J. Edgar Bauer (JNU): The Female Phallus: On Alfred Kinsey’s sexual vitalism, the theo-political reinstatement of the male/female divide, and the postmodern de-finitization of sexualities. Experts from the worlds of music, literature, film and art answer those intriguing questions you've always wanted to ask. A review of Blood and Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism by Michael Burleigh (and more and more and more and an interview). A split second, a life’s sentence: It’s those seemingly inconsequential choices that turn innocents into outlaws. Reason science reporter Ron Bailey’s recent conversion on global warming has libertarians all fired up. An interview with Joseph Stiglitz on the true cost of war. A review of American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation Back to Work by Nick Taylor. A review of Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman and The Brain-Dead Megaphone by George Saunders. Babble with Beckett: How foreign languages can provide writers with a way out of the familiar. From Prospect, an article on China's new intelligentsia. What have the frenzied wine-worshipping rituals of Greek mythology got to do with the intricacies of the human brain? A review of Luck and the Irish by R. F. Foster. Google “brooklyn writer” and you’ll get, did you mean: the future of literature as we know it? (and more on Brooklyn’s bookish ambition)


From Foreign Affairs, Jerry Z. Muller (CUA): Us and Them: The Enduring Power of Ethnic Nationalism; Stephen E. Flynn (CFR): America the Resilient: Defying Terrorism and Mitigating Natural Disasters; Francisco Rodriguez (Wesleyan): An Empty Revolution: The Unfulfilled Promises of Hugo Chavez; Scott G. Borgerson (CFR): Arctic Meltdown: The Economic and Security Implications of Global Warming; a review of Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power by Fred Kaplan; and more on Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner (and a review of Hugh Wilford’s The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America, in Bookforum). Richard John Neuhaus reviews Martha Nussbaum's Liberty of Conscience. From Mute, post-Fordism’s appetite for self-directed activity is bringing about a crisis in progressive education; what should an emancipatory education entail today? An interview with Spencer Wells, author of Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project. A review of Nazi Literature in the Americas by Roberto Bolaņo (and more and more and an excerpt in Bookforum). Here’s looking at the end of an era: An article on Hollywood hot spots that matter. Noam Chomsky on terrorists wanted the world over. If it's all about you, you're in trouble: Why a sense of entitlement can wreak havoc on happiness.


From Democratiya, a review of The Fall-Out: How a Guilty Liberal Lost His Innocence by Andrew Anthony; a review of The Cultural Contradictions of Democracy: Political Thought Since 9/11 by John Brenkman; a review of L’Impuissance Franįaise: Une diplomatie qui a fait son temps by Isabelle Lasserre; and David Miliband on the democratic imperative. Between cathedrals and modern administrative temples, Strasbourg hasn’t yet solved the problem of its isolation. A look at how adult brains are wired to go ga-ga over babies. Feminism and the English language: Can the damage to our mother tongue be undone? A review of Eli Gottlieb’s Now You See Him. From the latest issue of Bookforum, Sketches of Spanish: Edith Grossman has reimagined the Latin American canon for readers of English, who perhaps, like she, have ventured to Latin America only via the page. A review of Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing? 23 Questions From Great Philosophers by Leszek Kolakowski. More on The Commission by Philip Shenon. A review of Kipling Sahib: India and the Making of Rudyard Kipling 1865-1900 by Charles Allen. A review of The Politics of Freedom by David Boaz. An article on Matt Drudge as the world's most powerful journalist. From LRB, Yonatan Mendel on how to become an Israeli journalist, and more on Flat Earth News by Nick Davies.


