From Collegium, a special issue on Happiness: Cognition, Experience, Language. A review of Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness by Ariel Gore. Although no one can be happy who is determined not to be, happiness is not achieved by merely wanting it, much less by getting what you thought you wanted. A review of Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project (and more and more and more). From the mundane to the metaphysical, it may mean different things to different people, but everyone's united in trying to crack the happiness code. Oprah-style pursuit of happiness: As cute as it may be to suggest, Living Oprah by Robyn Okrant will never be an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Where happiness lies: A review essay on books about positive thinking. The miserable results of our quest for happiness: Those who pillage rich traditions for contemporary tastes take the easy but shallow route to happiness. State of joy: Why your country needs you to be happy. Happiness Is: Today, the idea that happiness can indeed be measured and quantified remains at the heart of a new science of happiness. Carol Graham on the economics of happiness. Economists (don’t) prove that money can buy you happiness and news outlets prove they’re crap — actually, maybe economists did prove money can buy happiness. As we begin a new decade with the debris of a once-revered financial system at our feet, we have the chance to re-evaluate our relationship with the money god or risk becoming enslaved to it all over again. Johann Hari on how there is an alternative to our unhealthy culture of overwork.

From The Saturday Evening Post, a look at why America should care about the World Cup. From BBC Magazine, could America take to cricket? From the Navy Times, a look at the perils of being a pirate. An interview with Helen Nissenbaum, author of Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life. Beyond Comprehension: We know that genocide and famine are greater tragedies than a lost dog — at least, we think we do. Garry Kasparov reviews Chess Metaphors: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Mind by Diego Rasskin-Gutman. Martha Nussbaum on sexual orientation and religion. Schtuppin’ with the Stars: The celebrity sex video became a brand enhancer for the likes of Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, but the current crop, from an Eric Dane three-way to Colin Farrell’s talky romp, is just plain pathetic. The introduction to Show Sold Separately: Promos, Spoilers, and Other Media Paratexts by Jonathan Gray. A review of Out of Athens: The New Ancient Greeks by Page duBois. A review of On the Spartacus Road: A Spectacular Journey through Ancient Italy by Peter Stothard. Scientists are arguing that tedium is good for your brain, but some novelists argue that it’s good for your soul. Are we in danger of knowing too much?: Paul Parsons on the dangers of a high-information diet. "21st century syndrome"?: An intriguing diagnosis posits that we live in an age so stressful we can no longer cope. With the absurd, Bushian overreaction to the Christmas Day terrorist attempt, Tyler Brule has come up with a remedy for American stupidity that is altogether brilliant: Boycott the United States.

From Colloquy, a special issue on Violence and Critique, including Carlo Salzani (Melbourne): Violence as Pure Praxis: Benjamin and Sorel on Strike, Myth and Ethics; and Adam Lodders (Monash): Between Violence and Law, Is There a Place for Justice? From Cultura, Nicolae Rambu (Cuza): Nihilism as Axiological Illness; and Alexandru Petrescu (Western): The Rehabilitation of Philosophy as Therapeutics: Martin Heidegger. The debate over Heidegger's politics rages every decade or so, but how did he make it into the curriculum in the first place? (and more and more and more). A review of Holderlin after the Catastrophe: Heidegger — Adorno — Brecht by Robert Savage. From Telos, Alexander Garcia Duttmann on Adorno's American Dream. A review of Emmanuel Levinas on the Priority of Ethics by Joshua James Shaw. From, you can download Walter Benjamin and the Architecture of Modernity; and download The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics. A review of Commonwealth by Hardt and Negri (and more) and First as Tragedy, Then as Farce by Slavoj Zizek (and more and more). Slavoj Zizek on multiculturalism, the reality of an illusion. A review of Deleuze, Guattari and the Production of the New. A review of Who Was Jacques Derrida? An Intellectual Biography by David Mikics (and more). A review of Foucault's Law by Ben Golder and Peter Fitzpatrick. A review of Identity Politics in Deconstruction: Calculating with the Incalculable by Carolyn D’Cruz. Simon Critchley, Judith Butler and Jacques Ranciere discuss the importance of critical theory to social movements today.

