From Identity Theory, Emily Meg Weinstein would have to try even harder to get back the silence, not for her own peace of mind but out of respect for the dead. From The Hindu, a review of This Gift of English: English Education and the Formation of Alternative Hegemonies in India by Alok K. Mukherjee; and a "multinational soul in a multinational globe": An interview with Pico Iyer. From TNR, a review of The Fires of Vesuvius:  Lost And Found by Mary Beard; From Paris to Pompeii: French Romanticism and the Cultural Politics of Archaeology by Goran Blix; and Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture Around the Bay of Naples by Carol C. Mattusch. More and more on Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963 by Susan Sontag (and more at Bookforum). A review of Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action, and Cognitive Extension by Andy Clark. A review of Cinematic Thinking: Philosophical Approaches to the New Cinema. What can magicians teach us about the brain? A review of Humans, Animals, Machines: Blurring Boundaries by Glen A. Mazis. Jeremy Stangroom on animal rights, humanists and wishful thinking. A review of three books that explore the curious world of animals and the value of the "living laboratory" to science. We're an ordinary species on an ordinary planet — or are we?

From MR Zine, a review of Murali Balaji's The Professor and the Pupil: The Politics and Friendship of W. E. B. Du Bois and Paul Robeson; and an interview with Osvaldo Martinez: "The crisis is not an abnormality in capitalism". A review of books on post-apartheid South Africa. Incognito: Evidence mounts that brains decide before their owners know about it. The Other War on Workers: Under the guise of "recession" pressure, some employers may be waging a secret war against their own workers. An interview with Ian Bremmer, author of The Fat Tail: The Power of Political Knowledge for Strategic Investing (and more). The Idiot's Guide to Pakistan: Everyone in Washington is talking about Pakistan, but few understand it — here’s how to dazzle the crowd at your next Georgetown cocktail party. A review of Hysterical Men: The Hidden History of Male Nervous Illness by Mark S. Micale (and more). Songs can break more than your heart: Martin Cloonan on the sinister uses and abuses of music. Composed in Hypocrisy: Ilias Chrissochoidis on music, torture, and the drama of American musicology. Nicholas Carr on Technology’s Prophet: It’s Jean Baudrillard, not Marshall McLuhan. From Wired, total recall: An article on the woman who can't forget. Drugs, guns and dirt: Methamphetamine fuels a new epidemic of looting.

From Crooked Timber, a seminar on Steve Teles’ The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement. An interview with Tyler Cowen of Marginal Revolution. From The Economist, the IMF has been promised lots more money and has a new sense of purpose, but reform is still needed — especially if it is to win the trust of emerging economies; from buy, buy to bye-bye: The recession will have a lasting impact on the way people shop; and how poverty passes from generation to generation is now becoming clearer — the answer lies in the effect of stress on two particular parts of the brain. Welcome to Pipelineistan: The bloodstream of the global energy war is the pipelines that crisscross the planet's potential imperial battlefields. One-In-A-Million Collisions: Not enough space in the Universe, or did somebody switch on the Improbability Drive? Michael Zain on a short history of American rage; and angry Americans want people to blame for the financial mess — but c’mon: Are AIG, Tim Geithner, and John Thain really to blame for your retirement losses? A review of Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy by Martin Lindstrom. Parisians, rude? Pas du tout! The key to living in Paris is politeness. The first chapter from Spying Blind: The CIA, the FBI, and the Origins of 9/11 by Amy B. Zegart (and more on the CIA).

From The New Yorker, Philip Gourevitch on interrogating torture: How to account for the past; Malcolm Gladwell on how David beats Goliath: When underdogs break the rules; and James Surowiecki on how banks got big. An interview of Liaquat Ahamed, author of Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World. Russell Shorto on how an American in Holland learned to love the European welfare state. Francis Fukuyama reviews The Challenge for Africa by Wangari Maathai and Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo. A review of Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners by Laura Claridge. A review of Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science by Robert L. Park. Here are 7 (crazy) civilian uses for nuclear bombs. The first chapter from Prison Religion: Faith-Based Reform and the Constitution by Winnifred Fallers Sullivan. Conflating history with theology: Raymond Ibrahim on Judeo-Christian violence vs. Islamic violence. Do you have to be nuts to be a genius? John McWhorter takes a look at real diversity. David Gordon reviews The Case for Big Government by Jeff Madrick. More and more on Rick Perlstein's Nixonland (and an excerpt at Bookforum). From The Wall Street Journal, an interview with Desiree Rogers, the former Mardi Gras queen who holds the keys to Brand Obama.