From World Affairs Journal, Robert Kagan on Neocon Nation: Neoconservatism, c. 1776; and Jacob Heilbrunn on Rank-Breakers: The Anatomy of an Industry. Tip-of-the-tongue states yield language insights: Probing the recall of those missing words provides a glimpse of how we turn thoughts into speech and how this process changes with age. From Forward, okay, fine, there really are no good Jewish men out there. Waste not: Here's a steamy solution to global warming. An interview with Thomas Bender, co-author of American Higher Education Transformed, 1940-2005. Does Asia exist? Rivals, by Bill Emmott, suggests we are witnessing its creation. An interview with Steven M. Teles, author of The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement. Computers have much better memories than people do — can we learn from them? Jurgen Habermas has spoken in support of the Archbishop of Canterbury on the subject of Shariah. When brain death isn't terminal: The case of a revived "brain-dead" accident victim raises some disturbing issues. A review of Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath by Michael Paul Mason. Colm Toibin reviews R. F. Foster’s Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change from 1970. How sportswriting lost its game: Down with celebrity profiles, the steroids saga, and blow-by-blow business news — let’s bring back good storytelling.


From Popular Mechanics, a special report on Rebuilding America: How to Fix US Infrastructure. From Modern Age, an essay on conservatism, Christianity, and the revitalization of Europe. Only judgment from outside statistical models – general knowledge – tells us when correlations will remain stable. From classics and sci-fi to poetry, biographies and books that changed the world: Here's The Perfect Library of 110 books. Kids’ Lit Gets Graphic: Two surprise best sellers may herald a young-adult revolution. Harvard Business School turns 100: Whither the MBA? Ray Kurzweil on making the world a billion times better: Technology is advancing at internet speed. A review of Indo-European Poetry and Myth by M.L. West. Obscurity Now: Published over a half century ago, Randall Jarrell’s Poetry and the Age remains vital. From The Globe and Mail, a symposium on atheism. Thesaurus Unbound: If Roget's is becoming a relic, what lies ahead? You won't like this article: Politicians have perfected the art of lowering expectations and "reframing" results. Kill the one with the ball, or How I learned to love capitalism: For many of us, preparation for real life happened not in the classroom, but on the playground at recess — there's a lot to be learned about capitalism from the bottom of a schoolyard pig-pile. World overpopulation means nothing when extra children are the new status symbol.


From CT, a review of The Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark Noll; and a review of What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War by Chandra Manning. Sarah Arrr! of Zinetopia is a sell-out to the internet; she apologizes in advance for that. Michael Gorra reviews Cynthia Ozick's Dictation: A Quartet. The Emir of NYU: NYU president John Sexton has been promised a blank check to duplicate his university on a desert island in Abu Dhabi. An unlikely row has erupted in France over suggestions that the semicolon's days are numbered; worse, the growing influence of English is apparently to blame. In light of the recently burst housing bubble and the resulting inflation, this renter is having a hard time maintaining sympathy for borrowers who went in over their heads. Meteorites not only did in dinosaurs, some scientists suggest, but may also explain other phenomena. An excerpt from James V. Schall's The Life of the Mind: On the Joys and Travails of Thinking. The introduction to Hidden in Plain Sight: The Tragedy of Children's Rights from Ben Franklin to Lionel Tate by Barbara Bennett Woodhouse. A review of Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future by Geoffrey Perret. Is the Renaissance scholar dead? Adrian Monk and AC Grayling debate.


From the latest issue of Policy Review, Amitai Etzioni on Religion and Social Order: Filling the gap when autocrats fall; and a review of The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack by Ronald Kessler. A review of The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution by Sean Carroll. A review of Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making by David Rothkopf. More on X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft But Can Still Keep Everything From Sucking by Jeff Gordinier. Wendy Lesser reviews Mark Richardson's The Collected Prose of Robert Frost. More and more and more and more on Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence (and three more interviews). A review of We-Think by Charles Leadbeater (and more). From The Nation, Rick Perlstein on how the conservative noise machine is coming around to support McCain — if it can keep its stories straight; and a review of books on the history of the first women's rights campaign. For some TV viewers, storylines of adultery, murder, war, rape, etc. are not reprehensible enough to prompt a channel change; two men kissing, however, is another matter. How to defuse a human bomb: What would it take to persuade a terrorist to give up the life? A growing number of specialists are trying to find out. 


From NYRB, a review of Reading Judas by Elaine Pagels and Karen L. King and The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot by Bart D. Ehrman; Michael Chabon reviews Lush Life by Richard Price; Garry Wills on two speeches on race; and what have we learned, if anything? Tony Judt investigates. It's a cinematic archetype as reliable as the fish out of water and the blonde in distress: the disheveled, misanthropic college professor; there's little doubt why academia provides such a tempting backdrop for filmmakers. Catholicism, Inc.: An interview with Rev. John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame. Freedom and faith on campus: Mindless dogmatism is not part of the Catholic intellectual tradition (and here's how to read the coat of arms of Pope Benedict XVI). From The Telegraph, a list of the 100 most powerful people in British culture. Is John McCain Bob Dole? Or is he Dwight Eisenhower? Inventing John McCain: The maverick icon of American duty and patriotism is as much a literary creation as a political one — meet the author. His involvement with Dissent was, so to speak, one of Norman Mailer’s more improbable marriages, and by no means the shortest. Confused by the war in Iraq? No wonder — there isn't just one, there are three. As the economy deteriorates, the calls grow louder for government intervention — is it time to reconsider Milton Friedman’s legacy?


