From Der Spiegel, an article on the global food crisis and the fury of the poor. When Jesse Had Game: Some see him as a discredited relic of the past, but he was once a young firebrand who inspired a generation. A review of Defining Art, Creating the Canon: Artistic Value in an Era of Doubt by Paul Crowther. Is Takashi Murakami Japan's Andy Warhol—or its Walt Disney? The introduction to Reluctant Crusaders: Power, Culture, and Change in American Grand Strategy by Colin Dueck. The introduction to Cunning by Don Herzog. The literary world seems hormone-driven — no clinical studies have been conducted, but informal research has turned up the following exchange. Jeff Greenfield on why the Democrats won't have a brokered convention. Thomas Schaller on how to survive a Colbert interview. How the West was changed: An article on the degradation of the townspeople after World War II in the American Western. Richard Dawkins on Gods and earthlings: The "science of intelligent design" is science fiction. Chalmers Johnson on why it’s time to flee the country. Rupert Murdoch is launching an old-fashioned newspaper war against The New York Times — not since William Randolph Hearst took on Joseph Pulitzer have we seen such a fight. Abolish all "taxes": Stop saying “taxes” and start calling them “dues”, which is a term rooted in social obligation and duty.

From YUP, an excerpt from The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability by James Gustave Speth (and an interview); an excerpt from The Future of the Internet—And How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain (and an interview); and an excerpt from Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein (and an interview and more). Sacre Bruni! Gorgeous, stylish, occasionally nude: Does Mrs. Sarkozy matter? Here in Transylvania, it feels okay to be proudly English: As nationalities proliferate, the English want their turn. A forthcoming book takes a fresh perspective on how poststructuralism conquered America, and Scott McLemee checks it out (and more from Stanley Fish). Why species extinction matters — not just to the environment, but to the human psyche. From National Journal, Ronald Brownstein on The First 21st-Century Campaign. From CT, an article on how to save the Christian bookstore (Hint: Stop making it so religious). Brian Thomas Gallagher reviews Alex Abella’s Soldiers of Reason: The RAND Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire. Huzza for Commerce: An article on the emancipatory power of the American hotel. Neuroaesthetics, the latest trend in literary theory, provides a window on the academy's weaknesses.

From Prospect, from '68 agitator to staunch supporter of George W. Bush's Iraq war—what explains Hitchens's political journey? Does life have meaning? If so many people today feel that life is a sound and fury signifying nothing, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud and Richard Rorty are partly to blame. In the second Foreign Policy/Prospect list of top public intellectuals, here are the thinkers who are shaping the tenor of our time. From Words Without Borders, a special issue on China. Men Evolving Badly: American manhood is in crisis, judging by a surge of manifestos such as The Decline of Men, The Disposable Male, and Save the Males. The introduction to Apocalypse: Earthquakes, Archaeology, and the Wrath of God by Amos Nur and Dawn Burgess. Rebecca Reich reviews Christopher Robbins’s Apples Are from Kazakhstan: The Land That Disappeared. From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on the environment. Thomas Frank on Obama's touch of class. As F. Scott Fitzgerald famously noted, there are no second acts in American lives — England, however, is a whole 'nother story. The premise of Rayo Casablanca's 6 Sick Hipsters is enticing: someone is murdering those atrocious denizens of Williamsburg, Brooklyn known as hipsters. Shakespeare for Everyone: Ron Rosenbaum on the most interesting books, movies, and Web sites related to the Bard.