From The Economist, an article on the tragedy of the commons: Property rights may be the way to preserve forests. The ethics of land and liberty: How can a person justifiably own something? There are clear moral principles that explain this, although many pundits get confused.

From The New Yorker, since all industries crave foreign markets to expand into but fear foreign competitors encroaching on their home turf, they lobby their governments to tilt the rules in their favor. Usually, this involves manipulating tariffs and quotas. But, of late, a troubling twist in the game has become more common, as countries use free-trade agreements to rewrite the laws of their trading partners. From the Department of Economic Heresy, Alan Blinder on how free trade's great, but offshoring rattles him. Making trade work for everyone: Voters aren’t happy with the reality of free trade—and Democrats are starting to listen.

Quick quiz: Is the dollar weak because Americans think President Bush is a miserable failure? Ignore the black swan: Why are the world's stock markets continuing to rise even though the signs of economic danger are multiplying everywhere? We are regularly taken for suckers by the unexpected. An interview with James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds.

From American Heritage, a look at how illegal immigration was born. From Shovels to Suits: The anti-immigration movement in the United States spans the vigilante border patrols of the Minutemen, the halls of Capitol Hill, the offices of think tanks and foundations, and the Web sites of white supremacist groups. Demagogues are spouting nativist nonsense about immigration, while candidates who know better are avoiding the issue. End of the melting pot? An article on how the new wave of immigrants presents new challenges.

From The American Prospect, don't blame immigrants for poverty wages: The remedy is wage protections, worker rights, and better education and training for both immigrants and native-born workers; false choices on poverty: Why we must address both economics and values; debt, the new safety net: Low-income families are saddled with very high-interest debt. They're not spendthrifts — their earnings are inadequate to fulfill basic needs; and is rising inequality reversible? Politics matters. For a half century, income inequality has fallen under Democrats but risen under Republicans. John Edwards believes a new labor movement is the answer to the country's great divide. Should corporate America be afraid of him? When The Class War Goes Local: In Montana, corporate execs and their GOP allies gather to fight "employee-slanted" policies.

Big business as healthcare reform's unlikely ally: A big-business coalition, breaking ranks with smaller firms, will lobby Sacramento and D.C. to expand coverage to all. Ezra Klein on The Health of Nations: How Europe, Canada, and our own VA do health care better. From Truthdig, Chris Hedges on The Greatest Threat to Choice. And do low-income women have a right to choose? Advocates say the cost of abortion makes it inaccessible to many women — which is why the Dems should be pushing to repeal the ban on public funding for the procedure


From TNR, a review of The Savage Detectives and Amulet by Roberto Bolaño, and a guide to the best foreign novelists you've never heard of. Independent Africa's hopeful infancy: A review of You Must Set Forth at Dawn by Wole Soyinka.

From n+1, a memoir of childhood under Czech communism. A review of Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk. From Sign and Sight, Steppenwolf's archivist Roman Bucheli visits Volker Michels at his Hermann Hesse archive, the "most functional" documentation centre on one of Germany's best selling authors. George Szirtes welcomes a new collection of Primo Levi's mischievous and bitter short stories, A Tranquil Star.

From Salon, an interview with Michael Chabon, author of The Yiddish Policemen's Union, on Jewish identity, Chassids as hobbits, his love of Barack Obama and the joys of writing a Yiddish-Alaskan detective novel. From The Village Voice, the Upper West Side goes to the dogs in Cathleen Shine's The New Yorkers. Richard Flanagan’s stunning new novel The Unknown Terrorist gives us a world headed toward irredeemable disaster. A review of The Pest House: An unlikely Adam and Eve set out in a ravaged America (and more and more and more). Victim returns to crime scene 30 years later, as an author: An interview with Terri Jentz, author of Strange Piece of Paradise.

Poetic science on the passage of time: A review of The Sea Lady by Margaret Drabble. A review of Best New Paranormal Romance. The publisher of Little Pink Slips is marketing the novel as a roman à clef — a kind of Devil Wears Prada for pink-slipped editors. Young Adult Fantasy with a Twist: A review of Un Lun Dun by China Mieville.

