Cities of the sky: From Dubai to Chongqing to Honduras, the Silk Road of the future is taking shape in urban developments based on airport hubs — welcome to the world of the "aerotropolis" (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). A new way to look at cities: We can delight in the aesthetics of other necessities. Do mayors matter? Edward Glaeser reviews three books about New York City. David Leonhardt interviews Edward Glaeser, author of Triumph of the City (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Quick-Fix Urbanism: Are airports really the key to 21st-century economic development? Susan S. Fainstein on her book The Just City. Metro Connection: With Washington paralyzed by gridlock, states — and the metropolitan areas that power them — need to take the lead in rebuilding the economy. Jonathan Shainin reviews Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History Is Reshaping Our World by Doug Saunders (and more). Boomtown: By 2025, 136 new cities — all from the developing world — will take their place among the world's leading urban centers, but these new engines of global economic growth hold some surprises. A green lesson from the world's most romantic cities: Freeways are convenient, but they also destroy neighborhoods and parks — a case for learning from Paris and Rome. Joel Kotkin on the problem with megacities. Americans like their cities spacious — will concerns about costs and the environment push them to rein in sprawl? Liveable v lovable: The world’s best cities are beautiful, clean and efficient, free from all the friction and buzz that make metropolises what they are — but why does no one want to live in them? A review of Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities by Witold Rybczynski. Are the world’s megacities becoming a sprawling, overfed, and uncontrollable mass that needs to be restrained for the good of society and the environment?

Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): Skills and Politics: General and Specific. Still tougher than Glenn Beck: An interview with Frances Fox Piven. The ultimate high ground: Steve Rowell on views of America’s infrastructure of omniscience, on Earth and above. A review of Everyone’s a Winner: Life in Our Congratulatory Culture by Joel Best. Gus diZerega on the controversy concerning spontaneous order, FSU, and the Charles Koch Foundation. You thought the Koch brothers were bad? Turns out they're even worse than you thought. Countervailing Powers: Kim Phillips-Fein on how John Kenneth Galbraith was a satirist of economics as much as a practitioner of it. Were there any heroes in the BP oil disaster? Gingrich 2012 campaign: What his Amazon reviews say about his politics. Stephen Lowman on what Gingrich reveals in his many book reviews. Is the student group Youth for Western Civilization a white nationalist group? Facebook secretly hired a PR firm to plant negative stories about Google, a caper that is blowing up in their face, and escalating their war. Mario Cuomo still believes: He would be a perfect elder statesman, if only his son’s generation wanted one. iPads and restaurants: How waiters will be replaced by tablet computers. Condemned by the medical establishment, Andrew Wakefield still believes in a link between autism and vaccines. Paolo Borioni on the complex (but certain) interplay between equality, market and the welfare state. Elitism is for real: The question shouldn't be whether politicians are elite — it's what they do that matters. An interview with former Vogue Editor in Chief Carine Roitfeld: "Fashion is a matter of taste, not money". A review of The Truth About IKEA: The Secret Behind the World’s Fifth Richest Man and the Success of the Swedish Flatpack Giant by Johan Stenebo. An interview with Robert Reich on politics, policy, and the Great Recession.

A new issue of The Jury Expert is out. Larry Laudan (UNAM): Is it Finally Time to Put "Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" Out to Pasture? Patrick J. Glen (Georgetown): An Essay on Franz Kafka, Lawrence Joseph, and the Possibilities of Jurisprudential Literature. Laura E. Little (Temple): Just a Joke: Defamatory Humor and Incongruity's Promise. Calling power to reason: A review of Homo Juridicus: On the Anthropological Function of the Law by Alan Supiot. From the Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, a special issue on legal education in a global context, including Anthony Bradney (Keele): How to Live: Aristocratic Values, the Liberal University Law School and the Modern Lawyer. How the law schools went astray: An excerpt from Schools for Misrule, Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America by Walter Olson (and more). Served: Paul Campos on how law schools completely misrepresent their job numbers. Law students lose the grant game as schools win: Merit scholarships help law schools enhance their cachet, but grading curves often make it impossible for students to keep the grants. Law of averages: Why the law-school bubble is bursting. The first chapter from The Law Is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons by Colin Dayan. Judicial strictures figure in considered judgments, while outbursts are sheer lapses in manners and are soon forgotten. Jean D'Aspremont writes in defense of the hazardous tool of legal blogging. Who does Justice look like? Her changing features — and skin color — over the centuries. The court of celebrity: Richard Posner reviews Justices and Journalists: The U.S. Supreme Court and the Media by Richard Davis. An interview with John Paul Stevens on the book he's writing and why he decided to retire last year.