Kristi Scott (USI): Cheating Darwin: The Genetic and Ethical Implications of Vanity and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. Cosmetics can play a significant role in your life, from helping you attract mates to boosting your earning potential. The future looks large and sexy: The body has a lot of change to go through on the path to post-humanity. Rosemary Ricciardelli (McMaster) and Kimberley Ann Clow (Ontario): Men, Appearance, and Cosmetic Surgery: The Role of Confidence, Self-esteem, and Comfort with the Body. What characteristics of a rival's body are the most threatening to the different sexes? Imagine inhabiting a body that was completely contradictory to what your mind said was right for you — how far would you go to make your body reflect who you really are? Welcome to Manhood, Chaz Bono: Being a dude has its advantages. An interview with Donna Dickenson on books on body shopping. From TED, Anthony Atala on growing new organs. Need a new heart? Grow your own — the idea sounds like science fiction, but it might someday come true. Making a bit of me: A machine that prints organs is coming to market. An interview with Henry Markram, the man who builds brains. Have we entered the stem cell era? Treatments for cancer, blood diseases, and even HIV are finally realizing some of the potential for stem-cell medicine. Tools and Tests: Jonathan Shaw on the evolution of stem-cell research. The first chapter from Stem Cells for Dummies by Lawrence S.B. Goldstein and Meg Schneider. A review of Human Enhancement. A review of Chips, Clones, and Living Beyond 100: How Far Will the Biosciences Take Us? by Paul J. H. Schoemaker and Joyce A. Schoemaker. Wake me up when men get pregnant: Biological transhumanism starts the 21st century on the wrong foot. 

From the Journal of Transnational American Studies, Junghyun Hwang (Sogang): From the End of History to Nostalgia: The Manchurian Candidate, Then and Now; and Konomi Ara (Tokyo): Josephine Baker: A Chanteuse and a Fighter. From Mclean's, whenever a scandal arises, the same debate is replayed: does the public have a right to know about a politician’s private affairs? A review of Diaghilev: A Life by Sjeng Scheijen. The Archaeologist as Minotaur: A review of Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism by Cathy Gere. A review of Excess: Anti-consumerism in the West by Kim Humphery. A review of Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche by Ethan Watters (and more and more). Slightly used: What can we learn from our (seemingly) pointless tools? More than thirty years after its very first SportsCenter, ESPN is a colossus — bigger, stronger, and faster than its scrappy founders could have possibly imagined; now, by thinking smaller, it's thinking bigger than ever. On a mission to cultivate the minds of the nation: An interview with Lewis Lapham. From Vice, an interview with "Grandma Justice" Lina Marangoni on Comasina in the mid-80s. A review of The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume 1 by Jacques Derrida. They doth protest too much: These days, what's a good old-fashioned street demonstration worth? The myth of the benign monopoly: It’s worth remembering that extreme market dominance introduces trends that are far from benign. The mystery of Bosnia's ancient pyramids: An amateur archaeologist says he's discovered the world's oldest pyramids in the Balkans, but many experts remain dubious. Jon Avalon on the top 25 centrist columnists and commentators. From UN Dispatch, what's behind the Kyrgyzstan Revolution, and what's next? Three possible scenarios.

