From The Brooklyn Rail, a review of Words Without Borders: The World Through the Eyes of Writers: An Anthology. Brand Equity: An excerpt from Publishing Without Boundaries: How to Think, Work, and Win in the Global Marketplace. The web is dead; long live the web: As the internet evolves, the backlash begins. But is it really going to destroy our civilisation?

How to Type like a Man: A review of The Iron Whim: A Fragmented History of Typewriting (and more). From Financial Times, for better, for verse: A century ago London Opinion magazine ran a competition that started a national craze for limericks. What do Oprah and Atomic Scientists have in common?

From Foreign Policy, an article on Tehelka, an upstart weekly newspaper that has made a name for itself by pushing the limits of investigative journalism in India; and a look at how Mishpacha has successfully redrawn the borders of public discourse for the Orthodox Jewish community. Is it about art? Fashion? Is it actually about paper? Not entirely sure how to go about answering these questions, as Paper magazine is something like a mix of all three; Please, don’t be intimidated.

Rachel Smucker, too, approached Bitch with caution, wary of man-hating columnists and Bush-bashing feminazis. A look at the short, but lasting life of teen magazine Sassy. What media companies can learn from the rise and fall of the much-beloved teen mag Sassy. Fear of Blogging: Why women shouldn't apologize for being afraid of threats on the Web.

Bloggers from around the world mark Press Freedom Day 2007: Thanks to the internet we now have the most independent press and media in the history of the world; and on paper, the American press is remarkably free. So why don't US journalists use that freedom to speak truth to power? A hard-pressed trade: Journalists are under siege from privacy laws and attacks on press freedom, as well as earning relatively little.

Clark Hoyt, the longtime editor and most recently Washington chief for Knight Ridder, will become The New York Times' third public editor (and more). J. Bradford DeLong on America’s sleeping watch dog. The Dead Can Dance: Sometimes journalists use the deaths of prominent people to comment on current-day problems. How Not to Kill a Story: An Australian newspaper’s decision to quash a profile of Rupert Murdoch’s beautiful young Chinese wife has only fueled interest in the piece, which is bound to be published soon. Coordinates of the Rich and Famous: Supermarket tabloids and gossip columns still sell the illusion that stars live in a different world from the rest of us; but the Internet has created a new reality, and we’re all living in it together.

YouTube has already caused an Obama-Clinton spat, embarrassed Newt Gingrich, and dissected Mitt Romney. Clicking through the incriminating outtakes and citizen campaign ads, James Wolcott downloads the future of presidential politics. Banned from YouTube? Conservatives perceive YouTube bias, launch a new video-sharing site. Sweet Jesus I love Bill O'Reilly! Why Rosa Brooks owes her gig as an L.A. Times columnist to the name-calling cable and radio personality. And an article on why we hate local TV news


From Janus Head, Stephen H. Watson (Notre Dame): Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenological Itinerary From Body Schema to Situated Knowledge: On How We Are and How We Are Not to “Sing the World”; Dorothée Legrand (CREA): Pre-Reflective Self-Consciousness: On Being Bodily in the World; Evan Selinger and Timothy Engström (RIT): On Naturally Embodied Cyborgs: Identities, Metaphors, and Models (and a reply); Rob Harle (Stoney Chute): Disembodied Consciousness and the Transcendence of the Limitations of the Biological Body; Andrew C. Rawnsley (St. Andrews): A Situated or a Metaphysical Body? Problematics of Body as Mediation or as Site of Inscription; and Alexander Kozin (Berlin): The Uncanny Body: From Medical to Aesthetic Abnormality pdf.

A review of Consciousness and Its Place in Nature: Does Physicalism Entail Panpsychism? How we reflect on behavior: Mirror neurons, it seems, are of the utmost importance in human mind, and on the tip of the collective psychological tongue. A new study suggests that culture may shape the way our brains process visual information. I Chat, Therefore I Am: Can a smooth-talking robot initiate good conversation, generate witty responses, and reveal profound thoughts? See what happens when two chatbots speak to each other.

Scientists vs. Consumers: Thousands of consumers have voiced their opposition to cloned foods. Scientists dismiss them as "Luddites". Life at the Extremes: Some living species are able to thrive in inhospitable environments. How do they do it? More on the mathematical lives of plants: Scientists are figuring out why plants grow in spiral patterns that incorporate the "golden angle".

The X chromosome does much more than help specify an animal’s reproductive plumbing and behaves unlike any of the other chromosomes in the body. Like a column collapsing under the burden of a heavy roof, erectile dysfunction is a classical mechanical engineering problem, says a US urologist.

A split emerges as conservatives discuss Darwin: A dispute has cropped up on the right: Does Darwinian theory actually support conservative philosophy? But is it good for the conservatives? An article on Darwinism and its discontents. From Azure, The Gene Wars: What can science teach us about the validity of nationalist claims?

From Nanotechnology Now, an essay on Space Ethics: Look before taking another leap for mankind. From IEET, a look at why the discovery of a nearby Earth-like planet is bad news. Superhuman Imagination: An interview with Vernor Vinge on science fiction, the Singularity, and the state.

From Discover, Quantum Leap: The future of super-fast computing appears on the horizon. Many, especially historians, complain that e-mail is too ethereal and that communication is being lost to future generations. Now, the British Library is trying to do something about it. Down with Internet democracy: Why you don't want anonymous volunteers powering your search engine. A look at how you can understand the Internet. Would you like to see one of the landmarks you must pass on the road to Gootopia? Visit google.com/history. And Robert McHenry on how there is a limit to the amount of sheer noise we have to endure or learn to avoid


From The Economist, about 0.1% of world GDP would tackle climate change, a bargain, and more on how the costs of stabilising global warming are negligible. Could it be true that staving off the severe effects posed by climate change won't impose ruinous costs? The IPCC thinks so. The catch? It only works if everyone joins in.

