From The New Yorker, Patrick Radden Keefe on a government misstep in a wiretapping case; and arms and the man: What was Herodotus trying to tell us? From Mother Jones, a series of articles on the Future of Energy. From Foreign Affairs, Richard Haas on The Age of Nonpolarity: What will follow U.S. dominance; and an essay on The Price of the Surge. From Foreign Policy, a photo essay on where the world shops for guns; and with Robert Mugabe tottering after the elections in Zimbabwe, which other tyrants are quaking in their boots? From LRB, Perry Anderson on The Divisions of Cyprus; and a review of Jane Boleyn: The Infamous Lady Rochford by Julia Fox. Here Comes the Pope — and he's got a bone to pick with the modern Western world. If God is dead, who gets His house? The fastest-growing faith in America is no faith at all — and now some atheists think they need a church. The philosopher kingmaker: With one simple list, Brian Leiter is changing an entire field. From The New York Observer, what’s news? Who knows! Welcome to Print 2.0. Lauren Sanders reviews Jim Krusoe’s Girl Factory. If prediction markets are so great, why have they been so wrong lately? The glamour of Obama may be hard to resist, but could it get the country into trouble if he wins the presidency? A review of Vital Nourishment: Departing from Happiness by Francois Jullien.


From Slate, a three-part series on radical skepticism and the rise of conspiratorial thinking about science. From Kulturos barai, an article on global museums in the twenty-first century. A review of Ratzinger's Faith: The Theology of Pope Benedict the XVI by Tracey Rowland. A review of Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women's Love and Desire by Lisa M. Diamond and America Unzipped: In Search of Sex and Satisfaction by Brian Alexander (and more). History professor and food specialist Panikos Panayi says dishes don't have a specific nationality. From The Root, Bill Cosby is not being merely nostalgic; today's problem is partly cultural. From FAIR, an article on The Incredible Shrinking Think Tank. Dick Cheney was never a "grown-up": An excerpt from The Rise of the Counter-Establishment: The Conservative Ascent to Political Power by Sidney Blumenthal. Do strong campaigns make good presidencies? Economical with the truthiness: In our Wiki-world, first-hand knowledge seems unnecessary and the story more important. An interview with Richard Posner, author of How Judges Think (and a review). From Rigas Laiks, an interview with Christopher Ricks, author of Dylan's Visions of Sin. The Internet is for scorn: Meet the Web's 10 most hated people. From New Scientist, a guide to some of the most common myths and misconceptions about evolution.


From Popular Mechanics, here are 10 genius inventions we're still waiting for. Imagine you're a huge fan of an author for his writing, only to discover something deeply unpleasant about the man himself — what do you do? A Jesus for real men: What the new masculinity movement gets right and wrong. From Nerve, an interview with Lily Koppel, author of The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life through the Pages of a Lost Journal. A review of The Hitler Salute: On the Meaning of a Gesture by Tilman Allert (and more from Bookforum). From America, a legal shift could alter the so-called separation between church and state — and a Roman Catholic majority on the United States Supreme Court may be the driving force behind it. Athletic Bilbao is Europe's most exotic football club, managing to keep itself in Spain's top division, while fielding players recruited exclusively from the Basque region — can it continue to resist globalization? If we ever make contact with intelligent aliens, we should be able to build a universal translator to communicate with them. Jonathan Raymond reviews Colin Harrison’s The Finder. A review of Questions of Taste: The Philosophy of Wine and Wine and Philosophy: A Symposium on Thinking and Drinking. What happens to lost airport luggage? Bedtime stories: When it comes to erotica, you can judge a book between the covers.


Here's the inaugural issue of the Journal of Language Contact. Talker in the City: Though preparation for Titlepage is taking up much of his time these days, Daniel Menaker is still editing books. From Print, an interview with Matthew Diffee, editor of The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in The New Yorker and The Rejection Collection Vol. 2: The Cream of the Crap; and drawing fire: Contemporary comics take a hard look at the conflict in Iraq, and metaphors abound. A review of The Culture of Vengeance and the Fate of American Justice by Terry Kenneth Aladjem.  A review of Moral Value and Human Diversity by Robert Audi. A review of Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-first Century by Philip Bobbitt (and more). From Monthly Review, Istvan Meszaros on the communal system and the principle of self-critique. Manufactured scarcity and the profits of deindustrialisation: Is "green capitalism" a new paradigm of sustainable production or a license to shut down plants and print money? A review of Troublemaker: A Personal History of School Reform since Sputnik by Chester E. Finn, Jr. Readers of the 2002 nonfiction bestseller Bringing Down the House might wonder why any embellishment was necessary for the film "21". From Logos, more on Mearsheimer and Walt's The Israel Lobby.


From New Statesman, Tom Wright's literal belief in the Resurrection makes him a hero to conservative Christians worldwide; he declares war on militant atheists and liberals, and explains why heaven is not the end of the world; conservative Christianity is now a militant and rapidly growing force; and Mary Warnock on why religious belief is no basis for law-making. From The Global Spiral, here's a fabulous evolutionary defense of dualism. Darcy Cosper reviews Andrew Sean Greer’s The Story of a Marriage. Getting it right on the money: A global crusade is under way to teach personal finance to the masses. Shankar Vedantam on Cass Sunstein and Libertarian Paternalism. S & M and tea: When it comes to sex, be careful in judging the affairs of others. A review of Right of the Dial: The Rise of Clear Channel and the Fall of Commercial Radio by Alec Foege. A review of Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching by Paula J. Giddings. A review of The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments by George Johnson (and more). A review of Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare. Policing the frontiers of finance: Is foreign capital a luxury that poor countries can live without? Are human brains unique? Michael Gazzaniga investigates. A review of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely (and more).


