From the inaugural issue of Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and Action, Nathan Rambukkana (Concordia): Is slash an alternative medium? "Queer" heterotopias and the role of autonomous media spaces in radical world building; an essay on "Outlaw" Bicycling; and an interview with Roberto Ciccarelli on "social centers" in Italy.

Form Canadian Journal of Sociology, a review of Structures of Memory: Understanding Urban Change in Berlin and Beyond by Jennifer A. Jordan; The New Berlin: Memory, Politics, Place by Karen E. Till; and Traumascapes: The Power and Fate of Places Transformed by Tragedy by Maria Tumarkin; a review of Medicalized Masculinities; and a review of Negotiating Transcultural Lives: Belongings and Social Capital among Youth in Comparative Perspective; a review of Serious Leisure: A Perspective for Our Time by Robert A. Stebbins.

Micah Schwartzman (Virginia): The Principle of Judicial Sincerity. A review of Enforcing Equality: Congress, the Constitution, and the Protection of Individual Rights. From Commonweal, an article on Daniel Callahan & bioethics: Where the best arguments take him. Message in a Bacterium: Researchers use DNA as a post-human time capsule.

An interview with Michael Clark, author of Paradoxes from A to Z. A review of Culture and Philosophy in the Age of Plotinus by Mark Edwards. Here are 5 sample chapters from History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer. The first chapter from The Telescope: Its History, Technology, and Future by Geoff Andersen. Prehistoric Polynesians beat Europeans to the Americas, according to a new analysis of chicken bones. One of the greatest collections of historical letters ever amassed has been found in a laundry room, with one filing cabinet holding 500 years of history.

From Discover, here are 20 things you didn't know about Nothing: There's more there than you think. The introduction to How Mathematicians Think: Using Ambiguity, Contradiction, and Paradox to Create Mathematics by William Byers.

From The Chronicle, The Heart of a Campus: A college's main building, often imposing and ornate, is a fondly regarded symbol to alumni. A new book highlights the architecture of Old Main. Could RateMyProfessors.com be right? A study finds correlation between ratings professors receive on much-derided site and through official student evaluations.

From FT, Martin Wolf reviews Happiness: Lessons from a New Science by Richard Layard. The pursuit of happiness: The science of wellbeing must turn to philosophy in order to understand the true nature of friendship.  It's Called Sexsomnia: People with this rare disorder engage in sexual activity while asleep, but don't remember it later. No-one wants to talk seriously about toilets. Poke around in the hidden corners of The Poop Report, and you’ll come to see there's a lot more to it than tales about the trots.


At BookExpo America, conservative publishers worry about future. If you think speed-dating is tough, try selling your book to an editor in three minutes. Scholarly presses offered catalogs and the occasional bowl of tiny candy bars. None of the publicists were dressed as life-sized cartoon characters. Imagine, if you will, walking into a hall with displays of thousands upon thousands of books...

Waxing philosophical, booksellers face the digital: John Updike would not be pleased. Bound miniature books were common in medieval and Renaissance times as illuminated manuscripts, and in the 18th and 19th centuries as everything from alphabet primers to novels. Literary festivals used to be humble gatherings of authors and fans. But now they are undergoing a boom, with new events opening and everyone from politicians to pop stars getting in on the act. Fighting talk: How Chuck Palahnuik became the Marilyn Manson of the literary circuit. An article on literary love: What happens when the writer you admire most becomes your friend? Why do the archives of so many great writers end up in Texas?

From CT, an article on Remembering Auden: And learning how to make sense of his renunciations. Almost 70 years after her first publication, Nadine Gordimer is still breaking new ground as a writer. No difference between politics and art: A review of Touchstones: Essays in Literature, Art and Politics by Mario Vargas Llosa (and more). A review of Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family by Alexander Waugh. From The New Yorker, Marie Micheline: A life in Haiti by Edwidge Danticat.

A review of From a Cause to a Style: Modernist Architecture’s Encounter With the American City by Nathan Glazer. A review of Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America by Jeff Wiltse.  A review of Leaving Dirty Jersey: A Crystal Meth Memoir by James Salant; Another Bloody Love Letter by Anthony Loyd; Wasted by Mark Johnson; and All of Me by Patsy Palmer. A review of Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom by Andy Letcher (and more). A review of The Strange World of David Lynch: Transcendental Irony from Eraserhead to Mullholland Dr. by Eric G. Wilson.

