Jacek Wieclawski (LSCL): The Eastern Enlargement of the European Union. From Time, an article on the incredible shrinking Europe. A review of Europe's Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age by Steven Hill (and more). Europe's Parliament takes a stand: Long a backwater, the institution has begun to flex its muscles on issues central to the transatlantic relationship. SWIFT and American Espionage: Europe’s newly empowered Parliament’s first muscle flex involves privacy and tracking terrorist finances. Juggling Europe's stars: Herman Van Rompuy, the new president of the European Council, will be worth watching. From FT, why Europe needs its own IMF: Historical flaws in the continent’s single currency are threats to stability and need to be fixed; the twin imperatives of sound money and European integration are clashing — ironically, Germany must become less German if the eurozone is to become more so; and the euro is the second most important reserve and investment currency, largely because financial markets trust the ECB — to maintain this, the crisis must be surmounted rapidly. Greece limps, Germany simmers: A “United States of Europe” was never going to be easy. Who is a European? The deeper response is still evolving. More on The New Old World by Perry Anderson. A review of Barbarism and Civilization: A History of Europe in Our Time by Bernard Wasserstein. John Lichfield reviews In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century by Geert Mak. A review of Geographies of Empire: European Empires and Colonies c. 1880-1960 by R. A. Butlin. A review of War in European History by Michael Howard. A review of A History of Murder: Personal Violence in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present by Pieter Spierenburg.

Nancy Fraser (New School): Feminism, Capitalism, and the Cunning of History. How your Twitter account could land you in jail: Anything you tweet could be used against you. A review of Rebecca Solnit's A Paradise Built in Hell. Haiti's Excluded: How the earthquake aid regime sidelines those it intends to help. From NDPR, a review of Plasticity at the Dusk of Writing: Dialectic, Destruction, Deconstruction by Catherine Malabou; and a review of Radical Indecision: Barthes, Blanchot, Derrida, and the Future of Criticism by Leslie Hill. From The Root, a list of people black history could do without — which got John McWhorter thinking about who he would include on a top-ten list of that kind. Jeff Jarvis on why our educational system is total bullshit. The Business Roundtable, an organization representing Fortune 500 CEOs, is at the heart of the Economic Elite's power center. From NYRB, Ian Buruma on Himmler’s favorite Jew. Ian Chillag uses all of WGN's newly banned words in one sentence. An article on Alice in Wonderland's secret ingredient: Math. A review of Country Driving: A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Sexporting an image of American women: Did MTV pave the way for Amanda Knox's guilty verdict? Dressed for Success: Business casual and the evolution of the American workplace. The psychology of the taboo trade-off: Surprising insights into sacred values, and what they mean for negotiation. A review of Ill Fares the Land: A Treatise on Our Present Discontents by Tony Judt (and more). From LRB, a review of The Blaze of Obscurity: The TV Years by Clive James. Are gruesome scenes in books for young people OK if they have a mythological pedigree?

From Smithsonian, Joyce Carol Oates returns to the town of her birth to revisit the places that haunt her memory and her extraordinary fiction (and an interview). Vatican's exorcist unleashed: The Catholic Church responds to sex abuse scandals — by blaming Satan. Fashion Democracy: Alexandra Jacobs on the world of virtual Anna Wintours. An article on keeping math whizzes off the street — off Wall Street, that is. An interview with Jason Bitner, editor of Cassette From My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves. Kenneth M. Pinnow on his book Lost to the Collective: Suicide and the Promise of Soviet Socialism, 1921-1929. The Real Year of Revolution: Despite 2008's seemingly endless celebrations of the events of 1968, it is the legacy of 1979 that lingers on. What kind of parents nurture Leftist America? Beverly K. Eakman investigates. Foodstamps and farmers' markets: Help devise a system for using food stamps to buy better produce. The O in Network: Just when Oprah was ready to give up her talk-show throne, a new opportunity presented itself, the chance to launch her own 24-hour channel — but can one work without the other? From The Root, an interview with Spike Lee (and part 2). Diorama-Rama: Are toy photography "dios" a new art form, a different breed of fan fiction, or nothing loftier than playtime for the stunted? From James Joyce to Jefferson Airplane and, now, Tim Burton, Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland novels have inspired more than a century of literature, fashion, art — even crime! What happens when you discover uranium in your backyard. When the water rises: An article on five architects’ plans for managing a globally warmed future. Let us now trash famous authors: James Agee's Depression classic Let Us Now Praise Famous Men still stings the family of its subjects.

Thomas Spitzley (UDE): Weak-willed Animals? Animal suicide sheds light on human behavior: Suicide is not just a human behavior. A review of The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection Between Humans and Dogs by Jon Franklin. Dolphins as Persons: The bedrock of our assumptions about human preeminence is shifting as scientists explore the social complexity and intelligence of other species. Sophisticated cognition in animals and those that find hard limits to animal intelligence has created a debate over animal “personhood”. For the love of pets: Father John Flynn on the growing trend to humanizing animals (and a response). Is the ability to do calculus morally better than the ability to fly with your wings?: Gary L. Francione on his book Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation. We might, indeed, wonder whether the label “humanist” has always carried a certain amount of hubris, as well as what it would take to become “post-human” — perhaps the liberation of all the apes now held in captivity, not to speak of all the other animals. In Congo's Virunga Hills, gorillas are under siege. A review of The Death of the Animal: A Dialogue by Paola Cavalieri. A review of Why Animal Suffering Matters by Andrew Linzey (and more and more). Jonathan Safran Foer on the truth about factory farming and fish farming. Steven Kellman reviews Eating Animals (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Orca resistance at Sea World: An excerpt from Fear of the Animal Planet: The Hidden History of Animal Resistance by Jason Hribal. Is a killer whale a moral being? A review of The Emotional Lives of Animals by Marc Bekoff (and more). In defense of speciesism: Wesley J. Smith is a speciesist — and he thinks you should be, too.