A new issue of Triple Canopy is out. From Mediations, Antonio Negri on The Labor of the Multitude and the Fabric of Biopolitics; Laura Hudson (UC-Davis): The Political Animal: Species-Being and Bare Life; Mathias Nilges (St. Francis Xavier): The Anti-Anti-Oedipus: Representing Post-Fordist Subjectivity; and Peter Hitchcock (Baruch): The Failed State and the State of Failure. What's the most reliable economic indicator? Try the black women's hair index. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s erstwhile book critic John Douglas Marshall recalls his years covering our most literate city, including the question he dared ask Martin Amis and the Nobel winner who loved "The Simpsons". More and more and more on The Gamble by Thomas Ricks. From Good, a look at the 10 worst quirks of bottled water culture. Calypso Awakenings: What a pirate festival, and dancing alone to Calypso, can teach us about the here and now. Kansas doctor George Tiller has continued to perform late-term abortions despite being picketed, bombed, and shot in both arms — and then it occurred to his opponents to put him on trial. Dark Roasted Blend dares you to play these scores, although it may be hazardous to your mental health (and part 2). BFFs with COW: Being friends with your boss’ wife is always tricky but in the military it can be even more challenging.

From The Washington Monthly, a little-known policy is turning sleepy central Florida into a green energy hub — could it do the same for America at large?; think government can’t fix the auto industry? Then how did it manage to fix the railroad industry — twice?; and the only thing we have to fear is fear of big government. The Big Takeover: The global economic crisis isn't about money — it's about power: Matt Taibbi on how Wall Street insiders are using the bailout to stage a revolution. The Demise of the Overconfident Jackass: How's this for American resilience? Rahm Emanuel and his tough SOB brethren have officially replaced the douchebag. The Missing Mahatma: Gershom Gorenberg is in search for a Gandhi or a Martin Luther King in the West Bank. Ronald Brownstein on why Obama can't satisfy the Left (and more). Terror begins at home: Will the Obama years see another militia scare? From PopMatters, a review of The Contemporary Comic Book Superhero by Angel Ndalianis; and does video game criticism need a Pauline Kael? More and more on The House of Wittgenstein by Alexander Waugh (and more at Bookforum). An interview with Peter Singer on PETA and the ethics of dog shows (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on The Life You Can Save).

The inaugural issue of Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics is out. The great American short story is still being written, and awaits its readers: In an age pressed for time, rediscovering the pleasures of compression in the work of masters such as Flannery O’Connor, John Cheever and Donald Barthelme. From The Guardian, why books won't change your life: Publishers love to say a novel is unputdownable, or life-changing, but you can't imagine anything worse; and a look at how Atlas Shrugged is absurd but strangely compelling. From The Nation, a review of True Crime: An American Anthology. RIP, MBA: The economic crisis has exposed the myth of business-school expertise. From TAP, Robert Kuttner on ten radical remedies America needs; Robert H. Frank on post-consumer prosperity: Finding new opportunities amid the economic wreckage; and Bush kept choices about taxes separate from questions of services — Progressives have turned the tables. From Eat the State, Gary E. Locke on why he loves paying taxes; but why do so many of us pay our income taxes? An Idiot's Guide to Square Notes: You can't get too far into Catholic sacred music without running into "neumes," those little square notes on four lines that look beautiful if oddly antiquated.

From Hoover Digest, what sustains the conservative agenda? What makes it distinctive and coherent? In a word, principle; the recent elections crowned a long-rising Democratic dominance — the pattern may hold or crumble; Michael Boskin on how to get back to normal; John Taylor on permanent tax cuts as the best stimulus (and more by Robert Barro); Philip Bobbitt on how an administration ends — the war on terror goes on; Fouad Ajami on how history may yet prove Samuel Huntington’s "clash of civilizations" right; what’s to become of "Chimerica"? Niall Ferguson investigates; and Robert Zelnick, who coached David Frost for his storied broadcast bout with Richard Nixon, shares his glimpse of "the unleashed Nixon". A review of Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life by Neil Strauss (and an interview and more and more and more). Rupert Murdoch calls Google, Yahoo copyright thieves — is he right? A look at the genius behind Google’s web browser (and a review of Planet Google: One Company’s Audacious Plan to Organize Everything We Know by Randall Stross at Bookforum). An article on the Googlization of small business: The great — and scary — prospect of relying on the search giant. A review of The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World’s Greatest Encyclopedia by Andrew Lih (and more).