From The Believer, Ker-Chunk! A hit making keyboard made of 8-track car stereos? Meet rock's rarest instrument. Wouldn't it be ironic if you could download a song using an umbrella? It's a not-too-far fetched prospect. A review of The Horse God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World’s Greatest Racehorse by Lawrence Scanlan. The Lack of the Irish: Long before baseball ruled, the quirky sports of Gaelic football and hurling provided Irish arrivals with a vital link to their homeland. But now, with fewer and fewer legal - and illegal - immigrants washing ashore, these Gaelic games are in the fight of their lives.

The man who discovered flight (and his name isn't Wright): Almost 200 years ago, George Cayley pioneered aviation; and flying is a simple idea, but hardly anything's as complex as a jet – or as difficult to restore to its natural state: airborne. An interview with Eduardo Xol, author of Home Sense: Simple Solutions to Enhance Where and How You Live. A review of The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin. A review of U-Turn: What If You Woke Up One Morning and Realized You Were Living the Wrong Life? by Bruce Grierson. A review of Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: True Tales of Love, Lust, and Friendship Between Straight Women and Gay Men.


From Commentary, Norman Podhoretz on Jerusalem and the Scandal of Particularity: Thinking about the future of Israel's capital city—and about the mystery of Jewish survival. A review of The Last Resistance by Jacqueline Rose. Three for Thought: What you need to read about the Six-Day War. Forty years ago next week, Israel and its Arab neighbours went to war. Harvey Morris explores the causes and the consequences. The introduction to Barriers to Democracy: The Other Side of Social Capital in Palestine and the Arab World by Amaney A. Jamal.

A pair of histories show the unprecedented effects of two technologies of terror: A review of Buda's Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb by Mike Davis and On Suicide Bombing by Talal Asad. Iraq’s Curse: No faction has been able to secure absolute power, and that has only sharpened the hunger for it. Life in the Inferno of Baghdad: Political reconciliation will take years. Cleansing Baghdad's soul will take generations. Patrick Cockburn interviews Moqtada al-Sadr. If President Bush is committed to fighting on in Iraq, then he needs a fundamentally different military strategy — one that offers the only realistic chance of compelling a ceasefire between Iraq's warring factions.

Hillary’s War: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s decisions on Iraq may point to what sort of president she would be. Will the real Hillary please stand up? Elizabeth Kolbert reviews Carl Bernstein's A Woman in Charge (and an excerpt) and Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta's Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

From New York, a covers story on The Politics of Personality Destruction: Candidates for president are asked hundreds of times a day to feign every possible emotion. Such a task should be repugnant to any authentic human—but do we really want a normal person in the world’s most stressful job? Can conservative Protestants vote for a member of what they consider a cult? An article on Mitt's Mormonism and the evangelical vote. Romney candidacy has resurrected last days prophecy of Mormon saving the Constitution. Is Fred Thompson too lazy to get nominated? John Dickerson investigates. Ron Paul wants to drag the U.S. out of Iraq, can the war on drugs, and overturn the Patriot Act. No wonder Republican power brokers want to boot him off the stage. Here's a question for Giuliani: What, exactly, do you want government to stop doing? Or do you simply want all of government to be less effective and more wasteful? Imagine how the media would cover the divorced rich Republican presidential candidates, if they were Democrats.

From The Politico, an interview with Al Gore and more and more on The Assault on Reason. Al Gore has more to lose than to gain from running for president, and the response to Al Gore’s new book helps prove his point. We need a brainiac president, a regular Mister or Miss Smarty-Pants. We need to elect the kid you hated in high school, the teacher's pet with perfect grades.  The quixotic political startup known as Unity08 is not the first third-party movement in the United States, but it may be one of the brashest and most original.

Forget the campaigns. Disregard the position papers and attack ads. One of the best ways to tell who's going to win an election is to see the candidates on TV, watching them for 10 seconds and keeping the sound off. The Brookings Institution creates a special project designed to inject ideas into the 2008 presidential debate, with papers on nuclear proliferation, the budget deficit, U.S.-Muslim world relations, and more. Will electronic voting reform create new ways to steal elections? Steven Rosenfeld investigates. As a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota, Al Franken has become painfully aware of the role money plays in politics.


