Steve Wuhs (Redlands): From the Boardroom to the Chamber: Business Interests and Party Politics in Mexico. Insurrectionary Mexico celebrates Black Christmas. Eileen Myles reviews Incantations: Songs, Spells and Images by Mayan Women by Xpetra Ernandes, Xalik Guzman Bakbolom, and Ambar Past. A review of Zapatistas: Rebellion from the Grassroots to the Global by Alex Khasnabish. An article on gangsters as superstars in Mexico. From A Contracorriente, a review of Mexico, From Mestizo to Multicultural: National Identity and Recent Representations of the Conquest by Carrie Chorba; and a review of The World of Lucha Libre: Secrets, Revelations, and Mexican National Identity by Heather Levi. Can Mexico turn the tide against its powerful drug cartels? Vicente Fox on poverty, paternalism and the lessons he learned as president. A review of The Posthumous Career of Emiliano Zapata: Myth, Memory, and Mexico's Twentieth Century by Samuel Brunk. A review of Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields by Charles Bowden. A review of The Search for the Codex Cardona: On the Trail of a Sixteenth-Century Mexican Treasure by Arnold Bauer. To call Carmen Boullosa a “woman writer” seems like a fair description. Tomas Kellner and Francesco Pipitone on the plague of Mexico's Drug Wars. The ninos run out: A falling birth rate in Mexico, and what it means. It is lucky most Mexicans will never read Ignacio Solares’ classic reconstruction of the US invasion in 1846-47, Yankee Invasion, a novel of Mexico City. The Lerma Santiago River is one of the most contaminated waterways — so why do government officials want people to drink it? A review of Black Mexico: Race and Society from Colonial to Modern Times. John Murray on why the press declared a cartel win in Juarez (and more).

The latest issue of Resistance Studies is out. Lives, singular if not individual: What the hell is a “roguelike” and why should I care? Critics of reality TV need to stop worrying about Jersey Shore and start worrying about Wife Swap. How the volcano eruption exposed the vulnerability of the global supply chain. The moral of the volcano is life’s really too simple: It’s best to depend on lots of things, but no one thing in particular. Why did they stay? Perspectives on Katrina survivors’ “choice” to stand their ground or evacuate. The Power of Lucky Charms: New research suggests how they really make us perform better (and more). A review of How the World is Made: The Story of Creation According to Sacred Geometry by John Michell with Allan Brown. A review of The Great Oom: The Improbable Birth of Yoga in America by Robert Love (and more). An interview with Anne Lutz Fernandez, co-author of Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile and Its Effect on our Lives. Joe McCulloch reviews The Nobody by Jeff Lemire. Worried about overpopulation, why are you being such a girl about our one chance to be a Big Country? Andrew Potter reviews No Logo: 10th Anniversary Edition by Naomi Klein. More and more and more and more on The Authenticity Hoax: How We Get Lost Finding Ourselves by Andrew Potter. From History & Policy, a special section on Election 2010; a look at how history can help with today's toughest policy problems; and an article on proportional representation: Historical destiny beckons? A review of Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It by Richard Clarke (and more and more). As the Political Studies Association unveils the 20 greatest protest songs, Mark Fisher asks if music can change the world if our songs remain the same.

