From Bifrost Journal of Social Science, Agust Einarsson (Bifrost): The Economic Impact of Public Cultural Expenditures on Creative Industries Under Increasing Globalization. From Archipelago, Katherine McNamara on the dangerous unknown of our untested innocence; and technology and democracy: Jeffrey H. Matsuura on Thomas Jefferson and intellectual property law. David Warsh writes of a brave army of heretics and the idea of economic complexity.  Coming up conservative: How to maintain quality control in the movement pipeline. A review of How Round is Your Circle? Where Engineering and Mathematics Meet by John Bryant and Chris Sangwin. A review of On Deep History and the Brain by Daniel Lord Smail. From Free Inquiry, Army, Flag, and Cross: Reverie on a ribbon. Anne-Marie Slaughter reviews Cullen Murphy's The New Rome; and an excerpt from Global Politics After 9/11: The Democratiya Interviews by Michael Walzer. Time and timeless: Gerald Russello on the historical imagination of Russell Kirk. From In Character, Clifford Orwin on how an emotion became a virtue: It took some help from Rousseau and Montesquieu; and what if they gave out compassionate conservatism and nobody cared?: "Why Blacks Should Give Bush a Chance" sounded like the punch line of a joke. Here are 7 "eccentric" geniuses who were clearly just insane.

From TomDispatch, an essay on the end of the world as you know it, and the rise of the new energy world order. What makes a good business book? John Kay wants to know. The introduction to Demographic Forecasting by Federico Girosi and Gary King. From The Hindu, malls are a part of our mindset now, the way we imagine ourselves and our mobility, but whichever way you look at it, malls work like predators. Met with groans and sighs, Anna Morrison introduces her class of high-school seniors to Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. A review of Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850-1954: An Intellectual History by Stephanie Y. Evans. A review of Rightward Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s. Radio Free Europe still exists—and it's more important than ever. The first chapter from Hedge Funds: An Analytic Perspective by Andrew W. Lo. John Freeman reviews To Siberia by Per Petterson. From Natural History, special cells in the brain mimic the actions and intentions of others, forming the basis of empathy and social connections; and human ailments as varied as hernias, hiccups, and choking are a legacy of our “fishy” ancestry. A century in, Converse is still purveyor of the world's most functional shoe. Does a man still need to go to war to prove himself a hero? An essay on academic freedom and student rights in politicized institutions.

From Kritike, Hans-Georg Moeller (Brock): Knowledge as Addiction: A Comparative Analysis; Romualdo E. Abulad (San Carlos): What is Hermeneutics?; and Kristina Lebedeva (De Paul): The Role of Techne in the Authenticity-Inauthenticity Distinction. Man under siege: Living under Albania’s repressive regime spurred the creative spirit of Booker Prize winner Ismail Kadare. From TED, Peter Collier on four ways to improve the lives of the "bottom billion". A discussion with Jan Egeland, author of A Billion Lives: An Eyewitness Report from the Frontlines of Humanity. From a special issue of New Internationalist, we need to talk about toilets: 2008 is the "International Year of Sanitation", so what will it take to launch a new sanitary revolution? A review of The Philosophy of Motion Pictures by Noel Carroll. A review of The 30-Second Seduction: How Advertisers Lure Women Through Flattery, Flirtation, and Manipulation by Andrea Gardner and Branded Male: Marketing to Men by Mark Tungate. Have "Reply All" emails become the latest outlet for the modern obsession with self-expression and fame? How did that chain letter get to my inbox? Forwarded messages take surprising paths through the Internet. A review of Amanda Marcotte's It’s a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments.