From Stars & Stripes, a special report on The Evolving Enemy: Multiple enemies complicate Iraq insurgency, once thought the work of a few, involves a diverse array; and from Time, an article on being careful of your friends in Iraq. A 1956 article, "Communist Interrogation", shows that methods embraced after 2001 were once considered torture that would produce false information. Stuart Taylor Jr. on how not to make terrorism policy. Willing and able potential military recruits are being turned away, causalities of the battle over immigration. Why won't we let them fill the ranks?

The Fight for the Minimum Wage: Voters in several states soundly approved minimum wage increases last fall. But now state legislatures, with a push from industries that employ low-wage workers, are hard at work to gut the new laws. Five years ago, Sylvia Ann Hewlett terrified women with her book Baby Hunger, a warning against leaving motherhood till too late. Now she's back with another shocking message: employers are writing off women once they've had children. And we're all losing out. A review of Taking on the Big Boys: Why Feminism is Good for Families, Business and the Nation by Ellen Bravo. A review of Neither Angels Nor Demons: Women, Crime and Victimization. An interview with Kevin Davis, author of Defending the Damned: Inside Chicago's Cook County Public Defender's Office.

Tim Wise on reflections on the psychopathology of racist thinking. Why are greens so white? The eco-movement faces an uphill battle in engaging newcomers, low-income citizens. Driven to Extremes: For their commutes of up to four hours a day, some enjoy cheaper housing and better pay. But at what price?

The Case Against Mandates: Individual mandates are all the rage among progressive health policy experts. Too bad they're a terrible idea. How a legal case could cripple one of modern medicine's greatest achievements. The Profit Calculator: The wild risks, unexpected niches, and day-in-day-out grind behind making a dollar in New York for everyone... from a drug dealer to Goldman Sachs; how do you improve on water? Pricey new magic potions on tap; and take this quiz to find out if you're a member of the burgeoning green-foodie community, aka. a "groodie".

From Vanity Fair, If You Knew Sushi: A single tuna auctioned for more than $170,000, sake flavored with snake venom, a Moonie consortium—the sushi business is wilder than gourmet wasabi. From the back alleys of Tokyo to New York's most expensive Japanese restaurant, Nick Tosches uncovers the real, raw world behind an epicure's delight. An interview with Barbara Kingsolver, author of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. David Greenberg |inprint/issue=200703&id=273|reviews| Michael A. Lerner’s Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City.

A review of Artificial Happiness: The Dark Side of the New Happy Class by Ronald Dworkin and The Happiness Myth: Why What We Think is Right is Wrong by Jennifer Michael Hecht; and a look at why freedom's just another word for less money, less waste. Does a stressful childhood equate to a liberal adulthood? A controversial study challenges a persistent and potent stereotype. Fifty Ways to Leave Whatever: A couple creates a business out of existential angst. A review of The Real Toy Story: Inside the Ruthless Battle for Britain's Youngest Consumers by Eric Clark and Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantalise Adults and Swallow Citizens Whole by Benjamin R Barber (and more).

The established pornography business is in decline — and the Internet is being held responsible. Sex, With Consequences: Why is it that in books, movies and on stage, jumping into bed is now fraught with danger? The escort who brought down the Rev. Ted Haggard talks about why he wrote a book about it and why the gay community is still divided on his having done it.


From the inaugural issue of Studies in Social Justice, David Harvey (CUNY): Neoliberalism and the City (and an interview); Nancy Fraser (New School): Feminist Politics in an Age of Recognition: A Two-Dimensional Approach to Gender Justice; William Carroll (Victoria): Hegemony and Counter-Hegemony in a Global Field; Michael Reisch (Michigan): Social Justice and Multiculturalism: Persistent Tensions in the History of US Social Welfare and Social Work; and Gary Craig (Hull): Social Justice in a Multicultural Society: Experience from the UK.

From Ars Disputandi, a review of Ethics in Crisis: Interpreting Barth’s Ethics by David Clough and a review of Epistemology as Theology: An Evaluation of Alvin Plantinga’s Religious Epistemology by James Beilby. An excerpt from The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil by Philip Zimbardo. An interview with Joshua Foa Dienstag, author of Pessimism: Philosophy, Ethic, Spirit.

