From The Telegraph, an interview with Fay Weldon: "It's easier to pick up your husband's socks and clean the loo" (but for goodness sake, Fay, do put a sock in it). Sandra Tsing Loh is ending her marriage — isn’t it time you did the same? Are gays too late to destroy marriage? Their influence may ultimately be nothing compared to what straights have done. From Time, is there hope for the American marriage? (Who else could it be? Yes, it's none other than Caitlin Flanagan.) From Salon, it's hot, it's sexy! It's marriage! From CT, Mark Regnerus on the case for early marriage: Amid our purity pledges and attempts to make chastity hip, we forgot to teach young Christians how to tie the knot. From The Nation, many Christian adoption agencies are far more concerned with artificially producing "orphans" for Christian parents to adopt, than helping birth parents care for wanted children. Another country, not my own: One overseas adoptee explains how parents’ embrace of the ”home” culture can have its costs. Do fathers pay more attention to kids who look like them? The Real Nanny Diaries: Americans pay lip service to the idea child-raising is important work, but when they hire people to do it for them, they tend to pay them little and respect them less.


A new issue of Words Without Borders is out. We think of writing as either good or bad; what today's young people know is that knowing who you're writing for and why you're writing might be the most crucial factor of all. A review of Rationality and the Literate Mind by Roy Harris. A Danish initiative to discourage prejudice has had a global impact; the Living Library, in Copenhagen, allows "readers" to borrow "human books". Taking pictures for peace: Between 1909 and 1931, Albert Kahn sent photographers and filmmakers around the world. From The New Yorker, what do the pirates of yore tell us about their modern counterparts? A review of The Invisible Hook by Peter T. Leeson, The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard, and British Piracy in the Golden Age by Henry Morgan. The Complicit General: Philippe Sands reviews Eyes on the Horizon: Serving on the Front Lines of National Security by General Richard B. Myers. How 9/11 sucked the fun out of America: The country's response to that tragedy achieved little and made everyday actions seem grim. Who's rooting for the economy to tank again? These guys. Conor Clarke on why we shouldn't worry about burdening our children with a huge national debt. Beware of deficit fetishism: Thanks to the deficit, the buck stops here.


From the latest issue of Bookforum, Joan Richardson reviews Morris Dickstein's Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression (and more and more). How did economists get it so wrong? Paul Krugman on how the Great Recession was the result not only of lax regulation in Washington and reckless risk-taking on Wall Street but also of faulty theorizing in academia. Why did nobody notice that the credit crunch was on its way? David Warsh writes to the Queen. An interview with Robert Skidelsky on why economists missed the danger signs ahead of the financial crisis. Financial markets often run our lives, and economic sociologists are trying to understand how (and more). Economics is not a natural science: We must stop perpetuating the fiction that existence itself is dictated by the immutable laws of economics. An article on the free-market fallacies of Ayn Rand. Magic and the myth of the rational market: Papua New Guinea's "big men" demonstrate one of the underlying flaws in both traditional and behavioural economics — apparently irrational actions may be socially rational (and more). There is some evidence that Adam Smith's economics are ceasing to work so well, and that we may be re-entering the world of Thomas Mun. Jamais Cascio on socioeconomic speculation and thinking about what a 21st century economy might look like (and part 2)


From FT, a review of The English Rebel: One Thousand Years of Troublemaking, from the Normans to the Nineties by David Horspool (and more and more and more and more); and a review of Aristocrats: Power, Grace and Decadence — Britain’s Great Ruling Classes from 1066 to the Present by Lawrence James. A review of books on Mary Tudor. James Belich's Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Anglo-World, 1783-1939 is the biggest, boldest, most truly global and potentially most contentious of the renewed "British World" histories (and more). A review of The Great British Bobby: A History of British Policing from the 18th Century to the Present by Clive Emsley. Eric Hobsbawm reviews The Morbid Age: Britain between the Wars by Richard Overy (and more). A review of books on Churchill. Paul Johnson reviews Seeking a Role: The United Kingdom 1957-1970 by Brian Harrison. From LRB, a review of When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies by Andy Beckett. From THES, a review of The New British Constitution by Vernon Bogdanor; a review of Electing Our Masters: The Hustings in British Politics from Hogarth to Blair by Jon Lawrence; and a review of Cosmopolitan Islanders: British Historians and the European Continent by Richard J. Evans.

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