From American Arts Quarterly, Frederick Turner (Texas): Abundance and the Human Imagination; Steven W. Semes (Notre Dame): New Buildings Among Old Historicism and the Search for an Architecture of Our Time; Robert Proctor on The Fine and the Liberal Arts: A Vision for the Future; and Tom Jay on The Necessity of Beauty; and a review of Why Art Cannot Be Taught by James Elkins. John Updike on American Art: The writer brings a life of creative and critical labor to the examination of American masterworks. From The Atlantic Monthly, Intolerant Chic: The new “white people” are bigoted, but not the way you think — or they’ll admit; and is pornography adultery? It may be closer than you think (and an interview with Ross Douthat). Love is in the air: Maybe it’s fucking that’s in the air, and we just call it “love” because, under ideal circumstances, fucking ends up identified with love, the way coal may become a diamond if conditions are just so. When did voting become like dating, and when did it become like dating yourself?  From LRC, a review of An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action in the Twenty-First Century by James Orbinski and Cambodia Calling: A Memoir from the Frontlines of Humanitarian Aid by Richard Heinzl. More on Simon Critchley's The Book of Dead Philosophers. Jonathan Wolff on how statistics can play mean tricks.

From Vanity Fair, Sebastian Junger returns to the valley of death in Afghanistan; and an article on the Raffaello Follieri-Anne Hathaway charade. From Boston Review, Stacey D'Erasmo on the end of sexual identity: Fiction's new terrain. A review of Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America, 1861-2003 by William N. Eskridge Jr. An excerpt from I Don't: A Contrarian History of Marriage by Susan Squire (and more). From Live Science, a look at why the era of scientific secrecy is near the end. From IHE, it’s time to stop pretending that all faculty duties can be divided into distinct categories of teaching, research and service. Is it time for a new paradigm for health and development? A heavyweight panel with an egalitarian ideology claims to have found one. A review of Fighting Words: A Tale of How Liberals Created Neo-Conservatism by Ben J. Wattenberg. A review of Freedom's Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention by Gary Bass (and more and more and more). From Prospect, Russia's brutal expansionism must be checked now — or we will pay the price later. Greetings from Abkhazia: The forlorn seaside resort where Soviet rulers once frolicked. Here are 9 would-be countries looking forward to paying U.N. dues. From TLS, how Sarah Palin's religion continues to evolve around the world: A review of books on Pentecostalism.

From The New Yorker, Alex Ross on how the classical concert took shape. Justin Raimondo on the real conservativism on TV. The establishment outsider: An interview with Roger Scruton. The Russian city of Voronezh, a place seemingly cut off from the world during Gorbachev’s perestroika reforms, is now an urban centre, even if its streets are still named after Lenin, Marx and Engels. From New Statesman, a review of A History of Political Trials from Charles I to Saddam Hussein by John Laughland (and more). When the military takes power: The coup d'etat has been a staple of history; its modus operandi and results are all too consistent. A review of The Rise of the Global Imaginary: Political Ideologies from the French Revolution to the Global War on Terror by Manfred B. Steger. From New Humanist, AC Grayling dissects a new defence of Intelligent Design (and a reply by Steve Fuller and a response by Grayling); a review of The Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life by Austin Dacey; and what lies beneath: Even godless humanism needs a sense of the spiritual. From Big Think, sexologist Michael Perelman on the technical side of porn on the Web. Can young people actually make a difference this year? A review of (Not) Keeping Up With Our Parents: The Decline of the Professional Middle Class by Nan Mooney.

From The New Yorker, Claudia Roth Pierpont on Florentine Niccolo Machiavelli, the man who taught rulers how to rule. American Revolutionary: Quiet Boston scholar Gene Sharp inspires rebels around the world. An article on the blessings and curses of military life. From TNR, Benny Morris reviews The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History; and Icon of Evil: Hitler's Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam by David G. Dalin and John F. Rothmann. Naomi Wolf on veiled sexuality: When a woman in France or Britain chooses a veil, it is not necessarily a sign of her repression. A look at how a topless pinup girl climbed to the pinnacle of celebrity in England while remaining utterly unknown in the United States. Kevin Smith explains how he got the imaginary poo and fake sex in "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" past those dirty minds at the MPAA. From Cato Unbound, Earth and Fire Erowid on a culture of responsible psychoactive drug use. From Culture11, Welcome to Gawkerland: A gossip site invents an imaginary Manhattan; and conscientious objector: Playing referee in the culture wars. From Smithsonian, an article on ten of the most incredible art heists of the modern era. A review of Zen and Now: On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Mark Richardson. From Slate, a special issue on old people.

