Robert Higgs (Independent Institute): The Political Economy of Crisis Opportunism. Marci Hamilton on why Oprah should be Obama's children's czar — and the priorities she should set. Sex, the body, the world: It’s R. Crumb’s Bible now (and more and more; and more at Bookforum). What makes a prison "state of the art"? League of nations: Bored with football stats — are you ready for some fantasy geopolitical ball? Underground Psychology: Researchers have been spying on us on the subway — here's what they've learned. Delayed childbearing and voting behavior: The correlation between religious and moral values and voting behavior did not operate a generation ago. One day, way back in the 20th century, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Claude Levi-Strauss, and Roland Barthes sat under an equatorial tree, living in their own imagined primitive past, discussing Global Studies. Phwoar: When everyday expletives aren’t good enough. Sleeping with cannibals: Paul Raffaele gets up close and personal with New Guinea natives who say they still eat their fellow tribesmen. From TPM, nice is overrated: Melanie Frappier on the necessity of conflict, as exemplified by House, M.D.; Bonnie Mann on how The Second Sex negotiates the 21st century in Twilight; Briony Addey examines what Lost has to say about coincidence; I’ll be back or not: Bad timing spoils the Terminator movies, argue Robert A. Delfino and Kenneth Sheahan; Colin Davis on the ethical devastation of Renoir’s Le Crime de Monsieur Lange; and what is it like to be a Batman? Ron Novy on why we can’t get under the skin of the caped crusader.

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