From Economic Analysis and Policy, Birger Nerre (GTZ): Tax Culture: A Basic Concept for Tax Politics. On Chicago campus, Milton Friedman’s legacy of controversy continue. From TED, Clay Shirky on institutions vs. collaboration; and how would you feel if you lost everything? From World Affairs, Adam Bellow on Skin in the Game: A Conservative Chronicle. From National Journal, Democratic lawmakers are already thinking about how to deal with a president of their own party in 2009; in fact, some of them seem almost overwhelmed; and supplies of rice, corn, and wheat—crops that yield half of the world's food calories—could shrink dramatically by 2050 because of global warming. A review of The Ecstatic Quotidian: Phenomenological Sightings in Modern Art and Literature by Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei. The new smart self-help book Nudge is shaping political debate; Pat Kane on the rise of big ideas for busy readers. Hot for the Wrong Teachers: Why are public schools so bad at hiring good instructors? A review of Sticks and Stones: The Philosophy of Insults by Jerome Neu. A review of Immortality Defended by John Leslie. From The Weekly Standard, a review of Spiritual Enterprise: Doing Virtuous Business by Theodore Roosevelt Malloch; and laughter at the Supreme Court: Yes, the justices tell lawyer jokes.

From Music & Politics, Patricia Hall (UCSB): Music and Politics: A Class for Non-Majors; May Beal (UCSC): Politics and Protest in American Musical History; and Guido Fackler (Wurzburg): Music in Concentration Camps 1933-1945. From The New York Review of Magazines, a review of Liberty and Reason; a review of Skeptic and Skeptical Inquirer; and a review of Guilt & Pleasure and Heeb. From Book Design Review, try not to smile when you see this amongst other books next time you're in the bookstore. From ScribeMedia, is art more important than real life? Artist Martin Creed doesn’t agree; and an article on the fight over content and its manipulation. Wonders and whoppers: Following in Marco Polo's footsteps through Asia leads Mike Edwards to some surprising conclusions. From Amateur Economists, a review of Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge by Cass R. Sunstein; and a review of University, Inc.: The Corporate Corruption of American Higher Education by Jennifer Washburn. From Standpoint, an article on the mysterious appeal of Alan Furst's historical espionage novels. From Radical Middle, an article on why the Bible is our one essential political book. The Serenity Prayer is about to endure a controversy over its authorship that is likely to be anything but serene. Fannie, Freddie, Folly: Why the two mortgage giants can't be allowed to fail.

From Axess, a special issue on religion, including Roger Scruton on The Return of Religion; Richard Wolin on Religion and Public Reason; and an interview with Gordon Lynch on The New Atheism. Republicans have been able to count on the Cuban-American vote for decades; but Cuba is changing, slowly, and the exile community of South Florida may be changing. More and more and more on Strange Fruit by Kenan Malik. The National Football League draft for 2008 is an extraordinary collision of economic theory and American sporting obsession. Published in 1958, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's The Leopard reads like the last 19th-century novel, a perfect evocation of a lost world. The year that really changed everything: The Spirit of '78, Stayin' Alive. Pill-popping pets: Americans are spending millions on mood-altering drugs for their cats and dogs; is it because we’ve driven them mad? The disciple of Dangerous Writing, Chuck Palahniuk, reveals his unusual creative process, and the one place that he won't go in his notoriously bad-taste fiction. A review of Hip-Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap by Jeffrey Ogbonna Green Ogbar. "Honour" in most societies is premised on women’s bodies and behaviour, and any perceived deviation meets with violence of many kinds. Female socialization: A look at how daughters affect their legislator fathers’ voting on women’s issues.