A new issue of Janus Head is out, with an introduction: The Arts and Sciences of the Situated Body; Helena De Preester (Ghent): To Perform the Layered Body—A Short Exploration of the Body in Performance; Ingar Brinck ( Lund): Situated Cognition, Dynamic Systems, and Art: On Artistic Creativity and Aesthetic Experience; Gediminas Karoblis (NUST): Controlling Gaze, Chess Play and Seduction in Dance: Phenomenological Analysis of the Natural Attitude of the Body in Modern Ballroom Dance; a review of To Catch a Life Anew: 10 Swedish Women Poets; and a review of Analyzing Prose by Richard Lanham pdf. From H-Net, a review of books on Horatio Nelson and naval history. An interview with Hugh Brogan, author of Alexis de Tocqueville: A Life.

From American Heritage, an article on The Man Who Would Be King of Nicaragua, William Walker. Why the Civil War was fought, really: A review of What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War. A review of Lincoln Emancipated: The President And the Politics of Race. England's Arcadia: A review of The Perfect Summer: Dancing into Shadow in 1911. A review of Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919. On the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti: An excerpt from A Power Governments Cannot Suppress by Howard Zinn. A review of Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power And Helped Save England (and more and more). A review of Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign, 1941-1945. More and more and more and more on George Kennan: A Study of Character.

The democracy of fame? A review of Fame Junkies: The hidden truths behind America’s favorite addiction. David Weinberger, author of Everything Is Miscellaneous, interviews Cory Doctorow.

From Der Spiegel, a mysterious golden pot discovered in a Bavarian lake in 2001 has been the focus of interest for archaeologists, art dealers — and now the German and Swiss police. Its convoluted history involves Nazi cults, treasure hunters and modern-day profiteers. An interview with Carter Wiseman, author of Louis I. Kahn: Beyond Time and Style: A Life in Architecture. Where are the anti-Communist movies? David Boaz wants to know.

Singer/songwriter David Byrne and neuroscientist Daniel Levitin meet up to discuss music. A review of Dirty Little Secrets of the Record Business: Why So Much Music You Hear Sucks. From New York, Studio 54, Where Are You? On the 30th anniversary of its opening, big shots, doormen, and janitors from the iconic club explain why cultivating glamour can be hard work— and how they all eventually turned to less debauched forms of buzz-mongering.

From Time, a look at how drag queens took over bingo. Celebrating drunkenness through the ages: A review of The Joy of Drinking. And one new hangover cure claims it can reverse the damage in just half an hour


From TNR, a review of Inventing Human Rights: A History by Lynn Avery Hunt. A review of Another Cosmopolitanism: Hospitality, Sovereignty, and Democratic Iterations by Seyla Benhabib et al. Infantile liberalism: Russell Jacoby reviews Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole by Benjamin R. Barber. From Harvard Magazine, an article on The Global Empire of Niall Ferguson: Doing history on a sweeping scale.

From The Nation, as Congress considers reauthorizing No Child Left Behind, Linda Darling-Hammond leads a forum of experts who examine the law, its consequences and prospects for improvement. Free to choose, and learn: New research shows that parental choice raises standards—including for those who stay in public schools. NEST+m, an allegory: The quest to make the perfect public school, which cost one high-profile principal her job and made the Lower East Side the unlikely home to a bastion of privilege.

From The Economist, winning by degrees: Europe's universities are the reluctant and unlikely pioneers of public-sector competition. Six Degrees of Honorary Degrees: A look at how many degrees separate George W. Bush from some of the world's unsavory leaders. Eric Rauchway on schoolyard killers, presidential assassins, and the science of stopping them. On Philip Zimbardo's The Lucifer Effect: Think you’re above doing evil? Think again. Cal State Long beach† would seem to be the last place to find a tried and true anti-Semite and white supremacist lecturing, but it's where Kevin B. MacDonald, "Marx of the anti-Semites" has a teaching post. The Chutzpah Industry: Alan Dershowitz is at it again, campaigning to deny tenure to DePaul's Norman Finkelstein.

From Nextbook, "The Molecule's Defiance", a previously unpublished story by Primo Levi. Orhan Pamuk resumes German book tour after death threats. An interview with Colum McCann, author of Zoli, on the Romany people, the perils of writing novels tied to history, and more. A review of To the Castle and Back by Vaclav Havel. Should authors conform to type? Once they've found their niche, most authors are content to plough the same furrow. And why not? It worked for Austen.

