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.