From HNN, a review of Walter Hixson's The Myth of American Diplomacy: National Identity and U.S. Foreign Policy; and a review of Larry Ceplair's The Marxist and the Movies: A Biography of Paul Jarrico. A look at how brain scanners can see your decisions before you make them. David Warsh on politics, economics and the news. Dose Encounters: Melody Petersen’s breathless prose is well suited to the characters and machinations of Big Pharma. What were you thinking? The government can't read our minds — yet. The Art of Politics: Does pro-Obama creativity say more about the candidate or his fans? An interview with Christina Binkley, author of Winner Takes All: Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman, and the Race to Own Las Vegas. The Future Is Now: It's heading right at us, but we never see it coming. Richard Florida on the rise of the mega-region. In Search of a Lost Africa: Her idyllic childhood was shattered by a violent civil war; her return from exile revealed what she had, and had not, left behind. How English became English: A review of The Secret Life of Words by Henry Hitchings (and more). Our nomadic future: Prepare to see less of your office, more of your family—and still perhaps be unhappy. An excerpt from The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi by Les Leoppold.


From American Scientist, a review of The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics by Roger A. Pielke, Jr.; a review of Why Youth Is Not Wasted on the Young: Immaturity in Human Development by David Bjorklund; a review of The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth's History by David Beerling; and a review of The Social Atom: Why the Rich Get Richer, Cheaters Get Caught, and Your Neighbor Usually Looks Like You by Mark Buchanan. More and more reviews of books on China. Scott McLemee reviews Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman (and more and more and an excerpt and an interview). Aging acts account for most of the music industry's live performance revenue — what happens when these acts are gone? International front:  The term "world music" has finally become redundant in 2008. A review of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon. A review of What Sport Tells Us About Life by Ed Smith (and more and more). From The Nation, a special issue on the annexation of Hawaii by the United States. Michael Ruse reviews Why Think? Evolution and the Rational Mind by Ronald de Sousa.  The introduction (and an interview) to The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State by Noah Feldman (and a review).


A new issue of Kritike: An Online Journal of Philosophy is out. Can a Jew enjoy the sound of church bells? Leon Wieseltier wants to know. A review of Fridge Magnets are Bastards: An A-Z Rant About Annoying People & Useless Things in the Modern World by Mark Dapin. Research debunking the Easterlin Paradox pleases Chrystia Freeland, who believes that being richer does make you happier. New images uncover 25 secrets about the Mona Lisa, including proof that Leonardo da Vinci gave her eyebrows. What do burqas, Osama and fascism have to do with six hours of man-free exercise time at Harvard? Katha Pollitt wants to know. A review of The Physics of NASCAR by  Diandra Leslie-Pelecky. From Reason, a review of The Pirate’s Dilemma: How Youth Culture Is Reinventing Capitalism by Matt Mason. Why should we think that the human genome is a once-and-for-all finished, untamperable product? Tiny Tyrants: How to really change your kid's behavior. Disappointing the world: Does international enthusiasm for Barack Obama hurt him? A review of Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America by Allen C. Guelzo. Nico Israel reviews Erin Hogan’s Spiral Jetta: A Road Trip Through the Land Art of the American West. A review of Confessions of an Eco Sinner: Travels to Find Where My Stuff Comes From by Fred Pearce.


From THES, a review of The Neuroscience of Fair Play: Why We (Usually) Follow the Golden Rule by Donald W. Pfaff; and a review of Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius by Detlev Claussen. More and more on Michio Kaku's Physics of the Impossible. The Playboy was a spy: Behind the dandyish image, Noel Coward was an antifascist who could be as tough for England as anyone. A review of McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld by Misha Glenny (and more). Men who explain things: Every woman knows what it's like to be patronized by a guy who won't let facts get in the way. Link by Link: He wrote 200,000 books (but computers did some of the work). When strings are attached, quirky gifts can limit universities. Presidential words: A review of White House Ghosts by Robert Schlesinger. An excerpt from God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris and Hitchens by John Haught. A new issue of The Washington Post's Education Review is out. Women Under the Influence: In a spate if recent novels, Iranian-American women peer beneath the veil to examine Islamic culture's impact and intimate legacy. A review of books on New Labour. From FT, an interview with Isabel Allende (and more and more on The Sum of Our Days). Labor's Love Lost: Will Andy Stern save unions, or destroy them? (and more)


From Powell's, a review of Popeye, Vol. 1: "I Yam What I Yam" by E. C. Segar. Jefferson, Buffon and the Moose: To counter the European insult that American species were weak and degenerate, Thomas Jefferson employed scathing rhetoric and a moose from Vermont. A Superman approach to foreign policy: Our nation's favorite comic book hero might have had the right idea: Use power sparingly and judiciously. A review of Women in Science: A Social and Cultural History by Ruth Watts. Bread-winning badante: Diana Ivanova examines a unique form of intercultural dialogue — the exchange of suffering between elderly Italians and Bulgarian women. The American man is twice screwed: A postmodern sort of men’s group means male bonding in the guise of group therapy, with herbal tea and hummus dip. From Cultural Survival, a special issue on Burma. Welcome to the Christian sex advice movement: An excerpt from Rapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture. Hungary's entry into the Schengen Zone in December 2007 brought a further relaxation of historical borders; while many communities have benefited, the process has not been without its absurdities. From First Principles, an essay on Walter Starkie and the Greatest Novel of All. Philip Stephens on the lessons for the west’s confrontation with violent Islamism.

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