From The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell reviews Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson (and more and more); Ryan Lizza on Sheila Bair and the White House financial debate; and how much good will Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Agency do? Everything I ever needed to know in life I learned from South Park. From Americas Quarterly, the Honduran coup is still a coup — but where was everybody before? (and more and more) Repression 101: The history of using repression to save regimes is long — but when the hammer comes down, the impact is unpredictable. Why does Japan, the world's most efficient economy, have so many elevator operators and gas station attendants? Trinie Dalton reviews Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart and Mushroom Magick: A Visionary Field Guide by Arik Roper. A look at how the Metro crash may exemplify the paradox of human-machine interaction. An interview with Henry Badenhorst, founder of Gaydar. Some bemoan Holden Caulfield's fading appeal among youth, but why would metaphors that worked for us work for them? The Art of the Political Comeback: Former politicians and political experts what it takes for officials embroiled in scandals to recover their political viability.

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