A new issue of The Quarterly Conversation is out. From IHE, an interview with Frank Donoghue, author of The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities; an two hundred and counting: Scott McLemee takes stock of an "Internet decade". A review of The Overman in the Marketplace: Nietzschean Heroism in Popular Culture by Ishay Landa. From TLS, we are wrong to talk about the Tudors – after all, Tudor England hardly knew the name itself; and a review of books on Richard Wright. Why the brain follows the rules: Clues to understanding the human social brain come from a study of punishment's role in fairness. How might McCain's mind deteriorate over the next eight years? A report finds Maureen Dowd repeatedly uses gender to mock Democrats. From Reason, an article on Obama as the end of identity politics as we've known them; and an interview with Rick Perlstein on Nixonland (and an excerpt at Bookforum). Bruce Bartlett on the rise of the Obamacons. A BBC investigation estimates that around $23bn may have been lost, stolen or just not properly accounted for in Iraq. America might be the first country in recorded history whose culture celebrates not only indolence but also the sheer absence of ability. William Saletan on the case for virginity-restoration surgery. Living in the Clouds: Is computer software becoming obsolete?

From LRB, Plato made it up: A review of The Atlantis Story: A Short History of Plato’s Myth by Pierre Vidal-Naquet; Thomas Jones on the last days of eBay; ands who’s afraid of the Library of America? Madeline Albright on the end of intervention: Is the international system a collection of legal nuts and bolts cobbled together by governments to protect governments, or is it a framework intended to make the world a more humane place? Matt Taibbi on Hillary’s Run: The meaning is in her hands. Lack of party recruitment, not voter sexism, limits women’s presence in politics, according to a new study. Are men boring? They're doing well, holding down a good job, they've probably managed to find a wife and have a family — but can they hold a conversation? Taline Voskeritchian reviews Palestinian Walks: Forays into a Vanishing Landscape by Raja Shehadeh. From The Atlantic, who needs NASA when private enterprise is turning the stuff of science fiction into reality? Gary Becker, Myron Scholes, Michael Spence and Ed Phelps discuss discuss the depth of the U.S. financial crisis. From Ovi, here's a hard look at the European Union's cultural identity (and part 2); and does the Nordic Model need to be reformed? What to do when there are too many of us: An excerpt from More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want by Robert Engelman.

A new issue of Democracy is out. Martha Nussbaum reconsiders John Rawls' Political Liberalism. A look at why Democrats have become more liberal than Bill Clinton because of Ralph Nader. Relax, liberals, you've already won: No matter who prevails in November, the four-decade-long conservative counterrevolution is over. Sean Wilentz reviews The Conservative Ascendancy by Donald T. Critchlow; Comeback by David Frum; and Grand New Party by Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam. From Nerve, here a list of the 50 worst sex scenes in cinema. Does science make belief in God obsolete? A wide range of commentators weigh in. The dream of Afghan democracy is dead: Anatol Lieven offers an exit strategy for the west. From FP, an interview with Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency, on the new world energy order; and a look at the top tourist spots Americans can’t visit. Is Google making us stupid? Nicholas Carr on what the Internet is doing to our brains. Amanda Schaffer reviews Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative by Priscilla Wald. It's no wonder New Yorkers have become obsessed with pictures of kittens (and dogs, and ducks) doing cute stuff. Climate chaos is inevitable — we can only avert oblivion. Human wrecking ball: The owner of the L.A. Times is destroying a demoralized institution.