From 49th Parallel, Louisa Jayne Hodgson (Leeds): Transatlantic Little Women: Louisa May Alcott, the Woman Writer and Literary Community; and Penny Woollard (Essex): Derek Walcott and the Wild Frontier: The Ghost Dance. A review of Shakespeare and the Middle Ages. From Flashpoint, a special issue on James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. Scholars make 9,000 corrections to James Joyce classic: Does the new edition of Finnegans Wake express or distort the author's intention? A review of The Domestication of Genius: Biography and the Romantic Poet by Julian North. Christopher Hitchens on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men. A review of Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman (and more and more and more). Juliet Lapidos reviews The Hemingway Patrols: Ernest Hemingway and His Hunt for U-boats by Terry Mort. A review of Prefaces to Shakespeare by Tony Tanner. Much as William Shakespeare has entered into our language as “the Bard” who changed our understanding of art and life’s great philosophical questions, Henrik Ibsen should be the literary and dramatic icon of the modern age. An interview with Elaine Showalter, author of A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx (and more). A review of The Cambridge Companion to English Novelists by Adrian Poole. Allan Massie salutes Sir Walter Scott, master of historical fiction and author of Rob Roy and Waverley. The ultimate conspiracy theorist: One of the glories of Peter Porter's poetry, and the joys of his conversation, was his ability to see connections everywhere. Each autumn, a group of Southern literature students and their professor set out for Oxford, Mississippi, to seek the spirit of William Faulkner.

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From Brevity's "The Craft of Concise Literary Nonfiction", becoming your own best critic: In truth, most acts of revision are nothing more than attempts to make sure what you have written fits current rules and fashions; and writers who engage in navel-gazing with the same scientific spirit of risk-taking and inquiry may also glean discoveries of merit; from confession to craft: Memoir as its own reward; “Perhapsing”: The use of speculation in creative nonfiction; the editing part, the preparing for publication, is also a privilege — but of a different order; and to blog or not to blog? Using the blogosphere to shape narrative voice. Genocide Myopia: Sonia Cardenas on how reframing mass atrocity could backfire. Gerald Howard reviews Homer & Langley by E. L. Doctorow. It’s hard to see how we’re supposed to be mortified that the high-fashion world might forsake aristophilic excess. Why do people think that it is more important for the government to reduce the deficit now, rather than to spend money to create jobs? More on The Flight of the Intellectuals by Paul Berman. A General Theory of Individuality: Whether we're looking at marmots or human beings, variation is the norm — why? We know slavery was an abhorrence, and that sexism and racism are wrong; does that make our society more ethical? Not at all — like generations before us, we make excuses for the clear injustices of our age. A review of Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience by Stephen S. Hal. Chloe Schama reviews Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon. Why a positive result on a medical test doesn’t necessarily mean you’re sick: A review of The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow. John Allen Paulos on five or six reasons why parity puzzles are fun.

Daniel Overgaauw (Groningen): The Paradoxes of Liberty: the Freedom of Speech (Re-)Considered. From Essays on Philosophy, a special issue on the concept of "dirty hands". From Public Reason, Roman Altshuler (Stony Brook): Political Realism and Political Idealism: The Difference that Evil Makes; and a review of Horrorism: Naming Contemporary Violence by Adriana Cavarero. A review of Wittgenstein and Political Theory: The View from Somewhere by Christopher Robinson. A review of Rothbard vs. the Philosophers. Morality as a plus-sum game: Why libertarianism fails as a social policy. A review of Political Theologies: Public Religions in a Post-Secular World and Religion and Violence in a Secular World: Toward a New Political Theology. An interview with Thomas Pogge on global justice and health (and more by Pogge). The first chapter from Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire by Wendy Brown. A review of Constitutional Patriotism by Jan-Werner Muller. A review of Illusion of Consent: Engaging Carole Pateman. A review of Political Affect: Connecting the Social and the Somatic by John Protevi. Brendan Boyle reviews Politics and the Imagination by Raymond Geuss (and more). The first chapter from Numbers Rule: The Vexing Mathematics of Democracy, from Plato to the Present by George Szpiro. A review of Reasonable Disagreement: A Theory of Political Morality by Christopher McMahon. A review of Emergency Politics: Paradox, Law, Democracy by Bonnie Honig. From Telos, Ulrike Kistner on the Exception and the Rule: Fictive, Real, Critical. A review of What is Political Theory and Why do We Need It? by Rajeev Bhargava. A review of Hollywood Westerns and American Myth: The Importance of Howard Hawks and John Ford for Political Philosophy by Robert Pippin.

From the Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, Pushkar Singh Raikhola and Yasuhiro Kuroki: Aging and Elderly Care Practice in Japan: Main Issues, Policy and Program Perspective; What Lessons can be Learned from Japanese Experiences? Ronald Reagan had an interest in lucky numbers and newspaper horoscopes — less known is that a certain scholar of occult philosophy had a lifelong influence on him. From Church & State, Rob Boston on how a church won a diplomatic coup by posing as a state; and the pope’s claim to be head of state may help with legal defense in abuse lawsuits, but it raises troubling church-state questions. Strip club: Why are we obsessed with getting our kit off? From Boston Review, Marcia Angell on Big Pharma, Bad Medicine: How corporate dollars corrupt research and education (and responses). Libertarians plan to build floating islands to house casinos, hospitals, hotels, offices and even new societies — will the “seasteading” movement sink or float? A review of The Ancient Book of Hip by DW Lichtenberg. Here's commentary on Newsweek by David Carr, Jack Shafer and James Fallows. From Emory Magazine, researchers convene at the intersection of neurobiology, psychology, and economics to learn about human decision making; and from America’s Funniest Home Videos to the Real Housewives of Atlanta, why are we so consumed with watching ordinary (and not so ordinary) people on television? Tom Shone reviews The Double Life Is Twice as Good by Jonathan Ames. A look at the 9 most annoying people at Starbucks. Mark Ames on the wonderful world of American fraud. Guiding lights: Drake Bennett on how soap operas could save the world. Soul Talk: If you tune it out as irrational nonsense, you might miss out on some worthwhile and beautiful ideas.

A tool for comparative religion: A review of The Ascetic Self: Subjectivity, Memory and Tradition by Gavin Flood. A review of David Gelernter's Judaism: A Way of Being. A review of The Story of the Scrolls: The Miraculous Discovery and True Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls by Geza Vermes. A review of Out of the Cave: A Philosophical Inquiry into the Dead Sea Scrolls Research by Edna Ullmann-Margalit. A History Channel documentary purports to reveal “the real face of Jesus” through the same technology that brought us Avatar’s big blue aliens, but the 3D rendering of the Shroud of Turin is only the latest big-ticket appearance of one of history’s most famous relics — so what do we know about its authenticity? Pope Benedict says it's authentic. The do-gooding propensities of the Church would one day lead Catholics to embrace socialism; the language of social justice has been one very important mechanism that has encouraged this fatal embrace. A review of Islam and Modernities by Aziz Al-Azmeh. Super Muslims: Can the heroes of The 99 save Islam from misunderstanding? A review of The Future of Islam by John Esposito. A review of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? by Eric Kaufmann. It is misleading and dangerous to think that religions are different paths to the same wisdom: A review of God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World — and Why Their Differences Matter by Stephen Prothero (and more and more). What is a religion? Damon Linker reviews Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents by Ian Buruma (and more). An interview with Michael J. Baigent, author of Racing Toward Armageddon: The Three Great Religions and the Plot to End the World. Kenneth Grubbs reviews The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller.