A new issue of the Journal of Art Historiography is out. Sven-Olov Wallenstein (Sodertorn): Space, Time, and the Arts: Rewriting the Laocoon. Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (La Trobe): Last Trope on the Left: Rape, Film and the Melodramatic Imagination. From TED, David Byrne on how architecture helped music evolve. From Prospect, why is so much contemporary art awful? We’re living through the death throes of the modernist project — and this isn’t the first time that greatness has collapsed into decadence. Ana Finel Honigman reviews Art School: (Propositions for the 21st Century). Arthur Danto on art, action and meaning. From Inside Catholic, a schema for discussing Christian Art. Through the Internet, video games, YouTube, Twitter, et al, original art is sampled and re-envisioned by anyone who can master the computer skills — but where does art end and amateurism begin? Big Game Hunter: Battered by controversy, Marc Meyer, the director of the National Gallery of Canada, goes art shopping in Holland. Fascist Seduction: One can be fervently anti-fascist and still admire — indeed savor — aesthetics for their own merits. Will the openness of Wiki-culture lead to a great glut of mediocre art, and will it then lead to a lowering of the bar, as well as stakes? What is the most important piece of architecture built since 1980? Vanity Fair’s survey of 52 experts, including 11 Pritzker Prize winners, has provided a clear answer. Unrealities: Is the art world any realer than reality TV? The Mark of a Masterpiece: Peter Paul Biro is the man who keeps finding famous fingerprints on uncelebrated works of art. Taking stock of the moment, Artforum has sought a number of perspectives, asking some of today’s foremost architects, artists, curators, museum directors, and theorists for their thoughts on the museum.

A new issue of Interactions it out. Pasquale Gagliardi (Unicatt): Organizations as Designed Islands. From Dissent, Jesse Larner on hate crime/thought crime (and a response and a reply); Jeff Faux writes to the Deficit Commission: First puncture the myths; and Roger Canaff on Arizona's immigration law: Unintended consequences and victimization. A review of What is Radical Politics Today? The relations among the three major groups of institutions where American intellectuals are most active — the academy, "serious" journalism and publishing, and policy institutes or think tanks — and between all of them and the educated lay public are shifting in complex and not always helpful ways. Oncle Jacques, Onkel Friedrich, Tio Jose: Do other countries have their own Uncle Sams? An interview with Noam Chomsky on death threats, the internet and why he thinks Obama was marketed like a brand of toothpaste. Not sleeping is a form of torture — without it, we die — but, for all its importance, do we know what sleep actually is? An interview with Clay Shirky on Cognitive Surplus (and more). The quest for purity: Vegans don't seem to realize that we're compromised from the start — to be alive is to be a murderer. How would Obama respond to a nuclear attack? The Agnostic Cartographer: How Google’s open-ended maps are embroiling the company in some of the world’s touchiest geopolitical disputes. An excerpt from Long For This World by Jonathan Weiner (and more). Dead man voting: They register, they run, they even get elected. What is deep thought? Most people are more sceptical than ever — we are learning to test out claims for ourselves. An interview with Linda Greenhouse, author of Before Roe v. Wade. An interview with Gary Vaynerchuk on influence, emotion, and being a "douche bag".

Miriam Temin and Ruth Levine and Sandy Stonesifer (CGD): Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health. Frank A. Pasquale (Seton Hall): Access to Medicine in an Era of Fractal Inequality. From Ethics and International Affairs, Sridhar Venkatapuram (UCL): Global Justice and the Social Determinants of Health. From the International Journal of Conflict and Violence, a special issue on Collective Memories of Colonial Violence, including Chris G. Sibley (Auckland): The Dark Duo of Post-Colonial Ideology: A Model of Symbolic Exclusion and Historical Negation; and Keri Lawson-Te Aho and James H. Liu (Wellington): Indigenous Suicide and Colonization: The Legacy of Violence and the Necessity of Self-Determination. From International NGO Journal, Amanda Murdie (KSU): The Impact of Human Rights NGO Activity on Human Rights Practices. From Diversities, a special issue on the human rights of migrants. A world ever more on the move: Pick almost any headline in the news, and between the lines, there is a chapter in the story of global migration. A revolution in global aid to the poor: Here's a radical idea to tackle world poverty — give money straight to the poor (and more). The BP crisis in the Gulf of Mexico has laid bare the harm caused by the plunder of natural resources, but a new approach could finally reap benefits for the world’s “bottom billion” people. Honesty for Hire: A few countries have found a way to stop graft and foster political stability — hire foreigners to collect their revenue. A review of “If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die”: How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor by Geoffrey Robinson. From Freedom House, a look at the least free places on Earth. From UN Dispatch, what will it take to enroll every child in school in the developing world?

A new issue on the International Journal of the Commons is out. From the RSA Journal, in defence of the secular state: Cecile Laborde argues for a secular state that fosters the norms of democratic citizenship; Nick Pearce asks whether the rationalist tradition could help shape a new enlightened politics; and Pascal Bruckner describes a route to resurrection for Europe — by returning to the Enlightenment values that once made it great (and more on The Tyranny of Guilt). Online book reviewers are the common readers of our age, and, despite their common flaws, they deserve better than widespread derision — particularly from those whose livelihood depends upon them. The science of happiness: Roger Caldwell is happy to introduce Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Dubitable Darwin? Why some smart, nonreligious people doubt the theory of evolution. A review of Bullfighting: A Troubled History by Elisabeth Hardouin-Fugier. The future of intimacy is but a text message away: One can't comfortably opt out of a social medium that has become part of everyone's standard reality, if you want to stay in their social sphere. The end of trust: Though Web evangelists will tell you that society is on the verge of a new era in which everyone is always honest and secrets don't exist, the reality is that New Yorkers are keeping more from each other than ever before and watching what they say with unprecedented vigilance. Obama On and Off Base: Eugene Goodheart defends Barack Obama against attacks on him by what has been his liberal constituency. From Bookforum's Paper Trail blog, an interview with Nicolaus Mills, author of The Crowd in American Literature and Like a Holy Crusade: Mississippi 1964—The Turning of the Civil Rights Movement in America, on critics of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

From Polygraph, Nina Power on Jacques Ranciere and the politics of contemporary education; and a review of Marc Bousquet's How the University Works (and a roundtable). Why rank doctoral departments? The E-Book Sector: In for-profit higher education, traditional textbooks are disappearing. A review of Seeing the Light: Religious Colleges in Twenty-First-Century America by Samuel Schuman. More and more on Ben Wildavsky's The Great Brain Race. The World’s Honors College: NYU Abu Dhabi admits a standout first class, as unprecedented experiment in student and faculty mobility gets underway (and more). From Standpoint, what are universities for? Humanities scholars should celebrate and preserve the lack of a clear hierarchy for journals in their disciplines. A look at the temporal rhythm of academic life in a globalizing era. A review of Campus Hate Speech on Trial by Timothy C. Shiell. We must stop the avalanche of low-quality research: A national effort is needed to eliminate the vast volume of worthless findings generated by academe. The rise of the global university: For the first time, a single world society is within reach — and higher education is a central driver. Revolutionary U: Edu-factory is a new group trying to revolutionize higher education. Curing Socratophobia: Thaddeus J. Kozinski on teaching the Great Books. From The Chronicle, Gary Y. Okihiro on the future of ethnic studies: The discipline is under assault from within as well as from without; and who gets to define ethnic studies? Here's one way to sober the debate: Ask if white studies violates Arizona's new law. What happened to studying? You won’t hear this from the admissions office, but college students are cracking the books less and less. Tenure, RIP: What the vanishing status means for the future of education.