From Esprit, before we ask the question of a social Europe, a legal solution to the co-existence of social Europes (in the plural) must be attempted. From Social Europe, the dawn of a new era: An article on social democracy after the financial crisis. A review of Europe Between the Oceans: 9000 BC to AD 1000 by Barry Cunliffe (and more and more and an excerpt). Death in the Mediterranean: An article on the tragedy of Europe's boat people. We have the world's largest navy, they have speedboats and machine guns — what now? David Mulcahey reviews Nice Work if You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times by Andrew Ross. A review of Thinking of Others: On the Talent for Metaphor by Ted Cohen. A review of Unsettled Minds: Psychology and the American Search for Spiritual Assurance, 1830-1940 by Christopher G. White. A review of The Lives of Ants by Laurent Keller and Elisabeth Gordon. The Good Fight: A look at one man's search for tai chi as martial art. Jessica Valenti on Laura Kipnis' Against Love: A Polemic: If monogamous love limits women, then perhaps feminism is the adultery of social norms (and more and more). An interview with Dossie Easton, co-author of The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships and Other Adventures.

From The Global Spiral, William C. Chittick (Stony Brook): The Recovery of Human Nature; and an excerpt from John Lukacs's Last Rites. Make us look pretty: Bring the stimulus money to the little people by creating a Minister of Aesthetics. A review of The Euro: The Politics of the New Global Currency by David Marsh (and more and more). An interview with Mara Altman, author of Thanks for Coming: One Young Woman's Quest for an Orgasm. Vibrato Wars: Elgar, served neat and unshaken, stirs up the Brits. Handel, that powerhouse of Baroque music, has become a 21st-century superstar. From TLS, a review of Donald Brackett's Dark Mirror: The pathology of the singer-songwriter, and Johnson Bruce and Martin Cloonan's Dark Side of the Tune: Popular music and violence. A review of Dom Phillips' Superstar DJs Here We Go! From New York, here's a history of white people in rap. From New Statesman, a review of Celebrity: How Entertainers Took Over the World and Why We Need an Exit Strategy by Marina Hyde; and a look at how celebrities saved, then killed, the book trade. An interview with Eric Toussaint on how the socialist project has been betrayed and must be reinvented in the 21st century. The Talking Cure: Discussion of swine flu may have been hysterical, but it was necessary.

From Physics World, physicists are bringing new ideas and methodologies to the science of economics; the publish-or-perish ethic too often favours a narrow and conservative approach to scientific innovation, pushing revolutionary ideas to the margins; writing about physics for the public involves more than just translating complex scientific ideas into simple language; and a look at the Evil Mad Scientist Project. The truth is out there, and the nation's maddest scientists are after it. The Machinery of Hopelessness: Capitalism is crumbling and we are in urgent need of a paradigm shift, but are we prepared to imagine an alternative? A 1294 credit crunch bears remarkable parallels with the current crisis. E is for Elephant, J is for Jackass: An article on the role of politics in education. The Earth simply can't continue to support democratic breeding habits. When 50 is too old: How to get more experienced justices on the Supreme Court. A review of Medical Research for Hire: The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials by Jill A. Fisher. What would the Middle East look like if Iran gets the bomb? Island of Bad Blood: Rastafarians find themselves at the bottom of Jamaica's pecking order because their skin is darker than most. A review of The Imperial Map: Cartography and the Mastery of Empire.

A new issue of Law & Society Review is now online. From TNR, a review of Classical Chinese Poetry: An Anthology and Du Fu: A Life in Poetry; a review of Valkyrie: The Story Of The Plot To Kill Hitler, By Its Last Member by Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager; and why how Obama talks is more interesting than how Michael Steele tries to. The Careful Exaggerator: How Obama balances his rhetoric to fit the situation. Meet the editors of Double X: Why another women's magazine? (and more and more). Christopher Buckely, author of 14 books, reflects on his relationship with his parents (and a review of Losing Mum and Pup and more and more and more). Chris Matthews on the Buckley Mystique. DIY Nation: How to start your own country (and three experts offer advice). Reader comments are a key part of online journalism — so why do they mostly disappoint? From The Rumpus, Steve Hely, "the world’s foremost consultant", on the future of publishing. Do conservatives understand torture? Conservatives don't actually support torture, they just think it's a useful tool — too bad they're wrong. Dahlia Lithwick on the GOP's misguided and confused campaign against judicial empathy. Some morals are simple; dark morals, not so. Master Baiter: Paul Kinsella is reeling in West African e-mail hucksters one scammer at a time.