From The Good Men Project, a series on women’s obsession with beauty: Lisa Hickey on chasing beauty — an addict’s memoir; her looks, your status: Hugo Schwyzer on why men’s claims not to care about beauty ring hollow; Tom Matlack on the ugly duckling as gender-neutral beauty ideal; and Marrie Lobel speaks: "Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful". Does real beauty come from the inside? Ari Shulman on appearance as a guide to moral character. A review of Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model by Ashley Mears (and more). Scathing reviews of a book encouraging women to cash in on their sex appeal have prompted the London School of Economics to distance itself from the author. A review of Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital by Catherine Hakim (and more and more and more and more). Leveraging hotness: Women have exploited their looks for years — now it’s men’s turn. A review of Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful by Daniel Hamermesh. The neuroscience of beauty: How does the brain appreciate art? The Ugliness Penalty: Do the homely need legal protection against discrimination? (and more). “Hey good looking, come work for us!”: Aesthetic labor and discrimination law. Amanda Knox's captivating womanhood: The world was gripped by her murder trial — but for many Italians, it was her femininity that held the appeal. A review of FashionEast: The Spectre That Haunted Socialism by Djurdja Bartlett. Gwen Sharp on the limits of individualized resistance to beauty standards. Yolanda Dominguez exposes the artificiality of women in fashion. Skin Deep: A little makeup may help your colleagues see you as trustworthy — but that viewpoint can diminish if you wear too much. Lisa Wade on cosmetic surgery and being normal. Boys want to look good, but not too good.

The United States’ long history of protest: Sidney Tarrow on why Occupy Wall Street is not the Tea Party of the Left. David Weigel on the Tea Party and #OWS, in Venn Diagram form. Alex Altman on why Occupy Wall Street is more popular than the Tea Party — for now. Should liberals like Occupy Wall Street? Jonathan Chait wonders. John Judis and Jonathan Cohn on why liberals should embrace Occupy Wall Street. From n+1, Jeremy Kessler writes an open letter to the men and women of the New York City Police Department. From Newtopia, an interview of Occupy Wall Street’s Kelly Heresy. Is Kevin Bacon the force behind Occupy Wall Street? It's irresponsible not to ask. Wouldn’t it be ironic if Occupy Wall Street — the soi-disant “99%” — were being secretly funded by billionaire Davos Man George Soros, exemplar of the 1%? Jeff Reifman and Thomas Linzey on turning occupation into lasting change. Here's what the Wall Street protesters are so angry about. Doug Henwood on OWS and the Fed. Bernard E. Harcourt on Occupy Wall Street’s "political disobedience". Nouriel Roubini and Ian Bremmer let fly on Occupy Wall Street and why the GOP's cynical economic strategy is designed to make things worse. A taxing situation: Why the GOP is advocating a tax increase on the middle class. What role, if any, does tax policy play in creating a wealth gap in the US? Lowering taxes is the biggest policy goal for Republicans, and on that, they're wrong. EJ Dionne on the GOP's favorite solution: Doing nothing. Joshua Holland on 6 ways the rich are waging a class war against the American people. Struck out: Labor has lost its best tactics, which helps explain its decline. Amid all our disasters, why are the only revolutionaries on the right? Get out the hate: A lot of political participation is driven by simple dislike for the opposing party. Land of the free, home of the turncoats: In its nihilistic demonization of government, the right has declared war on America. From The American Interest, Francis Fukuyama on American political dysfunction.