From Slate, a review of In Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography, by Janet Browne. An article on humans, bacteria and the extended genotype: An ambitious project that promises to extend humanity's view of itself. Scientists identify gene that boosts lifespan and quality of life. Diabetes undermines male fertility: Sugar and sperm don't mix. Human spoken language may have evolved from a currency of hand and arm gestures, not simply through improvements in the basic vocalisations made by primates. The evolution of language: Evidence that the first words were movements, not sounds. Russian speakers get the blues: The language you speak can affect how you see the world, a new study of colour perception indicates. Research suggests humans break down events into smaller units. And scientists find clues to the formation of Fibonacci spirals in nature


Here is the message Benedict XVI sent to Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, on the occasion of the plenary session of the academy on "Charity and Justice in the Relations Among Peoples and Nations". The Vatican calls a verbal attack on the Pope by a comedian "terrorism" (and more). In his first Latin American visit, Pope Benedict XVI will find a less divided church facing stronger rivals.

A review of God's Continent: Christianity, Islam, and Europe's Religious Crisis. From Prospect, an interview with Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, on Dostoevsky, "personalism" and how the story of Christ reminds him of Russian ideals. The Real Secret of the Universe: Why we disdain feel-good spirituality but shouldn't. Why the Church is important: An excerpt from Letters to a Young Evangelical. A review of Rediscovering God in America by Newt Gingrich. The Crusaders : A look at how the Christian Taliban is running the Department of Defense.

A review of The Deserter’s Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War In Iraq by Joshua Key. Could civil war in Iraq spread? Historian Niall Ferguson weighs the evidence. From Asia Times, Pepe Escobar on what Muqtada wants; and a portrait of a jihadi leader, Hamid bin Abdallah al-Ali. An al Qaeda in Iraq militant believed to be involved in last year's kidnapping of journalist Jill Carroll has been killed. The bad guys keep on coming: The capture of 172 terrorist suspects in Saudi Arabia suggests that many more are at large. Waiting for al-Qaeda's next bomb: A group plotting to bomb Britain has been successfully prosecuted. But the danger of al-Qaeda is growing, and the intelligence services are struggling to cope. Al Qaeda finds its rock star: An article on Trent Reznor's audio valentine to Islamism.

John McWhorter on Hating Whitey Worldwide. Obama reaches out with tough love: Candidate says criticism of Black America reflects its private concerns. A review of The Devil & Dave Chappelle. A strategic view on class, race and women’s equality: An excerpt from The Nature, Role and Work of the Communist Party. Wimps, wussies and W: How Americans' infatuation with masculinity has perilous consequences.

From Reason, an optimist's view on Post-Kelo America: Reforms are making progress. Look Who's Taxing: Weary of tax cuts for the rich, state politicians are rethinking their aversion to tax-and-spend. Thomas Palley on The Flaws in Rubinomics: Economic policy centered on a balanced budget will destroy what's left of FDR's New Deal. The opposite of Wal-Mart: Publix is a thriving grocery chain provides a telling contrast with Wal-Mart. The rest of the world's major economies no longer depend on America's. Neither do America's own largest corporations. Has the term "public service" lost meaning for our private corporations?

Hedge funds and private equity operators are driving the wrong brand of capitalism, and pursuing ever-riskier deals that threaten the financial system. Fake free trade versus small farmers: An article on how agribusiness corporations get special privileges. John B. Judis on his battle with the telecom industry. Will the digital age bring equality? And a review of Inequality.Com: Power, poverty and the digital divide


From Transit, it is a mistake to think that religious and political radicalism among European Muslims is a mere import from the cultures and conflicts of the Middle East. It is above all a consequence of the globalization and Westernization of Islam, writes Olivier Roy. A military coup was avoided, but an early election looms. Turkey's problems are postponed, not solved. If Turks have to choose, democracy is more important than secularism.

From Open Democracy, the notion of jihad is one of the most contested in the modern Islamic and political lexicon. In a four-part essay, Patricia Crone makes it comprehensible. Mali and Mauritania are swathes of desert but oases of progress: Two dirt-poor Saharan states are doing better. and more on Mauritania, an unheralded experiment in Arab democracy. Malaysia Backpedals on Modernity: Growing assertiveness of Islamic court intrudes on the rights of non-Muslims threatening social harmony in the prosperous nation. Monks on the march in Thailand: A most un-Buddhist demand for worldly recognition.

