A review of Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice by Paul Cartledge. A review of Greek Tragedy and Political Philosophy by Peter Ahrensdorf. Anders Mikkelsen on the politics of plunder in Plato's Republic. From Animus, a special issue on Greek tragedy, including Anitra Laycock on Poetry & Polity: Tragic Perspectives on the Nature of Political Association. A review of The Virtue of Aristotle's Ethics by Paula Gottlieb. A review of Aristotle’s Dialogue with Socrates by Ronna Burger. From the CSSR, a symposium on the Ancients/Moderns distinction, including Gary Glenn (AFAM): Whether Strauss’ Ancients/Moderns Reading of the History of Political Philosophy Unjustly Depreciates Christianity; and James Schall (Georgetown): On The Conquest of Human Nature: Ancients, Moderns — Medievals, Futures. A review of Between Athens and Jerusalem: Philosophy, Prophecy, and Politics in Leo Strauss’s Early Thought by David Janssens. A review of Kingship and the Divine in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages to 1050 by Francis Oakley. A review of The Hebrew Republic: Jewish Sources and the Transformation of European Political Thought by Eric Nelson. Manfred Holler (Hamburg): Niccolo Machiavelli on Power. A review of Machiavelli's Ethics by Erica Benner. A review of Hobbes and the Law of Nature by Perez Zagorin. A review of Montesquieu and the Logic of Liberty by Paul Rahe (and more). A review of The Adam Smith Problem by Dogan Gocman. From Animus, a special issue on the modern state, including Neil Robertson (King’s): Rousseau, Montesquieu and the Origins of Inequality. The first chapter from The Pathologies of Individual Freedom: Hegel's Social Theory by Axel Honneth. The first chapter from Great Books, Bad Arguments: Republic, Leviathan, and The Communist Manifesto by W. G. Runciman.


From Z Magazine, an interview with Noam Chomsky on government involvement with science and art; and come hell and high water: Scientists indict state capitalism. On being podcastable in a multitasking age: An interview with Renee Montagne of National Public Radio's Morning Edition. 32 Battalion: The history of South Africa’s preeminent black-ops unit. A map of America: It’s the rules that define how images are prioritized in a Google Image Search that direct how these messages are sent and grouped; far from arbitrary, the machine refracts meaning. Electoral dysfunction: Why democracy is always unfair. From HiLobrow, the ghastly, frightful truth of our condition is only fully realized by the figure of Cute Cthulhu itself, because Cute Cthulhu is the spawn himself of the ill couplings depicted in tentacle porn; and if Plato’s allegory is in many ways a sort of proto-fantasy/sci-fi story, what does it all (as they say) mean? Well, one question worth pursuing is this one: Which world is the digital world? Planet Doom: Bradford Plumer on nine scenarios for imminent apocalypse — only one is global warming. Give it a rest, genius: Ann Hulbert on what the new success books don't tell you about superachievement. From The Village Voice, the NYPD Tapes: Graham Rayman goes inside Bed-Stuy's 81st Precinct. D.A.R.E. has been in America's classrooms for more than a quarter century, but experts still debate whether the program works. Craig Morgan Teicher reviews Planisphere by John Ashbery. The artist as troll: The Gutenberg Press, filing cabinets, Marxist newspapers, ballpoint pens, Live Journal, YouTube — the more things change, the more they stay the same. Don't lament everything lost to technology: What did we lose when we abandoned land lines? Obscene phone sex perverts, for one.


An article on why Kiswahili should not be downgraded. From Book of Odds, an article on constructing a language; and a look at the five weirdest constructed languages in this (or any) world. With the humanities curriculum itself under siege, how important will Yiddish be to the overall mission of colleges? The trouble with English is imaginary: The culture debate be damned, million of Indians are learning English and feeling no angst. A review of A Certain “Je Ne Sais Quoi”: The Origin of Foreign Words Used in English by Chloe Rhodes. Hooligans and Woodchucks: A look at the roots of the English language. Is Arabic a dying language? Unlikely, but English has become the lingua franca of commerce, media and education in parts of the Arab world. An article on listening to (and saving) the world’s languages in New York. Sprechen Sie Deutsch: How linguistic variations affect where Germans choose to live. A review of Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language by Ilan Stavans. Are French-speakers victims of "linguistic terrorism"? France has launched efforts on behalf of all francophonie to preserve the language in diplomatic circles. Can Frisian make a comeback? Just half-a-million people in the north of the Netherlands speak Frisian, or Fryslan, but its future looks bright. In search of lost languages: The Shinnecock and Unkechaug on Long Island are joining other tribes seeking to revive ancestral languages as a key to their cultures. A God-given way to communicate: Fears about the demise of Arabic are misplaced. Sign up to fight unilinguaphobia: Why should Canada’s single-language masses accept rule by their bilingual betters? A review of The Modernity of Sanskrit by Simona Sawhney. Globish is coming: Like it or not, a new kind of lingua franca is becoming embedded around the world.