From The Hindu, an interview, with Paul Theroux on his books, his writing and his life in Hawaii. A review of Guardians of Power: The Myth of the Liberal Media by David Edwards and David Cromwell. A review of Biology of Freedom: Neural Plasticity, Experience, and the Unconscious by Francois Ansermet and Pierre Magistretti. A review of The Concepts of Consciousness: Integrating an Emerging Science. A review of Nietzsche and the Nazis: A Personal View by Stephen Hicks.  The introduction to Montaigne's Politics: Authority and Governance in the Essais by Biancamaria Fontana. An excerpt from Kantian Ethics by Allen Wood. Randhir Singh, author of Crisis of Socialism: Notes in Defence of a Commitment, on the future of socialism. The 1970s rarely inspire as much nostalgia as the swinging decade that preceded them, but the modern world owes more to those troubled times than we’d like to think. The oily truth: Has the final mystery of the Mediterranean diet been solved? Intrigued by its reputation for "naughtiness", Conrad Heine heads to Maputo, Mozambique's raffish capital. For centuries Europe was a prickly landscape of heavily armed nation states; now the continent has largely lost its enthusiasm for conflict — how did that happen? More on James J. Sheehan's Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? An excerpt from Law, Legitimacy and the Rationing of Health Care: A Contextual and Comparative Perspective by Keith Syrett. A review of Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood by Elizabeth Gregory. 


From In Defense of Negativity: Attack Ads in Presidential Campaigns by John Geer, a look at the Attack Ad Hall of Fame. From Japan Focus, waving goodbye to hegemony: China, Europe and the US in the New World Order. A recent shift in U.S. military strategy and provocative actions by China threaten to ignite a new arms race in space, but would placing weapons in space be in anyone's national interest? The unexpected monks: Some evangelicals turn to monasticism, suggesting unease with megachurch religion, and the stirrings of rapprochement with the Roman Catholic Church.  Beware of billionaires bearing gifts: Colleges and universities are increasingly relying on rich people; the damage to the nation is just beginning. From Radar, paying to play: A brief history of disastrous self-financed campaigns. A teenager hacked into the outfit charged with protecting companies from online piracy—the most daring exploit yet in the escalating war between fans and corporate giants — guess which side is winning. What happens deep beneath our feet? A new theory envisions graveyards for continents and a life cycle not unlike the weather. Trials of a Primatologist: How did a renowned scientist who has done groundbreaking research in Brazil run afoul of authorities there? More on David Levy's Love and Sex with RobotsMore and more on God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215 by David Levering Lewis. 


From Athena Intelligence, Julian Richards (Brunel): Terrorism in Europe: The Local Aspects of a Global Threat; and an essay on Future War: The War on Terror after Iraq. From 21st century Socialism, an article on the Soviet model and the economic cold war.  An interview with Andy Kirk, author of Counterculture Green: The Whole Earth Catalogue and American Environmentalism.  A review of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan. An excerpt from Fear and Courage in the Democratic Party by Glenn Hurowitz. A review of Beyond the Law: The Bush Administration’s Unlawful Responses in the “War” on Terror by Jordan J. Paust. A review of books on the visual arts. I Am Obama: The American imagination and the New Black Hero. Noam Scheiber on Obama's surprisingly non-ideological policy shop. From Time, an article on how to make great teachers. An article on the many faces of populism. There is no quick cure for the epidemic of arrogant anti-intellectualism that has infected America: More and more on Susan Jacoby's The Age of American Unreason. A review of The Meaning of Sunglasses: A Guide to (Almost) All Things Fashionable by Hadley Freeman. Even if it has been abandoned to the one-panel punch of newspaper corners, the comic book has survived as an art form that portrays the itching wound of our civilization.


A review of What Happens Next: A History of American Screenwriting by Marc Norman. A review of Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-Up in the 1970s Changed America by Richard Zoglin. Did globalisation cause the "Great Divergence" between rich and poor economies? (and a special section on National Geographic). A review of Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World by Samantha Power (and more). From Red Pepper, an article on the need for a plural politics to confront the conservative left. Hey, GOP, that's quite a Noise Machine you've constructed — now good luck trying to dismantle it. Late-night comedians won't be laughing if John McCain and Barack Obama are the nominees. Pundits say the campaigns could go "Swift Boat" at any time (for example)— but forget Swift Boat Veterans and 527s; this election's sneaky operators are nonprofits. A review of Second Lives: A Journey Through Virtual Worlds by Tim Guest. More and more and more on Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks From the Wild Web.  Heather Mac Donald on the Campus Rape Myth. An article on the radical truth behind the Lord's prayer. David Rieff on why we expect doctors to do the impossible. Not-their-fault insurers: Giving you a raw deal on healthcare is what those firms are supposed to do. More and more and more on Who Runs Britain? by Robert Peston.