The first chapter from Einstein on Politics: His Private Thoughts and Public Stands on Nationalism, Zionism, War, Peace, and the Bomb.  Quantum Scoop: The Holy Grail of particle physics may already have been found. The story of mysterious life-forms that existed nearly 600 million years ago might involve rocks in, of all places, Hingham. A radical idea, to be sure. Then again, the provocative scientist leading a study there is anything but conventional. Michael Ruse reviews The Edge of Revolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism by Michael J. Behe.

From The Intercollegiate Review, Real Men Prove Darwin Wrong (Again): Peter Augustine Lawler reviews "The Human Beast", A Man In Full and I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe, Manliness by Harvey Mansfield, and The Right Darwin: Evolution, Religion, and the Future of Democracy by Carson Holloway; a review of Return to Greatness: How America Lost its Sense of Purpose and What it Needs to Do to Recover It by Alan Wolfe and a review of  Look Homeward, America: In Search of Reactionary Radicals and Front-Porch Anarchists by Bill Kauffman.

A review of The Economic Naturalist: In Search of Explanations for Everyday Enigmas by Robert H. Frank. A review of Nature: An Economic History by Geerat J. Vermeij and The Natural Origins of Economics by Margaret Schabas. The first chapter from Lawlessness and Economics: Alternative Modes of Governance by Avinash K. Dixit. An interview with Thomas K. McCraw, author of Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction.

From The Chronicle, A Grand Unified Theory of Interdisciplinarity: For interdisciplinarity to be more than a buzzword, professors must radically restructure their approach to knowledge, writes Lennard J. Davis; The Scholar in Society: The humanities are not self-sustaining. Humanists must argue for their social value and back up those arguments as convincingly as possible, writes Bruce Robbins; and the AAUP, 92 and Ailing: Mismanagement, declining membership, and a schizophrenic mission threaten the premier faculty association.

You're not earning as much as the guys? If you want to erase that salary gap, ladies, change your major. When Should a Kid Start Kindergarten? Parents, and now states, are trying to work it so that some children are a year older when they enter school. This could lead to better test scores — and more inequality. Boys Gone Mild: When playing and getting hurt become threatened activities in need of adult intervention, it might be time to let go. A note to the forgetful: be thankful you don’t remember everything. It means your brain is working properly.


The New York Times asks a handful of writers what books they’ve enjoyed most over the last few months, and why. Their choices are idiosyncratic and instructive. From Salon, from the pursuit of a lost Shakespeare manuscript to a chilling tale of missing sisters, these recommendations will add sizzle to your beach book list; and Opus Day: An interview with Berkeley Breathed, Salon's new Sunday cartoonist. The Skim Trade: At New York's BookExpo, the literary event of a lunchtime. In Praise Of The Small Press: There are numerous other small presses out there. Check them out - you might discover a gem of your own.

From Harper's, an article on Why Dickens Matters. Orhan Pamuk's prosecution for "insulting Turkishness" made headlines around the world but he is not interested in engaging directly with politics. He is delighted to find that people are finally talking to him about his novels. A review of You Must Set Forth at Dawn: A Memoir by Wole Soyinka. A review of When She Was White: The True Story of a Family Divided By Race by Judith Stone. A review of Neal Stephenson's "Baroque Cycle" (Quicksilver; The Confusion; and The System of the World). Ten questions with marketing maven and Chasing Cool author Noah Kerner about generating an authentic vision and why "the process is the prize". From Literary Review, a review of What is the What by Dave Eggers; and intrepid foreign correspondent Jason Burke finds harmony in the spare prose of the late Ryszard Kapuscinski's final work, Travels with Herodotus.

From Smithsonian, an interview with Jay Levenson, guest curator of the exhibition "Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries". A review of Christian Demonlogy and Popular Mythology: Demons, Spirits, Witches, vol. 2 by Gabor Klaniczay and Éva Pocs. From Strange Maps, here's a look at the first, false map of the "True North". A review of The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures by Louis Theroux.

