From The American Scholar, revisiting the gritty Roman neighborhood of his youth, a writer discovers a world of his own invention. More on The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008 by Sean Wilentz. The conservative case for urbanism: Republicans may have an uneasy relationship to global warming, but some are finding reasons to embrace government projects close to environmentalists' hearts — like public transit. An interview with Howard Gardner, the man who outsmarted IQ. From Scotland's Sunday Herald, why the box rocks: 21 reasons to turn on the TV in the 21st century. Verging on absolute zero: We've gone to space, split the atom, and created devices small enough to travel through our blood — but it seems that in science, as in nature, there are some places we still can't reach. Research suggests that adolescents’ niche in school — their popularity, and how they understand and exploit it — offers important clues to their later psychological well-being. From Freethought Today, an article on the Christian soil of the Holocaust. It only gets darker after the lights go down: In movies, popular books and TV, the end of the world makes for an unsettling season. Sex sells: An Orlando producer cashes in on Florida's online porn industry. Heard the one about how many economists it takes to change a lightbulb? The belief that the market would take care of it has been shaken.

From Jewish Political Studies Review, Steven Bayme (AJC): American Jewry and the State of Israel: How Intense the Bonds of Peoplehood? The U-853 Mystery: Did the U-boat commander fail to receive the German order at wars end to cease attacks, or did he just want to record one more kill? Amy Gerstler reviews Ms. Hempel Chronicles by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum. The postmodern condition as a religious revival: A review essay on William Connolly’s Why I am Not a Secularist, Dipesh Chakrabarty’s Provincializing Europe, and Alvin Plantinga’s Warranted Christian Belief. A review of Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity's Future by Duane Elgin; and are we heading towards perpetual adolescence? A review of The Sibling Society by Robert Bly. In the heart of the Deep South, Jackson Free Press has resurrected the alt-weekly tradition of maverick investigations and cultural provocation. An excerpt from One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century by Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten. The first chapter from The Household: Informal Order around the Hearth by Robert Ellickson. From TLS, second only to Byron: How Keats's most popular rival rescued him from the critics. An interview with Gregory S. Prince Jr., author of Teach Them to Challenge Authority: Educating for Healthy Societies.

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.