A review of Cinema, Philosophy, Bergman: On Film as Philosophy by Paisley Livingston. Saving philosophy from the suits: The long march of market mechanisms through Britain's cultural institutions has accelerated — is there a business/state case for philosophy and humanities? Why Middlesex Matters: John Protevi considers why so many American academics have joined the fight to save a noted philosophy program at a British university. Get em while they’re young: 20 years on from the introduction of philosophy in British primary schools, Brooke Lewis looks at how the subject is faring. The Examined Life, Age 8: An article on philosophical reasoning taught in the second grade. What is philosophy? It's not about beards and togas. If Aristotle ran the Huffington Post: An article on Tom Morris and a series of “interviews” with philosophers (like Jeremy Bendik-Keymer and Allen Thompson, Dave Baggett and Shannon Eric Kincaid). From The New York Times's new philosophy blog The Stone, Simon Critchley on what is a philosopher. From McSweeney's, Mike Sacks on famous philosophers and how they were first discovered. From PopMatters, a review of Stephen Colbert and Philosophy: I Am Philosophy (And So Can You!); and a review of Zombies, Vampires and Philosophy: New Life for the Undead. From John Stuart Mill's On Liberty, Aristotle's "mean" philosophy to the principle of charity, here are the greatest principles of philosophy. From The Philosophers' Magazine, the editorial team of the journal Philosophy of Management make the case for their emerging field; what can the Stoics do for us? Antonia Macaro investigates the alleged usefulness of Stoic philosophy for life today, and Nancy Sherman on modern soldiers and ancient wisdom; and here are one two three reflections on the philosophy of day to day life.


The latest issue of Pink and Black Attack, an anti-assimilationist queer anarchist periodical. A review of Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One by Zev Chafets (and more). Voodoo economics: What vampire and zombie movies can tell us about the future of capitalism. An interview with Karma Waltonen, author of The Simpsons in the Classroom: Embiggening the Learning Experience with the Wisdom of Springfield. More and more on Richard Clarke's Cyber War. Who's afraid of synthetic biology? Don't let fears about frankenmicrobes halt promising research. Nicolai Sennels on the psychological differences between Muslims and Westerners. A review of The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley (and more and more and more and more and more). What this country needs is a grand unified theory of the hoax. MetaFilter saved my pals from sex traffickers: How an online community mobilized to rescue two young Russian women. A review of "Personality and Political Attitudes: Relationships across Issue Domains and Political Contexts" by Alan Gerber, Gregory Huber, David Doherty, Conor Dowling, and Shang Ha. Bret McCabe on the towering body of work of Claude Levi-Strauss. From The Advocate, Michelangelo Signorile on the case for outing on all levels: Seen a local antigay politician having a beer at your favorite gay bar? You best speak up about it. The first chapter from Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference by Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper. Ted Rall on seven suggestions for newspapers. For more than a century, prospective Fellows of All Souls, Oxford have had to sit a frightening exam paper that contains no questions and just one word; now it has been dropped — and Harry Mount (failed, 1994) says the college is the poorer for it.


Fox Harrell (Georgia Tech): Toward a Theory of Critical Computing: The Case of Social Identity Representation in Digital Media Applications. From First Monday, a special issue on user creativity, governance, and the new media. Liz Gannes on the short and illustrious history of Twitter #hashtags. Search engines' dirty secret: Even search engines must obey the laws of thermodynamics — and that means the whole world pays for your every query. Is Facebook becoming the global phone book? The Inside Story of Moot vs. 4chan: Christopher "moot" Poole founded the infamous message board 4chan, but when the site's pranks got out of control, he cracked down on users. A British project is setting out to take geotagging to the next level: Barcodes without barriers — is this the web's next big thing? Have relationships like rock stars: Meera Atkinson on a Twitter expose. The launch of Arabic domain names has been hailed as a milestone — but a milestone to where? PerezHilton.com is the "McDonald's of the Internet". Lost and Found: An article on Deep Purple, GeoCities, and the web as archive. The death of the open web: The Internet was once an unruly place — are apps gentrifying it? Nicholas Carr on how “real life” is now “lived”. The argument that "we take the internet for granted" may seem like a tired straw man, but perhaps the ideology of the internet could stand a second look. In praise of Boise: Why space really is the final frontier in the internet age. Who remembers a time when there was no internet? The web is filled with amazingness. Is anything we make online now going to exist in the future? From Cracked, a look at 5 guilty pleasures the Web killed while you weren't looking; and here are 5 reasons you should be scared of Google and 10 survival tips now that Google knows you're on to them.


