Tatyana Deryugina (Illinois) and Olga Shurchkov (Wellesley): When are Appearances Deceiving? The Nature of the Beauty Premium. The best, brightest, and least productive: Are too many of our most talented people choosing careers in finance — and, more specifically, in trading, speculating, and other allegedly “unproductive” activities? Get a life: If you're more productive, you get to work less. Andrew Leonard on why we hate the new tech boom: Our new masters aren't going away — and neither is a two-tiered employment world which makes inequality worse. Dean Baker on getting to full employment: It actually is not that complicated. Daniel Baker on an emergent class of underemployment. Peter Frase on “bullshit jobs” and the ethic of marginal value. Jordan Weissman on why the poor don't work, according to the poor: Few say it's because they can't find jobs — but is that a reason to take away their food stamps? Nina Martin on the impact and echoes of the Walmart discrimination case. What’s Walmart’s real game plan — aside from refusing to pay a living wage? Nicole Aschoff on how low-wage workers fight to make bad jobs better. The young, low-wage, temporary disaster relief army: Is AmeriCorps a lifeline for debt-burdened young Americans — or one more example of relentless government cost-cutting? A look at how interns are resisting working for free. Ian Svenonius is against tipping: So long as the karmic tip jar clouds our perceptions, the insane injustice of an underpaid labor force reimbursed through only the guilty feelings of their coworkers will persist.

Kris A. Beck (Gordon State): The Politics of Propaganda in Contemporary Tyrannies. Peter S. Menell (UC-Berkeley): 2014: Brand Totalitarianism. Jerome Roos on how Occupy reinvented the language of democracy: The movement taught millions the language of autonomy, horizontalism and direct democracy — the question now is not whether it failed, but what’s next? The art of the phony: Charles Hope reviews Forged: Why Fakes Are the Great Art of Our Age by Jonathon Keats; Art Forgery: The History of a Modern Obsession by Thierry Lenain Reaktion; and Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger by Ken Perenyi. The ethics of admiration: Darryl Pinckney on Arendt, McCarthy, Hardwick, Sontag. Dissimilar climate, similar cuisine: Jim Russell on how culinary traditions are tied to people, not places. What did the continents look like millions of years ago? Artist-geologist Ronald Blakey renders the history of the Earth with maps. Nathan Bullock reviews Battle for Ground Zero: Inside the Political Struggle to Rebuild the World Trade Center by Elizabeth Greenspan. John McWhorter on the foolish, malicious war on apostrophe's. Gabe Gilker on how polyamory is a good way to be slutty without hurting anyone. George Scialabba reviews A Colossal Wreck: A Road Trip Through Political Scandal, Corruption, and American Culture by Alexander Cockburn. His hatred was pure: Connor Fitzpatrick celebrates Alexander Cockburn, the last polemicist.

Welcome to Weimar America: John Judis on why the shutdown standoff is one of the worst crises in American history. How a game theorist would solve the shutdown showdown: Northwestern's Daniel Diermeier explains how he'd model Obama and Boehner's standoff. Kevin Drum on the shutdown in 10 infuriating sentences. Brad Plumer on absolutely everything you need to know about the debt ceiling. Cynthia Tucker on how animosity towards the Affordable Care Act is hard to fathom. Francis Fukuyama on why we are still fighting over Obamacare: Because America was designed for stalemate. Don’t blame the Republicans for America’s destruction: Uwe Bott on why we need a Coffee Party movement. “People don’t fully appreciate how committed the tea party is to not compromising”: Ezra Klein interviews Christopher Parker, co-author of Change They Can't Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America. The shutdown prophet: Washington couldn’t have gone dark without a radicalized Republican Party — or maybe it was destined to all along. Charlie Cook on why House Republicans don't have an electoral incentive to compromise. The shutdown is a Republican civil war — that's one reason it's proving so hard to end. Matthew Green on the 5 species of House Republicans. Charles Pierce on how the reign of morons is here — only the truly naive can be truly surprised. David Christopher Bell on 5 unexpected side effects of the government shutdown.