An excerpt from Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World by Seth Stevenson (and more and more). From Le Monde diplomatique, a special section on Reunion, island experiment (and more and more and more and more). Chisinau's charm offensive: Moldova, Europe’s poorest country, looks for friends in the West. Engineer McKinley Conway, How to Start Your Own Country author Erwin S. Strauss, and micro-nation documentarian George Dunford explain the history of the DIY nation. Stranded in Paradise: For the six Uighurs released from Gitmo to Palau, the prospect of an eternity in a small island country, with no passport and no Uighur community other than themselves, is its own kind of confinement. Bhutan's King Charming is an Oxford Man: Meet the monarch hottie who just got the world's newest democratic body. Behold, Newstralia: New Zealand is talking about whether to become part of Australia. A review of Social Theory of the Nation State: The Political Forms of Modernity Beyond Methodological Nationalism by Daniel Chernilo. Africa needs a new map: It’s time to start seeing the redrawing of the continent’s colonial borders as an opportunity, not a threat. A Pacific theater of memories: For a child of World War II, Vanuatu means relics, romance and reflections on reality. Jonathan Last on the depopulation of Greenland: Will the last one to leave turn out the Northern lights? A still-enchanted island: Will Socotra, Yemen’s magical island, manage to stay aloof? European pressure over financial secrecy is obliging one of the continent's microstates to adapt, but there are voices in Andorra itself searching for a different role and identity. Why East Timor has declared war on ninjas. How many countries in the world? The answer to that question is surprisingly difficult.


From Aspeers, Anton Hieke (Wittenberg): Farbrekhers in America: The Americanization of Jewish Blue-Collar Crime, 1900-1931; Wieland Schwanebeck (Dresden): From Shakespeare’s Kings to Scorsese’s Kingpins: Contemporary Mob Movies and the Genre of Tragedy; Magnus Nissel (Giessen): The Ever-Ticking Bomb: Examining 24’s Promotion of Torture against the Background of 9/11; and an interview with Alfred Hornung, editor of the journal Amerikastudien / American Studies. From The Guardian, the journals are full of great studies, but can we believe the statistics? Statistics are so open to contradiction that it takes time for them to become trusted; academics are finding computer dating sites a fertile ground for research into internet communication; and teabagging in the name of science: Political and sexual teabagging may grab the headlines, but teabags have their uses in science research, too. From The Economist, a special report on television. Politically right-of-center men and women make up a growing yet habitually ignored gay minority; James Kirchick says now more than ever, their voices need to be heard. Meghan Roe reviews The Late Work of Margaret Kroftis by Mark Gluth. A look at 6 supposedly ancient traditions (that totally aren't). The world’s worst immigration laws: The Grand Canyon state has nothing on these guys. A brief history of celebrity: Why are we so interested in the minutia of the private lives of people we don’t know? From The Atlantic's "The Future of City", Conor Friedersdorf on the tyranny of New York; and an interview with Matthew Yglesias. The future that our parents' generation warned us about forty years ago looks an awful lot like our present; we live on a half-ruined planet, but we need to put the future back in the room.


From the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, Anna I. Corwin (NAU): Language and Gender Variance: Constructing Gender Beyond the Male/Female Binary; and Meaghan Stiman, Patricia Leavy and Ashley Garland (Stonehill): Heterosexual Female and Male Body Image and Body Concept in the Context of Attraction Ideals. Lauren Elkin on Chorus Girls: From the cabaret to the nightclub, from the theater to the ballet, women who perform in public have attracted writers and artists for as long as women have performed in public. A review of The Women's Movement Against Sexual Harassment by Carrie N. Baker. Betty Friedan is not responsible for all of our unhappiness. Lydia Sargent is searching for a post-sexist society. A review of America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation by Elaine Tyler. Historian Elaine Tyler May reveals the surprising truth: The pill changed little about American women’s sexual behavior (and more). Sexual liberation: Whose sexuality is liberated, men's or women's? Love, Actually: Caitlin Flanagan on how girls reluctantly endure the hookup culture. From The Mantle, a review of books on women. Screw happiness: Bombarded by studies about who is content and why, we forget one thing — dissatisfaction has its own rewards. Femivores in the Henhouse: Feminists debate the meaning of “chicks with chicks”. In pursuit of the goddess: How Marija Gimbutas defied the odds to restore the feminist principle. A review of Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the 20th Century by Melissa Benn. A review of The Self-Employed Women's Association by Fumiko Ekuni. Have female suicide bombers become terrorism's political pin-ups? Its messages are clear about a woman's role: So why are so many women are attracted to Islam?


From The New York Review of Magazines, a look back at a decade in magazines; in honor of New York’s superlative Approval Matrix, NYRM borrows the format to highlight the best and worst of the past year in magazines; here are some highlights — both low- and high-tech — from the last 50 years in the print magazine world and tweet-sized picks of the best magazine-related Twitter feeds; for every expert writing an epitaph for print magazines, there is another promising clearer skies ahead; and what is your dream magazine? Editors envision an epic-ultra-super publication. A review of Sebastian Junger’s War (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Euro remains on the right side of history: The advent of the euro is just an episode — a most significant one — in the building of a post-Westphalian order. Metric Mania: Do we expect too much from our data? George Scialabba reviews Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt (and more and more).  From New Humanist, to be truly happy we must be pessimistic, says Roger Scruton; and Jonathan Ree on History and the Enlightement by Hugh Trevor-Roper. The first chapter from Working Together: Collective Action, the Commons, and Multiple Methods in Practice by Amy R. Poteete, Marco A. Janssen and Elinor Ostrom. An article on Norman Stone, poster boy for booze, fags and mischief. Polly Rosenwaike reviews It’s Beginning to Hurt by James Lasdun. For crime, is anatomy destiny? The GOP rushed to brand the Gulf Coast disaster "Obama's Katrina", but new reports make clear the Bush administration's lax attitude toward regulation deserves much of the blame. An article on Max Weber as modern-day globalization guru.


Textually Inconsistent: Mary McCarthy on how there are too many conversations going on at once. Wisenheimers, scary people, and debate-team captains: A taxonomy of commenting communities. Web haves and have-nots: Here’s why the Internet is becoming increasingly Balkanized. MyBrain.net: Geert Lovink on the colonization of real-time and other trends in Web 2.0. An excerpt from of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. The fundamental limits of privacy for social networks: Using social networks to make recommendations will always compromise privacy, according to a mathematical proof of the limits of privacy (and more by Danah Boyd). Does privacy on Facebook, Google, and Twitter even matter? Farhad Manjoo discovers the problem with Web privacy — and it's us. Facebook’s gone rogue; it’s time for an open alternative. An excerpt form The Facebook Effect: the Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World by David Kirkpatrick (and more and more and more). Chronicle of a Death Foretold: Forest Casey on the life cycle of Twitter. Twitter is the future of news: The micro-blogging service is remarkably effective at spreading "important" information. Ning's fix for the Web 2.0 profit problem: Is the "free economy" starting to melt down? In effort to boost reliability, Wikipedia looks to experts. Wikipedia's war on porn: Does founder Jimmy Wales' crusade to purge Wikipedia of sexually explicit images go too far — or not far enough? Chatroulette is filled with men showing off their genitalia; Shannon Donnelly talks to flashers about what they're getting out of it. Julia Ioffe on Andrey Ternovskiy, the teen-ager behind Chatroulette. As YouTube celebrates its fifth anniversary, Wired goes behind the scenes of the site that launched a million memes.

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