Herwig J. Schlunk (Vanderbilt): Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Lawyers. The Death of the Cool: Cool was once associated with reticence, savoir-faire, and irony, none of which is much practiced or regarded these days. From Wired, writer Evan Ratliff tried to vanish — here’s what happened. To learn and to serve: EJ Dionne on the case for a civilian ROTC. "General Hospital" is the most violent show on television — and why an A-list star would agree to be on it. From Utne, a look at how to rob a bank and get caught. From Esquire, here are 2009's top 23 radicals and rebels who are changing the world and 13 renegade artists challenging the future of our culture. Ticket Masters: How Woodstock laid the groundwork for today's demand that everything be free. Strange Geographies: An article on village life in Vanuatu. As a new generation discovers artist Genesis P-Orridge, he fulfills a quixotic long-term project: turning himself into his late spouse. Levi Johnston: He's hot, he's cute, he's playing hardball — who can resist this Playgirl-posing bad boy? (and more) From the Journal of World-Systems Research, a symposium on Giovanni Arrighi's Adam Smith in Beijing. A look at what Oprah Winfrey did for talkshow TV.  When the human genome was first sequenced nearly a decade ago, the world lit up with talk about how new gene-specific drugs would help us cheat death — well, the verdict is in: Keep eating those greens. The introduction to The Political Economy of Trust by Henry Farrell. Britt Peterson reviews The Queen of the Ring: Sex, Muscles, Diamonds, and the Making of an American Legend by Jeff Leen (and more and more).

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