From Argumentum, Fee-Alexandra Haase (Balamand): The Linguistic Representation of Economic Breakdowns in the Mass Media Language as Inverted Rhetoric of Vivity; and The Cases of the Reception of Political Speeches and Discourses in the Online Journals New York Times Online and Spiegel Online. A review of Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease by Gary Greenberg. Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? David Gunkel mourns the betrayal of his Cold War boyhood's dreams of jetpacks, lunar adventure and the futuristic allure of the metric system. Just when investors thought beleaguered Blockbuster wouldn't make it, the movie rental company is going digital. Battle for the Stars: Science's rejection of damned data continues decades after Fort's books exposed it. Trinie Dalton reviews The Importance of Being Iceland by Eileen Myles. Putting the world back in working order: Engineering's decline in popularity could be reversed by showing potential students its power to tackle global challenges ranging from sustainability to energy security. Greece's financial collapse presents the eurozone with the opportunity to reform many of its institutions and procedures; chief among these reforms is the need for more democracy at the EU level. From Global Journalist, a series of articles on press freedom in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, 20 years later. Robert Parry on the Rise and Fall of The Washington Times: A tale of ex-Nazis, cocaine smugglers and Moonie cultists who created Right-wing Republican propaganda organ and brought it crashing down. Attack of the Cult Flicks: April was a big month for so-bad-they’re-good movies. A profile of Tyler Cowen, a blogger, professor and organizer of rules on how the world works.


Randolph Feezell (Creighton): Religious Ambiguity, Agnosticism, and Prudence. Simon Watson (Emmanuel): Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion and Atheist Fundamentalism. From The Tablet, a review of The "New" Atheism: 10 arguments that don’t hold water by Michael Poole; and a review of Why Believe? by John Cottingham. An excerpt from The Christian Atheist by Craig Goeschel. The New Atheist writers are supremely self-confident in their ability to dispatch opponents with a sarcastic quip or two — and they show no evidence whatsoever of knowing what they are talking about. From First Things, how long should we waste our time with the sheer banality of the New Atheists? (and a response by Damon Linker). From The Humanist, PZ Myers on how he lost religion and gained 2.5 million friends. Two recent books by Eagleton and Hitchens converge on a common enemy, the bland atheist managerialism that assumes the point of life is fun. From Skeptic, Kenneth Grubbs on Antony Flew, 1923–2010: Following the argument wherever it leads (and more); and Chris Edwards on Motorcycle Maintenance Without the Zen: How Pirsig’s mistakes about atheism continue today. Peter Manseau reviews Confession of a Buddhist Atheist by Stephen Batchelor (and more). From Freethought Today, Dan Barker talks about his book Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists; Barry Kosmin on the rising tide of secularity; and Phil Zuckerman on the goodness of Godlessness. Ryan Stringer on the value of atheism. Tom Rees on the sex lives of the atheists (and everyone else). Where do atheists come from? Social scientists have long wondered why so many people believe in God — we should ask why the rest don't. A review of A Short History of Secularism by Graeme Smith.


From The Big Money, Heidi Moore on the myth of the sophisticated investor: Wall Street buys its chips with your money. A review of 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown by Simon Johnson and James Kwak (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). A review of The Devil's Casino: Friendship, Betrayal, and the High Stakes Games Played Inside Lehman Brothers by Vicky Ward. Did Goldman Sachs manipulate journalists and stock price on same day as Senate testimony? Mark Ames investigates. Worse than the Robber Barons: Peter Laarman on Wall Street amorality takes on a false Calvinist hue. The financial crisis as crime story: Even among business leaders, a majority think Goldman Sachs is getting what it deserves. Confessions of a Wall St. nihilist: Forget about Goldman Sachs, our entire economy is built on fraud. American Kleptocracy: How fears of socialism and fascism hide naked theft. Revolutionary Road: EJ Dionne on how Wall Street creates socialists. Goldman Sachs and America's regulation/supervision paradox: When it comes to financial markets, why is supervision as crucial as regulation? From Dissent, a look at what bank regulators can learn from previous regulatory agencies. Europe's answer to Wall Street: "Social capitalism" allows businesses to be both competitive and socially responsible. Niall Ferguson reviews The Crisis of Capitalist Democracy by Richard Posner. Jason Stoddard on first steps towards post scarcity: or, why the current financial crisis is the end of the world as we know it (and why you should feel fine). A review of Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance by Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Mihm (and more). A review of The Age of Instability by David Smith.


From Mother Jones, what unites the Vatican, lefties, conservatives, environmentalists, and scientists in a conspiracy of silence? A special report on population, the last taboo. From Earth Island Journal, a special issue on population and the environment. From New Internationalist, a special issue on population and demography. From Miller-McCune, an article on scouring Avatar, The X Files and, yes, even The Simpsons for sociological subtext. Models of migration: John Gravois on Arabia versus Arizona. Should epigraphs be thought of as part of the text, a sort of pre-modern, post-modern device, like tossing a newspaper clipping into the body narrative, or are they actually a direct invitation by the author, perhaps saying, “Look here, for from this inspiration came this tale?” Pompeii, the best-preserved Roman town in the world, still attracts millions of visitors — but its appalling state is a disgrace to Italy, Unesco and European civilisation. Jeremy Scahill exposes a secret Erik Prince/Blackwater tape. Gone South: Philip Jenkins on how the abuse scandals won't kill the Catholic Church — but it will make it look a whole lot different. An interview with Winfried Menninghaus, author of The Promise of Beauty. Ana Finel Honigman reviews Artists’ Sessions at Studio 35 (1950). Gabriel Winant on how Politico and Mike Allen are hurting America. From EnlightenNext, a special issue on envisioning the future: What today’s brightest minds have to say about the road ahead. The wealth of constellations: Can the free market save the space program? An interview with Ian Thomson on books on Jamaica. This is a humorous look (or not) on both postmodernism and structuralism, in a deferential way — the regression towards the mean concept is used metaphorically. A look at how the European debt crisis has same roots as ours: excess.


