A review of Creating Language Crimes: How Law Enforcement Uses (and Misuses) Language by Roger W. Shuy. One of the week's best invented words: "Insockurity". More reading than in 1970s: People in the UK seem to have been reading more over the past quarter of a century, a study suggests. A review of On Royalty: A Very Polite Inquiry Into Some Strangely Related Families by Jeremy Paxman. An interview with Tina Brown, the queen bee on both sides of the Atlantic and another kind of royalty.
A review of Shakespeare the Thinker by A. D. Nuttall and Shakespeare Revealed: A Biography by René Weis. The evanescent Romantic: A review of Being Shelley: the Poet's Search for Himself by Ann Wroe. Too shy to gossip, too plain to join in: A review of Death and the Maidens: Fanny Wollstonecraft and the Shelley Circle by Janet Todd. A review of Jane Austen and the Enlightenment by Peter Knox-Shaw.
John Irving reviews Peeling the Onion by Gunter Grass. From Sign and Sight, the Sheikha's Book Club: Ulla Lenze is the first German writer to be invited to the literary salon of Sheikha Shamma in the United Arab Emirates, to answer question about her book. David Frum on a tour of France's historic gas stations. The Piperno Case: Is a popular Italian novel a daring comedy of manners—or a way for readers to indulge in stereotypes guilt-free? The Resurrection of Garibaldi: How the capital is commemorating the revolutionary father of modern Italy.
Form Smithsonian, Ancient Rome's Forgotten Paradise: Stabiae's seaside villas will soon be resurrected in one of the largest archaeological projects in Europe since World War II; and Rome Reborn: Archaeologists unveil a 3-D model of the great city circa A.D. 400. The 300 years after Alexander were typified by scandal-ridden dynastic upheaval – and some very peculiar names: A review of The Hellenistic Age: A Short History by Peter Green.
A review of Global Environmental Governance by James Gustave Speth and Peter M. Haas. The Howard Government has warned of economic disaster if carbon emissions are cut too drastically. But in Sweden, the opposite has occurred. Bold policies have turned a city into an eco-powerhouse. Aral Sea's return revives withered villages: Dam begins to diminish ecological disaster of Soviet-era irrigation. Six Reasons You May Need a New Atlas Soon: Few new states have come into being since the fall of the Soviet Union. Creating "escape routes" for wildlife: Biological corridors, such as one planned from Panama to Mexico, would let species migrate to safer climates as global warming heats up their old habitats. The Americas have the Mississippi and the Amazon, Africa has the Nile and Asia has the Ganges and the Mekong, among others. So why wouldn’t Australia have a large river system – or an inland sea?
From YUP, an excerpt from As If Silent and Absent: Bonds of Enslavement in the Islamic Middle East by Ehud R. Toledano. A little less purity goes a long way: The Egyptian government finally bans female circumcision. The New Orientalism: Recent best-selling books are distorting the West's view of the Muslim Middle East. Ahmadinejobless: Iran’s radical president is sinking fast, and he knows it. Now, there’s only one man who can keep Mahmoud Ahmadinejad out of the unemployment line: George W. Bush. A review of The Mess They Made: The Middle East after Iraq by Gwynne Dyer. The Way Out: A roundtable discussion of our options for exiting Iraq, with Flynt Leverett, Suzanne Nossel, Charles A. Kupchan, Lawrence J. Korb and Peter W. Galbraith.
John Allen Paulos on alternative voting methods: Assigning first, second, third choices to candidates could create more accurate results. The mainstreaming of Web video in campaigns is giving candidates and political consultants new avenues to evade disclosure requirement and launch increasingly bitter attacks against rivals. The Facebook Primary: Barack Obama may be the most popular dude in the Facebook universe, but that won't stop the other guys from trying. Cass R. Sunstein on what the iPhone and the Obama campaign have in common. Justin Raimondo on Ron Paul as the conscience of conservatism. Real 9/11 heroes speak out against Rudy: New York City firefighters are out to set the record straight on Rudy Giuliani's 9/11 legacy.
