From LRB, a review of books on Roland Barthes. The "Should We Stay or Should We Go?" Matrix: Where our top opinion-makers stand on the Afghanistan question. Was Y2K a waste? Farhad Manjoo investigates. How viable is modelling as a job and how realistic is the prospect of earning a living out of it? A review of Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism by Alison Piepmeier. From the latest issue of Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements, Jenny Gunnarsson Payne (Stockholm): Feminist Media as Alternative Media? A Literature Review; and Piotr Konieczyny (Pitt): Wikipedia: Community or Social Movement? From Forbes, here's a special report on the world's most powerful people. Anachronistic arrogance: How scorning our intellectual mothers and fathers makes us real dumb real fast. Jesse Larner on the health care speech Obama should give but won't. Want real reform? Let's start with Congress. Richard Ross spent five years traveling over three continents, photographing the interiors of bomb shelters for Waiting for the End of the World. Mount Rushmore carvings will be first test of plan to guard historic sites from ravages of weather and pollution by creating accurate 3D models. A whistleblower says estimated oil reserves figures were distorted by US pressure. High in protein, low in fat, delicious, ubiquitous: why not eat bugs? Quiet, please: Libraries are being transformed into rowdy social spaces, with disastrous consequences. Start using these words: Impress friends, woo the opposite sex, and increase self-esteem with these wholly unnecessary vocabulary enhancements!

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