From Japan Focus, an article on the unprecedented shift in Japan’s population: Numbers, age, and prospects. One Nation Under Cute: In Japan, the cuteness craze is more than just a national pastime, but why are millions of Japanese youths hiding from friends and family? A review of Breaking Open Japan: Commodore Perry, Lord Abe, and American Imperialism in 1853.

Authorities in China are desperate to make a positive impression on visitors, so cabbies with garlic breath are targeted in Beijing’s Olympic cleanup. China today holds a colossal $1 trillion in foreign currency. Now, China is taking part of this money from under the mattress—making enemies and friends around the world in the process. What’s on China’s shopping list? The Empire of Lies: The twenty-first century will not belong to China. From Time, a series of articles on The Best of Asia.

From Economic and Political Weekly, a series of articles on women in India; and is India too poor to be green? pdf. A caste of millions: India's 160m Dalits, or untouchables, have turned to the internet to combat their mistreatment at home. An excerpt from William Dalrymple's The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857. Form India's Frontline, a review of Amartya Sen's Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny; and a review of Paul Gilroy's After Empire.

Form Transitions, a look back on Boris Yeltsin by a writer who knew him in his political salad days. Time to back the Other Russia: Andre Glucksmann asks Europe to think less opportunistically and act more decisively towards Russia. The rites of mourning and burial on display during Boris Yeltsin’s funeral relied heavily on symbols — some more czarist than Soviet. In the trenches of the New Cold War: The US, Russia and the new great game in Eurasia. From Economic Principals, the Un-Marshall Plan: The death of Boris Yeltsin called to mind an important truth: Policy never gets made in a vacuum. And from The Moscow Times, on coming to power in 1991, Boris Yeltsin broke with Soviet tradition and ushered in a new attitude toward culture


China’s Values Vacuum: Artists and intellectuals search for meaning in a society devoid of values. Want to know how culture develops, or where humour and the arts spring from? Ask a group of robots. Ian Stewart on what his book Why Beauty Is Truth: A History of Symmetry is really about.

Are book reviewers out of print? All across the country, newspapers are cutting book sections or running more reprints of reviews from wire services or larger papers. From The Scholar and Feminist Online, a special issue on Blogging Feminism: (Web)sites of Resistance. An article on GodTube, where the rightwing Christians surf. From Harper's, an article on "The Mormons" and Johann Gottfried Herder.

Form TCS, an article on The Real Solution to Poverty. From the inaugural issue of Crimes and Misdemeanours: Deviance and the Law in Historical Perspective, Heather Shore (Leeds Metropolitian): Undiscovered Country: Towards a History of the Criminal "Underworld" doc. From the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, an article on Broken Windows at 25: It has worked wonders on both coasts. Missing the Middle: Fifteen years after the riots, L.A. embodies the progress and problems of America's increasingly two-tier cities. Baby Boomers hoped to die before they got old. They lied. And now they’re dragging the whole country down.

From National Review, an interview with Angela McGlowan, author of Bamboozled: How Americans Are Being Exploited by the Lies of the Liberal Agenda. A review of The Man Who Would Not Shut Up: The Rise of Bill O'Reilly. From CJR, how conservative congressman from Indiana Mike Pence became journalism's best ally in the fight to protect anonymous sources. If you want to understand the wrenching dislocations in today's newsrooms, look to the advertisers whose purchasing decisions drive the business.

From Business Week, crazy like a Fox: Rupert Murdoch's bid for Dow Jones may seem foolishly pricey, but he's got his reasons. Inside Murdoch's surprise attack. The Threat to the Wall Street Journal: Rupert Murdoch’s audacious bid to grab Dow Jones underscores the larger issue of news consolidation and the shrinking number of major media voices, and more on Murdoch's trophy hunting by The Economist. And from TNR, Jonathan Chait on how the netroots are important, but they're still paranoid


Anupam Chander and Madhavi Sunder (UC-Davis): Is Nozick Kicking Rawls's Ass? Intellectual Property and Social Justice. From Glšnta, performance, staging, and technology in the court of law: Increasingly sophisticated technology for reproducing sound and images is altering the traditional theatrical element of the courtroom. Is it possible to imagine a court, guided by justice and law, taking into account the new "politics of representation"? French theorist Jacques-Alain Miller and North American historian William J. Turkel respond very differently to the digital age. Scott McLemee reports.

