barge. A 6-year-old Italian girl might someday become the youngest canonized non-martyr saint. From Quadrant, an article on the immorality of Christian social policy. Timothy George on Evangelicals and the Great Tradition. He was raised in evangelism, then he raised the Right — now Frank Schaeffer sees the other side. With a book about homicidal fundamentalists, an HBO miniseries, and alleged ostracism of gays, it's been a tough few years for Mormons in the public square. When the media became a nuisance: How to respond to the next blockbuster book/documentary/movie that questions traditional Christianity.

Michael McFaul and Kathryn Stoner-Weiss (Stanford): The Myth of the Authoritarian Model: How Putin's Crackdown Holds Russia Back; and Walter Russell Mead on how British politics are boring no longer — neither is British life. A review of The Nature of Underdevelopment and Regional Structure of Nepal: A Marxist Analysis by Baburam Bhattarai. South Africa has made great progress in recent years, but with Mbeki a lame duck its leadership is faltering dangerously; and South Africa's President Mbeki may be in trouble now, but it's nothing compared to what the future holds. A review of Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa by Martin Meredith. From Soweto to the Amazon: The peoples of Latin America are becoming agents of history in a transformation without precedent. The Lion of Havana goes out like a lamb: An interview with Carlos Saladrigas on Fidel Castro. "Wikipedia said I was a terrorist": An interview with Turkish historian Taner Akcam on the Armenian genocide. 

From NYRB, a review of Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed the World by Paul Cartledge. A review of Satyr Drama: Tragedy at Play. A review of The Official Status of the Foreign Residents in Athens, 322-120 B.C. by Maria Niku. A review of Caesar's Calendar: Ancient Time and the Beginnings of History by Denis Feeney (and a response). A review of Roman Eyes: Visuality and Subjectivity in Art and Text by Jas Elsner. A review of The Poetry of Pathos: Studies in Virgilian Epic by Gian Biagio Conte. A review of Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations by Martin Goodman. A review of The Roman Triumph by Mary Beard (and more). A review of Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millennium. Why a dead language is becoming popular: A review of Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin by Nicholas Ostler and Carpe Diem: Put a Little Latin in Your Life by Harry Moun (and more).

Who invited the dog? The boundaries between humans and animals have been eaten away to the point where devoted owners lose all perspective on the pet’s role in their social lives. A review of The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild by Craig Childs. A review of Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird by Andrew Blechman. More and more on Bears: A Brief History by Bernd Brunner. Flying without fractals: A new study raises doubts about fractal patterns in animal behavior. A review of Built by Animals: the Natural History of Animal Architecture by Mike Hansell. A review of No Way Home: The Decline of the World's Great Animal Migrations by David S. Wilcove. Let's face facts: Animals can sometimes be a-holes.