The inaugural issue of Fray: The Quarterly of True Stories is out. From NYRB, Thomas Powers writes on Iran: The Threat; and Michael Massing is embedded in Iraq. From Newsweek, how history informs our world: Jon Meacham on the stories we tell ourselves; and who was more important: Lincoln or Darwin? When noise pollution is not making us sick and anxious, it is literally killing us; how do we turn it off? A review of The Studs Terkel Interviews: Film and Theater. A review of The Prodigal Tongue by Mark Abley and By Hook or by Crook: A Journey In Search of English by David Crystal. From In These Times, Chris Lehmann on freedom of the press moguls. From Cracked, here are 6 famous songs that don't mean what you think; and the 5 creepiest advertising techniques of the (near) future. From Discover, here are 20 things you didn't know about oil. Can we recapture the excitement of science? A new study says gentrification isn't a bad word, and that on average, a changing neighborhood can be a boon for its residents. The American road trip is dead — Good riddance. Is queer history history with an agenda? What is a prostitute? In Egypt, the oldest profession isn't just a sex-for-cash exchange. Why do economists have to take the fun out of everything? An article on wine economics and economical wine. Which catchphrases should be "thrown under the bus"? 

From Newsweek, the voters of Appalachia A - Are Hicks, B - Are Hillbillies, C - Are Rednecks, D - Don't appreciate where you're going with this; is pandering the key to election success? An article on the noble history of flip-flopping. Is Barack a typical pol? McCain wants you to think so—which is good, in the long run, for Obama. Andy Borowitz on how liberal bloggers accuse Obama of trying to win election. Late-Period Limbaugh: Bush is wildly unpopular; McCain is nobody’s idea of a movement guy; conservatism is cracking up — what’s the king of talk radio to do? The three geographies: Joel Kotkin and Mark Schill argue the geographic forms help predict voter behavior. Sympathy for the devil: A review of Dinner with Mugabe by Heidi Holland. Here are 5 terrible life lessons Hollywood loves to teach you. Sex is interesting, even when it's bad. Sex memoirs, on the other hand. Pink Viagra: While pharmaceutical companies battle to end desire discrepancy, some feminists fear the medicalization of not being in the mood. The heaviest burden: An article on Nietzsche and the death of God. James V. Schall, S.J. on what philosophers play with. Witold Rybczynski is searching for the true legacy of Buckminster Fuller. From Miller-McCune, a three-part series on affirmative action. University presses gathered in Montreal last week to discuss the future, and Scott McLemee comes back with a report.

A new issue of Words Without Borders is out. From The Wilson Quarterly, Wilfred M. McClay on The Burden of the Humanities; and an essay on the day the TV died: Digital TV will be pretty much the same as analog TV, just a bit sharper, with a few more channels. From New English Review, Christopher Orlet on Bachelorhood and its Discontents. From IHE, a new field of research is emerging, devoted to the study of ignorance — Scott McLemee did not know that. A review of Declassified: 50 Top-Secret Documents That Changed History by Thomas B. Allen. From Forward, what kind of interviewer confuses Hamas and hummus? From THES, a review of In Defense of Lost Causes by Slavoj Zizek; and the ability to improvise is a crucial sign of high intelligence; so why does it enjoy so little status within the academy? A review of I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert. Michael Shermer on the real evolution anniversary. Who in the hell would make a film about the national debt? David Walker, that’s who. Wendell Berry on Faustian economics: Hell hath no limits. Here are 5 myths about the death of the American factory. A look at how user-generated content makes the Web the new sweatshop. From Popular Science, here's a list of 10 of the deadliest diseases. Salsa has become the biggest international dance craze since the advent of rock'n'roll in the 1950s.