From CRB, a review of Unrestrained: Judicial Excess and the Mind of the American Lawyer by Robert Nagel and How Judges Think by Richard Posner; and a review of Living Constitution, Dying Faith: Progressivism and the New Science of Jurisprudence by Bradley C.S. Watson (and more). A review of Originalism in American Law and Politics: A Constitutional History by Jonathan O'Neill and Originalism: A Quarter Century of Debate by Steven Calabresi. A review of Joan Biskupic's American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Eric Posner reviews Justice Kennedy's Jurisprudence: The Full and Necessary Meaning of Liberty by Frank Colluci. From The New Yorker, Lauren Collins on the life of Justice Sonia Sotomayor; and is it too soon to petition the Supreme Court on gay marriage? Margaret Talbot investigates. Power to the People: Do we really want the Supreme Court to follow public opinion? A review of The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions. The first chapter from Beyond the Formalist-Realist Divide: The Role of Politics in Judging by Brian Tamanaha. An interview with Kal Raustiala, author of Does the Constitution Follow the Flag? A review of The Citizen's Constitution: An Annotated Guide by Seth Lipsky (and more). The first chapter from U.S. Constitution For Dummies by Michael Arnheim; and the first chapter from Law For Dummies by John Ventura. From The Jury Expert, "don't poke Scalia!": Lessons for trial lawyers from the nation's highest court; and a look at why jurors turn to the Internet.

From The Brock Review, a special issue on Madness Manifest: Creativity, art and the margins of mental health. The Supreme Court's decision to roll back campaign-finance reform does more than just open the spigots for corporate cash — it also exposes the judicial activism of the Roberts Court. A review of The Devil in the Holy Water, or the Art of Slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon by Robert Darnton. Flesh Mob: Tired of the no-kill dogma, New York’s vegetarians have come down with some serious bloodlust. From The New Yorker, a series of articles on the President’s first three hundred and sixty-five days. Serfing the Net: Astra Taylor wonders whether dispersed creativity is really free — or just cheap. Greg Milner reviews Just Kids by Patti Smith (and more and more and more and more and more and more).  A review of In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing by Matthew E. May. Hijacking health care reform isn’t enough, it turns out — now the Fetus People have to take on college football. From Good, here's a guide to slowing down. Edward Rothstein on the 1602 world map created by the Italian-born Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci, which places China at its center. From Military Times, J. Ford Huffman on the best military books of the decade. Why do so many people buy into the ridiculous notion that a daily diet of current events is anything other than a mindless — though perhaps harmless — form of amusement? From Cato Unbound, Douglas Rasmussen on Ayn Rand, answers and some questions for discussion. An interview with Jason Fry, co-author of Star Wars: The Essential Atlas.

From Collegium, a special issue on French literature, theory and the avant gardes. Katherine Rosman on the death of the slush pile: Even in the Web era, getting in the door is tougher than ever. A review of Terry Eagleton by James Smith. Publishing Perspectives goes inside the secret world of literary scouts (and part 2 and part 3). Aside from the invasion by European theorists, Jeffrey Williams reminds us, America had homegrown rebels against the New Criticism. Writing off reading: Contrary to the expectations of some, the internet has boosted the written word. In defense of editors: Writers are to editors as Scarlett O’Hara is to Rhett Butler. "I suppose it would be better if one were aggressive, contentious and so on. But there's rarely any occasion to be savage": Frank Kermode interviewed by Christopher Tayler. A review of Dante and the Making of a Modern Author by Albert Russell Ascoli. A review of Exit Capitalism: Literary Culture, Theory, and Post-Secular Modernity by Simon During. Twitterature has, without provocation, kicked all that is sacred about the written word in its proverbial scrotum. The Death of the Author: Andrew Gallix revisits a classic essay by Roland Barthes. From Dickens to digitization: An article on how technology killed copyright. Rebecca West on how a little grave reflection shows us that our first duty is to establish a new and abusive school of criticism. As evidenced by the bevy of awards (including Nobels and Pulitzers), the best-sellers, and the critical acclaim of the work being done consistently by independent presses, print can succeed on a responsible scale.

Can America educate itself out of inequality?: A review of The Race between Education and Technology by Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz. Fifth period is Facebook: Why schools should stop blocking social network sites. The three Rs and neuroscience: After decades of antipathy, education is finally embracing brain studies (and more). An interview with Frank Furedi, author of Wasted: Why Education Isn’t Educating. All or Nothing: Chloe Angyal on the difficult decision between co-ed and unisex education. Education Next takes an inside look at school discipline. From The Washington Monthly, Mariah Blake on how a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids’ textbooks. What makes a great teacher? Teach for America, drawing on two decades of observation and research, may have found the answer. A review of Researching Sex and Lies in the Classroom by Pat Sikes and Heather Piper. Kate Christensen reviews Free For All: Fixing School Food in America by Janet Poppendick. Forcing all high school students onto a college-prep track is not only wrong, it's dumb. A review of Tough Fronts: The Impact of Street Culture on Schooling by Janelle Dance. Seyward Darby on a new vision for education reform — and nagging questions about whether it can work. Learn how to practice safe sex at the Hojskole, Denmark’s alternative school. A review of Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of Education by Terry Moe and John Chubb. At Landover middle school, philosophy is part of lunch menu. Are boys being shortchanged in K–12 schooling? An interview with Richard Whitmire, author of Why Boys Fail.

