Werner Bonefeld (York): History and Human Emancipation: Struggle, Uncertainty, and Openness. A review of John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge's God Is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith is Changing the World (and more and more and more and more and more and more). An interview with Gordon Hempton and John Grossmann, authors of One Square Inch of Silence: One Man's Search for Natural Silence in a Noisy World. From The Washington Monthly, a review of Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America by Nathaniel Frank; and a review of Big Boy Rules: America’s Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq by Steve Fainaru. From H-Net, a review of Donald R. Wright's The World and a Very Small Place in Africa: A History of Globalization in Niumi, The Gambia; and a review of Gregory Clark's A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World. The introduction to Famine: A Short History by Cormac O Grada. Wall Street Civil War: Banks and hedge funds turn their dark armies of lobbyists against each other. An excerpt from Slumming: Sexual and Racial Encounters in American Nightlife, 1885-1940 by Chad Heap. A review of Judith Rich Harris' The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do (and more). The Observer profiles Pete Seeger.

From TAS, an essay on scientific pretense vs. democracy. Ronald Bailey on transhumanism and the limits of democracy. From Green Left, a review of Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism from Antiquity to the Present by John Bellamy Foster; and Marx was right after all — the sudden change is disconcerting (and more on Marx the blogger). Herman Benson on Hybrid Unionism: Dead end or fertile future? From Vanity Fair, you’ve got (hate) mail: The curious case of Keith Gessen and Emily Gould; and George in Real Life: George W. Bush takes on his most daunting challenge yet — his own legacy. From TNR, Alan Brinkley on how Obama's first few months weren't as frenzied as Roosevelt's — but they might have been more productive; and five staffers speculate on what fresh hell awaits Obama as spring stretches into summer (and more from Newsweek). How Cheever really felt about living in suburbia: Mary Cheever remembers life in Ossining, N.Y. (and more on Cheever at Bookforum). Not content with writing a book about nothingness, Anthony Gottlieb has been teaching a seminar about it to students in New York. Is jealousy an intrinsic part of our make-up, or a weakness to be vanquished? A review of The Hunt for Planet X: New Worlds and the Fate of Pluto by Govert Schilling.

From Commentary, an article on I.F. Stone, Soviet agent — Case Closed; and Norman Podhoretz on how Obama's America might threaten Israel. How Jewish is the State of Israel? David Goldman wants to know. Running out of solutions: For Benny Morris the Israeli left isn't where it used to be. From Forward, do Jews have a Jesus problem? From Moby-Dick to Naked Lunch to Gravity’s Rainbow, bad eating makes for good reading. From Spiked, Tim Black on how to beat up chavs. The Politics of Superheroes: Want a map of the debates of the early 21st century? Watch a comic-book movie. It's a stew of man, bird, and pig — and Mike Davis warned about it four years ago; Scott McLemee catches up (and more). From TAP, Mark Schmitt on the Myth of 100 Days: To a transformational president, each day is a blessed opportunity, none more or less important than another. Sara Robinson on the Far Right's First 100 Days: Shifting into overdrive (and more). David Frum on how to rebuild the GOP. Jacob Wesiberg on why we're all complicit in torture. After the Great Recession: Obama discusses how his policies on schools, energy and health care might change daily life in America. Is America's system of graduate education really the Detroit of higher learning? Lee Iacocca on Chrysler's slide into bankruptcy.

Stine Lomborg (Aarhus): Navigating the blogosphere: Towards a genre-based typology of weblogs. From New Scientist, a special section on eight things you didn't know about the internet. A Wired FAQ on the fight over the Google of All Libraries. From THES, the internet is unravelling intellectual ownership, but without citation, academia's shared conversation will be lost; a review of The Romantic Economist by Richard Bronk; how professors think: Fred Inglis searches the academy for signs of intelligent life — or clear diction, at a pinch; and a look at why student-scholar trysts are perilous affairs. From The Economist, an article on the Berlusconisation of Italy (and more). Secrets of the Phallus: Why is the penis shaped like that? (and more) From Splice Today, an interview with Thomas Schaller on what we're getting wrong in our cultural discourse about socialism. Arthur Brooks on why the real culture war is over capitalism: Tea parties, ethical populism, and the moral case against redistribution. Gordon Silverstein on how Souter ended up disappointing conservatives by being conservative. Chris Good on the Souter Replacement Watch Master List. Growing pains for Talking Points Memo: With his bette noir in Texas, Josh Marshall must come up with new targets for his aggressive brand of journalism.