From New York, a special issue on reasons to love New York; when even Louisiana is better run than New York state, what’s next? California, here we come; and Tim Keller wants to save your yuppie soul: The evangelical Christian preacher says the secular holy trinity of money, ambition, and achievement is the root of all evil — so why are so many New Yorkers flocking to him? Why it’s hard to imagine Rudy Giuliani running for office again. The World's District Attorney: Robert Morgenthau on his famous cases, his brawl with Bloomberg, and sounding the alarm about Iran (and more). From The Village Voice, the strangest landlord-tenant relationship in NYC: Stacked up in cubicles for decades, immigrants living in a Bowery tenement may have a very unusual situation; and hookers, slot machines, rats: Life at the Bronx's 2320 Aqueduct Ave. From Slate, a photo essay on 125th and Lex, the most complicated, disturbing, and lively intersection in NYC. The Death of Fifth Avenue: An article on the rise and fall, and rise again, of New York's waterfront. City of earthy delights: In the era of micro-budgets, Thomas Hoving’s dream of creating 1,000 mini-parks should be revisited. A review of Appetite City: A Culinary History of New York by William Grimes. The world’s fastest animal takes New York: The peregrine falcon, whose salvation began 40 years ago, commands the skies above the Empire State Building. The future of New York City: What will the city that has survived terrorist attacks and crime sprees, birthed the Chrysler Building and Woody Allen, and suffered yet another market crash, hold in store over the coming decades?

The latest issue of Salisbury Review is free online. The inescapability of the Gospel: Mark P. Shea on Annalee Newitz and the insufficiently lefty liberal power fantasy that energizes stories like Avatar. Whether it’s the Mayan prediction of the 2012 cataclysm or the theology of the rapture, predictions of the end of the world tell us as much about ourselves as about the coming apocalypse. Denis Dutton on how it’s always the end of the world as we know it. Scott McLemee reviews The Task of the Critic: Terry Eagleton in Dialogue. From Newsweek, a special section on Issues 2010, including Francis Fukuyama on why history is still over; David Frum on why America still needs the neocons; and John Horgan on how the world may be entering a new age of peace. Gene Weingarten has advice on the art of angry e-mail writing: use RaNDOm CAPITaliZATion and as many exclamation points as possible!!!!!!!!! The Day the Journal Died: GQ interviewed dozens of people — including reporters, Bancroft family members, and executives — to recreate NewsCorp's acquisition of one of the last great newspapers. From Slate, it's like Slate for terrorists: What's in al-Qaida's Web magazine, and why do so many terrorists have engineering degrees? Stanley Crouch on Bette Davis, the greatest white bitch of all (and a response). The Boomers broke it, trading the early revolutionary impulses for a status quo of greed, selfishness and temper tantrums — can Gen X-ers fix it? Large, international corporations are doing away with cubicles; how will the shift affect workers and the quality of their work?

Shelby Steele on Obama and our post-modern race problem: The president always knew that his greatest appeal was not as a leader but as a cultural symbol. An interview with Richard Benjamin, author of Searching for Whitopia: An Improbably Journey to the Heart of America (and a map). The Beck Supremacy: How a right-wing conspiracy hijacked the thriller genre. A review of books on Sarah Palin. Mark Walker (NMSU): Uninsured, Heal Thyself, Or: A New Argument for Universal Health Care. From The New Yorker, James Surowiecki on why the health care bill is worth passing. And the rest is just noise: Jonathan Chait on why the health care bill is the greatest social achievement of our time. A progressive marriage: Michael Lind on what the Democrats can learn from the Republicans about managing the menage a trois within the party. No-commoner Obama: He isn’t a populist — that doesn’t mean he’s not a progressive. Michael Tomasky on Obama's one-eighth of a presidency. Andrew Sullivan on how, inch by inch, Barack Obama is moving mountains. Is this really an intelligence failure? Spencer Ackerman on real talk on Abdulmutallab. The truth about airplane security measures: Why are we so bad at detecting the guilty and so good at collective punishment of the innocent? James Traub on Obama’s Foreign Engagement Scorecard: What do we have to show for it? (and more) Saying no to Obama: The U.S. president is popular, but world leaders are finding it easy to defy his wishes. Obama's foreign policy could hardly be called radical, but it has noticeably improved America's global position all within the short span of a year.

From Smart Set, saving dough: Greg Beato on the costly mistake of ending complimentary bread; we speak what we eat: In Greece, to talk of food is to talk about morality, clothing, religion, health, history; and getting stuffed: Being vegetarian doesn't mean you have to give up the historic decadence of meat stuffed in meat stuffed in more meat. A review of Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly by James E. McWilliams. Mayo dripping at the Gates of Hell: A viral-media expert by trade, Jessica Amason crafted a web sensation out of bacon and melted cheese. From The New Yorker, does Whole Foods’ C.E.O. John Mackey know what’s best for you? Nick Paumgarten investigates (and an interview with John Mackey at Reason). Tony Judt on English food: "Just because you grow up on bad food, it does not follow that you lack nostalgia for it". A look at how Britain has had a long and sometimes problematic relationship with alcohol. Brewing up a civilization: Did our Neolithic ancestors turn to agriculture so that they could be sure of a tipple? A review of The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer that Changed the World by Stephen Mansfield. We're all wine critics now: How the Internet has democratized drinking. They pour, sip and, with passion and snobbery, glorify or doom wines — but studies say the wine-rating system is badly flawed; how the experts fare against a coin toss. A review of Roger Scruton’s I Drink Therefore I Am: A Philosopher’s Guide to Wine (and more and more). A review of Everything but the Coffee: Learning about America from Starbucks by Bryant Simon.