A review of The New Hegelians: Politics and Philosophy in the Hegelian School. An article on Templeton Prize winner Charles Taylor.

From Edge, Gregory Paul and Phil Zuckerman on why the gods are not winning. A review on God, The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist by Victor J Stenger.

From Skeptic, a look at how science will never explain everything: That is why it is so useful! Robert McHenry on anti-scientism: Which side are you on? A review of The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. From Psychology Today, Gut Almighty: Intuition really does come from the gut. It's also a kind of matching game based on experience. There are times when trusting your gut is the smartest move—and times you'd better think twice. Shankar Vedantam on Robert L. Trivers, seeing and disbelieving.

From Newsweek, the Joy of Economics: Politicians are looking to the dismal science for ways to make us happier—but is the well-being state a bad idea? Noam Scheiber on how Freakonomics author Steve Levitt takes his criticism personally. The national pastime helps explain the “dismal science”: A review of The Baseball Economist: The Real Game Exposed. From Great Britain, the fight over funding is about much more than the Olympics. It's arts v sport: the showdown. Chess goes to school: How, and why, the game caught on among young Americans. Matters of faith find a new prominence on campus: Across the country chaplains, professors and administrators say students are drawn to religion and spirituality with more fervor than at any time they can remember. Cash-starved and hopelessly out of date, Bulgaria’s universities need reconstructive surgery. The government is starting with a nip and tuck.


From Seed, an article on The China Experiment: Inside the revolution to green the biggest nation on earth. The negotiations over the third part of the United Nations report on climate change are expected to be particularly tough. China and the US are already trying to water down the final version, arguing that immediate action may be futile and too costly. Many people in southern Bangladesh have never even heard of climate change. Yet should ocean levels rise even slightly, their existence would be imperiled. New research reveals Arctic ice has been vanishing about 3 times faster than the models have predicted.

From the Sierra Club, a debate on Climate Exchange: Cool heads tackle our hottest issue. An excerpt from George Monbiot's Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning. From Time, a special section on global warming and innovation. Weaponized Weather: In a race to solve global warming, some scientists are declaring war on the weather.

Black Gold of the Amazon: Fertile, charred soil created by pre-Columbian peoples sustained surprisingly large settlements in the rain forest. Secrets of that ancient “dark earth” could help solve the Amazon’s ecological problems today. A review of Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival. A look at why slaughtering horses and using them for meat is cost effective, and it's more humane and environmentally friendly.

From Prospect, why home doesn't matter: We assume that studying children with their parents will help us understand how their personalities develop. But this is a mistake: parents influence their children mainly by passing on their genes. The biggest environmental influences on personality are those that occur outside the home. A review of Everything Conceivable: How Assisted Reproduction Is Changing Men, Women, and the World, and Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, A Romantic Night, and One Woman's Quest To Become a Mother.

Scott Lemieux reviews Safe, Legal, and Unavailable? Abortion Politics in the United States by Melody Rose. How Feminism Got Corrupted: Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body seeks to unravel the mystery of how intelligent women and girls have such unhealthy notions about food and the body. A look at how many female lawyers are dropping off the path to partnership. The work of a stay-at-home mother has an annual monetary value of $138,095, according to a new survey.


From Dissent, after genocide: An article on memory and reconciliation in Rwanda. From Slate, a look at how Liberia recovers from war: A boy soldier grows up. Liberia is a country mired in its past. But, as Zadie Smith discovers when she meets its traumatised boy soldiers, struggling rubber workers and children desperate to learn, it is taking its first tentative steps to a better future; and on why we have fallen for Africa's lost boys: Are Africans telling their own stories, or are these merely signs of our appetite for tales of "savagery"? The perfect weapon for the meanest wars: The charade of ideology is over. All over the world children are used to fight for greed and power.

President of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on the chance for an arms treaty. Every year in the Sahel region of West Africa, hundreds of thousands of children die, and malnutrition means millions of others will live on with permanent mental disability and physical stunting. The wages of punditry: The partnership between policy-makers and development specialists can endanger the latter's intellectual independence and increase the risk of bad outcomes. A review of The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World by Vijay Prashad.

