From Philosophy and Literature, Ihab Hassan (Wisconsin): Literary Theory in an Age of Globalization. From PUP, the first chapter from Picturing the Uncertain World: How to Understand, Communicate, and Control Uncertainty through Graphical Display by Howard Wainer; and the first chapter from How Do You Know? The Economics of Ordinary Knowledge by Russell Hardin. More and more on More Than Just Race by William Julius Wilson. Why do people worship religious relics, and why is the number of trainee exorcists rising? Two new books suggest that our desire to believe in magical forces remains irresistible. A review of Grave Expectations: Planning the End Like There’s No Tomorrow by Sue Bailey and Carmen Flowers. An excerpt from The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It by Joshua Cooper Ramo (and more and more). The Greater Greed: Wall Street didn't invent excess — it just upped the ante. A review of The Forbidden Apple: A Century of Sex and Sin in New York City by Kat Long and Licentious Gotham: Erotic Publishing and Its Prosecution in Nineteenth-Century New York by Donna Dennis. Summer of ’69: John Buffalo Mailer on his father’s campaign to liberate New York from New York