More on Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr by Nancy Isenberg. A review of Age of Betrayal: The Triumph of Money in America, 1865 – 1900 by Jack Beatty. Jonathan Yardley reviews FDR by Jean Edward Smith. More on Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi. A review of The Invincible Quest: The Life of Richard Milhous Nixon by Conrad Black. David S. Broder reviews Gerald R. Ford by Douglas Brinkley. More on Presidential Courage by Michael Beschloss. A review of Courage: Eight Portraits by Gordon Brown and Instruction to Deliver by Michael Barber (and more).

A review of Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire and the Birth of Europe by William Rosen (and more). A review of The Noble Revolt: The Overthrow of Charles I by John Adamson. A review of The Pursuit of Glory: Europe, 1648-1815 by Tim Blanning. A review of William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner by William Hague. A review of Garibaldi: Invention of a Hero by Lucy Riall. A review of Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore. A review of Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions that Changed the World 1940-41 by Ian Kershaw (and more). A review of The President, the Pope and the Prime Minister by John O'Sullivan (and more). A review of The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961–89 by Frederick Taylor.


From Monthly Review, John Bellamy Foster on The Imperialist World System. From Radical Notes, an article on Globalisation and Primitive Capital Accumulation. A suggestion for the well-meaning souls preparing to heed Jeffrey Sachs' call. This year, before donning a plastic wristband and heading for the agreed march route, why not buy a copy of The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier? Daniel Drezner on The Power of the State in a Global Economy (and more on Drezner). Harvard's Robert Rotberg on Improving Nation-State Governance. If there is one thing upon which members of group of eight industrialised states can agree, it is that they do not want to allow any new members into their elite club. It was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration at the G8 meeting. But suddenly, it turned into a war with anarchists battling it out with police. Almost 1,000 people were injured. But what went wrong?

From Demokratizatsiya, Graeme Gill (Sydney): Nationalism and the Transition to Democracy: The Post -Soviet Experience. The best and worst of Russia's present mind-set was on full display in the weeks leading up to May 9, when Russia celebrates its victory over Nazi Germany. Russia's wars in Chechnya, which the Kremlin says are over, have shaped the country that Russians and the world are now living with. Almost two decades after the fall of communism, a number of Eastern European countries are still struggling to establish stable democracies. From radical right-wingers to authoritarian post-communists, the political landscape lacks a center. Poland's terrible twins: Poland's president and prime minister, former freedom fighters, are reintroducing the habits of authoritarianism. The Baltic Sea's Renaissance: How the region that rings the Baltic has become a 21st century economic powerhouse. Estonia is Under Siege on the Web: A cyber assault on websites in Estonia is a warning to governments and businesses everywhere.

A review of The New Cold War: Revolutions, Rigged Elections and Pipeline Politics in the Former Soviet Union by Mark Mackinnon. Ukrainian democracy might be highly chaotic and immature – but at least it's a democracy. Nevertheless, there's still a lot to do before the country achieves anything like stability.  Serbian or not quite Serbian? A review of Realm of the Black Mountain: A history of Montenegro by Elizabeth Roberts. The birthday country: On its first birthday, Montenegro looks reassuringly normal

From The Globalist, a look at why Ireland's economic boom is no miracle. Geoffrey Wheatcroft reviews Gordon Brown’s Courage: Eight Portraits (and more).  A review of Fantasy Island: Waking Up to the Incredible Economic, Political and Social Illusions of the Blair Legacy by Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson. The call of duty: As Tony Blair said in South Africa today, interventionist policies are often mocked. But our moral duty to help the developing world should be beyond dispute.

From Newsweek, Beyond Bush: Fareed Zakaria on why what the world needs is an open, confident America. Bin Laden, Still Haunting Bush: Al Qaeda had a plan—and it is working. Al-Qaeda’s Waiting Game: Michael Sheuer on how Bush isn’t winning in his battle against our real enemy. A review of The Power of the Vote: Electing Presidents, Overthrowing Dictators, and Promoting Democracy Around the World by Doug Schoen. Containing Iran: An excerpt from Containment: Rebuilding a Strategy Against Global Terror by Ian Shapiro. Michael Kinsley on how supporters of the war think they've outsmarted its opponents. They're wrong. Immanuel Wallerstein on ending the Iraq War: Two competing plans.


