From First Things, Richard John Neuhaus on secularizations. Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Connection joins a tough magazine market with a quarterly. In Alison Bechdel's comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For", the personal is political, the political gets personal, and history "bends toward justice". More and more on The Superorganism by Bert Holldobler and E.O. Wilson. A review of The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst by Kenneth Whyte (and more). How to talk past Ahmadinejad: Hard-liners are a tiny crust atop a population that will welcome a thaw with America. Who knew sex was a bad business to be in? That's probably what they're thinking over at Playboy's New York City offices. George W. is no martyr: Bush deserves all the criticism he gets. From THES, cash and trash trump class: Privilege clings to wealth as mores change. More and more on Obsession by Lennard J. Davis. A handsome new two-volume collection of Orwell's essays is a more in-depth look at the master than a typical "greatest hits" book. A Sense of Loss: An article on trying to understand the slippery slope behind weight gain. Does bad behavior really make us feel unclean and nauseated? From PopMatters, an article on Linton Kwesi Johnson and the eloquence of rioters. More on Susan Sontag's Reborn: Journals and Notebooks 1947-1963 (and more from Bookforum).

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