Arno Tausch (Innsbruck): Costa Rica, Superstar? Some Reflections on the Global Drivers and Bottlenecks of the Happy Planet Index. As economies develop and become richer, manufacturing — “making things” — inevitably becomes less important, but if this happens more rapidly than workers can acquire advanced skills, the result can be a dangerous imbalance between an economy’s productive structure and its workforce. A review of Invisible Romans: Prostitutes, Outlaws, Slaves, Gladiators, Ordinary Men and Women, the Romans That History Forgot by Robert Knapp. A review of Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness by Nicholas Humphrey (and more and more). Academic Performance and the BCS: With conference realignment in full swing, three scholars of higher education rank the scholarly prowess of the major college sports leagues. The history and mystery of the high five: A timeless gesture, but someone went up top first — that's where it gets complicated. The power of creole: Beneath Haiti’s problems lies a deep conflict with its own language — an MIT professor has a bold plan to fix that. Literally the most misused word: The adverb clutters our speech to the point where it is in danger of losing its literal meaning. A review of Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America by John McMillian. Every natural disaster is tragic in its own way, but all natural disaster coverage is alike. Jose Manuel Barreto on Rorty and human rights: Contingency, emotions and how to defend human rights telling stories. Welcome to Newburgh, murder capital of New York: This tiny city has a crime epidemic reminiscent of the Bronx of the seventies. What is the sex of 17? People think of many things, even numbers, as being either male or female.

A new issue of the Journal of Emerging Technologies in Web Intelligence is out. Alison Powell and Victoria Nash (Oxford): The Dissenting Values at the Heart of the Internet: How Child Protection and Freedom of Expression Advocates Negotiate Shared Values and Shape the Future Internet. A review of Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground by Kevin Poulsen. Anti-social network: Technology meant to bring us together is turning America into a nation of narcissists. Age of the Algorithm: The all-powerful Google search has given rise to sites like, which critics dismiss as online sweatshops. Bubble Boys: Out in Silicon Valley, the last bastion of full employment, the Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerbergs of the future are staying up all night writing code in dorms. How Google Translate works: The web giant's translation service might serve up the odd batch of nonsense, but it's still one of the smartest communication tools of all time. What will be the state of the Internet after the collapse? The suburb that changed the world: In the 1980s, Silicon Valley was populated by lefties and hippies who dreamed of a computer revolution; Jaron Lanier recalls how the internet was born. Rob Walker on the work of art in the age of Googled reproduction. From Wired, Dan Ariely on how online companies get you to share more and spend more. Does Facebook spell the end of human interaction as we know it, or is it just bad news for psychics, dating services, and women’s magazines? More and more on Eli Pariser's The Filter Bubble. Attention must be paid: Esther Dyson on how the Internet is changing how people listen. The man who would have Facebook: Is Paul Ceglia a sleazy grifter, Mark Zuckerberg's long-lost angel investor, or both?

The end of time: Our universe may be housed inside a black hole — if so, we can map out how time and physics will end. A review of Victor Stenger’s The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe is Not Designed for Us. De-spooking quantum mechanics: Einstein wouldn’t have found entanglement so strange, if he’d thrown out a key pre-twentieth-century misconception. A review of Mathematics of Life: Unlocking the Secrets of Existence by Ian Stewart. Astronomers have always thought that because life emerged quickly on Earth, it must be likely to occur elsewhere — that thinking now turns out to be wrong. Don Quijote may tilt at an asteroid: The most likely way that the universe could eliminate life on planet Earth has to be with an asteroid. A review of Darwin, God, and the Meaning of Life: How Evolutionary Theory Undermines Everything You Thought You Knew by Steve Stewart-Williams. Here is a profile of Richard Dawkins, an original thinker who bashes orthodoxy. A point of view: Can religion tell us more than science? From Improbable Research, a look at the winners of the Ig Nobel Prize for achievements that first make people laugh then make them think. The destiny of the universe: A radical reformulation of quantum mechanics suggests that the universe has a set destiny and its pre-existing fate reaches back in time to influence the past. A look at how gigantic gravitational waves could explain the universe’s biggest mysteries. A review of First Life: Discovering the Connections between Stars, Cells, and How Life Began by David Deamer. The priest-physicist who would marry science to religion: John Polkinghorne leads a disparate group of scientists the 
controversial search 
for God 
quantum physics. A look at 5 mind-blowing scientific answers to life's "Big Questions".

