A new issue of the Journal of Transnational American Studies is out. From Miranda, Eve Bantam-Masum (Toulouse): Laughing at the United States; and Michelle Brattain (Georgia State): Forgetting the South and the Southern Strategy. From NeoAmericanist, Jesse Goldberg on how the Lost Cause allowed for reconciliation through cultural performances of surrogation; and why do vampires prefer Louisiana? From whoopensocker to upscuddle, strubbly to swivet, 50 years after it was first conceived the Dictionary of American Regional English is finally about to reach the end of the alphabet. A review of Speaking American: A History of English in the United States by Richard W. Bailey. Atomic Bread Baking at Home: The history of sliced bread in America provides a cautionary tale for equating food intake with societal health. From Common-place, a special issue on scientific Americans. Here is a map of the United States showing routes of principal explorers, from 1501 to 1844. The United States of 2012: Asked artists, architects, and designers recreate the U.S. map to reflect the state of things.

The latest issue of Nations and Nationalism is free online. From The Trumpeter, Alex Guilherme (Durham): Metaphysics as a Basis for Deep Ecology: An Inquiry into Spinoza's System. From Jacobin, Seth Ackermanon the strike and its enemies. Pennies from heaven: Chris Lehmann on how Mormon economics shape the GOP. Cave paintings in Malaga, Spain, could be the oldest yet found — and the first to have been created by Neanderthals. Rick Santorum and Natural Law: What explains the attraction of evangelicals to a presidential candidate who prides himself on the depth of his Catholicism? From The New Inquiry, there’s a small segment of the ████ that is not available to the general public. Don't spill that semen: EJ Graff on taking personhood mandates to their natural conclusion. Noam Scheiber on Obama’s brush with political disaster: The inside story of his worst year. Crisis in the Sahel: There are some stunning images from the front lines of the world’s next big humanitarian crisis. Julian Baginni on why Homer Simpson is our greatest philosopher. Will Ray Kurzweil run for president?

A new issue of Strategic Studies Quarterly is out. From Naval War College Review, Robert C. Rubel (NWC): The Future of Aircraft Carriers. From Joint Force Quarterly, Robert C. Rubel (NWC): Slicing the Onion Differently: Seapower and the Levels of War; and a review of The Diffusion of Military Power by Michael C. Horowitz. SEALs, 50 years and counting: In its first half century, a once little-known Navy unit has evolved into what is arguably the world’s most celebrated force of combat arms. A review of U.S. Army Doctrine: From the American Revolution to the War on Terror by Walter E. Kretchik. A review of Beer, Bacon, and Bullets: Culture in Coalition Warfare from Gallipoli to Iraq by Gal Luft. A review of American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U. S. Military History by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. The Pentagon Labyrinth: Ten Short Essays to Help You Through It aims to help both newcomers and seasoned observers learn how to grapple with the problems of national defense. A look at how the military is adapting pro sports software to speed decision making.

From the Village Voice's Education Supplement, a special issue on bursting the tuition bubble. The Occupy movement took hold at some campuses, and students are still holding their ground— but how strong is their will? A look at what the Top 1% of earners majored in. Every year, JSTOR turns away 150 million attempts to read journal articles (and more). Rather than restricting access to publicly funded scientific research, the rule should be — if taxpayers paid for it, they own it. Clever people have figured out that there is a growing demand for outlets for scholarly work; as a result, there has been a proliferation of new publishers offering new journals in every imaginable field. Kill peer review or reform it: It's only a matter of time before people rise up against the conventions of traditional journal publishing. Richard Price, founder of Academia.edu, on the future of peer review. Felix Salmon on Udacity and the future of online universities (and part 2). What you (really) need to know: The digital age has changed more than how we learn — it’s changed what we need to learn. Blogs vs. Term Papers: To raves and rants, blogging has become a requirement in everything from MBA to literature courses.

Megan A. Dean (Alberta): Visualizing Resistance: Foucauldian Ethics and the Female Body Builder. Bent Sorensen (Aalborg): The Concept of Metaphor According to the Philosophers C. S. Peirce and U. Eco: A Tentative Comparison. From The Threepenny Review, a review of books by Wendell Berry; and Alberto Manguel on the advantages and disadvantages of bathing in the Fountain of Youth. Smart ass cripple's Little Red Book: Mike Ervin is out to topple all your pre-conceptions about the world of the disabled. Was Jesus a Communist? Communist politicians spanked by Catholics for claiming Christ as world's first revolutionary. Ruth Franklin on the thrill of applying literary theory to everyday texts. From The Washington Diplomat, embassies make their case to Congress via lobby shops; and in an era when most Beltway political pundits are prone to predictable and fiercely partisan posturing, Steve Clemons is an informed rarity. Is it time to overhaul the calendar? A reformed calendar, with a pattern of two 30-day months followed by one 31-day month, would be more business friendly.

