From Foreign Policy, here's the list of the World’s Top 20 Public Intellectuals. With the death of Julian we have something different: To all intents and purposes we can say that paganism died as a credible political and social force in the last days of June 363. A review of Postmodern Spiritual Practices: The Construction of the Subject and the Reception of Plato in Lacan, Derrida, and Foucault by Paul Allen Miller. A review of The Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen by Jeffrey Symynkywicz. A review of Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides Are Wrong in the Race Debate by Kenan Malik. A review of The Political Mind: Why You Can’t Understand 21st-Century Politics With an 18th-Century Brain by George Lakoff. Did Hitler’s crimes justify the Allies’ terror-bombing of Germany? Patrick Buchanan on morality, Trotskyite vs. Christian. From The New Yorker, an article on multibillionaire Sheldon Adelson’s relentless quest for global influence; and on an unlikely ambassador for the Central African Republic. I don’t (but I might soon): The tide is turning on gay marriage — when will the GOP notice? The next blue chip: Finding the future in Futurism. Beyond Hillary: Herewith, some ideas on how to build a critical mass of female officeholders. Jennifer Gilmore reviews Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love by Lara Vapnyar. For alien life-seekers, new reason to hope.

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