A new issue of Nieman Reports is out. Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): Taking Capitalism Seriously: Towards an Institutional Approach to Contemporary Political Economy. Thomas Kalinowski (Ewha): Regulating International Finance and the Evolving Imbalance of Capitalisms Since the 1970s. Astrid Mager (Umea): Algorithmic Ideology: How Capitalist Society Shapes Search Engines. Here is Matt Taibbi's advice to the Occupy Wall Street protesters: Hit bankers where it hurts. The Moneyball of Campaign Advertising: Political scientist John Sides urges voters to be skeptical of claims that certain kinds of political advertisements, whether positive or negative, "work" (and part 2). An interview with Nic Marks, author of The Happiness Manifesto: How Nations and People Can Nurture Well-Being. The case for the corrections page: Why news organizations should follow the Times’s example. Who really owns the NYPD? Turns out it's not such a rhetorical question. In killing a chupacabra, did a teen commit a felony? The largest and farthest reservoir of water in the known universe has been located; the water, equivalent to 140 trillion times all the water in the world's ocean, surrounds a distant quasar more than 12 billion light-years away. A black hole is caught in the act of swallowing a star. Stanford and TCU prove that academics and athletics can coexist, so why aren't more schools held to that standard? Impact, Impact, Impact: Bob Liss on anxiety and Lebron James. Research on the mind demonstrates that a whirligig of emotions, instincts and biases, many of which operate outside conscious awareness, shapes our behavior. A review of Perplexities of Consciousness by Eric Schwitzgebel (and more and more). Republicans used to at least talk about poverty — what changed?

Gian P. Gentile (CFR): The Death of American Strategy. Benjamin E. Goldsmith (Sydney) and Yusaku Horiuchi (ANU): In Search of Soft Power: Does Foreign Public Opinion Matter for U.S. Foreign Policy? Philip Alston (NYU): The CIA and Targeted Killings Beyond Borders. Afghanistan, Nicaragua, and Angola were the three rings of the Reagan Doctrine, the war by proxy, and none turned out well — the former president’s support of despots and violent insurgencies guaranteed a future of errant, and deadly, U.S. foreign policy. From The National Interest, a hotline with Iran? Ted Galen Carpenter on dealing with governments we loathe; and Trevor Thrall on ignorance, ideology, and the power of propaganda. How many secret wars are we fighting? U.S. special ops forces are being deployed in more and more nations — and the public has no idea. An excerpt from Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform by Paul R. Pillar. Twilight saga of the American empire? A review of Andrew J. Bacevich's Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War, Philip S. Golub's Power, Profit and Prestige: A History of American Imperial Expansion, and Chalmers Johnson's Dismantling the Empire: America’s Last Best Hope. The All-American: John Kerry knows as well as anyone that diplomacy fails most of the time — but someone has to go to Islamabad. The introduction to The Great American Mission: Modernization and the Construction of an American World Order by David Ekbladh. From Modern Age, a review of Political Violence: Belief, Behavior, and Legitimation; and The Only Superpower: Reflections on Strength, Weakness, and Anti-Americanism by Paul Hollander. Fran Shor on declining US hegemony and rising Chinese power, a formula for conflict? Immanuel Wallerstein on the world consequences of U.S. decline. The West and the rest in a one-model-fits-all world: Pepe Escobar on the decline and fall of just about everyone.

