From AHR, a special section on Naturecultures, including Gay Hawkins (UNSW): More-than-Human Politics; and Zoe Sofoulis (UWS): Social Construction for the Twenty-first Century: A Co-Evolutionary Makeover; and a special section on Writing in the Anthropocene, including Madronna Holden (OSU): Re-storying the World: Reviving the Language of Life; and Kate Rigby (Monash): Writing in the Anthropocene: Idle Chatter or Ecoprophetic Witness? White liberals champion green values partly as a substitute for religion, which has largely lost its grip on them. A review of The Rebirth of Environmentalism: Grassroots Activism from the Spotted Owl to the Polar Bear by Douglas Bevington (and a response). Counter to the laws of private property, jurisprudence based in the rights of Nature is possible. For all its complexity, the core of this problem is simple: What kind of a climate transition would be fair enough to actually work? The idea that growing human numbers will destroy the planet is nonsense, but over-consumption will (and more). From ALF, a special issue on climate change after Copenhagen. Johann Hari on how mainstream environmental groups sold out their principles, often in exchange for money from the worst polluters (and responses). Of all the wrongheaded ideas trumpeted by America's right, anti-environmentalism occupies a unique position — at once the most devoid of a rational or moral foundation and the most dangerous. The Chamber of Commerce's challenge to carbon regulations probably won't convince a court of law — the court of public opinion is another matter. A review of Why We Disagree about Climate Change: Understanding Controversy, Inaction and Opportunity by Mike Hulme. Science won't tell us what to do about climate change, but it can make the controversy worse.


Dennis Baron (Illinois): Should Everybody Write? The Destabilizing Technologies of Communication. From Zenit, priestly celibacy is not psychologically dangerous, and in fact, sexual behavior based on "anything goes" is what is truly destructive to the personality. Tim Worstall on how megachurches would profit from temple prostitution. From Time, a special section on 10 Ideas for the Next 10 Years: A thinker's guide to the most important trends of the new decade. Dr. Helen interviews Ed Hudgins on A Year of Going Galt: Private happiness without public penalty? From Vanity Fair, the late-night war among Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, and David Letterman is an Oedipal conflict: pretender, contender, and defender — but none has the elusive quality that made Johnny Carson king. The Great Sperm Race: "Sizing Up Sperm" uses real people to represent 250 million sperm on their marathon quest to be first to reach a single egg. An interview with Terry Eagleton on The Task of the Critic. A review of The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire by Jack Weatherford. From Vice, an interview with Joe Kittinger, the guy who jumped out of a balloon at 102,800 feet. From World Hum, Robert Reid on a short history of spring break; and tourism is not a four-letter word: On travel snobbery — and why paying 30 bucks to get pummeled by a guy named Mustafa isn't such a bad thing. The space program we almost had: An interview with Megan Prelinger, author of Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race 1957-1962.

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From Wired, how Andrew Breitbart hacks the media (and more and more and more). They fear Obama's the antichrist or a socialist — meet the GOP's army of washed-up celebrities. Obama, a college Marxist: Little information has come to light about President Obama’s youthful political views — that may change as disclosures by former professor John C. Drew surface in the mainstream press. Michael Lind on mythological politics: The key to understanding the populist right's accusations that Obama is a socialist. Remember when religious populism walked hand-in-hand with economic populism? Neither does Sarah Palin. "Run, Sarah, Run!": Jonathan Raban on the Tea Party Convention. If Glenn Beck is an example of the new sensibility, then what distinguishes the new conservatives is a deep grievance with history itself. You've got to hand it to Beck and the Tea Party crowd: They’re making it OK to call someone you disagree with a Nazi. Too many of those analyzing the Tea Party movement seem to have no genuine interest in grappling with its potential historical significance. A "tea party" nonprofit run by Virginia Thomas, wife of Clarence Thomas, is likely to test notions of political impartiality for the court. Teabaggers are mounting an electoral challenge to movement's hero Ron Paul. A review of Courage and Consequence by Karl Rove (and more and more and more and more and more). You've must admit, there's something Churchillian about Newt Gingrich. Jonathan Chait on Randian Paul Ryan and the Republican vision. If Ryan's roadmap is the Republican way, why aren't Republicans driving on it? How Dick Cheney plans to use his daughter Liz's political future to ensure his legacy. How did 28-year-old ex-Yalie and former speechwriter Christopher Michel become the man behind Dubya's memoirs?


A new issue of Airman Magazine is out. From The American Scholar, Sven Birkerts on Reading in a Digital Age: Notes on why the novel and the Internet are opposites, and why the latter both undermines the former and makes it more necessary; and William Deresiewicz on Solitude and Leadership: If you want others to follow, learn to be alone with your thoughts. Japan is not funny anymore: Japan hasn't really changed — something else, however, has. Is Japan giving up? Devin T. Stewart wants to know. From America, John Henry Newman, Harriet Beecher Stowe and “Juno”, among others, have much to teach about changing the minds of individuals and the collective mind of a culture. A radical shift in the practice of mathematics and a radical shift in stories about mathematics took place at exactly the same time. Natural disasters like the recent earthquakes in Chile and Haiti are often followed by near-instant assessments of the economic impact — but the figures, closely monitored by insurers, can be unreliable (and more). The Ten Commandments were set in stone, but it may be time for a re-chisel; with all due humility, Christopher Hitchens takes on the job, pruning the ethically dubious, challenging the impossible, and rectifying some serious omissions. Building a nuclear weapon has never been easier: NATO's Michael Ruhle provides step-by-step instructions for going nuclear, from discretely collecting material to minimizing the fallout when caught. An empirical test of ideas proposed by Martin Heidegger shows the great German philosopher to be correct: Everyday tools really do become part of ourselves. Nobody wants to hear about how much they suck — that’s why rejection letters should be as simple as possible. Say "Fromage!": Morgan Meis on photography's surprising impact on the Surrealists.


From LRB, a review of The Modern Period: Menstruation in 20th-Century America by Lara Freidenfelds. A review of Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation by Elissa Stein and Susan Kim (and more and more). Why is menstruation still such a taboo subject? Lysol-scented vaginas: An article on the strange history of douching. How to sell a douche: A slideshow history of marketing feminine care. Lindsay Smith on how medicine fails the modern woman: More readily-available medical information has created a nation of hypochondriacs. A review of Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank by Randi Hutter Epstein (and more). Did the fathers of modern obstetrics murder more women than Jack the Ripper? A review of Pregnancy, Risk and Biopolitics: On the Threshold of the Living Subject by Lorna Weir. Let's give contraceptive researchers their due. Fertile territory: Reproductive technologies offer older women more choice, but who gains the most benefit? Slap on a pink ribbon, call it a day: Barbara Ehrenreich on how that little loop seems to have replaced real feminism, which is why women's health priorities are so screwed up. Dr. Marcel D. Waldinger of The Hague Leyenburg General Hospital has “renamed [a] combination of complaints as he speaks of Restless Genital Syndrome”. Restless Vagina Syndrome: By promoting the idea that "normal" women have explosive sex all the time, BigPharma helped launch "female sexual dysfunction" (and more and more on FSD). Women who want to want: As they revise their psychiatric diagnostic manual, researchers are wondering why so many women feel little sexual desire and what should be done for them. Arousing interest: The search continues for a pill that will lift a woman’s libido.

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