From The New Yorker, Ian Buruma reviews The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria; The Return of History and the End of Dreams by Robert Kagan; and Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India, and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade by Bill Emmott; Nick Paumgarten on the lives of elevators; Caroline Alexander goes on a journey through the mangrove forest of Bengal; and can anyone design a nice airport? Paul Goldberger wants to know. The Feminist Reawakening: Even if Hillary’s campaign ends soon, it will leave a legacy — consciousness-raised women rediscovering the benefits of sisterhood. Joyce Carol Oates reviews Keith Gessen’s All the Sad Young Literary Men (and more and more; and more from Bookforum). There’s just one problem with Alan Greenspan’s attempts to defend his record on the financial crisis: The former Fed chairman is guilty as charged. A review of The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, ed. by Richard Dawkins. A review of Dee Dee Myers' Why Women Should Rule the World. Can the cellphone help end global poverty? Why a corporate “user anthropologist” is spending so much of his time in the shantytowns of the world. The Gay-Straight Divide: What are the connections between sexual orientation and gender? Paulville is the name of the town where rightwingers will be free. If you think your taxes are unjust, just think again.


From The University of Chicago Press, making yippie: An excerpt from Chicago ’68 by David Farber; and an excerpt from Battleground Chicago: The Police and the 1968 Democratic National Convention by Frank Kusch. Elizabeth L. Bradley reviews Catherine O’Donnell Kaplan’s Men of Letters in the Early Republic: Cultivating Forums of Citizenship. The banishment of darkness has been likened to "a moral crusade against evil"; in the afterglow of Earth Hour, we bask in the dimming of the light; surely darkness can't be good: Decoupling notions of light and virtue goes against both our religious traditions and our basic instincts – even if it is a good idea; the Earth is getting warmer; it's also getting darker — and one scientist's modest proposal would accelerate that trend; and the story of Western architecture is one of darkness giving way to light — has this tale run its course? From Nerve, an article on America's Top 10 Political Sex Scandals; and a look at the 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time. The French architect Jean Nouvel has made a career out of fitting the buildings he designs to their locations, in space or, with his new MoMA Tower, in historic time. From Scientific American, a look at how stereotyping yourself contributes to your success (or failure). The introduction to Unanswered Threats: Political Constraints on the Balance of Power by Randall L. Schweller.


From The Economist, a special section on Israel. From The Atlantic Monthly, can Israel overcome its paralysis to make the hard choice necessary for its survival as a Jewish democracy? Jeffrey Goldberg investigates; "this is how we lost to the white man": An article on the audacity of Bill Cosby’s black conservatism; the digital age demands that political candidates be authentic and accessible, but please—hold the carrots; and James Fallows on how tiny jets, Soviet-trained math prodigies, American “ant farmers,” and dot-com refugees are revolutionizing air travel. Brad DeLong on why Hillary Clinton shouldn't be winning. Jon Chait on wretched rationalizations for Clinton's kamikaze campaign. Jonathan Rauch on how John McCain hasn’t betrayed conservatism; his party has. From Cato Unbound, Richard Rothstein on “A Nation at Risk”, 25 years later. Laird Hunt reviews Nam Le’s The Boat. From Wired, a look at how a regional nuclear war would cause worldwide destruction. How Slaughterhouse Five was born: Kurt Vonnegut's new posthumous collection reveals the seeds of a modern masterpiece (and more). A review of Strange Bedfellows: How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy Into a Joke by Russell L. Peterson. From Bitch, a review of It's a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments by Amanda Marcotte.


From Literary Review of Canada, an article on the prison of “public space”: Before we take to the streets, this pervasive concept needs rethinking. From National Journal, EPA seems to be fading as President Bush pushes for dramatic cuts in its budget, his administration's interpretations of environmental laws are repeatedly laughed out of court, and EPA scientists and lawyers are overruled; and William Powers on how digital overload isn't making us happier or more productive. The Sulzberger family would never let go of Times  — or would it? With the latest shareholder assault on the “invulnerable” paper’s management, Michael Wolff plays out the most likely and unlikely scenarios. Albert Mobilio reviews Joe Brainard’s The Nancy Book.  Steven Levitt famously hypothesised that the legalisation of abortion reduced US crime — here's a new hypothesis. A review of Trickster Makes This World: How The Disruptive Imagination Creates Culture by Lewis Hyde. An excerpt from Castles, Battles, and Bombs: How Economics Explains Military History by Jurgen Brauer and Hubert van Tuyll. From Michigan War Studies Review, what can America expect from President McCain in foreign policy? Wagering with Zeno: A philosopher who did everything by halves may never win, but he won't go broke. Someone's listening in: A look at how Indie Rock morphed into Adult Contemporary.


From German Law Journal, a special issue on Law, the State, and Evolutionary Theory. An interview with Weiner Davis, author of The Sex-Starved Wife: What to Do When He's Lost Desire. Matt Taibbi on Hillary's flimsy case for the nomination. From FP, an interview with Alina Fernandez, the estranged daughter of Fidel Castro. A review of George & Jacintha: On the Limits of Literary Biography by John G. Rodwan, Jr. From Time, here's the story of Barack Obama's mother. Robert Kagan on The End of the End of History: Why the twenty-first century will look like the nineteenth. “Hardball” host Chris Matthews’s bombastic style is increasingly at odds with the wry, cynical tone of other TV personalities; is this his last election in the spotlight? A review of Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius by Detlev Claussen. Why US airlines still won't join the Mobile Mile-High Club. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on the next president’s first task. A review of Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach (and more and more and more and more and an interview). From The Next American City, a special issue on Living Under Peril. Beware the lesson of the Tory wolf in liberal clothing: Sweden's social democracy has been transformed for the worse. Changing the ways we connect: Globalism today has less to do with countries than with how we choose to define our communities.

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