From New York, provocative former president Jimmy Carter shadows Obama as a walking McCain talking point, but having lived longer than he ever imagined possible, Carter has no interest in reining himself in; Gitty Grunwald fled the pious world of her mother to return to the secular city of her grandparents — there’s only one problem: The Satmars kept her daughter; and Spartan warriors in the YouTube Age; Or, the legend of Legend, Spider, and Science. Many military officers are pushing back against Defense Secretary Gates' focus on preparing for more "asymmetric" fighting rather than for a large, conventional conflict. Dangers of "the best military": When did American troops become "warfighters" instead of citizen-soldiers? Michael Shermer on how anecdotal evidence can undermine scientific results. PBS' "The War of the World" proves we're now ready to look back on the 20th century as we would any other. On Sundays she is a Pentecostal preacher; during the week Leah Daughtry is planning the Democratic convention. An interview with Grover Norquist on the Leave Us Alone Coalition. Glazed America: Anthropologist Paul Mullins examines doughnut as symbol of consumer culture. Stoooopid: Why the Google generation isn’t as smart as it thinks. When is a novel for adults really a novel for children? When a publisher and its marketing department decide it is.

From Forbes, a special report on the fifth fuel: efficiency. Why essays are so damned boring: An impassioned plea for writers to stop navel gazing and start taking chances. The quadrennial cabinet name game is about to begin — these 15 notables deserve to be players. From MR, Gregory W. Esteven on how the Left saved capitalism. Joseph Epstein reviews Stop Me If You've Heard This by Jim Holt (and more and more and more). From TNR, a review of Gorky's Tolstoy and Other Reminiscences: Key Writings By and About Maxim Gork. Eat Republican: How an organic movement born in Berkeley exemplifies conservative values. From n+1, Brian Wienberg worries that the Creation Museum is drawing unsavory attention to his home state, fueling stereotypes. From Foreign Policy, a list of the world’s worst advisors. He's been called a naive idealist, but in terms of foreign policy, Obama's the true realist in the race. Gideon Rachman on why Barack Obama would make the better commander-in-chief. State polls indicate Obama's tidal-wave potential, but national polls are tight; both are right. Is the Times " Metro" section planning a sex beat? Imagine that those running for office tailored their economic positions to attract the experts in the field. What is global justice and who is it for? An article on the ICC’s first five years. From Radar, insiders reveal television's most hated pundits.

From the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, a special issue on Homo Economicus. From The Wall Street Journal, through history, outrageous financial behavior has been met with outrage; but today Wall Street's damaging recklessness has been met with near-silence, from a too-tolerant populace. A growing number of economists are bravely asking: What factors make people happy? About that Green Light: The so-called “Easterlin Paradox” has been in the news recently. A review of Fishing in Utopia: Sweden and the Future that Disappeared by Andrew Brown. From TNR, Jonathan Chait reviews The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. An article on Christopher Poole, the 20-year-old at heart of web's most anarchic and influential site. Can a test reveal if a person has a subconscious desire to kill himself? Peter Bebergal tries to find out. A review of The Spartans: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece and Thermopylae: The Battle that Changed the World, by Paul Cartledge. In response to the courts, class is replacing race as the primary basis for desegregating schools; it’s a mix that just might work. From The Book Design Review, three books having something to do with superheroes, none of whom is Batman. Online POKER marketing could spell the NAKED end of VIAGRA journalism as we LOHAN know it: Why bother writing an article at all?