From The Globalist, an article on coming to grip with the Iraq War's refugees. Northern exposure: American soldiers are fleeing the Iraq war for Canada, and US officials may be on their trail. North of the border is no longer the safe haven it was during the Vietnam era. George W. Bush’s infatuation with the kitsch landscape of the American west lit the path to Abu Ghraib, says Sidney Blumenthal.

From The Atlantic Monthly, statecraft and stagecraft: David Samuels interviews former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, and George Schultz. From The Politico, Reagan advisers weigh in on Republican candidates. Marc Ambinder on The Perils of Reagan Republicanism: Candidates who invoke the spirit of Reagan may live to regret it. Glenn Greenwald on Harvey Mansfield and the right's explicit and candid rejection of "the rule of law".


From The Atlantic Monthly, a review of It's in the Bag: What Purses Reveal—-And Conceal; Bags: A Lexicon of Style; and How to Be a Budget Fashionista: The Ultimate Guide to Looking Fabulous for Less. The Supergirl Syndrome: The marketing-driven message of the perfect girl—smart, skinny, pretty, athletic and loved by all—is a model of perfection that's hard to live up to. Can't girls just be free to be? Men, your armpit excretions affect women more than you might think.

From Metapsychology Book Reviews, a review of Don't Believe Everything You Think: The 6 Basic Mistakes We Make in Thinking. A review of Five Minds for the Future by Howard Gardner and Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential To Transform Ourselves. Thinking about why we think about thinking: Don't ask philosophers to talk shop, warns Jonathan Wolff. Are you book-clubbable? Far from providing easy access to literature, book clubs are about as exclusive as they come.

Internet threatens dictionary sales: Rise of online resources sees reference book sales fall. From USA Today, an article on things that changed the Internet over the last 25 years. Here are the latest Webby Awards nominees & winners.

From Media Matters, what does David Broder's exalted position atop the media food chain say about the state of political journalism? Oedipus & Podhoretz: His father fought Stalinists. But for Post edit-page chief John Podhoretz, sitcoms are the battleground of freedom. Why do right-wing pundits hate Rosie O'Donnell so much? Because she was the lone ardently progressive voice in corporate news programming. Eric Alterman & Matthew Yglesias defend the netroots against Jonathan Chait. Newspapers and blogs: Closer than we think? A content analysis of newspapers and blogs covering the Iraq War illuminates differences, and similarities, in sourcing. From PS: Political Science & Politics, a symposium on The State of the Editorial Cartoon.


From ReadySteadyBook, an interview with Mark Sinclair, author of Heidegger, Aristotle and the Work of Art: Poeisis in Being. A review of The Act of Being: The Philosophy of Revelation in Mulla Sadra.

From The Chronicle, school shooters are problem solvers, trying to convert their reputations as losers into something more glamorous. Being attuned to that might help thwart such attacks. As tenure drama comes down to the wire, Dershowitz v. Finkelstein: Who's right and who's wrong? For twenty-eight years, Marilee Jones excelled as admissions dean at MIT, until she was fired for falsifying her academic creds. But what good is a college degree, anyway? A review of David Horowitz's Indoctrination U: The Left’s War Against Academic Freedom. A review of The Decline of the Secular University by C. John Sommerville.

From HNN, what’s wrong with the New Conservative History? Donald T. Critchlow investigates. What's the difference between Wikipedia and Conservapedia? Neoliberalising the Cultural Institution: While talk of precariousness is rife in cultural and political forums, "progressive" institutions do not always practice what they preach. Anthony Davies looks behind the scenes of "radical reformism".

The Stalins of sound: The end of communism in the old Soviet Union, far from liberating artists, was a disaster for free expression. A handful of established and well-connected performers seized control of the arts. Art and terror: A review of Falling Man by Don DeLillo. A review of The Power of Art by Simon Schama.

Form Seed, an article on Truth and Science: A (1842-Word) consideration. A review of The Price of Truth: How Money Affects the Norms of Science. A review of Mathematics and Common Sense: A Case of Creative Tension. From The Chronicle, John Horgan on a unified theory of Einstein's life. More on I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter. How soon till we can get to the Goldilocks planet? Don’t cash in your frequent flier miles yet. It’s a mad old world: A review of Flat Earth: The History of an Infamous Idea. Simon Singh reviews An Ocean of Air: a Natural History of the Atmosphere by Gabrielle Walker. From Scientific American, strange but true: Whale waste is extremely valuable. Maybe you don’t have a problem with really hairy arms, but then again, you’re not the father of a Wookie.

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