A review of The Environment and World History by Edmund Burke III and Kenneth Pomeranz. Six months is all it took to flip Europe’s climate from warm and sunny into the last ice age, researchers have found. A review of On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear by Richard Ellis and After the Ice: Life, Death and Geopolitics in the New Arctic by Alun Anderson. Jeremy Bernstein on the disappearing snows of Everest. Rapa Nui deja vu: Tourism threatens to trigger another ecological collapse in Easter Island (and more). It's not just about Copenhagen: In Papua New Guinea, the battle between environmental protection and economic development plays out with one controversial gas project. In a remote patch of the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of miles from any national boundary, the detritus of human life is collecting in a swirling current so large that it defies precise measurement (and more and more on the Pacific Garbage Patch). Artist and photographer Chris Jordan examines the bad habits of human consumption with work that depicts trash in all its incarnations. Plastic Not-So-Fantastic: How the versatile material harms the environment and human health. Water-hogging, pesticide-laden golf courses occupy more than 2.3 million acres of United States green — thanks to pressure from environmentalists, however, some courses are trying to bring the sport back to its roots: in nature. American Ruins: Camilo Jose Vergara on how nature is taking back these buildings. A look at how climate change affects world heritage sites. How can we communicate the dangers of nuclear waste to future civilizations?

Kathy Ferguson (Hawaii): Bush in Drag: Sarah Palin and Endless War. From New Statesman, a cover story on the danger of Sarah Palin (and more). From The Weekly Standard, a cover story on the roots of Obama worship: Auguste Comte’s Religion of Humanity finds a 21st-century savior. Steele Cage: Republicans find their inner Al Sharpton. Frank Rich on the Great Tea Party Rip-Off. Extremist Republicans are crushing dissent within their own party, creating a California Legislature that can’t work. The bigoted and frighteningly violent conservative Internet sensation Steven Crowder is far from being just for laughs. The Telegraph presents its latest list of the 100 most influential conservatives and 100 most influential liberals in America. Christopher Hitchens on why the smug satire of liberal humorists debases our comedy — and our national conversation. Matt Taibbi reviews Rod Blagojevich's The Governor: The Truth Behind the Political Scandal That Continues to Rock the Nation. One year in, Obama’s approval ratings have slipped, and they’re likely to get worse, but this is okay — in fact, it’s the definition of success for a modern president. Bigger than Obama: Blaming the president for the slow pace of reform is too simplistic. Opponents love to cast Democrats as weak; what it might take for the president to look strong? The cool, deliberate Obama is as temperamentally well-suited to these fast-paced times as was the warm, impulsive FDR to a somewhat slower age. The Mass. Senate race exposes the contradictions of Obamaism. Is Obama "not connecting"? (and more) Just pass the damn bill — pass it now (and more).

Christy Chapin (Virginia): Meeting the 1950s Consumer Ideal in Health Care. Our world of diversity and microfame owes Michael Jackson, the Last Celebrity, the tribute of old-fashioned immortality. Before you gossip, ask yourself this: "Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary?" The Democrats are doomed — what better time to tackle climate change? Mark Miodownik packs Materials Library with the world’s strangest substances — the blackest black created, a metal that screams — to instil a sense of wonder in visitors. A review of And Then There’s This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture by Bill Wasik. I'm Feeling Unlucky: An essay on independent culture in the Google Era. Why do Americans only give when they see the drama unfold on TV? Matthew Bishop and Michael Green, authors of Philanthrocapitalism, on the nature of sympathy. A history of the world in 100 objects: A new BBC radio series shows how the things that man made can be even more compelling witnesses to the past than the events he witnessed. A look at ten psychology studies from 2009 worth knowing about. A review of The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess by Andrei Codrescu. Joseph Pugliese (Macquarie): Apostrophe of Empire: Guantanamo Bay, Disneyland. Locally produced food is best, but we also want oranges in August and an end to world famine — what's a locavore to do? Sometimes the most obscure news article reveals significant processes that have the potential to reshape global geography. Got a working time machine you can use? Might be a good idea to take along this handy map to make sense of where you find yourself.