Eugenia Demuro (ANU): Examining “Latinidad” in Latin America: Race, “Latinidad” and the Decolonial Option. Eugenia Demuro (ANU): The Lost Steps Revisited: The Critique of Western Modernity and the Search for Authenticity. Tomb of the Vulture Lord: Roger Atwood on how a king’s burial reveals a pivotal moment in Maya history. Uros people of Peru and Bolivia found to have distinctive genetic ancestries. From A Contracorriente, David Laraway (BYU): Back to the Future: Salvador Allende's Steampunk Chile; and football, history and politics in Chile: Matthew Brown reviews Citizens and Sportsmen: Futbol and Politics in 20th-Century Chile by Brenda Elsey. From the latest issue of the Caribbean Review of Books is out, David Knight Jr. reviews The Purloined Islands: Caribbean-US Crosscurrents in Literature and Culture, 1880–1959 by Jeff Karem. Anthony Peter Spanakos on Latin America's Left: Between demos and kratos. Pablo Brum on Jose Mujica and Uruguay's "Robin Hood guerrillas". Fernando Lucena on the last ever interview with the leaders of Peru's Shining Path guerrilla army. Who's to blame for Peru's gold-mining troubles? Stephanie Boyd investigates. Michelle Bachelet will be the next president of Chile — what this means for the country, however, is less clear. A report finds that Latin America remains the most unequal and most insecure region in the world. Santiago Arcos Veintimilla on La Cienega, Ecuador's childless village (and more). Americans may have the constitutional right to pursue happiness, but Venezuela now has a formal government agency in charge of enforcing it.

Ingar Solty (York): The Crisis Interregnum: Considerations on the Political Articulation of the Global Crisis — from the New Right-Wing Populism to the Occupy Movement. Robert Clowes (UNL): The Reality of the Virtual Self as Interface to the Social World. From TNR, a cover story by T.A. Frank on how America's least-favorite city has become television's favorite subject. Alan Ryan (re)considers Aristotle and Machiavelli. Amy Lerman on what Medicare can teach us about the future of Obamacare. Samir Husni on the global world of magazines: “There is not that much difference in the way readers and users migrate between platforms and formats for content,” says John Relihan, CEO, Media24 Magazines, South Africa. Matthew Fuhrmann on the case for optimism: Convincing Iran to settle for nuclear latency may require some concessions from the United States — but this isn't surprising. What will the "new normal" for America be? Brad DeLong on a series of scenarios. Paul Krugman on a permanent slump: The new normal for our economy may be a state of mild depression. Guess what was discovered beneath Antarctica's massive ice sheet? The last thing the continent needs is an active volcano. While far from a dictatorship, the United States has employed a number of paranoid tactics that delegitimize its democracy — this phenomenon is on display in the fictional TV series "Homeland," which depicts hysterical CIA agents in a hysterical country.

Chris Thompson (Uppsala): Embracing the Extreme: Norwegian Black Metal and the Use of History (scroll way down). Tressie McMillan Cottom (Emory): Reading Hick-Hop: The Shotgun Marriage of Hip Hop and Country Music. Bill D. Fordice (Luther): Exploring Wholeness in Music Teachers’ Lives. From the Journal of Pan African Studies, a special issue on trends in contemporary African hip hop. Philip Kennicott on how an effort to popularize classical music undermines what makes orchestras great. Leah Sottile on finding happiness in angry music: There’s something cleansing about engaging with emotions we might not usually let ourselves feel. Mark Oppenheimer on why you should stop forcing your kids to learn a musical instrument (and a response and a reply). Just how much of musical history has been lost to history? Valuable original recordings and rare tapes have vanished over the years — a process that Jack White and the National Recording Preservation Foundation are looking to stop. The introduction to Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music by S. Alexander Reed. Max Blau on how Spotify engineered the new music economy. Rosemary Golding on music and the “Mickey Mouse” degree debate. We are all Eurotrash now: From Miley Cyrus to Arcade Fire, how the disco beats of Berlin conquered the world. Joe Coscarelli on the tragic history of the Yellow Dogs, Iran’s indie-rock hope in Brooklyn. Did JFK’s death make Beatlemania possible? Jack Hamilton wonders. Daniel D’Addation on how white artists profit from mocking hip-hop. Felix Salmon on GoldieBlox, the Beastie Boys, fair use, and the cult of disruption.