From TED, Liz Coleman on a call to reinvent liberal arts education. Preparing for doomsday: It's an important nut to crack — and part of the solution is a vast library of seeds. The Apocalypse is always now: The introduction to Believer, Beware: First-Person Dispatches from the Margins of FaithMore on Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford and Orlanda Ruthven. How will Prosperity Gospel ride out the hard economic times? Eric Banks reviews The Blue Hour: A Life of Jean Rhys by Lilian Pizzichini (and more from Bookforum). The Book-Club Hustlers: Enterprising fiction writers are marketing themselves to book groups in person, by phone, and over Skype to boost sales — meet the new breed of literary types on the make. A review of Fascism Past and Present, West and East: An International Debate on Concepts and Cases in the Comparative Study of the Extreme Right. A review of Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict Between Global Conservation and Native Peoples by Mark Dowie. A review of Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking ­Shows by Kathleen Collins. Mills and minarets: The proving grounds for the government's policy to prevent home-grown Jihad are the industrial towns of the North. iPorn: Come on Apple, give us our porn!

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