From CT, a look at why evangelicals are connecting with the early church as they move into the 21st century. The right of faiths to run their own affairs and regulate their adherents' lives has recently become controversial—because of fear of Islam. From World Press, an article on the militarization of the world's urban peripheries. A look at why liberals are weak when faced with fundamentalism. A review of Amy Sullivan's The Party Faithful and Jim Wallis's The Great Awakening (and how would Jesus vote?). From Discover, an article on deflating the bogus insomnia “epidemic”: Corporate interests push profitable paranoia. A study suggests potentially habitable planets are common. The design imperative: No longer a prole with a dirty toilet, thanks to that fancy toiletbrush in hand, one becomes a fledgling design critic and a curator of the tastefully appointed museum that used to be a one-bedroom apartment. The first chapter from The Next Great Globalization: How Disadvantaged Nations Can Harness Their Financial Systems to Get Rich by Frederic S. Mishkin. A review of The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women and the Real Gender Gap by Susan Pinker.  A review of Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained. Peter Berkowitz reviews Walter Russell Mead's God and Gold. A review of Defeat: Why They Lost Iraq by Jonathan Steele (and more).


From American Scientist, motor vehicles contribute to climate change and petroleum dependence — improving their fuel economy by making them lighter need not compromise safety. The rules of casting: decadent imperialists are always played by effete English actors and warrior heroes by Yanks or coarse Celts. A review of Is the Welfare State Justified? by Daniel Shapiro. Jeffrey Rosen on why the Dems lack Supreme Court nominees. One nation under Elvis: Environmentalists might be a lot more effective if they listened to more country music. A review of Selling Women Short: Gender and Money on Wall Street by Louise Marie Roth. A review of Why Women Mean Business by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox and Alison Maitland. A review of The Politics of Prostitution: Women's Movements, Democratic States and the Globalisation of Sex Commerce. An interview with Henry Kissinger: "Europeans hide behind the unpopularity of President Bush".  A review of Killing Civilians: Method, Madness and Morality in War by Hugo Slim. A look at how your brain looks at race. Larry McMurtry reviews Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer by Michael A. Elliott. A review of Being and Event by Alain Badiou. A review of Apprehension and Argument: Ancient Theories of Starting Points for Knowledge by Miira Tuominen.


From Rolling Stone, Nir Rosen on the myth of the surge: Hoping to turn enemies into allies, U.S. forces are arming Iraqis who fought with the insurgents, but it's already starting to backfire. The Physics of the Familiar: How paint dries, the way flags flutter, how Nature discovered origami, and other marvels of the physical world. The real reason we are singing Barack's praises? He likes cool music. Only a revolution will do: Taki's Top Drawer hosts a symposium on the Ron Paul movement. From The Atlantic, when postwar modernism went west, it dropped the angst—and transformed a culture. Prices are going up for contemporary art, but will these works still be so fashionable—and saleable—in 25 years? From Wired, free! A look at why $0.00 is the future of business. Dani Rodrik and Arvind Subramanian on why we must curb international flows of capital. Taking beauty personally: A beauty salon for veiled women has provoked the wrath of secularist Egyptians. The Forensic Humanitarian: How a statistical sleight of hand can expose war crimes. A review of Global Pharmaceuticals: Ethics, Markets, Practices by Adriana Petryna, Andrew Lakoff and Arthur Kleinman. A review of Suckers: How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools of Us All by Rose Shapiro. Where Kant meets Kareem: A review of Basketball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Paint.

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