From Daedalus, Daron Acemoglu on the Economic Origins of Democracy. Adam Parsons on the end of economic growth. A review of The Real Wealth of Nations by Riane Eisler. Shock of the new: The economic impact of information technology will take decades to become clear. James Surowiecki on how technology is supposed to make our lives easier, allowing us to do things more quickly and efficiently. But too often it seems to make things harder. Technology drives the forces of globalization. But when we replace our computers and flat-screens with the newest in high-tech cool, what happens to the hardware we throw away? Welcome to the digital dumping ground, where the poor make a living off other people’s spare parts. From Freezerbox, The Bored Whore of Kyoto: European johns line up to tap Russia's carbon reduction potential; and did lefty pundit Alexander Cockburn and corporate behemoth General Motors secretly agree to swap climate positions? A look at how the rightists want all of Earth's worth; some greens side with them. An interview with May Berenbaum on the role of cellphones, pesticides and alien abductions in the honeybee crisis.

From Think Tank, an interview with Anne Applebaum, author of The Gulag: A History. From The Moscow Times, a review of Comrades! A History of World Communism by Robert Service. Love me, I'm a liberal: A review of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: The New Liberal Menace in America by Stephen Marshall. Al Gore suggests that we cannot have both television and democracy in The Assault on Reason (and an interview). The struggle among conservatives to define their movement in the post-Bush era may be getting more attention these days, but liberal intellectuals and writers are doing some soul-searching of their own. William Vollman on The Great Exception: For hundreds of years, the rules didn't seem to apply to America the Perfect.

A review of Clean: A History of Personal Hygiene and Purity by Virginia Smith and The Cleaning Bible: Kim and Aggie’s Complete Guide to Modern Household Management by Kim Woodburn and Aggie MacKenzie (and more). Breaking Free of Suburbia's Stranglehold: Families simplify lifestyles in quest for meaning that constant hustle obscured. Outsourcing Your Life: Sending work offshore has transformed the U.S. economy. Now, some families are tapping the same approach for personal tasks, getting them done for a fraction of what they'd cost at home. Taking your to-do list global. Growing Up in Public: The conventional wisdom has it that younger people will one day regret disclosing so much personal information online. But the conventional wisdom's wrong. Volunteer Blues: What if helping people doesn’t make you feel better? From American Sexuality, Mad About You: An article on modern day stalking, and old fashion passion; and The Invisible Woman: Is acknowledging the biological divide key to achieving equality between the sexes? When everyone is offended by mere words, language’s real victims lose out. 

An article on weird drinking laws of the USA. Fear of Frying: Here's brief history of trans fats. The Science of Appetite: There's a lot more to feeling hungry than you think. New research into what drives us to eat may teach us how to control the urge; and How the World Eats: In the face of Westernization, families across the globe are abandoning traditional diets and dining habits. With summer about to begin, four people artists, architects and designers — imagine playgrounds that could attract the modern adolescent. New Yorkers — as well as all Americans faced with anti-dance restrictions — should stand up and take action. A record number of Americans own pets—and they are spending a record amount of money feed, clothe and care for their wee beasts. But is all the attention actually good for the critters?


From The Intercollegiate Review, a symposium on 20 Years since The Closing of the American Mind, including  R. V. Young on The University Possessed Peter Augustine Lawler on The Socratic Philosopher and the American Individual and Wilfred McClay on Recovering the Western Soul; a review of My Life Among the Deathworks: Illustrations of the Aesthetics of Authority by Phillip Rieff; a review of The Strange Death of Marxism: The European Left in the New Millennium by Paul Edward Gottfried; and a review of The Conservative Soul by Andrew Sullivan. An article on James Q. Wilson and the power of his written word: His thoughts have left an indelible impression on Los Angeles and the nation.

From The Chronicle, The Nature of Foul Matter: In a new monthly column, Rachel Toor explores the writing and publishing process in academe. From New Statesman, when politicians use their brains: Peter Wilby on telling the truth about grammar schools.  A review of Exposing the Great White North: Whiteness, Privilege and Identity in Education in Canada. As a former college president, John McCardell knows all about binge drinking on campuses. What he wants to do about it might surprise you.

