From Gender and Language, a review of You’re Wearing That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation by Deborah Tannen; and a review of On Language and Sexual Politics by Deborah Cameron. A review of The Porning of America: The Rise of Porn Culture, What It Means, and Where We Go from Here by Carmine Sarracino and Kevin M. Scott. A review of The Decline of Men: How the American Male Is Tuning Out, Giving Up, and Flipping Off His Future by Guy Garcia. Winter is coming, the economy is in crisis, people are fearful: So why should we hope oil prices don’t fall too far? Why we can't imagine death: Why so many of us think our minds continue on after we die. From Diplomatic Courier, an article on saving (what's left of) the Aral Sea; an article on shaking hands with one dictator to oppose another; and an article on beauty pageants and tourism. Is it possible to live for a year without lying? A review of Public Intellectuals, Radical Democracy and Social Movements: A Book of Interviews by Carmel Borg and Peter Mayo. An excerpt from Alien Powers: The Pure Theory of Ideology by Kenneth Minogue. A suicide in the family: Two gripping memoirs explore the guilt and confusion left behind when a relative kills himself. A review of Loneliness as a Way of Life by Thomas Dumm.

From Slate, a dolphin or a lonely transvestite? A review of books on how best to talk about English in English. The Million Word March: What defines a word? Lexicographers and other experts don’t always agree. Lots of sesquipedalians out there: Here are 50 of your favourite words. James Woodall recalls an odd publishing kerfuffle involving Stephen Joyce (James Joyce's grandson), a biography of Nora Barnacle (James's wife) and a controversial epilogue. When an epoch began: How IBM, the census, and Emily Dickinson define an epoch. From Jewcy, was Karl Marx really Jewish? It is hard to think of a man who can surpass Aristotle’s achievements in the history and development of western thought. How to support our troops: An excerpt from In a Time of War: the Proud & Perilous Journey of West Point's Class of 2002 by Bill Murphy, Jr. An article on using the internet's history to develop clean energy's future. A review of Making People Illegal: What Globalization Means for Migration and Law by Catherine Dauvergne. From Asian Review of Books, a review of Out of Mao's Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China by Philip Pan. Better living through chemistry: What's wrong with using drugs to improve the brain's performance? A review of The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America by James Bamford.

From The New Yorker, Ryan Lizza on how Obama picked his running mate to help him govern; and Nicholas Lemann on Obama, McCain, and the future of foreign policy. For the anti-abortion movement, Sarah Palin is the real thing  — so why won’t she speak her mind? The rise of economic nationalism: The ingredients are in place, in the UK and elsewhere, for a return to atavistic "politics of the soil". A review of An Entrenched Legacy How the New Deal Constitutional Revolution Continues to Shape the Role of the Supreme Court by Patrick M. Garry. Robert Skidelsky on how we forgot everything Keynes taught us. Our robed rulers: A review of Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy: The Presidency, the Supreme Court, and Constitutional Leadership in U.S. History by Keith E. Whittington. Here is the radical implication of this collapse: The next financial system, rebuilt by governments on the ruins of the old one, needs to be plain vanilla. Who is Matt Welch? Justin Raimondo investigates. Not in my back Yucca: What are our alternatives for storing radioactive waste? Scientists have found that premature ejaculation is not all in your head but genetically determined. A review of Rediscovering Jacob Riis: Exposure Journalism and Photography in Turn-of-the-Century New York by Bonnie Yochelson and Daniel Czitrom.

The Gilded Age: Campaign contributions, a quickly revolving door, trips to Vegas, to Kona, to New Orleans — a look into the financial industry's cozy relationship with Congress. What would it cost to wipe out world poverty, guarantee universal health care, stabilise population growth and roll back the ravages of global warming? About $190 billion a year, or the equivalent of a third of U.S. annual military expenditure. The Hitler Comparison: Hard times, fear and misinformation are a dangerous mix, no matter who wins the election. A review of The Next Justice: Repairing the Supreme Court Appointments Process by Christopher L . Eisgruber. From Forward, an article on Lieberman’s partisan switch: Political resurrection or downward spiral? From Adbusters, as videogames create better, more immersive models of reality: are we free to do anything we want in a virtual world, or are some things inherently wrong? The Heartbeat Job: A tie-breaking funeral attender, or the fourth branch of government? How does Iraq play into the economic crisis? Matthew Yglesias investigates. What future for NASA? America's space agency faces uncertain future on its 50th anniversary. From New York, an article on Nate Silver, the spreadsheet psychic. As commerce dominates, where will the radical and challenging approach to art take place, free from the pressures of the market?