From GJSS, Jonathan Kemp (Birkbeck): Queer Past, Queer Present, Queer Future; a review of Sally Munt's Queer Attachments: The Cultural Politics of Shame; and a review of Lee Edelman's No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive. An excerpt from Peter Beaumont's The Secret Life of War. Mark Rozzo reviews Big Machine by Victor LaValle. Saving the world, one Jew at a time: A review of Spiritual Activism: A Jewish Guide to Leadership and Repairing the World by Rabbi Avraham Weiss and Shared Dreams: Martin Luther King, Jr. & the Jewish Community by Rabbi Marc Schneier. From New Statesman, John Gray on J G Ballard, an appreciation; and the neoliberal era is over — but at what cost? David Willetts, one of Margaret Thatcher’s young ideologues from the 1980s — and now a senior Conservative thinker — reflects on where Thatcherism came from and why he is no longer a Thatcherite (and more from Standpoint). Need to proclaim that there is just too much drama going on? There's a simple, emphatic solution: just add some sauce. A review of Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century by Chris Spannos (and more). The rise and fall of a physics fraudster: Seven years after rumours of massive fraud began to surface, the repercussions of Jan Hendrik Schon’s lies still reverberate.

Jacob T. Levy (McGill): Multicultural Manners. The American heresy: When should religious dogma bow to experience? Gone: An article on mass extinction and the hazards of Earth's vanishing biodiversity. A review of Beyond the Good Death: The Anthropology of Modern Dying by James W. Green. A review of Parentonomics: An Economist Dad Looks at Parenting by Joshua Gans. The Media's Lost Generation: How do you get ahead in an industry that can’t see its own future? Universal broadband internet is going to be spectacularly disruptive, and the challenge isn't just going to be getting everyone connected. SpongeBob's Golden Dream: A look at the mysterious allure of the fry cook from Bikini Bottom. Forest Fighters: Developers tearing down the Peruvian Amazon have a new enemy. Deer Heaven: Humans invented suburbia, but it is deer who may be its most enthusiastic residents. Rise of the geeks: A new class of specialists is analysing which websites you look at, what you buy in the supermarket, and how you behave at work. A review of The Contested Nation: Ethnicity, Class, Religion and Gender in National Histories by Stefan Berger and Chris Lorenz. Stuart Blackman on why health warnings can be bad. From New Scientist, a special section on the five greatest mysteries of antimatter.

From The New Yorker, Atul Gawande on why expensive health care can be harmful; why don’t company directors do a better job? James Surowiecki investigates; two speeches: Jeffrey Toobin on Obama vs. Cheney. It’s not about Bill: The advent of a new Democratic administration, with his wife in the top cabinet slot, has opened a new chapter in the eventful life of the nation’s 42nd president. Reihan Salam on how Obama could blow it. Fatwa Overload: Why Middle East sheikhs are running amok. A review of The Conservative Turn: Lionel Trilling, Whittaker Chambers, and the Lessons of Anti-Communism by Michael Kimmage. Why Leonard Bernstein’s politics can’t explain his best music: A review of Leonard Bernstein: The Political Life of an American Musician by Barry Seldes. A review of The Diplomats' World: The Cultural History of Diplomacy, 1815-1914. A review of The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World by Michelle Goldberg (and more). To cook or not to cook: In our quest to unchain ourselves from the stove, are we cheating ourselves out of a useful and creative skill? A review of You Are Here: A Portable History of the Universe by Christopher Potter and Why Us? How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves by James Le Fanu (and more).

From Prospect, Sarko the sex dwarf: The collective French desire to be dominated by a strong, libidinous male explains Nicholas Sarkozy’s mysterious power. A look at why war-torn countries prefer masculine leaders. From The Guardian, an editorial on why a new democracy must emerge from this mire; Parliament in crisis: When will MPs start to listen to the people?; and a climate of loathing towards all MPs is bad for democracy. From Miller-McCune, a case for parliamentary systems: One system of democratic government is consistently better, say political scientists John Gerring and Strom C. Thacker, and it's not the one we have in the US; and political economist Johnna Montgomerie argues our high levels of consumer debt derive more from political decisions than from economic conditions. A review of A Great Idea at the Time: The Rise, Fall, and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books by Alex Beam. More and more on One-Party Classroom by David Horowitz. More on Cruelty: Human Evil and the Human Brain by Kathleen Taylor. A review of Stephen Miller’s The Peculiar Life of Sundays. From CT, James Calvin Schaap on righteous acts, filthy rags, and a mission cemetery (and part 2). Longing for great lost works: From Shakespeare's Cardenio to Ovid's Getic poetry, missing texts hold tantalizing possibilities.