Kaz Ross (Tasmania): An "Army of Bachelors"? China’s Male Population as a World Threat. From New Left Review, an assessment of Wang Hui’s landmark Rise of Modern Chinese Thought: Can the seeds of an alternative, non-Western modernity be located in the worldviews of earlier thinkers? From Beijing Review, can "mixed living" connect the rich and the poor? A Breakfast Solution: How to lift millions of China's rural poor out of destitution? What kids eat is crucial, and Beijing is taking action. Chicago on the Yangtze: Welcome to Chongqing, the biggest city you've never heard of (and more). China's state capitalism poses ethical challenges: When state-owned companies go abroad, they can do business with a high level of secrecy. China's Potemkin Cities: Vacant skyscrapers, empty malls — the surreal fruits of a nation's obsession with growth. China's looming 2019 deadline: Is there a 70-year deadline for political parties? One set of shoulders: Mark Lilla on China's hidden revolution. Waiting for WikiLeaks: Perry Link on Beijing’s seven secrets. Rivalry grows between China's top leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao, as both are nearing retirement and go different ways on reform. The People's Republic is becoming a technological superpower, but who's checking the facts? Sam Geall seeks out the Chinese science cops. A review of Sovereignty at the Edge: Macau and the Question of Chineseness by Cathryn H. Clayton. Two hundred members of a Chinese family are reportedly changing their surname because the character used to write it is so rare computers do not recognise it.

From Bookforum's Paper Trail blog, an interview with Jessica Duffin Wolfe, editor of the forthcoming Toronto Review of Books.

From M/C Journal, a special issue on waste, including Cornelia Sears and Jessica Johnston (Canterbury): Wasted Whiteness: The Racial Politics of the Stoner Film; Rodney Taveira (Sydney): Don DeLillo, 9/11 and the Remains of Fresh Kills; and Donna Lee Brien (CQU): From Waste to Superbrand: The Uneasy Relationship between Vegemite and Its Origins. Why cell phone talkers are annoys-makers: Unpredictable “halfalogues” distract those trying to do other things. The foods you eat often affect how your neurons behave and, subsequently, how you think and feel — from your brain’s perspective, food is a drug. The Numbers Guy on how report cards for consumers don't always make the grade (and more). Why business books suck: The problem with business books is that they're too much about Star Wars and not enough about Glee. A review of The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey. The Athenian Agora, the ancient Greek "place of assembly" and marketplace, is being revealed layer by layer below the modern Athens cityscape. Small Wars Journal compares nation building in Korea and Iraq. George Monbiot on how Meat: A Benign Extravagance by Simon Fairlie has forced him to reconsider his views on food. A review of Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture. On the scope-severity paradox: Why millions of deaths can be “just” a statistic. Did the Great Pyramid have an elevator?, asks Peter C. Sundt in the latest issue of the journal Elevator World. Prep is dead, long live prep: How a subculture gained the world and lost its soul.

From Minding the Campus, a review essay on our colleges and their many critics. From Forward, at what cost has Jewish learning entered the academy? The truth about your T.A.: Teachers’ assistants are just like you — overworked, overwhelmed and a full-time student, just a little older, and maybe more stressed. Incentives work for pigeons — can they motivate American college students? How to improve the academic atmosphere of contemporary high schools and colleges. The Tenured Radical on Cultural Studies; or, the perils of mislabeling campus problems. Wikipedia for Credit: While many professors still distrust the popular encyclopedia, some have joined a new effort in which they will work with students to improve entries. Rereading the university classics: A new series on classic texts about higher education begins with Jose Ortega y Gasset's Mission of the University. A review of It's All About Jesus!: Faith as an Oppositional Collegiate Subculture by Peter Magolda and Kelsey Ebben Gross. The sincerest form of flattery: We can expect colleges in many countries to copy and improve on the American model in the 21st century, just as we adapted the German model long ago. Here is the Top 200 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2010-2011. A review of Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities by Mark C. Taylor. Why are colleges so selective? There's "Room for Debate" at the New York Times. Is your campus library valuable? Prove it. A look at the 6 best college majors (for filling you with regret).

From Thought Catalog, Noah Cicero on Beatniks and the roots of hipsters. BP's Shock Waves: Matt Taibbi on how the oil giant's catastrophic spill in the Gulf could trigger another financial meltdown. Some small businesses are struggling to get credit, but that’s the least of their problems — those that survive the recession will be stronger for it and lead the economy’s recovery. In Iraq, Western clocks, but Middle Eastern time: Patience is a strategy in a region that knows the American attention span is limited. Muslims around the world could soon be setting their watches to a giant clock in Saudi Arabia — could "Mecca Time" really replace Greenwich Mean Time? A look at how 250 years of progress gave us the most complicated clock ever. From The Distributive Review, in the early years of the twentieth century, the English Catholic writers Hilaire Belloc and Gilbert and Cecil Chesterton derived a distinctive political philosophy called Distributism from the social teachings of the Catholic Church; a look at the mistake about Distributism; and is Distributism agrarianism? The United States Mint releases the latest coin in the ongoing Presidential $1 Coin Program, this time featuring our 15th President, James Buchanan (1857-61). Sexual selection is, for lack of a better term, a sexy concept — but notwithstanding the inevitable press which the theory gets, and its centrality to several popular science books, the main action in the area of sexual selection is in the academic literature.

The trouble with civilization: Ancient cities reveal the vulnerabilities of modern societies. Researchers are beginning to unravel the stories of Earth's mysterious lost civilisations, and separate the evidence from the prolific myths. The first chapter from The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World by David W. Anthony. To better understand the ancient Roman world, one archaeologist looks at the graffiti, love notes and poetry alike, left behind by Pompeians. From Archeology, foreign religions grew rapidly in the 1st-century A.D. Roman Empire, including worship of Jesus Christ, the Egyptian goddess Isis, and an eastern sun god, Mithra; and crossroad of cultures: Dura-Europos was a melting pot of the ancient Middle East. A review of The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization by Jonathan Lyons. Revisiting Civilization: Scott Locklin on Sir Kenneth Clark's documentary on Western Civilization. Enlightened and Enriched: Joel Mokyr on how we owe our modern prosperity to Enlightenment ideas. Theodore Dalrymple on modernity’s uninvited guest: Civilization makes progress, but evil persists. A review of Ego and Soul: The Search for Meaning in the Modern West by John Carroll. Westerners vs. the World: Life-long members of societies that are Western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic — people who are WEIRD — see the world in ways that are alien from the rest of the human family. Dialogue, debate or disagreement: How useful is the distinction between East and West in today’s world?