From Portal, a special issue on Fields of Remembrance. New Media, Old Media: How blogs and social media agendas relate and differ from traditional press. Richard Beck reviews Silk Parachute by John McPhee. Ghostwriting and the political book culture: From U.S. Grant to Eleanor Roosevelt to Laura Bush and many others, their own words are often put on the page by others. The omission of Birgit Jurgenssen in American critical and curatorial circles is perplexing, for hers is among the most trenchant work in the feminist-art canon. A review of The Plundered Planet: How to Reconcile Prosperity with Nature by Paul Collier (and more and more and more). Checking up on the doctor: What patients can learn from the ways physicians take care of themselves. Why do bad and incompetent governments emerge and persist under a variety of different political regimes? Daron Acemoglu, Georgy Egorov and Konstantin Sonin investgate. Offering refuge, glamour, the frisson of exotic lands, and (yes) a nice buzz, a good hotel bar is worth its weight in crushed ice. A review of Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA by Daniel Carpenter. Even in his grave, Norman Mailer is providing gossip, with memoirs this year by his widow, his cook, and one of his mistresses; yet despite the sea of women in Mailer’s life his great literary handicap was the failure to learn from them. A review of The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War between States and Corporations? by Ian Bremmer (and more and more and more and more and more and more). Scott Storch raked in hip-hop millions and then snorted his way to ruin. The first chapter from European Modernity and the Arab Mediterranean: Toward a New Philology and a Counter-Orientalism by Karla Mallette.


The first chapter from Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities by Martha Nussbaum. An excerpt from The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities are Reshaping the World by Ben Wildavsky (and more and more and more and more and more). Students of the Great Recession: The economic slump has pushed more people to enroll in college, but it won’t prevent them from dropping out. If "almost every" tenured professor she knows has a "left-wing vision" of workplace issues, why do they accept the "shockingly brutal" treatment of faculty with contingent appointments? Cathy Davidson creates a new grading plan by turning over grading to the students in the course, and get out of the grading business herself. Unhealthy Opposition: Thomas P. Stossel on the value of academic-industry relationships. A degree in three: Colleges should shorten undergraduate curriculums from four years to three to increase access and reduce costs (and a response). An interview with Neil J. Smelser, author of Reflections on the University of California: From the Free Speech Movement to the Global University. Why do scholars enjoy exploring their academic genealogies? Jon Adams believes it is a desire to be associated with a dynastic intellectual legacy. Should your new buildings look old? The campuses of Jefferson's republic are lined with bad buildings designed to imitate their older neighbors. Andrew Potter on how not to defend the liberal arts. Skip College: A group of economists argue that it’s time to develop alternatives for students unlikely to succeed in pursuing a higher degree, or who may not be ready to do so. Stephen J. Mexal on the unintended value of the humanities: What is humanities research good for? Who knows? That's the point.


From The Fiscal Times, Joseph White on dangerous budget thinking, the fallacy of "tough choices", and self-righteous talk about "tough choices". Lies of the ethics industry: How the champions of "good government" suppress speech and sow cynicism. With fewer reporters aggressively covering state politics, corruption will increase precisely because government is so far away. Which state government is most embarrassing? Unfortunately, it often takes a global financial crisis or a deadly coal mine explosion to remind us of the serious consequences of regulatory failure. Cass Sunstein wants to nudge us: President Obama’s regulatory czar says that incentives, not top-down regulation, can make us do the right thing. As federal performance chief, entrepreneur Jeffrey Zients takes on his toughest project yet — improving government. A review of Making Government Work by Ernest Hollings and Kirk Victor. A review of "The Declining Talent Pool of Government" by Torun Dewan and David P. Myatt. Critics say it's time for cities and states to get tough with public-sector unions — they may be right for all the wrong reasons. The U.S. Government Printing Office’s new blog Government Book Talk raises the profile of some of the best publications from the Federal Government, past and present, with entries on a history of the metric system controversy in the United States; Sprocket Man, the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s superhero for safe biking; and Dr. Seuss and the U.S. Army. A look at what the federal government actually owns. Paul Light on Washington's $1 Trillion Opportunity: It's been 60 years since we streamlined our federal government — these days there are plenty of savings to be found.


Dennis Prager on global moral decline and who’s to blame for it. Is Progress always progress? Thomas Meaney reviews The Flight of the Intellectuals by Paul Berman (and more and more and more and more and more and more). Christopher Hitchens on Muslim intellectual Tariq Ramadan, Somali refugee Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Flight of the Intellectuals. A review of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Nomad: From Islam to America. Is Dora the Explorer an illegal immigrant? From FishbowlNY, an interview with Josh Tyrangiel, editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, on the state of business and financial reporting (and part 2 and part 3). The population debate gets personal: It's time to take a hard look at the environmental ramifications of First World procreation. From India's Frontline, a review essay on rebels and the state: There is an underlying pattern to the rise, sustenance and demise of sub-national movements. Is social networking the future of voting? New York profiles John Stossel, Libertarian newsman; and does Warren Buffett deserve his outsider rep? George Cotkin on his book Morality’s Muddy Waters: Ethical Quandaries in Modern America. A review of The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law by Deborah L. Rhode. From The Nation, a review of Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity, 1650-1750 by Jonathan Israel. David Ferriero, the national archivist, oversees a collection that includes original copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Extremism in the defense of Rand Paul is no vice: A healthy democratic society should be grateful for those who are extremists in the defense of liberty — even when the extremists are wrong. An interview with Adrienne Mayor on books on enemies of ancient Rome.


