An article on the curious appeal of miscellanea — or, why we’ll pay for information, but only if it’s completely irrelevant. Hop on, Pop: What happens when dads go online. An article on the bizarre revival of crop circles — and advice on how to make your own. Why do CAPITAL LETTERS so annoy us? A review of The Final Four of Everything by Mark Reiter and Richard Sandomir. Why the #$%! do we swear? For pain relief. Sally Feldman uncovers the myriad shades of lipstick. It is possible to successfully fend off a zombie attack, according to Canadian mathematicians — the key is to "hit hard and hit often". Average Dude: Here's an experiment in mediocrity. Welcome to the latest strain of cultural insanity: people changing their given names to slogans, political ads, and website URLs. A look at how the moving walkway nearly overtook the Metro. A review of Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting by Kitty Burns Florey. A review of What Do You Want From Me? Learning to Get Along With In-Laws by Terri Apter. Pocketology 101: How the random stuff in your jeans is an artful summary of you. What can you learn from studying hair length in Florida? Do Not Pass Go: What, no one wants to play an eight-hour board game with fake money anymore? I know! We'll make a board game into a movie. Enough Already: Mark Edmundson on what he’d really like to tell the bores in his life. A review of Grimoires: A History of Magic Books by Owen Davies. Here are the top 10 things you didn't know about the penny.

The New Israel Lobby: Can J Street — and the Obama administration — change Washington’s Middle East policy? Family Feud: Yossi Klein Halevi on six ways that Obama can regain Israeli trust. Playing the Jesus Card: Why is Netanyahu courting Christian fundamentalists? An interview with Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on why he now considers anti-Semitism a serious threat. A review of The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History by Zvi Ben-Dor Benite. A review of How Jewish is Jewish History? by Moshe Rosman. A review of Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters by Louis Begley. Did postwar Jews really ignore the Holocaust for several decades? Jim Sleeper reviews Why Are Jews Liberals? by Norman Podhoretz (and a symposium at Commentary; and more and more and more and more). From, Alain Badiou on the word “Jew” and the sycophant and on the uses of the word “Jew”. Who are you calling a self-hating Jew? Leon Wieseltier investigates. Is the Jewish mind instinctively drawn to commentary and criticism rather than the creation of original works? How Roger Cohen became the most important Jewish journalist in America. Bad for the Jews: Madoff, Dwek, and getting over worrying so much about avoiding a shandeh for the goyim. The first chapter from Mitzvah Girls: Bringing Up the Next Generation of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn by Ayala Fader. Jewish is coolish at last: People can finally emerge from behind their nebbishy personas to assume their proper place in the coolness pantheon.

From Carnegie Council, a special report: Prosperity without Growth? The transition to a sustainable economy. Joseph Stiglitz on the great GDP swindle: Better indicators are needed to capture well-being and sustainability (and more on a deeply foolish indicator). The first chapter from The Sense of Dissonance: Accounts of Worth in Economic Life by David Stark. An excerpt from Animal Spirits by George Akerlof and Robert Shiller (and more). Recent research argues that culture affects economic outcomes; do markets instill cultural values that support good outcomes? Economic gangsters come in all shapes and sizes — they're Asian dictators and Somali pirates. A review of books on Bernie Madoff (and more and more). A review of Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street by Karen Ho. Yuliya Demyanyk on ten myths about subprime mortgages. William Cohan on the final days of Merrill Lynch: The inside story of how the government forced Bank of America to acquire the financial management giant. Peter Clarke asks what we've learned from the worst economic crisis since the war. Peter Boone and Simon Johnson on the next financial crisis: It's coming — and we just made it worse. Lucian Bebchuk on why financial pay shouldn’t be left to the market. Mutuality 2.0: If open source can create complex software products, what would be needed for the same techniques to apply to financial products? A review of Dear Undercover Economist: Priceless Advice on Money, Work, Sex, Kids, and Life's Other Challenges by Tim Harford.

Versailles, 1919-2009: The treaty concluded on 28 June 1918 reverberates today across a huge area from Iran and Iraq to the Balkans and even beyond. Form TLS, a review of books on Stalin. The first chapter from Farm to Factory: A Reinterpretation of the Soviet Industrial Revolution by Robert C. Allen. Julius Purcell on the memory that will not die: Exhuming the Spanish Civil War. A review of War is Beautiful: An American Ambulance Driver in the Spanish Civil War by James Neugass. A review of The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War by Andrew Roberts (and more and more and more and more and more). On the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, Robert McCrum considers the legacy of the greatest conflict the world has ever witnessed. A review of 1959: The Year Everything Changed by Fred Kaplan (and more and more and more). The Khrushchev connection: Who ordered the construction of the Berlin Wall? An interview with Kurt Edward Kepmer, author of College Football and American Culture in the Cold War Era. A review of Gordon M. Goldstein's Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam. A review of Kissinger: 1973, The Crucial Year by Alistair Horne (and more and more and more). A review of The Year that Changed the World: The Untold Story Behind the Fall of the Berlin Wall by Michael Meyer. The wink that changed the world: This is the way the Warsaw Pact folded, not with a bang but a gesture.