Book not ready for print? You can whip up an audiobook for a podcast for now. Book Tourist: Adventures in the magic terrain where readers and writers commingle. The prize bigger even than the Booker: Most literary endeavour ends not in failure. The birth of Cubism may not seem like standard fodder for a graphic novel. But the painting breakthrough is at the heart of The Salon, by Nick Bertozzi.

The taxonomy of stray shopping carts: In developing a book-length classification system for runaway retail buggies, a Buffalo artist strives to illuminate the mundane. And, no, he's not kidding. When the chips are down: A review of Bigger Deal: a Year on the New Poker Circuit by Anthony Holden (and more and more). The Main Squeeze: Though the accordion has been spiraling out of favor for decades, at least one man refuses to turn in the keys.

Banksy Was Here: Lauren Collins on the invisible man of graffiti art. Corporations have been usurping and reshaping Black mass culture for decades — hip hop is just the latest product line. A look at why war has broken out between jazz and hip hop. A review of Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women by T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting. Cover stories of Rolling Stone: How the iconic rock magazine's covers evolved over 40 years. And here are the 15 best songs that are totally about masturbation


From Der Spiegel, the rules of post-9/11 politics are reversed in Turkey, as a flareup over the prospect of an Islamic president shows. Western leaders are more worried about the Turkish military's intrusion into politics than about the ruling party's Islamic agenda. Genocide is not a fact: A review of La Perversion Historiographique: une réflexion arménienne.

From OstEuropa, democracy or the street? The demonstrations in Budapest in September 2006 marked the culmination of a conflict between Conservatives and the liberal Left. The rift is exacerbated by politicized disputes about the past; and a response: In the Hungarian case, it is not a question of whether history has been instrumentalized by politics, but of whether one approves of how it has been instrumentalized. Alshar, an ancient mine located in the southern Balkans, in Macedonia, is said to contain minerals that are found nowhere else on the planet.

From The Chronicle, what European Century? Euro-optimism has given way to Euro-pessimism. In that climate, the debate should be about which of the Continent's traditions and values can be saved, writes Walter Laqueur. Niall Ferguson on how Tony Blair's simplistic foreign policy landed him in Bush's lap and isolated from continental Europe.

Is Nicolas Sarkozy the French Margaret Thatcher? Although Sarkozy played the nationalist card during the election campaign, the future French president is still regarded as a beacon of hope for the EU., but he faces huge challenges, and the radical political and moral cure he wants to prescribe could instead trigger deep social conflicts in French society. Why Royal flopped: Her loss to Nicolas Sarkozy marked merely the latest in a string of missed opportunities for the Socialists in France.

Progressives' French Lesson: With their European friends in some trouble, American progressives may have both the opportunity and the obligation to find the new formulas. All France was transfixed as presidential candidates conducted a passionate, freewheeling debate this week. Why are American debates so intentionally stupid? From The Politico, what is the purpose of these debates? A look at why humans hate politics; a review of The Trap: Selling Out to Stay Afloat in Winner-Take-All America; and if an Old Boys' Club isn't accepting new members, the next best thing to do is start your own.

Does Oprah's magic touch extend to the realm of presidential politics? Last week, for the first time, Ms. Winfrey endorsed a political candidate, Senator Barack Obama. A review of The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to Be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Revolution. Generational Tensions: The sons and daughters of some iconic Republicans (Ike! T.R.!) are contemplating crossing the aisle. Can Fred Thompson rescue Republicans in 2008? In Orange County, the ex-Tennessee senator, "Law and Order" star and possible '08 contender acts presidential for a night. Jonathan Chait on how Republicans go week-kneed for tough guys. And Michael Barone on the realignment of America


From Bryn Mawr Classical Review, a review of The Unity of Plato's Gorgias: Rhetoric, Justice, and the Philosophic Life, and a review of Ancient Philosophy and Everyday Life. A review of The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law. A review of Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire and the Birth of Europe.

Partying and politicking: A review of Rites of Peace: The Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna (and more). A review of Napoleon in Egypt: The Greatest Glory. A review of The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics. Joseph O'Connor's civil war novel Redemption Falls is a wonderful polyphonic monster of a book, says Terry Eagleton.

