From Commentary, Gabriel Schoenfeld writes in the matter of George W. Bush v. the Constitution; and by all means, let's have an honest conversation about race. From TNR, a look at how global warming is helping Democrats win the heartland. From The Texas Observer, John McCain is relying on ex-senator Phil Gramm, who helped bring you the mortgage crisis and Rick Perry. 20 acts of violence that say "I love you": An excerpt from Camp Camp: Where Fantasy Island Meets Lord of the Flies by Roger Bennett and Jules Shell. Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Origins by Amin Maalouf. From Seed, the idea of humankind as a paragon of design is called into question by the puffer fish genome - the smallest, tidiest vertebrate genome of all; and a team of physicists in Vienna has devised experiments that may answer one of the enduring riddles of science: Do we create the world just by looking at it? The X Styles: An article on how Pentagon patches betray otherwise secret missions. From The Atlantic, an article on the UN scandal that wasn't. An article on Mr. Spock and the "Mystery of Masculinity" embodied. Faulting Dog Fancy for being too commercial is like faulting your mother for inflicting childhood trauma. Why giving poor kids laptops doesn't improve their scholastic performance. Perez is Burning: Here's a personal screed against America’s celebrity blogger.

From The Bulletin, here are 20 reasons why geoengineering may be a bad idea. Katha Pollitt and Amanda Marcotte debate the state of the glass ceiling. Alex Abramovich reviews Slumberland by Paul Beatty. Conservatives will take death before tyranny; liberals will take some time to negotiate. The best coverage of American politics is to be found not in the country's newspapers, but in its books. Here's an open letter to Hillary Clinton's disenchanted supporters. Check out CQ Politics' VP Madness, where users decide who Obama should choose as his #2. From The Black Commentator, two cover stories on what Obama's victory means. Is Obama too naive to be president? Not in the post-Cold War world. What does the urge to intervene amount to? David Rieff wants to know. Who will rule the new Internet? Time goes inside the struggle for Web supremacy. Can subcultures still thrive in the glare of the digital age? A new study reports that sharing your feelings after a trauma may not always be the best medicine. Art's Willing Executioner: A review of Let's See: Writings on Art from The New Yorker by Peter Schjeldahl. The key to all optical illusions has been discovered. A review of Scepticism and the Possibility of Knowledge by AC Grayling. From Open, here's a brief history of the Kama Sutra (and a review of The Book of Love: The Story of the Kamasutra by James McConnachie).

From Doublethink, Phoebe Maltz writes in defense of “Studies”: How conservatives get academia wrong. From The Philosophers' Magazine, the wisdom of engineers: Natasha McCarthy on the philosophy of engineering; a blurred world vision? Antonia Macaro resists the seductive hype of World Philosophy Day; standing up for what you don't believe: Steve Fuller explains why he has defended Intelligent Design; Jeremy Stangroom tests celebrated Iranian dissident Ramin Jahanbegloo’s commitment to peaceful, constructive dialogue; and Mathew Iredale uses a paradox to solve a paradox, paradoxically. The science of racism: Henry Louis Gates Jr. interviews James Watson. Paul La Farge reviews Tintin and the Secret of Literature by Tom McCarthy. Philip Gourevitch on the intertwined agonies of South Africa and Zimbabwe. From Norway's Samtiden, you need balls to play football, so it is obvious that being a girl just won't do as far as the guys are concerned. Forty years ago, RFK was assassinated — his children share their memories. More on Just How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth About the American Voter by Rick Shenkman. Ezra Klein on the Obama-McCain age gap that matters. Immanuel Wallerstein on how the war will end in Iraq. Fifteen years into education reform, we are still failing to fix the most troubled schools — and now there's no excuse.