From The Atlantic Monthly, can Obama rally the young, is McCain still a maverick, are the Clintons finished? Here are challenges to the assumptions that have shaped the campaign; and can Republicans find a way to compete on the Web? Reihan Salam wants to know. From n+1, over my dead body: Mark Greif on political theology of the GOP. Shankar Vedantam on 9/11, Iraq and the desensitization of the victimized. Johann Hari on how to tune in to both Muslims and the Deep South. How the religious right is trying to ruin sex for everyone: An excerpt from Sex in Crisis: The New Sexual Revolution and the Future of American Politics by Dagmar Herzog. CNN actually does have the best political news team on television — God help us. From Slate, here's a reader's guide to Bob Woodward's The War Within. Does it matter if controversial military columnist Gary Brecher, author of War Nerd, is really an overweight data-entry clerk from Fresno? From The Space Review, an article on market romanticism and the outlook for private space development. From the Brown Journal of World Affairs, a special section on space politics. From Seed, astrobiologist Jill Tarter and game developer Will Wright discuss model-making, the singularity, and the value of scientific revolutions. Brian Grene on the origins of the universe: A crash course. 

From FT, marketing a product is an endlessly curious act; it is crucial to capitalism, and its practitioners are highly rewarded and disdained; pornographic collages of dignitaries may seem a detour, but for Jonathan Yeo, dipping a toe in the contemporary art world is worth the risk; a review of The Fundamental Index: A Better Way to Invest by Robert Arnott, Jason Hsu and John West; and does the return of the miniskirt suggest an uptrend to the American economy? Peter Wilby on the myth of the super-rich: Most of our tycoons are not wealth creators, but wealth drainers. If Obama loses, could it be because of anything other than race? Randall Kennedy on The Big "What If": The hopes of black America ride on his shoulders, but the outcome's way up in the air. A look at the 5 myths about Oprah, Obama and you. What's the matter with Canada? How the world's nicest country turned mean. Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez is lost in cyberspace. In country after country, democratic reforms are in retreat — the surprising culprit: the middle class. More and more and more and more and more on Thomas Friedman's Hot, Flat, and Crowded. Doubting Dawkins: A review of Between the Monster and the Saint: Reflections on the Human Condition by Richard Holloway. A review of The Proof of God: The Debate That Shaped Modern Belief by Larry Witham. 

From World Politics Review, reporting the Georgian war: Is Bernard-Henri Levy a fabulist? A review of BHL's Left in Dark Times: A Stand Against the New Barbarism (and more and more and more). Timothy Garton Ash on friends of liberal international order facing a new global disorder; and not a new order: Parag Khanna on the new middle ages. From The New Yorker, a look at the complicated death of a 9/11 hero. From Esquire, an article on the photograph of 9/11's Falling Man, the story behind it, and the search for the man pictured in it; and what's taking so damn long to build the Freedom Tower, and what will it mean when we're all dead? Foreign Policy asks experts to tell how to catch Osama Bin Laden. Have we ever faced an enemy more stupid than Muslim terrorists? "Follow God, work and provoke no one": That’s the philosophy of a unique Muslim sect. No we can't: A review of Party of Defeat: How Democrats and Radicals Undermined America’s War on Terror Before and After 9-11 by David Horowitz and Ben Johnson. A look at how the Satanic Verses episode changed the landscape of Muslim society in Britain. From Intelligent Life, Tariq Ramadan on freedoms lost and gained. From Jewcy, an article on Richard Wagner, an anti-Semite to love. Niall Ferguson reviews books on the Nazi empire, the least successful piece of colonisation ever seen.