Delegates from 120 countries have approved the first road map for combating climate change. A new report looks at the environmental benefits and drawbacks of wind power. Brewing energy in Australia: An article on converting beer byproducts into energy. Global warming is just a symptom: If we're seriously pro-life and want to see the planet survive, we need to get a handle on the population explosion — that's what is ultimately at the center of our unfolding environmental catastrophe.

From California Literary Review, Dear Minister, America is headed down; can it reverse course? From New English Review, Theodore Dalrymple on how There Is No God but Politics; and John Derbyshire on Private Lives. Amanda Marcotte on Feminism in the Era of Girls Gone Wild: Everyone these days wants to hear how young women have lost their way, especially if the author can blame feminism for it. But in reality, feminism has been anything but a tragedy for women. Is stripping a feminist act? If a woman chooses to objectify herself — shedding her clothes to obtain power through money — is she helping to eliminate gender inequality or simply degrading herself? A former adult entertainer shares her story.

From New Politics, an essay on the Hyde Amendment: The opening wedge to abolish abortion; and it is heartening to see the stigma of adoption lessening. It is time to put aside the idealization of the biological nuclear family. Form Stars & Stripes, sailors say Kitty Hawk’s "homophobic culture" forced them to out themselves; a discharged gay sailor is called back to active duty; and a look at other militaries’ policies. More than 40 percent of soldiers and Marines who recently served in the war zone believe torture should be allowed if it would save the life of a comrade, according to a 2006 military mental health assessment.

From The Situationist, an essay on Justice Thomas and the conservative hypocrisy. Reading the Constitution Right: Clarence Thomas’s fidelity to our founding documents is making its mark on the Supreme Court. The Temptation of Justice Thomas: In his latest anti-abortion opinion, Clarence Thomas hints at a moment of doubt.  The silences of social democracy: A review of What’s Left? How Liberals Lost Their Way by Nick Cohen.

The anti-poverty report issued last week by the Center for American Progress brings together some of the most pragmatic ideas on poverty reduction. What gives? From CT, an article on The Joy of Policy Manuals: There's more to workplace justice than good intentions. Executive pleonexia: Joseph D. Becker on how to limit executive-pay scandals. How to ensure your charitable donation goes where you want. An article on the economics of laziness. Plays well with others?

Spoilt, arrogant, lonely, ill-equipped for life...are just a sprinkling of the labels attached to only children. As their numbers increase, Miranda Green, an ‘only’ herself, sorts out the facts from the fiction. And seeking shared delight through festivity, dance and ritual is a powerful human drive that, as Dancing in the Streets shows, has long worried those in power


Sebastian Edwards (UCLA): Crises and Growth: A Latin American Perspective. From Open Democracy, an article on the deepening of Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution and why most people don’t get it: The radical project led by Hugo Chávez can’t be understood through the distorting lens of its inveterate opponents. This is a politics for the future with emancipation, participation – and popular support - at its heart. In Ecuador, Bolivia, and Venezuela, leaders are seeking new sources of political legitimacy in which participation is at the heart. Gone, but not forgotten: Why Bolivians want the United States to extradite their exiled ex-president. Brazil's colonial dance with the resource curse: First there was a sugar rush. Then a gold rush. Both left unsightly scars on the history of Brazil. What will the ethanol rush bequeath?

A look at why land reform is so tricky: In South Africa, plenty of farms are for sale, but blacks still find it hard to buy. South Africa is booming. The economy is enjoying its biggest surge since the Second World War, and for once it is not just whites who are prospering. A review of Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil. Joshua Kurlantzick on democracy's decline in Africa. Circumcision promotion divides AIDS activists: Should results of an African AIDS study be applied in the United States?

From Asia Times, an article on lessons from Kashmir and Xinjiang. A review of India, Pakistan and the Secret Jihad. Is Ahmedinejad’s star fading? Leading figures in Iran are openly criticizing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about his handling of the economy and the country's nuclear program. An interview with Laura Rozen of War and Piece on Iran.

Iraq in the Balance: Fouad Ajami on why we should make our peace with Iraq's history. Francis Fukuyama on beating an orderly retreat: It is no longer a question of if or when the U.S. leaves Iraq, but how. Plan B? Let’s Give Plan A Some Time First: This is not the time to be rehashing strategies developed six months ago under very different conditions, or to be planning for the collapse of a strategy that has just begun.

Robert D. Kaplan on Munich versus Vietnam: At the moment, the Vietnam analogy has the upper-hand. But don't count Munich out. The key similarity between Vietnam and Iraq how they profoundly eroded the American people's trust in their government and leaders. A review of At the Center of the Strom: My Years at the CIA by George Tenet. With all the gloating over the ex-CIA head's kiss-and-tell, let's not forget who else screwed up American intelligence.

From The Weekly Standard, an article on The Mystery of Michael Bloomberg: Why does a popular but mediocre mayor think he should run for president? The Shadow Candidates: John Fund on the art of not running for president. Marvin Kalb on Nine Ways to Elect a President: After 9/11, with America’s role in the world more uncertain than ever, would it not make more sense to provide the voters with regular, predictable, serious access to their next president?

From Radar, an article on Jesus Christ's Superstars: America's holiest congressmen. A look at how sex isn't the only thing for sale in Washington. And the politicians who waste your money have a remorse deficit: One man’s pork is another’s tax bill

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