From Monthly Review, welcome to the desert of transition: Post-socialism, the European Union, and a new Left in the Balkans. The EU’s far frontier: The EU has invested heavily in modernising eastern Poland, but joining the Schengen area has cut Poland off from its eastern neighbours and the country’s rural east is lagging behind. Shifting shapes of Europe: An interview with Gerard Delanty, author of Inventing Europe: Idea, Identity, Reality. Although reports of its demise are at least three months premature, the death of the euro would also kill off an interesting experiment in monetary geography. Brad Plumer on the 5 possible parts of a “master plan” to save the euro. 12 Signs of the Europocalypse: From the Chinese buying spree to the rise of extremism, here's what to watch for as the continent teeters on the brink of disaster. Richard Falk on how a stronger “political Europe” might save a stumbling “economic Europe”. An interview with Amartya Sen: “There is a democratic failure in Europe”. From Eurozine, Jan-Werner Muller on the failure of European intellectuals.

A new issue of CEU Political Science Journal is out. Constantine Sandis (Oxford Brookes): Understanding the Lion For Real (“Is it an accident that one of the most quoted remarks by Wittgenstein is also one of the least understood?”) From Hispanic Issues Online, a special issue on Hybrid Storyspaces. The secrets of political summits: Summits used to be rare, now they clog politicians' diaries and involve huge entourages — are they really that productive? From The Saturday Evening Post, Aaron Rimstidt on the 10 silliest cliches since sliced bread. Why I hate the myth of the suffering artist: It is absurd and insulting to assume artists are assisted by despair or hunger in a way that, say, plumbers are not. The rebirth of tragedy: The television show The Wire resurrects the classical Greek vision — some conflicts are beyond resolution. I was a teenage Gramlich: Jim Newell on how he conquered monetary policy, macroeconomics, and the giggles. Boomers, you folks had it easy: The anti-youth, “kids these days” reflex is cynical beyond belief. The term “mumblecore” is so twee and horrible, it would instinctively repel you.

From The Atlantic Monthly, the data-driven parent: Will statistical analytics make for healthier, happier babies — or more-anxious adults? Imagine all the Sunday-in-the-park fun of being a father with none of the drudgery — that's what's leading more and more guys to donate sperm to friends and then play the occasional parent; it's an arrangement that can be rewarding for all involved — or an emotional time bomb. When the biological clock never ticks: How will society change when there is no time limit on motherhood? The newest salvos in the Mommy Wars, French edition: Sarah Blustain reviews The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women by Elisabeth Badinter and Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman. S/He: Parents of transgender children are faced with a difficult decision, and it’s one they have to make sooner than they ever imagined. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz on what everyone's missing in the attachment-parenting debate. Lesbian parenting is conservative star Mark Regnerus’s newest target. Adam Davidson on the best nanny money can buy.