From New English Review, Hugh Fitzgerald on Karen Armstrong: The coherence of her incoherence. A review of God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (and more and more). A review of Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America by Matthew Avery Sutton. A review of Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion. Rite Turn: Can the Latin Mass make a comeback?

From Opinion Journal, will DePaul, America's largest Catholic university give tenure to anti-Semite Norman Finkelstein? Alan Dershowitz wants to know. Is there disdain for evangelicals in the classroom? From Writ, can universities take adverse actions against students based on their MySpace profiles? It depends. For the students who have always known the internet, the first place to channel grief was online. And the best online forum was facebook, where everyone had always gathered. Seeing no progress, some schools drop laptops. Is PE a waste of time?

How much energy children expend may be determined by their genes, a study suggests, implying that they find their own activity level no matter what we tell them to do. A review of The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier.

From The Hindu, monumental blend: The mural has evolved gracefully merging tradition with contemporary rhythms. There was Cool Britannia, Britpop, the dome, plus plenty of flourishings, fall-outs and full-on revolts. Stuart Jeffries asks: what did Tony Blair do for the arts? Erran Baron Cohen, brother of Sacha, has composed a 16-minute musical piece, "Zere,'' which is debuting at St. James's Church in London. Here's the kicker: It will be performed by The West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra. And this column offers a round-up of recent articles in the scholarly periodicals, and the chance to amaze your friends with your erudition


A review of An Ocean of Air by Gabrielle Walker. Skyscrapers of nature: A review of The Wild Trees: The Passion and the Daring. A review of Silence of the Songbirds: How We are Losing the World's Songbirds and What We Can Do to Save Them. A review of The Chickens Fight Back: Pandemic Panics and Deadly Diseases That Jump From Animals to Humans.

One reason it is so hard to discover anything is that it is hard to know when you have done so. Noble Laureate John Polanyi, informed by childhood experience, reflects on penicillin, the greatest discovery in medical history. A review of Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver and Penicillin: Triumph and Tragedy.

From National Journal, beyond Hillarycare: Although Hillary Clinton is the '08 candidate with the most health care policy experience, she is in no rush to come out with a comprehensive blueprint after being pummeled in 1993. From Scientific American, Canada has as good or better health care than the US: Despite spending half what the US does on health care, Canada doesn't appear to be any worse at looking after the health of its citizens.

From The New York Times Magazine, The Older–and–Wiser Hypothesis: Wisdom, long a subject for philosophers, is now being scrutinized by a cadre of scientific researchers. The trick lies not just in measuring something so fuzzy but also in defining it in the first place; are you wise? Measure your wisdom by answering a questionnaire; A Longer, Better Life: Sara Davidson talks to two medical scientists about how the body ages and the research on trying to extend our healthy life span; A video Q. and A. on the new science of longevity; how did the repetitive household tasks our parents and grandparents tried to avoid become midlife leisure activities?; an article on reinventing middle age: How old are you anyway?; and a look at how one company found the right words to tap the baby-boomer penchant for personal development.

A review of The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America. A review of The Joy of Drinking. Eat local, be happy: A review of The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year in Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver (and more and more). A review of Alice Waters and Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution. A review of Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss — and the Myths and Realities of Dieting.

A review of Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture. And a review of The Happiness Myth: Why What We Think Is Right Is Wrong: A History of What Really Makes Us Happy


From LRB, for his Nose was as sharpe as a Pen, and a Table of greene fields: A review of William Shakespeare, Complete Works: The RSC Shakespeare. A review of Shakespeare the Thinker by A.D. Nuttall. The readiness to deconstruct is all: Carlin Romano Shakespeare's Philosophy by Colin McGinn. One Family Tree's Deep Shadows: Three generations and several cataclysms later, Dostoevsky's once-communist great-grandson embraces his towering ancestor.

