A new issue of Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy is out. Nivien Saleh (St. Thomas): Philosophical Pitfalls: The Methods Debate in American Political Science. Claude Polin (Sorbonne): Western Political Models and Their Metaphysics: The Two Political Philosophies of the West (and part 2: On the Differences between a Republic and a Democracy). From Politics and Society, a special issue on "Winner-Take-All Politics", including an introduction by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson. From Kettering Review, David Ellerman (UC-Riverside): The Workplace: A Forgotten Topic in Democratic Theory. From TED, Michael Sandel on the lost art of democratic debate. From Student Pulse, an essay on political ideals versus political realities: A dilemma of theory. UC-Riverside's David Ellerman on Inalienable Rights (and part 2 and part 3). Here are sample chapters from The Twilight of Constitutionalism?, ed. Petra Dobner and Martin Loughlin. A review of Tradition, Rationality, and Virtue: The Thought of Alasdair MacIntyre by Thomas D'Andrea. A review of The Cambridge Companion to Leo Strauss, ed. Steven B. Smith. A review of Human Rights, Legitimacy, and the Use of Force by Allen Buchanan. A review of The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse by Steven D. Smith (and more). A review of Numbers Rule: The Vexing Mathematics of Democracy, from Plato to the Present by George Szpiro. More on Great Books, Bad Arguments by W.G. Runciman.


A new issue of Economic Sociology is out. An interview with Tim Parsons, author of Rule of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall (and more and more and more). There’s sweet nostalgia, and then there’s refried crap: The Eighties are back, and they’re bad. From Plus!, uncoiling the spiral: Marianne Freiberger on maths and hallucinations; do you prefer your maths in exotic locations? Then perhaps you should join a band of bell ringers, engaged in the grand old practice of ringing the changes; Liz Newton on the power of origami; and fractals are a treat for your eyes, but what about your ears? From National Geographic, an article on the 21st century grid: Can we fix the infrastructure that powers our lives? The value of not knowing: When did people become so unwilling to get in a little over their heads? "They called me a child pornographer": Jody Jenkins took some photos of her kids naked on a camping trip — a drugstore employee called the police and her family's life became a living hell. Mens sana in corpore sano: Parasites and pathogens may explain why people in some parts of the world are cleverer than those in others. Boys’ voices are breaking earlier; girls are developing breasts as young as six — but why? An interview with A. J. Jacobs, author of My Life as an Experiment. Trooper down: Why drivers hit officers on the side of the road.


Zafer Aracagok (Bilgi): Deleuze on Sound, Music and Schizo-Incest. From Reconstruction, Nicola Masciandaro (Brooklyn): Black Sabbath's Black Sabbath: A Gloss on Heavy Metal's Originary Song; and a review of Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge by Keith Harris-Kahn. Classical Music’s New Golden Age: Thanks to period-music evangelists, breathtaking virtuosity, and millions of listeners, the art form remains vibrant. New Orleans’s gender-bending rap: The fast and profane music known as sissy bounce creates an atmosphere of sexual liberation — for women. From Fast Company, a look at the state of Internet music on YouTube, Pandora, iTunes, and Facebook. A review of No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage's 4' 33" by Kyle Gann. A review of Why Mahler? How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed the World by Norman Lebrecht. A survey of the cognitive benefits of music makes a valid case for its educational importance — but that's not the best reason to teach all children music. A review of The Beatles and Philosophy: Nothing You Can Think That Can't Be Thunk. Temporal warp and your brain: Michael Pulsford on the side effects of classics hits radio. In music, like in all of life, the present and the past are not as distinct as we may first have thought. A review of Music and Sentiment by Charles Rosen. A review of Sound and Space in Renaissance Venice: Architecture, Music, Acoustics by Deborah Howard and Laura Moretti.


From H-Net, a review of Toward an International History of Lynching. From The Economist, do-it-yourself or hire-a-pro: A review of Made By Hand: Searching For Meaning in a Throwaway World by Mark Frauenfelder and The Case for Working With Your Hands by Matthew Crawford; and the click and the dead: E-commerce favours large companies but only because that is what people want. Spoiled brats: Are kids really lamer than they used to be? From International Socialist Review, Eric Kerl on contemporary anarchism. The Taxonomy of the Nerd: Non-nerds often fail to understand that not all nerds are created equal, with four distinct subspecies of nerd. From 3 Quarks Daily, Ashley Mears on how supermodels are like toxic assets. The oil-soaked are least likely to favor regulation: Fear of unemployment leads places blighted by oil or coal to hold on all the tighter to those industries. Ben Scarlato on the policy implications of happiness research. Lately, it seems like we see civilization crushed into rubble every other week, but why the sudden rise? It’s not because we want to be scared, it’s because we find post-apocalyptic movies reassuring. A review of Bonfire of Illusions: The Twin Crises of the Liberal World by Alex Callinicos. Carmela Ciuraru reviews Light Boxes by Shane Jones. About those unpaid internships: TAP talks with Dalton Conley about a Department of Labor crackdown on the intern racket.


From the Ryerson Review of Journalism, an investigation into small publications and the secret to their survival, which swim outside the mainstream and connect with communities that don't always have a voice — but all that swimming can tire a magazine out; custom publications may seem like the dark side, but as these marketing books adopt higher journalistic standards, it’s getting harder to tell the difference between them and consumer magazines; the life of today’s magazine editor is low pay, high anxiety, long hours and short-staffed; and freelance writers march into war for rights and respect. An interview with Tom Lutz, editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books. Raritan can be thought of as the intellectual bridge between those heroic organs of the past like Partisan Review and contemporary little magazines like FEED, The Believer, or n+1. State of Independents is an independent magazine about independent magazines. Unlike blogs, zines are tactile, unique and timeless — and despite the popularity of online publishing tools, the zine-scene is here to stay. While some publishers eye the Apple iPad hopefully as way of migrating the print experience into a rich, multimedia domain as never before, others are already leaping over paper entirely to reach new readers with original digital publications. Flipboard is a new type of digital publication for the iPad that wants to meld your news and social worlds into a sort of personalized magazine (and more and more).

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