Anupam Chander (UC-Davis): The Asian Century? Terence C. Halliday (ABF): Architects of the State: International Financial Institutions and the Reconstruction of States in East Asia. The Chinese Google: Baidu is the search engine of choice for 85 per cent of China’s net users — but what kind of window on the world is it when it claims Tiananmen Square is nothing more than a tourist attraction? From Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, a review essay on Labour, Capitalism and Ideology in Interwar and Wartime Japan; a review of Lost Goddesses: The Denial of Female Power in Cambodian History by Trudy Jacobsen; and a special issue on Gender, Culture and Religion. From Boston Review, a forum on China’s Other Revolution: Missed in all the headlines are the radical political and social changes China has undergone over the past twenty years. An article on Japan and Asia and the implications of an improved relationship. John Quiggin on China's imminent collapse. No man’s island: It’s remote, it’s sparsely populated, it’s also rich with copper, gold, and timber — welcome to West Papua’s war with Indonesia. A review of Unveiling the Whale: Discourses on Whales and Whaling by Arne Kalland and Whaling in Japan: Power, Politics, and Diplomacy by Jun Morikawa. The battle over Zomia: Scholars are enchanted by the notion of this anarchic region in Asia, but how real is it? A review of The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia by James C. Scott (and more at Bookforum). How fast can China go? On the heels of its Olympic makeover, China flexes its engineering muscles once again with a $6.64 billion high-speed train that dusts the competition, including America. A review of A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia by Aaron L. Friedberg.

A new issue of Studies in Literature and Language is out. J. Patrick Dobel (Washington): The Rhetorical Possibilities of "Home" in Homeland Security. The Greater Recession: Derek Thompson on how America suffers from a crisis of productivity. Kash Mansori on why Greece, Spain, and Ireland aren’t to blame for Europe’s woes. How to podcast your brain: Audio recordings from a live brain are the most granular measurement possible today — single brain cells. One state, Maine, has sharply reduced prisoners in solitary without a rise in violence — is this the way out of the supermax morass? If you ever find yourself inside Louisiana's Angola prison, Burl Cain will make sure you find Jesus — or regret ever crossing his path. Ratifying women’s rights: Kavita N. Ramdas and Kathleen Kelly Janus on why the U.S. should endorse CEDAW. Kelly Sutton’s new minimalism: For the founder of the Cult of Less, the road to happiness is paved with stuff he used to own. Here are the 5 weirdest things that control the global economy. The introduction to Sibling Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence: Predictors and Outcomes by Avidan Milevsky. A review of The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us by Jeffrey Kluger. Phantom Time: Were the Middle Ages just a historical conspiracy theory? I [heart] Government: With everyone from Rick Perry to Barack Obama bashing Big Gummint, the time has come to defend it. Can you calculate the world's greatest sportsperson? The Journalist and the Spies: Dexter Filkins on the murder of a reporter who exposed Pakistan’s secrets. The even darker side: Could it be that "brand journalism" is just a new-look for PR? Web first, print later: Why some digital news startups are branching into print.

Suzanne A. Kim (Rutgers): The Neutered Parent. Scott Thomas Fitzgibbon (Boston College): Parent, Child, Husband, Wife: When Recognition Fails, Tragedy Ensues. From Amsterdam Law Forum, a special issue on Legal Perspectives on Gender and Sexual Equality, including Alli Leigh Jernow (ICJ): Morality Tales in Comparative Jurisprudence: What the Law Says About Sex; Lynn Wardle (BYU): The Institution of Marriage and Other Domestic Relations; and Arthur S. Leonard (NYLS): The Miraculous Year 2010 in United States' Gay Rights Law: Anomaly or Tipping Point? From The Advocate, we often protest when homophobes insist that same sex marriage will change marriage for straight people too, but in some ways, they’re right — here’s how gay relationships will change the institution, but for the better. The morning after marriage: Should the gay community really be saying “I do”? In praise of promiscuity: As gay marriage becomes the norm, oldsters ask, when did gay life morph into a Jane Austen novel? With marriage expanding in once unimaginable ways, what might the next stage in this evolution be? A review of Why Do Married Men Cheat with Unattractive Women? by Emunah La-Paz. An interview with Frank Zaccari, author of When the Wife Cheats. In real life, a broken marriage is still a painful and damaging ordeal — so how did popular culture go from “Kramer vs. Kramer” to a sitcom called “Happily Divorced”? Here are 5 ways you know it's time to get married. Where does the idea of marriage — monogamous marriage specifically — come from? Anthropologist Laura Fortunato has some answers. Does absence actually make the heart grow fonder? A new book suggests that getting away from each other for prolonged periods of time is good for the health of your marriage. How can we get men to do more at home?