From Prospect, despite running for the candidacy of the Democratic party, Barack Obama should be the great hope of conservatives—both in the US and Europe. Eric Foner reviews This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust (and more and more). "This is the FBI—Can we talk?" Mark Matthews Keith Weissman and Steven Rosen are PhDs and Middle East experts who did some lobbying; they thought they were doing what Washington insiders always do. From n+1, a review of the worst movie of 2007, " I'm Not There". A review of Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature by John Mullan (and more and an excerpt). Leninism Today: Slavoj Zizek on Zionism and the Jewish Question. Alain de Botton goes postal with his toddler son and gives us some kitchen-sink philosophy.

From Cato Unbound, an article on the future of marriage by Stephanie Coontz. From The Bulletin, a roundtable on a rebirth of the anti-nuclear weapons movement. A review of The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner and Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy By Eric G. Wilson. Life's transience deepens its rapture, so why are we medicating away that bittersweet truth? Philosophers Ted Honderich and Colin McGinn feud over  a book review. Life at the ends of the earth: How did people end up in the towns and settlements at the end of the road, the line, the land? From Dissent, c’mon everybody: Will music bring us together? An article on how quirky characters are ruining indie films. Suspicious minds: How a ragtag group of conspiracy nuts is changing public perception of 9/11.