An interview with David S. Grant, author of Rock Stars: The Rise, Fall and Rise of 80's Glam Frontmen Into Pop Culture. A review of Popcorn: Fifty Years of Rock'n'Roll Movies by Garry Mulholland. From rock to rubble: How Manchester lost its music. Devin McKinney reviews How the Beatles Destroyed Rock ’n’ Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music by Elijah Wald. A review of Peer to Peer and the Music Industry: The Criminalization of Sharing by Matthew David. A review of Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell: The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed by Dave Thompson. A review of Tupac Shakur: The Life and Times of an American Icon by Tyannah Lee McQuillar and Fred Johnson (and more). What could possibly be left to write about Paul McCartney, David Bowie and Led Zeppelin? Well that's just grate: Morgan Meis on the Grateful Dead's skull icon. The Lounge Lizard King: Malte Borgmann on the return of Christian Anders, the estranged kaiser of German popular music. A review of Segregating Sound: Inventing Folk and Pop Music in the Age of Jim Crow by Karl Hagstrom Miller. Nina Power on the politics of the soundtrack: Was there a golden age of the film soundtrack? Let’s say you want to be the producer, writer, and, as it turns out, star of your own movie — and that movie is about trying to reunite the legendary, elusive rock band the Kinks. Jennifer Waits on technology and the soul of college radio. From Flavorwire, a look at 10 mediocre musicians partially redeemed by appearing on The Simpsons. A review of Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day by Jack Boulware and Silke Tudor. A review of Rush: Rock Music and the Middle Class by Chris McDonald.

Alexander Styhre (CUT): The Production of Informational Objects in Innovation Work: Pharmaceutical Reason and the Individuation of Illnesses. From Essays in Philosophy, Jessica B. Payson (Binghamton): Moral Dilemmas and Collective Responsibilities; Joseph Levine (UMass): Collective Responsibility and the Individual; and a review of Does Ethics Have a Chance in a World of Consumers? by Zygmunt Bauman. A classicist in a class of her own: Delightful don Mary Beard, whose lively blog is read by thousands, is to host a TV series about Pompeii — and it's likely to inspire a new generation of Latin lovers. A review of A History of Murder: Personal Violence in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present by Pieter Spierenburg. Jenna Krajeski reviews The King by Rebecca Wolff. An interview with Jonathan Safran Foer. Space, the designer's frontier: NASA needs to inspire us again — how about starting with the logo? Skeptics of the World, Unite! We're awash in conspiracy theories — and that's not a good thing. A review of Be Very Afraid: The Cultural Response to Terror, Pandemics, Environmental Devastation, Nuclear Annihilation, and Other Threats by Robert Wuthnow and How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don't Always Match the Facts by David Ropeik. More and more on Kissing the Mask by William T. Vollmann. Judging and Personality: What does a judge’s biography tell us? David Grann, if his last two volumes of nonfiction are any indication, doesn’t have what you might call an abiding interest in the lives of everyday people. For Niall Ferguson, apparently, social services for the elderly are not worth the money, but there is no limit to the value of the “order” imposed by the U.S. empire. The first phase of the National Journal counteroffensive against Politico is now under way.

From On the Human, Karen Strier on the challenge of comparisons in primatology. A review of The Infanticide Controversy: Primatology and the Art of Field Science by Amanda Rees. A closer look at evolutionary faces: “Paleo-artist” John Gurche has recreated strikingly realistic heads of our earliest human ancestors. If man were a qualitative jump off the quantitative progression of evolution, then what was the first quality? Our microbes, ourselves: We are home to whole worlds of bacteria; new research suggests that they can tell our history and, perhaps, our future. A review of Supernormal Stimuli: How Primal Urges Overran Their Evolutionary Purpose by Deirdre Barrett. If females must compete, evolution will furnish them with weapons to do so. What determines the price of a woman's eggs? SAT scores. Are sperm donors really anonymous? DNA testing makes them easy to trace. Selecting our children: Peter Singer on prenatal testing of fetuses. Who’s your Daddy, or your other Daddy, or your Mommy? Why reproductive contracts should trump genetic ties. Inside India’s Rent-A-Womb Business: Gestational dormitories, routine c-sections, quintuple embryo implants — Brave New World? Nope, surrogacy tourism. Ten years after the completion of the human genome’s first draft, the expected revolution in medicine and research has only partly come to pass. The case against gene patents: Genetic sequences are naturally occurring things, not inventions. A review of Ethics and the Business of Biomedicine. A review of Harming Future Persons: Ethics, Genetics and the Nonidentity Problem. Lawrence Krauss on human uniqueness and the future and our unparalleled ability to shape the world's evolution. A review of Mapping the Future of Biology: Evolving Concepts and Theories.