A new issue of Army History is out. From AFJ, Paul Scharre on optimizing the Army for irregular and conventional wars. The Navy will soon sail uncharted waters in the North Pole — and it won’t be a pleasure cruise. A review of The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey by Richard Whittle. A review of Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts: The American Military in the Air, at Sea, and on the Ground by Robert Kaplan. The creation of the all-volunteer Army in the 1970s was a direct response to the way the draft and a citizen’s army undermined an imperial war in Vietnam; when it came to paying attention to or caring about such wars, it also turned out to mean an all-volunteer situation domestically. A review of From Mercenaries to Market: The Rise and Regulation of Private Military Companies. How many civilians has the US killed in the War on Terror? Americans seem content with evidence-free declarations saying we avoid killing civilians. John Horgan on why soldiers get a kick out of killing. Why men love war: The reasons and causes — territory, ideology, WMDs — may change with the times, but our lust for it is eternal. A review of Makers of Ancient Strategy: From the Persian Wars to the Fall of Rome. How we learned to stop worrying and let dystopian SF movies inspire our military bots: An interview with P.W. Singer, author of Wired for War (and a review). Workshopping the next generation of American war literature: The literature about war allows readers to see the human face of events that have been reduced to headlines and body counts. In a world of failing states, terrorists and rogue regimes, where enemies adapt, war has become morally and strategically harder than ever; every war is a war of choice. A review of War in an Age of Risk by Christoper Coker.


From National Review, David Horowitz on Cornel West and American radicalism. Too clever by half: James Surowiecki on the pros and cons of financial innovation. Complexity used to be so simple — it meant progress, we liked it — now the most intractable issues of our age, from war to finance, are tangled in ways that inspire headaches, not awe. Albert Mobilio reviews Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline by Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton (and more). Peter Barber, Head of Map Collections at the British Library, on maps that changed the world. Thomas P.M. Barnett on the new rules: In politics, don't trust anyone over 50! On Sunday, May 9th, The Huffington Post celebrated five years in business; five CJR reporters reflect on various aspects of its legacy. Hate Thy Neighbor: If mass demonstrations and violence erupt in the United States soon, it’ll be over immigration, not economics. From NBCC's series "Conversations with Literary Websites", an interview with Mark Athitakis of The Millions. The end of the world as we know it is not the end of the world full stop; The Dark Mountain Project intends to conjure into being new ways of seeing and writing about the world, and they call this Uncivilisation. If you want to let Benedict XVI know you're supporting him, but you can't make it to Rome, send him a text. The gulf disaster may derail Obama’s grand climate bargain — but there may be a radioactive way to put it back together. How can a generation whose cultural trademark is a refusal to grow up have a midlife crisis? An interview with Cory Doctorow, author of For the Win (and more). Will the great recession lead to World War IV? Michael Lind on how global stagnation strengthens the nationalist right everywhere, potentially leading to a whole new kind of cold war.


Why translators deserve some credit: It's time to acknowledge translators, the underpaid and unsung heroes behind the global success of many writers. A New Great Wall: Why the crisis in translation matters. From Quarterly Conversation, field guides to elsewhere: Hilary Plum on how we read languages we don’t read; and for those of us who can only read him in English translation, it has become impossible to speak of Robert Walser without also speaking of his main translator, Susan Bernofsky. If you're a fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez or have purchased the latest edition of Don Quixote, you might know the name Edith Grossman (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on Why Translation Matters). Trying to translate a 400-year old masterpiece like Don Quixote into modern English would be folly, even Quixotic — but that’s what Edith Grossman does. Edith Grossman has reimagined the Latin American canon for readers of English, who perhaps, like she, have ventured to Latin America only via the page. From LARB, a review of Poetry and Loss: The Work of Eugenio Montejo by Nicholas Roberts; and a review of Resistance and Survival: Children’s Narrative from Central America and the Caribbean by Ann Gonzalez. From Qantara, an interview with Mustafa al-Slaiman on the translation drought in the Arab world. From Al-Masry Al-Youm, Ahdaf Soueif on translation strategies in use when writing about Arab and Egyptian lives in English. Found in translation: Bringing classical Arabic literature to an English-speaking audience. An interview with Isabella Camera D'Afflitto, winner of the Cairo Literary Award for Translation. Having moved beyond postcolonialism and a welter of sari-and-mango novels, Indian literature has struck out into darker, messier terrain.

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