From FT, compared with their forebears, modern literary heroines are spoiled for choice. But when it comes to a good story, is love the only thing that matters? Women taking wheel from men on noir's dark streets: A review of books. In his debut novel Lost City Radio , Daniel Alarcón reminds us that one man's freedom fighter is probably another woman's husband, another boy's father. Beautiful boy's boredom leads to rabies scare: A review of Rant by Chuck Palahniuk. Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road has not only been a best seller. It has also won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. It's even an Oprah's Book Club pick. Not bad, considering what a lousy book it is.

Why Not the Worst? Bad books are an essential weapon in the struggle against the tyranny of good taste. Sick of the country and its dream The best American fiction reveals a nation intent on sincere soul-searching in Granta 97: Best of Young American Novelists 2, and Sam Leith explains why Granta's new editor is the envy of the book world. Lionel Shriver explains why reviewing is a dangerous game for a novelist - and why she continues to land-mine her literary future.

The 17th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair was more than just a book fair. It is a part of a larger plan to position the Emirate as the hub of global culture in the Arab World. Considering so many of us spend our days toiling in offices, where are the great novels of working life? D J Taylor surveys over a century of fiction and finds a disturbing reality gap  Urgent message to publishers: Enough already with the endless procession of memoirs. Just because they're dead easy to churn out doesn't mean the world is waiting.

File under other: How do libraries — institutions that by nature require a strict, stately style of micromanagement — assimilate these self-published and occasionally category-defying dispatches from the cultural hinterlands? A review of The Iron Whim: A Fragmented History of Typewriting. And taxing times: A desk piled high with paperwork is a fearful thing – mountains of official letters with mind-numbing questions demanding an answer


Form Cafe Babel, three decades after the "Movida Madrileña", Spain remembers how post-Franco society was transformed by ten years of punk rebellion in Madrid. In Spain, where public drinking is banned in many areas, police spark a violent riot by attempting to clear a Madrid square of drinkers on the country's May 2 holiday. When the earth moves: One of the most ambitious town-relocation exercises in history will see the capital of Swedish Lapland, Kiruna, move 4km.

Farewell to the cargo cult: The current stand-off in the Ukraine is a result of "incomplete revolution". The failure to establish democratic structures has allowed the mechanisms of authoritarianism back into Ukrainian politics; the Orange Revolution, a fairy tale that wasn't. Now the evil prince has bounced back and his chances don't look bad. The people are learning that there's no such thing as good princes and princesses. A review of The Litvinenko File: the True Story of a Death Foretold (and more). A review of The New Cold War: Revolutions, Rigged Elections and Pipeline Politics in the Former Soviet Union. A review of The Gun That Changed the World by Mikhail Kalashnikov.

A review of The Khyber Pass: A history of Empire and invasion. From NPQ, an article on the Turkish crisis: The limits of democracy, or the seizure of the state from within. The leaders of Saudi Arabia are caught between a desire to compete globally and a demand that they guard tradition. Israel's 1967 attack on Egypt lasted only six days, but the repercussions have been bloodier and far longer reaching than anyone could have imagined. A review of Jerusalem 1913: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. For a quarter-century, Lebanon has been the graveyard of Israeli politicians reckless enough to venture there.

A review of Buda’s Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb by Mike Davis. The illiberal hour: A review of The Big Lie: On Terror, Antisemitism, and Identity by David Solway. An article on the rise of low-tech terrorism, and war costs money. Why can't politicians say so?

A review of Rumsfeld: An American Disaster and Washington's War: From Independence to Iraq. John J. DiIulio Jr on Spiritualpolitique: Religion matters more than ever in global affairs. But don't count on the experts to know that. The author examines history, philosophy and politics, but sides with biology as the motivation for human attainment by force: A review of War in Human Civilization by Azar Gat. A review of Are We Rome? The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America by Cullen Murphy. And the long view of civilization: A review of The Americanist by Daniel Aaron


From The Brooklyn Rail, a review of Words Without Borders: The World Through the Eyes of Writers: An Anthology. Brand Equity: An excerpt from Publishing Without Boundaries: How to Think, Work, and Win in the Global Marketplace. The web is dead; long live the web: As the internet evolves, the backlash begins. But is it really going to destroy our civilisation?