From NYRB, an article on Denise Scott Brown, the world’s foremost female architect. The Economist discovers a surprise cache of Marcel Duchamp's urinals. Rogue urinals: Has the art market gone Dada? A review of Cinema Wars: Hollywood Film and Politics in the Bush-Cheney Era by Douglas Kellner. Does arts criticism have a future? Norman Lebrecht marks the launch of New Statesman's search for young music critics. A critic’s place, thumb and all: Is there a future for arts criticism? Cinema's Invisible Art: The literary pleasures to be had from reading well-written scene action can be extremely powerful — and yet are largely overlooked. Bad times for good art: For unknown artists to make any money, they need to be known, and to be "known," they need to be able to afford the time to make work, which requires money — you see the Catch-22? An interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist on books on contemporary art. From The L Magazine, Pacman is dead, but it wasn't the red ghost that finally caught up with him: Benjamin Sutton on the video game as art; and Henry Stewart on the art of the video game score. The art world no longer wonders what to make of Chris Ofili's dung-pocked canvasses — instead, they wonder what he will make next. On Value: Paula Marantz Cohen on the strange process of determining worth. The Color of Money: An article on Mark Rothko and selling out in the art world. A review of Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen's Alvar Aalto: Architecture, Modernity, and Geopolitics. Coming off acclaim for The Wire, David Simon takes his approach to New Orleans. Visual art and music are often studied separately, even though seeing and hearing are inexorably linked; Geeta Dayal on books that examine the myriad connections and convergences between sound and painting, architecture, and film.

A new issue of Federations is out. Nicolas Gueguen (Bretagne-Sud): Man’s Uniform and Receptivity of Women to Courtship Request: Three Field Experiments with a Firefighter’s Uniform. The silly hobbies of rich people: Matthew DeBord on a visual history of daffy pursuits. Teresa Ghilarducci, a New School professor of economics who specializes in pensions, is "the most dangerous woman in America". Researcher Rob Wilson is questioning the notion of "group think" — a common psychological phenomenon — that has been used to explain some of the extreme things people do once they are within the confines of a group. An interview with John Timoney on books on policing. A review of The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong by David Shenk (and more and more). An interview with Graciela Chichilnisky on books on risk management. Some say Steve Kappes knows how to run a spy agency, helping the CIA survive the chaos of the Bush years — but to others he’s the hidden hand in many of the nation’s intelligence failures. Stephen Holmes reviews Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State by Garry Wills (and more at Bookforum). Mind over matter: So much for abstract thought — even high-concept thinking may be rooted in the way we experience life physically. Do higher cigarette prices deter smoking? The politics of a good society: An interview with Stephen R. Shalom on participatory politics, or parpolity. Let us now praise shyness. From The Guardian, a look at the Amazonian tribe that can only count up to five. Discrimination in the workplace: Minorities and broads often face discrimination in the workplace, but thanks to education, we are making significant progress. Alan Johnson on the glory that is Normblog (and more).

Laurence Cooper (Carleton): What Liberalism Is Missing. Richard Epstein on the trouble with progressives (and more). From The New American, Wiliam Jasper on the grasp of Socialist International and on how the media jump to smear the Right with extremist label. John Derbyshire on the "Archie Bunkers" and the Meatheads of fashionable liberalism. From Intellectual Conservatism, Bill Wavering on the history of the Church of Secular/Progressivism (and part 2); and a review of How the Left Was Won: An In-Depth Analysis of the Tools and Methodologies Used by Liberals to Undermine Society and Disrupt the Social Order by Richard Mgrdechian. Jean Bethke Elshtain reviews The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right by Jon Shields. From Freedom Daily, Jacob Hornberger on ten tenets of freedom (and part 2); James Bovard on how George W. Bush redefined American freedom; and articles on liberal delusions about freedom and democratic misrepresentations. David Boaz on how there's no such thing as a golden age of lost liberty. From Alternative Right, an article on the Myth of the Old Right. Despite the growing interest in Michael Oakeshott, “Rationalism in Politics” is not appreciated widely enough. Alan Johnson on conservatism as an adversary culture. Josh Marshall on the Right's phony fetish, the Constitution. The Right since Obama: Jennifer Burns on the return of market fundamentalism. Bring it on, Ayn Rand geeks: Why the emergence of the libertarian right is good news for progressives. The tea party crowd boasts would-be stars, but many thinking conservatives begin to worry: Who will lead them? Mark Schmitt on the high cost of conservative intellectual bankruptcy: David Frum's firing is bad news. More and more on Thomas Sowell’s Intellectuals and Society.