From History Now, a special issue on sports, including Mark Naison on why sports history is American history, and essays on Jim Thorpe, Satchel Paige, Muhammad Ali, Title IX, and women's baseball. Football is galvanising action to deliver education for all children, but can football help achieve development goals? When sports help economies score: Sports events like the soccer World Cup stimulate trade around the world and spotlight the host country; hosting the Olympic Games and other mega sporting events is an honor many countries aspire to — but why?; countries that bid for the Olympics are sending a signal that they are ready to open up trade; if life is like cricket, then the luck of a good first job matters a lot in a successful career; and a review of Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski. The black athletes who don't play basketball: The term "the Tiger Woods of [sport]" has become common shorthand for a certain kind of athlete — the kind who is "changing the face of the game". The Michael Jordan of India: Meet Sachin Tendulkar, the best athlete you've never heard of. Can't Canada just leave hockey alone? Hockey is Freudian for Canadians — it puts the id in their collective identity. A review of The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold US Foreign Policy and Promoted the American Way Abroad by Robert Elias. Two books chart the rise and fall of the people of the politicized black athlete. From Taki's Magazine, Steve Sailer on the death of spectator sports. If Darwin were a sports psychologist: Jesse Bering on evolution and athletics. The Unsporting Event: Do the Paralympic Games encourage athletes to win big by aiming low? A review of European Football in Black and White: Tackling Racism in Football by Christos Kassimeris. A review of Football and Philosophy: Going Deep.


From Slate, Christopher Beam on how Andrew Breitbart is messing with you. More and more and more on Derek Bok’s The Politics of Happiness. A review of Imagination in Place by Wendell Berry (and more). An interview with Sheena Iyengar, author of The Art of Choosing (and more). The Pentagon's Stringers: Ex-CNN exec Eason Jordan and author Robert Pelton say their Afghan reporting project was hijacked by a rogue DoD official — but had their unorthodox operation already crossed a line? A review of Paul Gilroy's Darker than Blue: On the Moral Economies of Black Atlantic Culture. Japanamerica: Anime must eventually transcend Japan "national" brand; and is American prudery affecting Japanese law? Aisa Harris on how the only wrong place to wear a political t-shirt is church. Greek Tragedy: Will Europe tank the world economy? How to build a $1000 fusion reactor in your basement: Admittedly, the project is a little dangerous. More on The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham. Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., has set his sights on ending a different inequality: Potty parity. Chris Lehmann on the recession-scarred plastic-surgery industry. The Boogeyman Bomb: How afraid should we be of electromagnetic pulse weapons? (and a response on EMPs) From NYRB, Robert Darton on blogging, now and then. Blog mining: An article on scouring blogs for useful information. Does the popularity of 3D films and the fashion for casting unknown actors spell the end of stardom? Dahlia Lithwick on how John Yoo, the author of the "torture memos", loves a good fight way more than a good debate. Andrew Corsello on William Shatner: The Long. Strange. Never-Boring Journey of a National Treasure. More and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on Reality Hunger: A Manifesto by David Shields.


There persists in the American Jewish imagination an anxiety of inauthenticity — that someone, somewhere, is the real Jew, but I’m not it. From American Thinker, an article on liberal Jews and the legacy of neoconservatism. The Fork in J Street: Will the new Israel lobby disavow its extreme left flank? An interview with Stephen Walt on books on US-Israel relations. Scott McLemee interviews Abraham Socher, editor of the Jewish Review of Books. From JRB, a review of Myths, Illusions and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East by Dennis Ross and David Makovsky; and a review of Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal by Dana Evan Kaplan. Moment profiles Jeremy Ben-Ami, the man behind J Street; and an interview with Howard Zinn. Leon Wieseltier on cruelty and stupidity in Jerusalem. Why ambivalence is good for Israel and American Jews. Gordon Haber attends the Jewlicious Festival, a celebration of Jewish cool. What about the red, white and blue ball on the pool table that keeps cozying the blue and white ball with the Star of David no matter where you push it? A new community of American Judaism is embracing religious traditionalism and social liberalism. David Remnick on how Israel views Obama. Evangelical Christians have emerged as Israel’s staunchest allies — even as some American Jews are made uneasy by the show of support. Shalom on the range: Theodore Ross goes in search of the American Crypto-Jew. Unsettled: Why Israel and liberal American Jews are drifting apart. The high cost of Jewish living: The recession has hastened an affordability crisis and highlighted the refusal of the American Jewish community to look after its own first. Mark LeVine on changing the Jewish state and the state of Jews: J Street and the future of Israel.


A new issue of Five Dials is out, on Roberto Bolano, Jon Savage, Paul Murray and more. From Geez, a special issue on work. An 82-year-old Catholic priest, father Marques Barbosa, became an unwitting porn star when he was shown on Brazilian TV having sex with a 19-year-old altar boy. From Global Politician, Kenneth Houston on the Vatican’s Nietzschean moment. Somewhere over the rainbow: David McNeill on Toyota and the consequences of the drive to be the world’s No.1. Tiger Woods’ true self: The golfer was sincere but not authentic as he staged his confessions for the camera — in a tradition that goes right back to Rousseau’s invention of the confessional mode. Do movie critics matter? Armond White wants to know. From the latest issue of Granta, we are transported back by one generation to visit the life Jeremy Seabrook would have lived, had he been born at a different time — and back into the nineteenth century, and his days as a "ranting cobbler-preacher". From The Awl, choose your own adventure: The Blog Post. Green Berets with a Human Face: Slavoj Zizek on The Hurt Locker. Victor Davis Hanson on Tomorrow’s Wars: Enormous, massively destructive engagements may again be on the horizon. Is Muhammad more deserving of reverential treatment than Jesus? The New York Times seems to think so. From LQ, an atheist meets the masters of the universe: An article on AJ Ayer's near death experience; and the [heart] icon is used all over the world as a pictogram of the human heart, and as shorthand for affection; the story of how the [heart] and love came together is a romantic tale. A study suggests alien abduction experiences not simply products of fantasy-proneness. Where Hannah Arendt went wrong: Shlomo Avineri looks back at The Origins of Totalitarianism.


From The Baltimore Sun, a series on "books as art", including interviews with Jim Rosenau, Carol Owen, Val Lucas, Steven B. Levine, and David Montgomery. The boom in printing on demand: New technology promises to prolong the life of the book. Micah McCracy on the romance and appeal of the used book. The publishing industry's dark secrets are being exposed by a new breed providing welcome intelligence on its inner workings. Anthony Grafton reviews Used Books: Marking Readers in Renaissance England by William H. Sherman. Borders Books: Rodgers Jacobs on corporate media heroin in Las Vegas (and part 2). Jason Epstein on the revolutionary future of publishing. Hooray for the ISBN: The importance and function of the ISBN in the new world of “books”. The joys of bookshop browsing: Searching real shelves is the most satisfying way to find literary treasures. More and more on The Oxford Companion to the Book. Small is beautiful: The lost art of little books. No bad time to be a writer: Traditional publishing may be in crisis, but the internet has given all writers a chance to win both readers and remuneration. A review of Read Me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements by Dwight Garner. Toward a new Alexandria: Imagining the future of libraries. Reimagining Books: Patrick Carman on how to reach young readers. Since they don't do anything useful, a new fashion for going without wrappers is likely to catch on. "Do you really need an editor at a publishing house?" Carole Baron is annoyed. No matter who wins the battle between the Kindle and the iPad, it marks the return of machines as market-makers. A review of The Case for Books by Robert Darnton. Ewwww, E-books! Even my phone does more things than the Kindle, and my phone is a Snoopy desk phone from the ‘70s.

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