How to Type like a Man: A review of The Iron Whim: A Fragmented History of Typewriting (and more). From Financial Times, for better, for verse: A century ago London Opinion magazine ran a competition that started a national craze for limericks. What do Oprah and Atomic Scientists have in common?

From Foreign Policy, an article on Tehelka, an upstart weekly newspaper that has made a name for itself by pushing the limits of investigative journalism in India; and a look at how Mishpacha has successfully redrawn the borders of public discourse for the Orthodox Jewish community. Is it about art? Fashion? Is it actually about paper? Not entirely sure how to go about answering these questions, as Paper magazine is something like a mix of all three; Please, don’t be intimidated.

Rachel Smucker, too, approached Bitch with caution, wary of man-hating columnists and Bush-bashing feminazis. A look at the short, but lasting life of teen magazine Sassy. What media companies can learn from the rise and fall of the much-beloved teen mag Sassy. Fear of Blogging: Why women shouldn't apologize for being afraid of threats on the Web.

Bloggers from around the world mark Press Freedom Day 2007: Thanks to the internet we now have the most independent press and media in the history of the world; and on paper, the American press is remarkably free. So why don't US journalists use that freedom to speak truth to power? A hard-pressed trade: Journalists are under siege from privacy laws and attacks on press freedom, as well as earning relatively little.

Clark Hoyt, the longtime editor and most recently Washington chief for Knight Ridder, will become The New York Times' third public editor (and more). J. Bradford DeLong on America’s sleeping watch dog. The Dead Can Dance: Sometimes journalists use the deaths of prominent people to comment on current-day problems. How Not to Kill a Story: An Australian newspaper’s decision to quash a profile of Rupert Murdoch’s beautiful young Chinese wife has only fueled interest in the piece, which is bound to be published soon. Coordinates of the Rich and Famous: Supermarket tabloids and gossip columns still sell the illusion that stars live in a different world from the rest of us; but the Internet has created a new reality, and we’re all living in it together.

YouTube has already caused an Obama-Clinton spat, embarrassed Newt Gingrich, and dissected Mitt Romney. Clicking through the incriminating outtakes and citizen campaign ads, James Wolcott downloads the future of presidential politics. Banned from YouTube? Conservatives perceive YouTube bias, launch a new video-sharing site. Sweet Jesus I love Bill O'Reilly! Why Rosa Brooks owes her gig as an L.A. Times columnist to the name-calling cable and radio personality. And an article on why we hate local TV news


From Janus Head, Stephen H. Watson (Notre Dame): Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenological Itinerary From Body Schema to Situated Knowledge: On How We Are and How We Are Not to “Sing the World”; Dorothée Legrand (CREA): Pre-Reflective Self-Consciousness: On Being Bodily in the World; Evan Selinger and Timothy Engström (RIT): On Naturally Embodied Cyborgs: Identities, Metaphors, and Models (and a reply); Rob Harle (Stoney Chute): Disembodied Consciousness and the Transcendence of the Limitations of the Biological Body; Andrew C. Rawnsley (St. Andrews): A Situated or a Metaphysical Body? Problematics of Body as Mediation or as Site of Inscription; and Alexander Kozin (Berlin): The Uncanny Body: From Medical to Aesthetic Abnormality pdf.

A review of Consciousness and Its Place in Nature: Does Physicalism Entail Panpsychism? How we reflect on behavior: Mirror neurons, it seems, are of the utmost importance in human mind, and on the tip of the collective psychological tongue. A new study suggests that culture may shape the way our brains process visual information. I Chat, Therefore I Am: Can a smooth-talking robot initiate good conversation, generate witty responses, and reveal profound thoughts? See what happens when two chatbots speak to each other.

Scientists vs. Consumers: Thousands of consumers have voiced their opposition to cloned foods. Scientists dismiss them as "Luddites". Life at the Extremes: Some living species are able to thrive in inhospitable environments. How do they do it? More on the mathematical lives of plants: Scientists are figuring out why plants grow in spiral patterns that incorporate the "golden angle".

