Noah Isenberg reviews Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History by Simon Winder (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Germans, secret inventors or hot air? An article on the great "scareship" wave of 1909. Hitler needs a woman: An excerpt from Travels in the Reich, 1933-45: Foreign Authors Report from Germany. Semiotext(e)'s The German Issue provides us with a time capsule from a very different era, but so much of its content remains pertinent. From The Nation, a review of Baader-Meinhof: The Inside Story of the RAF by Stefan Aust and Everybody Talks About the Weather, We Don't: The Writings of Ulrike Meinhof. Victor Grossman on Oskar Lafontaine and the troubled German Left. Auf Wiedersehen Macho: A new manifesto from the German Green Party aims to banish macho men for good. An article on Germany’s far-right: Style and tea party shakeup. The Melting Centre: Eckhard Jesse on Germany’s changing political map. Teuton the Introvert: Germany was once the most powerful nation on the Continent — now it is spiraling toward mediocrity. A shifting Weltanschauung: With its resistance to an instant Greek bail-out, Germany, a nation long seen as unfailingly committed to European cohesion, appears increasingly prepared to put its own interests first. Germany is tired of paying Europe's bills: If Germans feel less guilty about the war, they won't make sacrifices to help feckless Greeks. Frau Germania: How Angela Merkel's selfishness is killing Europe. From The Economist, a special report on Germany, older and wiser; and a look at why Germany needs to change, both for its own sake and for others. From CJR, journalism criticism in German: How Germany approaches the media beat.

From Ethics & Global Politics, Kenneth Baynes (Syracuse): Discourse Ethics and the Political Conception of Human Rights; Fred Dallmayr (Notre Dame): Hermeneutics and Inter-cultural Dialog: Linking Theory and Practice; and William E. Scheuerman (Indiana): Postnational Democracies without Postnational States? Some Skeptical Reflections (and a reply by Hauke Brunkhorst). The death of a civil servant: Two of the twentieth century’s dominant literary traditions — modernism and fantasy — met as mismatched roommates in colonial Ceylon. A review of Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law by Gabriel Schoenfeld. Sheila Heti on "secret self-help" books, though, really, that phrase can describe almost all literature. From The Caribbean Review of Books, a review of Exhibiting Slavery: The Caribbean Postmodern Novel as Museum by Vivian Nun Halloran; and Vahni Capildeo begins her first visit to India. The father of big government? The federal government doubled during the Lincoln administration — but after the Civil War it dropped back down again. New insights into the science of emotion unravel the seeming neurological magic that turns emotions into social expressions. More on The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes. A review of "Broad Bills of Particularistic Policy? Historical Patterns in American State Legislatures" by Gerald Gamm and Thad Kousser. From The Rumpus, Monica Shores compares Masterclass: Blow-Jobs vs. Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man. The jig is up: On the remote west coast of Ireland, Doolin — the epicenter of traditional Irish music — sings the economic blues away. Headbangers Unite! An article on the international cultural power that is heavy metal.

From Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, a special issue on science communication in a changing world. The first chapter from Nanotechnology for Dummies by Richard D. Booker and Earl Boysen. From Fermilab, a new clue to explain human existence? Stephen Hawking on how to build a time machine: All you need is a wormhole, the Large Hadron Collider or a rocket that goes really, really fast. Yes, but why do it? Figuring out a reason for the world's longest-running scientific experiment. Hello, Dolly: A conversation in a Dublin bar in 1987 proved crucial to Sir Ian Wilmut's research and led ultimately to the first clone of an adult animal. Mark Kingwell reviews The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self by Thomas Metzinger and Why Us? How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves by James Le Fanu. Why does it take so long to add new elements to the periodic table? Shing-Tung Yau explains how he discovered the hidden dimensions of string theory. Aids denialism is estimated to have killed many thousands; Jon Cartwright asks if scientists should be held accountable, while Bruce Charlton defends his decision to publish the work of an Aids sceptic. Accommodationist scientists are afraid of antagonizing a religious mainstream America: That’s silly — in the end, the truth will out. Ben Goldacre tells Julian Baggini why he expects rigour in the reporting of science. Science 2.0 Pioneers: From open-access journals to research-review blogs, networked knowledge has made science more accessible to more people around the globe than we could have imagined 20 years ago.

The inaugural issue of Miranda is out. From The Millions, J.C. Hallman on Ayn Rand, Rand Paul and utopian schemes. Is the mystery of Easter Island solved? From n+1, a review of Experimental Philosophy and Kwame Anthony Appiah's Experiments in Ethics. Why did the folk at The New Yorker and the distinguished artist, Daniel Clowes, decide that creating "The Boomerang Generation" would be a humorous and relevant depiction of contemporary PhD life? An interview with Jean Yu-wen Shen, editor of Asian American Studies Now: A Critical Reader. An interview with Joel Olson, author of The Abolition of White Democracy, on fanaticism and extremism. Philosophy in the boudoir and the streets: An interview with Simon Critchley. Jeffrey Wasserstrom on 5 parallels between author tours and rock concerts. Howard Kurtz profiles Chuck Todd, White House correspondent, anchor, blogger, twitterer. A review of In Hock: Pawning in America from Independence through the Great Depression by Wendy A. Woloson. Erin Aubry Kaplan reviews Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story by George Lipsitz. Gawker's Max Read on the idiots responsible for the BP oil leak disaster (and 9 strange facts of the spill). A review of Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days. A review of Should You Judge This Book by Its Cover? 100 Fresh Takes on Familiar Sayings and Quotations by Julian Baggini. The Library of Congress holds conference on origins of portolan charts. It worked for Betty White: Academics are a force behind a new Facebook campaign to have Slavoj Zizek named as a guest host of SNL. Towards a new ethics of nature: Our obligation to the future is not to preserve purity but to pass on equivalent value for the natural assets we deplete. Belgium Waffles: Two nations, after all?

From The New Ledger, Paul Cella on American Exceptionalism (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4). Altered states: The strange history of efforts to redraw the New England map. An interview with Michael Kammen, author of Digging Up the Dead: A History of Notable American Reburials (and more and more and more). A look at 5 lesser known (completely ridiculous) American civil wars. Illegal immigrants are breaking the law of the land; Joseph Carens makes the moral case for waiving it. Chris Hedges on the New Secessionists. The United States is a jury-rigged country put together following the outlines of a myth suggested in the Declaration of Independence, which Americans think is part of the Old Testament. A review of American History Revised: 200 Startling Facts That Never Made It Into the Textbooks by Seymour Morris. A review of Jeremiah’s Prophecies: The End of the United States by Charles Brannan. A review of The Last Empty Places: A Past and Present Journey Through the Blank Spots on the American Map by Peter Stark. Should California be its own country? Charlie Rose interviews Joel Kotkin, author of The Next Hundred Million. Mark Twain’s life and stories revolved around the Mississippi; Laura Barton follows the river across ten states to see it through his eyes. A review of Rebound: Why America Will Emerge Stronger From the Financial Crisis by Stephen Rose. A review of Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character by Claude Fischer (and more and more). Greil Marcus on the making of A New Literary History of America (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5). An interview with Kirkpatrick Sale on the Vermont secession movement. A review of The Taming of the American Crowd: From Stamp Riots to Shopping Sprees by Al Sandine.