The debate about the language of instruction in schools has obscured and hampered effective research into improving the learning of students who do not have English as their first language (and more and more). Shanghai is trying to untangle the mangled English of Chinglish. Arabic was never easy, but if the language spoken by some 240 million people with its convoluted verb forms and guttural phonology suddenly starts appearing in Latin script, then things get really complicated. Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Well, you should: Germany to promote "language of ideas". Carme Riera on why Catalan's days are numbered. How English erased its roots to become the global tongue of the 21st century. Sexy people speak their own language — and it’s Hebrew, according to America’s top movie. Ever since Partition, Hindi and Urdu have always been pitched as hostile to each other. A review of Merde Encore!: More of the Real French You Were Never Taught at School. Linguistic Apartheid: South African essayist Thomas Dreyer considers the ugly history of his native tongue. Timothy Farrington reviews Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language by Robert McCrum (and more and more and more). The language divide at the heart of a split: Belgium doesn't exist, only Flanders and Wallonia as Dutch and French communites live apart. What does French culture signify these days when there are some 200 million French speakers in the world but only 65 million are actually French? A London-based translation firm is looking for people to help translate Brooklynese. Will banning foreign abbreviations help? Many opponents to the ban say it is difficult to deliberately exclude foreign abbreviations from Chinese people's daily life. Toilets as an object of sociolinguistic research not likely? Think again.


The Brothers Grim: Theodore Dalrymple reviews Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens and The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith by Peter Hitchens. From Scientific American, a tribute to Martin Gardner: For 35 years, he wrote the Mathematical Games column, educating and entertaining minds and launching the careers of generations of mathematicians (and more). Joe McGinniss becomes Sarah Palin's new gotcha-journalist neighbor (and more). Dark Roasted Blend on the evolution of the camera. The Gulf Oil Disaster: Who's liable, and for how much? From Triple Canopy, a letter from the Demilitarized Zone, where South Korea is imagining its way out of perpetual war. We can't save South Korea: Should the US rethink its global posture? Why South Korea has to live in denial: In spite of a virtual act of war by Kim Jong Il, Seoul will produce lots of sound and fury, ultimately signifying very little. How Kim Jong-il blackmails the West into supporting his evil North Korean regime. More on The Cleanest Race by B.R. Myers. A book club on Larry Rosen's Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn. Michael Lind on John Howard Griffin's Black Like Me, the great American book that refutes Rand Paul. Adam Wilson reviews Don Juan: His Own Version by Peter Handke. Danah Boyd on why quitting Facebook is pointless. Michael Berube on rhetorical styles of the Left. From Forbes, a special report on the world's most powerful peopleMormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie, one of Mormonism’s most influential books, an all-time Mormon bestseller, goes out of print. An article on Rand Paul and the influence of Christian Reconstructionism. Roger Scruton on his book Why Beauty Matters. Only a select few people in the world get irony, and the rest think they do — and that's ironic, possibly.


From Anthropoetics, Sylvie Nelson (Victoria): The End of Criticism. From Slate, Alan Wolfe reviews Grant Hardy's Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader's Guide; and David Haglund on the Great Mormon Novel: Where is it? Germaine Greer on the literary worth of old wives' tales. What makes a bad book bad? American academics have been grappling with this question and rounding up some unusual suspects. The death of the novel has been promised over and over again, by academics and the higher hacks, but still seems no closer. Laura Miller on why men don't read books: Women editors are not the problem. From Mailer punching Vidal to Rushdie attacking Updike, here are the best feuds that sent the ink flying. Nigel Hamilton on the death of biography as we know it. In addition to precipitating the Baby Boom, the rise of the suburbs, the expansion of higher education, and a growing sophistication of the national palate, the flood of soldiers returning home after the end of World War II had a signal impact on American literature. A review of The Novel: An Alternative History by Steven Moore. Katie Barker on Sweet Valley High, the Great Retweening and why boys won't read. What ails literature? Some thoughts on the perpetual death of fiction. These books are creepy and/or hilarious to adults, but any kid who reads them is most likely in for a traumatizing treat; and a look at the 11 most surprising banned books. Why did the prospect of not finishing a book fill Julia Keller with shame, dread and self-loathing? A review of Fiction Across Borders: Imagining the Lives of Others in Turn-of-the-Millennium Novels by Shameem Black. A review of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. A review of Alberto Manguel's A Reader on Reading (and more and more and more and more).

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