A new issue of Catalyst is our. Andrew B. Coan (Wisconsin): The Future of Reproductive Freedom. From Newsweek, a look at the 50 highest-earning political figures of 2010, including politicians, ex-politicians, media personalities, and political consultants who hawk their personal brands in the public marketplace — and influence American political discourse in the process. A review of Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? by Judith Butler. With increased gender equality, commercial interests have gained influence over people's looks and dreams — we are taught that what is on the inside is what counts, but quickly find that beauty is only skin deep. A review of The Axe and the Oath: Ordinary Life in the Middle Ages by Robert Fossier. The galaxy could be filled with dozens of planets capable of supporting life, but finding ET would force many of us to think the theologically unthinkable. A review of Which “Aesthetics” Do You Mean? Ten Definitions by Leonard Koren. New research shows that promoting colorblindness can lead people to turn a blind eye to even overt examples of racial discrimination and hamper the prospect for intervention. What motivates Amazon's hardcore raters? Nicholas Jackson investigates. A decade ago, she was told that writing a novel with a lesbian theme would be "commercial suicide" — now, gay writers are mainstream; Val McDermid charts the cultural shift that began with Radclyffe Hall. The Case for Geopolitical Mechanisms: Sustainable peace in the Middle East conflicts with the U.S. defense industry, which relies economically on regularly pumping more arms into the region. Recreational computing: Puzzles and tricks from Martin Gardner inspire math and science. More on Sam Kean's The Disappearing Spoon.

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