The X chromosome does much more than help specify an animal’s reproductive plumbing and behaves unlike any of the other chromosomes in the body. Like a column collapsing under the burden of a heavy roof, erectile dysfunction is a classical mechanical engineering problem, says a US urologist.

A split emerges as conservatives discuss Darwin: A dispute has cropped up on the right: Does Darwinian theory actually support conservative philosophy? But is it good for the conservatives? An article on Darwinism and its discontents. From Azure, The Gene Wars: What can science teach us about the validity of nationalist claims?

From Nanotechnology Now, an essay on Space Ethics: Look before taking another leap for mankind. From IEET, a look at why the discovery of a nearby Earth-like planet is bad news. Superhuman Imagination: An interview with Vernor Vinge on science fiction, the Singularity, and the state.

From Discover, Quantum Leap: The future of super-fast computing appears on the horizon. Many, especially historians, complain that e-mail is too ethereal and that communication is being lost to future generations. Now, the British Library is trying to do something about it. Down with Internet democracy: Why you don't want anonymous volunteers powering your search engine. A look at how you can understand the Internet. Would you like to see one of the landmarks you must pass on the road to Gootopia? Visit google.com/history. And Robert McHenry on how there is a limit to the amount of sheer noise we have to endure or learn to avoid


From The Economist, about 0.1% of world GDP would tackle climate change, a bargain, and more on how the costs of stabilising global warming are negligible. Could it be true that staving off the severe effects posed by climate change won't impose ruinous costs? The IPCC thinks so. The catch? It only works if everyone joins in.

Delegates from 120 countries have approved the first road map for combating climate change. A new report looks at the environmental benefits and drawbacks of wind power. Brewing energy in Australia: An article on converting beer byproducts into energy. Global warming is just a symptom: If we're seriously pro-life and want to see the planet survive, we need to get a handle on the population explosion — that's what is ultimately at the center of our unfolding environmental catastrophe.

From California Literary Review, Dear Minister, America is headed down; can it reverse course? From New English Review, Theodore Dalrymple on how There Is No God but Politics; and John Derbyshire on Private Lives. Amanda Marcotte on Feminism in the Era of Girls Gone Wild: Everyone these days wants to hear how young women have lost their way, especially if the author can blame feminism for it. But in reality, feminism has been anything but a tragedy for women. Is stripping a feminist act? If a woman chooses to objectify herself — shedding her clothes to obtain power through money — is she helping to eliminate gender inequality or simply degrading herself? A former adult entertainer shares her story.

From New Politics, an essay on the Hyde Amendment: The opening wedge to abolish abortion; and it is heartening to see the stigma of adoption lessening. It is time to put aside the idealization of the biological nuclear family. Form Stars & Stripes, sailors say Kitty Hawk’s "homophobic culture" forced them to out themselves; a discharged gay sailor is called back to active duty; and a look at other militaries’ policies. More than 40 percent of soldiers and Marines who recently served in the war zone believe torture should be allowed if it would save the life of a comrade, according to a 2006 military mental health assessment.

From The Situationist, an essay on Justice Thomas and the conservative hypocrisy. Reading the Constitution Right: Clarence Thomas’s fidelity to our founding documents is making its mark on the Supreme Court. The Temptation of Justice Thomas: In his latest anti-abortion opinion, Clarence Thomas hints at a moment of doubt.  The silences of social democracy: A review of What’s Left? How Liberals Lost Their Way by Nick Cohen.

The anti-poverty report issued last week by the Center for American Progress brings together some of the most pragmatic ideas on poverty reduction. What gives? From CT, an article on The Joy of Policy Manuals: There's more to workplace justice than good intentions. Executive pleonexia: Joseph D. Becker on how to limit executive-pay scandals. How to ensure your charitable donation goes where you want. An article on the economics of laziness. Plays well with others?

Spoilt, arrogant, lonely, ill-equipped for life...are just a sprinkling of the labels attached to only children. As their numbers increase, Miranda Green, an ‘only’ herself, sorts out the facts from the fiction. And seeking shared delight through festivity, dance and ritual is a powerful human drive that, as Dancing in the Streets shows, has long worried those in power

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