Mikhail Antonov (HSE): The Philosophy of Sovereignty, Human Rights, and Democracy in Russia. Samuel A. Greene (King's College): Towards a Theory of Authoritarian Stalemate: Seeking Russia's “New Normal”. From the Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, a special issue on war trauma in post-Soviet Russia. Breaking the ice of Russian repression: Justin Torres on what Russia’s queer past has to tell us about the future. What factor is most responsible for the rise of Fascist movements in post-Soviet Russia? Lyndon Mukasa investigates. Andrew S. Weiss on how the “reset” with Russia worked, until Putin sabotaged it, and now the relationship is in tatters — here’s how to save it, if we even want to bother. Why would Putin be happy with or without a U.S. war in Syria? Ahmed E. Souaiaia wonders. Maria Turovet on movements and protests in Russia. Garry Kasparov on why Putin may not finish term. Could Russia have been as successful as the United States? Alexei Bayer on how Russia botched an entire century. Ross Laurence Wolfe on Stalinism in art and architecture, or, the first postmodern style. Russia hopes to lure Jews to far east zone. Beauty was secondary: When it came to magazines, Soviet women didn't have much to choose from — it was either a "Working Woman", a "Country Woman", or a "Soviet Woman". Ban this filth: Is the oldest profession a traditional Russian relationship choice? Say it loud: I’m Siberian and proud!

A new issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review is out. Russell Arben Fox (Friends): James C. Scott and the Question of an Anarchist, Non-Sovereign Agrarianism. From The New Inquiry, the thing about You’re Not Pretty Enough, storyteller Jennifer Tress’s alternately hilarious and searing memoir, is that it’s not really about being pretty; and Alice Marwick on how the ideal of authenticity established a boundary between the self and a complete surrender to capitalism; fashion bloggers live on both sides of the border. Mission accomplished? Danny Postel on Syria, the antiwar movement, and the spirit of internationalism. Conventional wisdom says Malcolm Gladwell is a zany brainbox whose books challenge our assumptions and revolutionise our lives — but, asks Gaby Wood, is that another misconception? (and more: “If my books appear oversimplified, then you shouldn't read them”). Laura Agustin on prostitution law and the death of whores. How newly declassified documents show how the surveillance state was born. Nate Cohn on how there's something wrong with PPP, America's premier liberal pollster. The politics of apocalypse: Talk of the end times (recently toned down in Iran) often surfaces in bewildering moments. No nearer the Philosopher’s Stone: Nicholas Popper investigates the shadowy but often serious art of alchemy. Amanda Shaffer on the moral dilemmas of doctors during disaster.

Myunsoo Kim and Byungtae Lee (KAIST): Are There Too Many Superheroes? Analysis of the Social Distance in Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. From HiLobrow, a series of twenty-five posts, by 25 talented culture critics, each dedicated to the close analysis and eccentric appreciation of one specific old-school hip hop track. Meron Wondemaghen on Breaking Bad's Walter White: The psychopath we can all relate to? From Crime Library, “look at me when I talk to you”: Anthony Bruno on actor Steven Seagal and the Mob. In Shain Gandee, star of Buckwild, MTV struck the authenticity mother lode, until the show became a real-life tragedy. Gabe Bullard on redshirts in the coffee shop: This cosplay is pretty serious. Chris Kohler on Ico, the obscure cult game that’s secretly inspiring everything. The fanatical fantasies of pro wrestling fans: Crystle Martin studies what pro wrestling fans can teach us about storytelling, education, and community — what she found is like “fantasy football meets Dungeons and Dragons”. Paul Cantor on his new book The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in Film and TV. The psychology of superheroes (and villains): Travis Langley on what we learn about personality when we analyze good guys, bad guys — and ourselves. Luis Prada on 4 reasons being a pop culture nerd is harder than you think. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Is its thesis even truer in the age of the Internet?