From Music and Politics, Robert Neustadt (NAU): Reading Spanish American National Anthems: “Sonograms” of National Identity. From JWSR, a review essay on understanding Latin America in the era of globalization. The cult of Maria Lionza: Venezuelan religion draws thousands to mountainside rituals for purification and guidance. Sao Paulo is a happy, flourishing city with no advertising. A review of Redeemers: Ideas and Power in Latin America by Enrique Krauze. Colombia's Alvaro Uribe triumphed over a fierce narco-insurgency; then the U.S. helped to export his strategy to Mexico and throughout Latin America — here’s why it’s not working. John Beverley on Latin America’s pink tide. Steve Ellner on the distinguishing features of Latin America’s New Left in power. Breaking the cycle: How Latin America can overcome its intergenerational inequality. The working class rises up across Latin America: Maids, parking valets, and other domestic workers push back against ill treatment in "the world's most unequal region". An interview of with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. about his PBS series Black in Latin America. Could Ecuador be the most radical and exciting place on Earth?

Mark Setterfield (Trinity): Anticipations of the Crisis: On the Similarities Between Post-Keynesian Economics and Regulation Theory. From Review of Economics and Institutions, Charles Wyplosz (CEPR): Debt Sustainability Assessment: Mission Impossible; and Catherine Pattillo, Helene Poirson, and Luca Antonio Ricci (IMF): External Debt and Growth. How inequality damages economies: Research suggests that a more equal world would be more stable. From Philosophy for Business, a review of Civilizing the Economy: A New Economics of Provision by Marvin T. Brown; and Pedro Blas Gonzalez on Ludwig von Mises: Economist and philosophical anthropologist. A review of At the Edge of Camelot: Debating Economics in Turbulent Times by Donald W. Katzner. Wall Street, small business, and the limits of corporate personhood: An interview with Doug Henwood. From Marxist Interventions, Ben Hiller reviews The Great Credit Crash. Sheila Bair on why it's time to break up the "too big to fail" banks: Customers would benefit, the government would benefit, and — believe it or not — the big banks themselves would do better.

A new issue of New Perspectives Quarterly is out. From Theory and Event, McKenzie Wark (New School): This Shit Is Fucked Up and Bullshit. Markus Wagner (Vienna): When Do Parties Emphasise Extreme Positions? How Strategic Incentives for Policy Differentiation Influence Issue Importance. From the International Journal of Mormon Studies, Terryl L. Givens (Richmond): Fraud, Philandery, and Football: Negotiating the Mormon Image. A new book reflects on what happens when we revisit familiar works of fiction — Scott McLemee takes a first look. David Frum reviews Charles Murray's Coming Apart (in 4 parts). Who can be called “The Greatest”? Alice von Hildebrand on making categorical affirmations. Osama as flesh-eating ghoul: Just when you thought you had seen every possible variation of zombie flick, you’re reminded that this genre, like its protagonists, keeps coming back from the dead. Cornel West calls Melissa Harris-Perry a "fraud" (and a response). An article on John Brockman, the man who runs the world's smartest website. Kara Kovalchik on 11 visual cliches you never see in real life.

What the Right gets right: What insights, principles, and analyses does this movement have to offer that liberals and Democrats might want to take into account? (and more: What does the Left get right?) Liberty, Equality, Hostility: The inability of conservatives and liberals to get along may be traced back to the French Revolution. Jonathan Haidt decodes the tribal psychology of politics: "Liberals need to be shaken [and they] misunderstand conservatives far more than the other way around". Conservatives are from Mars, liberals are from Venus: Thomas Edsall on how research in political psychology explains the fierce clashes between Republican and Democrats in our polarized system. Conservatism is linked to low intelligence; but the real idiots are the progressives letting it win. The biology of politics: Liberals roll with the good, conservatives confront the bad. Nature, nurture and liberal values: Biology determines our behaviour more than it suits many to acknowledge, but people — and politics and morality — cannot be described just by neural impulses. Do people become more conservative as they age?

From 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, a special issue on the Victorian East End. From Neo-Victorian Studies, a special issue on Visual and Material Culture and/in Neo-Victorianism, including Christine Ferguson (Glasgow): Surface Tensions: Steampunk, Subculture, and the Ideology of Style. England’s booze culture: Binge drinking used to be the height of fashion. The heart of Englishness: A review of The Gentry: Stories of the English by Adam Nicolson. Whose Englishness is it anyway? Anthony Painter on the time for an optimistic Englishness. Patrick Scott on Mrs Windsor’s sixty bloody years. Monarchists are from Mars, republicans are from Venus: If you want proof that there is not one universe but a multitude of parallel worlds, you don’t need any quantum physics — just read the Letters pages of our national newspapers. White trash, vermin, underclass, broken Britain — when Owen Jones published his book Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class, he wasn’t expecting such an onslaught. And now for something completely different: Mark Applebaum takes a whimsical look at British manners, and what you need to know about napkins.