A new issue of Edge is out. From New York, founding editor Clay Fekler dies with a legacy: Understanding—and explaining—the city as a pageant of ambition. Andrew Bacevich on what Bush hath wrought. Brad Reed on the 10 most awesomely bad moments of the Bush presidency. An interview with Paul Alexander, author of Machiavelli's Shadow: The Rise and Fall of Karl Rove. Soccer is war? Not anymore — across the Continent, rabid nationalism is giving way to a new European spirit. From Mother Jones, Iran panic? Talk about it with the experts. From TLS, a review of books on the many ages of Herodotus. The world’s oceans are filling with bottles, wrappers and other flotsam; is there anything better to be done than picking it off the beach, one piece at a time? William Saletan on a genetic theory of homosexuality. Celebrity worship might not be an unalloyed bad thing, says one researcher, although it's important to be a little finicky about who to emulate. How did the bikini, the once-feminist outfit of Twiggy and Tina, morph into the shame of Lindsay and Brit-Brit? The famous words most often attributed to Socrates, “All I know is that I know nothing” is indeed a misquote. In his free time, Rick752 helps millions skip banners and pop-ups; should a $40 billion industry be scared? We're a bunch of dorks: Of all the messages sent into space, which ones are good?

From CLR, Judith Harris on imag(in)ing America: Fascist Italy offers a case study in an extraordinarily successful analysis of national image, its skillful manipulation and its not always predictable consequences. We are entering a dangerous period with the rise of leaders like Bobby Jindal and the agenda of Christian nationalist masterminds like David Barton. Animal-Rights Farm: William Saletan on ape rights and the myth of animal equality. Blueprint for power: The German feuilletons spent the spring debating the relationship between architecture and morality. From Vanity Fair, a cover story on Hollywood’s Next Wave; and James Wolcott hangs with kid culture’s new power brokers. From Esquire, Anya Yurchyshyn on the case for the novella. Christopher R. Beha reviews Personal Days by Ed Park.  From Prospect, the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, winner of the intellectuals poll, is the modern face of the Sufi Ottoman tradition; and he may deny it, but Orhan Pamuk is Turkey's most important political voice. Paying attention is a more important skill than you might think — and new evidence suggests it can be taught. An interview with Ernest Freeberg, author of Democracy’s Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent. In praise of political insults: Humor can be a welcome check on pomposity. It’s not a gay thing: Why the debate over same-sex marriage misses the point.

Henry Farrell, Eric Lawrence and John Sides (GWU): Self-Segregation or Deliberation? Blog Readership, Participation and Polarization in American Politics. Want to know if waterboarding is torture? Ask Christopher Hitchens (with video). Years later, Stanley Milgram's shock experiments still provide insight. From Powell's, an interview with Ethan Canin, author of America America. Need press? Repeat: "Green", "sex", "cancer", "secret", "fat" — strategic word selection can catapult an announcement. Clearly the timing was right: An interview with Mark Kurlansky, author of The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America's Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town. The 40th anniversary of the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty finds the NPT more vulnerable—and more vital—than ever. From Scientific American, an interview with Marco Iacoboni on the mirror neuron revolution: Explaining what makes humans social. From Seed, father of cognitive neuroscience Michael Gazzaniga and original New Journalist Tom Wolfe discuss status, free will, the human condition, and "The Interpreter" (and a review of Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique). Just how stupid are we? Pretty stupid, it would seem, when we come across headlines like this: "Homer Simpson, Yes—1st Amendment, "Doh". Simon Blackburn reviews Jim Holt's Stop Me If You've Heard This.