Samantha Nogueira Joyce (IUSB): A Kiss Is (Not) Just a Kiss: Heterodeterminism, Homosexuality and TV Globo Telenovelas. Next City goes inside Luz Station, Brazil’s Ellis Island. Carlota McAllister files a dispatch from Patagonia on how rural Chileans are fighting to keep dams out of the pristine wilderness there. Easter Island issues Chile with independence threat: Remote Pacific island sees growing influx of Chileans at the expense of local culture. Frank Jacobs on the fake metro map of Montevideo. The Water Temple of Inca-Caranqui: Was hydraulic engineering the key to winning the hearts and minds of a conquered people? The dream of El Dorado, a lost city of gold, led many a conquistador on a fruitless trek into the rainforests and mountains of South America, but it was all wishful thinking — the "golden one" was actually not a place but a person, as recent archaeological research confirms.

Ursula Elisabeth Daxecker (Amsterdam) and Brandon Prins (Tennessee): The New Barbary Wars: Forecasting Maritime Piracy. Eric Liu on why the decline of unions is your problem too. From Contents magazine, an interview with Rick Prelinger and Megan Shaw Prelinger on the library as a map. From Humanity blog, Samuel Moyn on four ways to talk about the International Criminal Court: Politics, promotion, professionalism, and preservation (in 7 parts). Is friendship better than romance? Alice Gregory reviews Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are by Carlin Flora. Here is a practical problem: Where should a person who was harmed by a product be able to sue the manufacturer of that product? Jane Shallice reviews Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth by Sasha Lille, David McNally, Eddie Yuen, by James Davis.

Sudhir Chella Rajan (IIT Madras): Can Parental Sacrifice Train Us to Think Differently About Climate Change? Rafael Leal-Arcas (Queen Mary): The Role of the EU, the U.S., and China in Addressing Climate Change. From Pacific Standard, Zac Unger on the fuzzy face of climate change: Advocates and scientists have tied the Earth’s fate to that of the polar bear — but what happens if this lumbering giant proves more resilient than the rest of us? (and more: Oil Drillers 1, Polar Bears 0). After Fukushima, is nuclear energy still the best way to fight climate change? Force of nature: The UN’s Christiana Figueres leads world efforts to address climate change. Could this scary report get Americans to care about climate? Yes, it's only a draft, but here's why the National Climate Assessment is a BFD. If you aren’t alarmed about climate, you aren’t paying attention.

B. Ashby Hardesty, Jr. (Fordham): The Marlboro Man Versus Uncle Sam: The First Amendment Constitutionality of Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels. Rodger Wilkie (St. Thomas): Epic Hero as Cyborg: An Experiment in Interpreting Pre-Modern Heroic Narrative. Occupy the shelf: Greg Shupak reviews Occupy This! by Judy Rebick and Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics by Kalle Lasn. Irony and its discontents: Graham Moyer on the saga of R. Kelly. Adam Lanza’s arsenal: As America’s guns have evolved and multiplied, so have the fears we hope they’ll salve — a chronicle of three very different weapons. From Found magazine, a recent “Find of the Day”: Metallica and World Peace. From Big Think, Sam McNerney on the virtues of a bad review; and does a techno utopia require physical books? Dominic Basulto wonders.

Hossein Estiri (Washington): Suburbanization, the Spread of Suburban Culture: A Residential Mobility Approach to the Post-WW II Suburban Types in American Metropolis. Rebecca McCray on reimagining America’s ugliest spaces. Mass shootings, America’s gun culture and the way forward: Shaun Randol interviews Paul M. Barrett, author of Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun. Buying American: The U.S. marijuana business is so sophisticated that there’s even a college for pot growers. The first chapter from Drinking History: Fifteen Turning Points in the Making of American Beverages by Andrew F. Smith. Sound of the States: There's something familiar about American compositions, across genres and musical periods — what's behind the American sound? Surviving the next Apocalypse: If American culture is going to endure, we need to remain obsessed about the end times.