From THES, a review of The Constant Fire: Beyond the Science vs Religion Debate by Adam Frank; a review of Reframing Social Citizenship by Peter Taylor-Gooby; and a review of Six-Legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of War by Jeffrey A. Lockwood. Flying the flag: A start-up aims to profit from patriotism. Why dumpster diving can save you from going off the deep end: An excerpt from The Scavenger's Manifesto by Anneli Rufus and Kristan Lawson. A review of Slow-Tech: Manifesto for an Over-wound World by Andrew Price. A review of How to Be French: Nationality in the Making since 1789 by Patrick Weil. Why do innocent people make false confessions? Obama calls himself a New Democrat and shows what it means. How should companies behave in recessions? James Surowiecki investigates. A review of Educational Metamorphoses: Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Culture by Jane Roland Martin. Gregory McNamee visits Crusoe’s Island. The Web site Seeking Arrangement makes it easy for “sugar daddies” to connect with “sugar babies”, but the relationships it fosters are far from simple. Grant Stoddard, the author of Working Stiff: The Misadventures of an Accidental Sexpert, says men suffer more from the classic sexual double-standard more than women (and a rebuttal).

From The Smart Set, Donald Barthelme's had his critics, but even his supporters can miss the mark (and more; and more from Bookforum). From Brainstorm, Kevin Carey on why college rankings will never die. Why small business hates the taxman — it’s actually NOT the money. Scribblers of America, Unite! Are women writers undervalued because of what they write or how we read? About face: People’s creditworthiness, it seems, can be seen in their looks. Evolutionary psychology applies the tenets of Darwinism to human thought and action, with major implications for public policy, but critics say it presents untestable, headline-grabbing myths as fact. A review of The Race Card: How Bluffing About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse by Richard Thompson Ford; Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal by Randall Kennedy; and A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can’t Win by Shelby Steele. A review of Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the American Civil War by Harry S. Stout. From Slate, why Obama won't bring European social democracy to America; and Daniel Gross on the bogus GOP claim that Obama is trying to bleed wealthy Americans.

A new issue of Lost is out, including an article on how the Arctic is losing its ice and its bears; and Martha Brockenbrough on grammatical errors we can ignore. From Slate, a look why American Muslims don't join al-Qaida; and is a rational al-Qaida merely biding its time? A review of In Pursuit of the Gene: From Darwin to DNA by James Schwartz. A review of The Decline of Men: How the American Male Is Tuning Out, Giving Up, and Flipping Off His Future by Guy Garcia. What is narcissistic personality disorder, and why does everyone seem to have it? An excerpt from Foul Bodies: Cleanliness in Early America by Kathleen M. Brown. Zoe Slutzky reviews All the Living: A Novel by C. E. Morgan. A review of Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global by Ursula K. Heise. If the economy is going to recover, Americans need to start taking risks again. From American, "we don't want your money": How two entrepreneurial educators created the most successful schools in the country; and Don Fisher founded the Gap clothing store and revolutionized the American retail and fashion industries — now he is setting his sights on transforming American education. An interview with Graham Pullin on why prosthetics should be beautiful.

From Maclean's, how did America become the new Canada? From The Nation, a review of The Queue by Vladimir Sorokin. An interview with David Harvey on how the current financial crisis could lead to capitalist "business as usual". From TNR, where in the world is Matt Drudge? Gabriel Sherman wants to know. A review of The Prisoners' Dilemma: Political Economy and Punishment in Contemporary Democracies by Nicola Lacey. You are not cool: When Justice Alito quoted John Lennon’s lyrics in a Supreme Court decision, he wanted to convey the importance of personal beliefs —  however, Alito forgot one thing. From TCS Daily, Jon N. Hall on the limitations of economics (and part 2). Robert Solow reviews A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of '08 and the Descent into Depression by Richard Posner. Though dancing is banned and performers risk their lives, Afghanistan now has its own "Pop Idol", Havana Marking. Dating Show Dangers: These reality programs aren't just trashy — they're toxic. Men might have biological clocks, too — what happens when they hear them tick? I Can Has Internet Millions: The company behind lolcats and Failblog tries to turn memes into money.