From the Boston Globe Magazine, a special issue on education, including a look at 30 perks of living in a college town; who's that teaching your undergrad? Probably not a tenured professor; and high-achieving Asian-American students are being shut out of top schools around the country — is this what diversity looks like now? From Minding the Campus, Robert Weissbergand on why professors should dress like professionals; and Richard Vedder on college presidents: Do they make too much money? Anthony Grafton on academic freedom after the Cronon controversy. Why are academics so attached to the university even as it is ceasing to be a good provider? From n+1, a review of Terry Castle's The Professor and Other Writings, Louis Menand's The Marketplace of Ideas and Martha Nussbaum's Not for Profit. We’re in a bubble and it’s not the Internet — it’s higher education. Since this wouldn’t be America if you couldn’t monetize your children’s futures, the education sector still has its equivalent: the Student Loan Asset-Backed Security. How universities became hedge funds: As Britain debates the future of higher education, it might be helpful to understand what has been happening to higher education in the United States. What can the US approach to fees teach the world? Reflexive claims for the US academy's greatness ring hollow, given elite institutions' tight links with economic and political power and lack of appetite for challenging ideas. Some 13 million students enrol in the US community college system each year, but only about a third graduate — how can completion rates be improved? Degrees of influence: As elite higher education turns prohibitively expensive and the job market shrinks, a reminder that dropping out is no guarantee of failure.

Curtis Bridgeman (FSU): The Morality of Jingle Mail: Moral Myths about Strategic Default. From Image and Narrative, a special issue on the visual language of manga. From The Atlantic Monthly, a cover story on how genius works: How does that spark of creativity find its way to the canvas, the page, the dinner plate, or the movie screen? Inside the messy, maddening, and mysterious process of creating something new. A review of Niche: Why the Market No Longer Favours the Mainstream by James Harkin. You think some businesses just can't be replaced by the web, and then a site like comes along. Alex Pareene on WorldNetDaily, the biggest, dumbest wingnut site on the Web. Legendary saints were real, buried alive: Bones of a Roman couple — killed for being Christian — may have been identified. An interview with David Graeber on activism, academia and the alter-globalization movement. Reading the Fantasy Map: It is hard to imagine a world without maps; now stop and diagram that sentence. A review of The Nature of Dignity by Ron Bontekoe. How the abolition of mandatory retirement continues to change America in unexpected ways. Minsoo Kang on his book Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination. The twisted world of Porn WikiLeaks: A site exposes adult performers' real names and home addresses — industry insiders talk about its dangers. Being human: An interview with AC Grayling. Is it dangerous to fire a gun into the air? From TPM, what the lobbyists' lobbyist is lobbying for: An article on Howard Marlowe, president of the American League of Lobbyists. A review of Sera L. Young's Craving Earth: Understanding Pica. A review of Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience by Stephen Hall.

Ezra Klein on Bin Laden’s war against the US economy. Osama bin Who? A decade of denials and downplaying from Pakistani leaders. Behind the hunt: Clues gradually led to the location of Osama bin Laden. US authorities homed in on Osama for the last nine months. Getting Osama bin Laden: How the mission went down. Marc Ambinder on the secret team that killed bin Laden. Justice, American Style: Was Bin Laden's killing legal? The death of Osama bin Laden: V-J Day or glorious victory over the forces of Eastasia? Don't get cocky, America: Al Qaeda is still deadly without Osama bin Laden. What accounts for the ubiquitous cheer of U-S-A following bin Laden's death? The Olympics, war, pro wrestling, and Jerry Springer. Why does revenge taste so sweet? Why do we feel the need to chant in the streets after the death of a hated man? When heads roll: Under what conditions does leadership decapitation result in the dissolution of a terrorist organization? The 2011 Jefferson Lecture by Drew Gilpin Faust, the Civil War historian and Harvard president draws unexpected immediacy from the events unfolding around it. Bin Laden's death: How anti-war members of Congress plan to take advantage. President Obama inherited two wars, neither of which has ended — and the United States is now involved in military action in Libya — yet the anti-war movement has all but vanished; why? (and more and more) The prophet armed, Samantha Power, has now drafted Obama into her crusade against mass slaughter; liberal hawks and neocons, reunited — make way for a profound foreign-policy transformation. Less than a decade after invading Iraq, the US has rediscovered its outreach spirit — should we be troubled by this? Arab countries don't like the United States much — do they like Europe any better?