From Al-Ahram, who built the pyramids? The Giza Plateau Mapping Project is searching for the human hand in the construction of these powerful symbols of remote antiquity which have intrigued and fascinated people for generations. An all-inclusive field school supported by the American Research Center in Egypt with a USAID grant is heralding a new age for Egyptology and other disciplines. A review of After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire by John Darwin. Mutiny of the aristocrats: The English civil war was about defending noble power rather than democratic ideas, The Noble Revolt argues. More on A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr. A look at the Inglehart-Welzel Cultural Map of the World from the World Values Survey.

The true mysteries of mathematics lie at the limits of our thinking - infinity. Reach beyond what you think is possible and you start to explore the wonders of maths at the extremes. The planet hunters: The search for alien life is yielding weird new worlds at a remarkable rate. Biologists always thought life required the Sun's energy, until they found an ecosystem that thrives in complete darkness. The Language of the Bees: An interview with Hugh Raffles. Macaques can do sums based on probability, if they have enough time and the promise of a drink afterwards. Kids can add and subtract without arithmetic: Knowing how to count lets kindergartners do arithmetic before they learn its rules. Smell is the most mysterious of the five senses - scientists are still not exactly sure how the nose decodes odors. Horsemen of the Esophagus: Among the super-gluttons, on the front lines of competitive eating.


From The Hindu, does the internal war in Sri Lanka between the government and the LTTE have any security implications for India? A review of Can India grow without Bharat? by Shankar Acharya and The Second Partition by Patwant Singh. An essay on The Last Mughal and the First Empress (an part 2 and part 3). A review of India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha. A review of Incredible India: Traditions and Rituals by Muthusamy Varadarajan. A caste of millions: India's 160m Dalits, or untouchables, have turned to the internet to combat their mistreatment at home.

Democracy, ready or not: On their king's orders, the citizens of Bhutan must now learn to vote. But in a society where only 3% of people say they are unhappy, what incentive do the people really have to change their government, and it’s democracy for some as Bhutan refuses to allow more than 100,000 Bhutanese Hindu refugees to return home. A review of Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi by Justin Wintle and The River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma by Thant Myint-U. Prisoner of virtue: Aung San Suu Kyi is saintly, but is she right? Once a Muslim, always a Muslim in Malaysia: The country’s highest court rules that a Kuala Lumpur woman can’t convert to Christianity.

From Foreign Policy, Japan is on the cusp of a constitutional revolution. To an overstretched West, a newly muscular Tokyo promises stability in a rapidly shifting region. Yet, in its rush to overturn six decades of official pacifism, the Japanese government is stifling the serious national debate required in a modern democracy. Is anyone paying attention? Why are there so many suicides in Japan? Christopher Beam investigates. A review of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S. by Roland Kelts. From The New Atlantis, Jeff Kueter, president of the George C. Marshall Institute, on China's space ambitions — and ours. A review of The Writing on the Wall: China and the West in the 21st century by Will Hutton (and more). Gita Aravamudan talks about how Disappearing Daughters, her book on female foeticide, happened.

In the past 30 years Agnes has had unprotected sex with up to 2,000 infected men. Yet she and a small number of her fellow sex workers are still free from Aids. Stephanie Nolen travels to Majengo, a slum in Nairobi, to meet the extraordinary women and researchers who are changing the history of HIV. After fighting neglected diseases in Africa for a quarter century, former president Jimmy Carter takes on one of the continent's biggest killers—malaria. With an annual inflation rate of 3,714 percent, Zimbabwe appears to be caught in a tailspin of hyperinflation. The introduction to Anglican Communion in Crisis: How Episcopal Dissidents and Their African Allies Are Reshaping Anglicanism. As asylum seekers from Africa drown or are abandoned at sea trying to cross to Europe, a UN official charged the governments of Mediterranean countries with turning the waters between them into a "wild west" where the lives of immigrants had little value.

From Der Spiegel, it used to be that residents of southern Spain would head to Germany as guest workers. Now, the region hosts guest workers of its own — from Morocco. The program may become a model for migrant labor across the European Union. Forced labour is widespread in Europe. But until policy makers recognize the need to manage the demand for migrant workers, there will continue to be a market for those prepared to risk exploitation. A review of The Future of Europe: Reform or Decline by Alberto Alessina and Francesco Giavazzi.

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