A book salon on Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America by Joseph A. McCartin. What's the plural of Texas? Frank Jacobs wants to know. The dangers of a “culture of honor”: Why are Texan men more likely to be aggressive risk takers, prone to accidental death? A review of Henry Clay: The Essential American by David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler. Timothy Snyder on the Great Plains as the Land of No News: So long as a large swath of the country only exists in retrospect, the people who live there will understandably vote for the party that they regard as conservative. America needs more powerful bureaucrats: No one wants another Hoover, but we should remember that career public servants built this nation's infrastructure. The introduction to The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality by Thomas Borstelmann. Do conservatives who attack the New Deal actually know what America gained from it? An excerpt from Michael Hiltzik’s The New Deal: A Modern History. A review of Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America by Maureen Stanton. An excerpt from American Nations: A History of the Eleven Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard (and more and more and more). The spread of start-up America: Why are areas like the South and cities like Pittsburgh and Ann Arbor turning into mini-Silicon Valleys? The inventor of our politics: Jack Rakove reviews James Madison by Richard Brookhiser (and more).

Brian D. Galle (BC) and Kirk J. Stark (UCLA): Beyond Bailouts: Federal Supports for State Rainy Day Funds. From Rolling Stone, Tim Dickinson on how the GOP became the party of the rich: The inside story of how the Republicans abandoned the poor and the middle class to pursue their relentless agenda of tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent. Aliens in Antarctica: How can you tell if a species is a native or an invader? Borrow, borrow, and borrow some more: The Republican and Democrats both have dumb plans to fund the payroll tax cut — this is what they should do instead. In Memoriam: Elisabeth Young-Bruehl. Maharishi Arianna: Atop AOL, hiring and borrowing freely from the old media, a new age news guru is building her grandest temple yet. Should writers be sexier than you? Yes, they should, says Karan Mahajan, to reclaim their place as fabulous cultural heroes. Lindsay Marshall on reading history, Bede’s History. From Stir, the prejudice against Prometheus: It’s worth reflecting on whether the attitudes learnt over the past few decades retain within them the resources for effective opposition. Does inequality matter? An excerpt from Robert H. Frank’s The Darwin Economy. From First of the Month, Eugene Goodheart on the president and his base. Rebooting the Republic: Tea Partiers and Rootstrikers call for a constitutional convention. A review of A Cultural History of Sexuality, Volume 1: A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Classical World.

Katherine M. Franke (Columbia): Public Sex, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Afterlife of Homophobia. Shannon Gilreath (Wake Forest): The Problem of Gay Pornography in a Straight Supremacist System. "A non-event": Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos, the face of opposition in the military to lifting the ban on gays serving openly, now acknowledges his concern has proven unfounded. A gay liberationist statement of principle: Shannon Gilreath on why gays should not serve in the United States Armed Forces (and part 2). Equality will come from the Right: Why Andrew Breitbart is a better friend to gays than is the Obama administration. Out in the West: The Mormon Church is going mainstream— and leaving its gay members behind. Where there's gay marriage comes the rise of gay divorce: Is a population that's just warming to gay nuptials ready to see same-sex couples take the rainbow express to Splitsville? There’s a global war against the right of gay people to live and love — we need to fight back. The last closet: When will a gay professional athlete finally come out? A new study finds gay and bisexual men have varied sexual repertoires. Mythbusting: What gay men really do in bed. Still a gay disease in America: Even after thirty years, HIV/AIDS remains out of control, still very much a crisis. Thanks to an ingenious GPS-based app called Grindr, gay men have been hooking up with other guys by whipping out their phones when they're horny; now the tech visionary who founded Grindr is launching a version for straight people.