From The New York Observer, Hamptons Secede! Hedgy hedge-fund colony in new iteration, America’s Monaco, as reverse migration kicks in. A review of Conquering Gotham: A Gilded Age Epic: The Construction of Penn Station and Its Tunnels by Jill Jonnes. New York City is the celebrated center for many vital aspects of American culture: publishing, finance, and the arts. It rarely has been credited, however, as a cutting-edge leader in political ideologies. The Numbers Guy on New York City’s gender gap.
From Human Rights and Human Welfare, a roundtable on Outsourcing the War. A review of The Pentagon: A History. A review of Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner. We don’t really need to plunge into the arcana of imperial Rome to appreciate what America’s doing wrong. But it’s fun watching Cullen Murphy try (and more). An excerpt from Does American Democracy Still Work? by Alan Wolfe. Should we dispense with the Electoral College? Sanford Levinson, Daniel Lowenstein and John McGinnis debate.
An interview with Bruce Barry, author of Speechless: The Erosion of Free Expression in the American Workplace. The folly of the Fairness Doctrine: Liberals better think twice before welcoming government controls on speech. In a post-9/11 world, where security demands are high, personal privacy does not have to be sacrificed, says computer scientist Latanya Sweeney, who discusses a few ways to save it. The Power Broker: An interview with Anthony Kennedy. Bad Heir Day: How Sandra Day O'Connor became the least powerful jurist in America. On the wrong side of 5 to 4, liberals talk tactics: One way to win back the Supreme Court: Sweeten the message and market it. Hardly Working: How Alberto Gonzales' incompetence became a defense for his wrongdoing.
For the fourth time in 20 years, the U.S. Sentencing Commission has asked lawmakers to reform mandatory cocaine sentencing policy. Might this be the year Congress listens? Drug abuse causes hundreds of billions of dollars in economic losses and untold personal heartache. How to limit the damage? Start by ditching the "brain disease" model that’s popular with scientists and focus on treating addicts as people with the power to reshape their own lives. Doctor Evil, a study of caregiver as lifetaker: Bad medical professionals are a staple of both history and fiction. Physician, Heal Thyself: Doctors are not immune to religious mania. An expert helps explore the link between healing and killing. Bin Laden's Army: A one-time jihadi looks at why so many radical Islamic groups include doctors and engineers—and how their involvement threatens the religion itself.
From The Global Spiral, Mark D. Wood (VCU): Transdisciplinarity and the Development of an Integrated Model of Personhood, Health, and Wellness; Kathryn Johnson, Adam Cohen, Mariam Cohen, Barry Leshowitz (ASU): Ways of Knowing: The Scientific Study of Religiosity as Relationality; James M. Landry (LMU): Science Education for All: Moving from a Specialization Approach to a Holistic Approach; Martin Zwick (PSU): Systems Metaphysics: A Bridge from Science to Religion' a review of Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society by David Sloan Wilson; and an article on knowing the future.
From Modern Age, Richard Sherlock (Utah State): The Secret of Straussianism; an essay on Orwell and Catholicism; and a review of The Philosophy of Michael Oakeshott by Terry Nardin; In Defence of Modernity: Vision and Philosophy in Michael Oakeshott by Efraim Podoksik; Michael Oakeshott: An Introduction by Paul Franco; The Limits of Political Theory: Oakeshott’s Philosophy of Civil Association by Kenneth B. McIntyre; and The Intellectual Legacy of Michael Oakeshott.
From The Chronicle of Higher Education, Onward, Objectivism: Loyal scholars and organizations strive to perpetuate the philosophy of Ayn Rand in academe; a Rand-inspired foundation has money to give to humanities departments, but some won't touch it; and "Train Your Mind to Change the World": A new institution, born out of the individualistic philosophy of Ayn Rand, has gone its own way; and in rural India, an Ambitious Academic Vision: A mining mogul with big ideas is determined to build an elite, American-style university for 100,000 students in Orissa. Farmers, who own the land he wants to develop, plan to resist.
Revenge of the Frosh-Seeking Robots: The smartest college kids are rushing to major in economics. Microsoft is trying to lure them back to computer science. Colleges lost their way in the 1960s, contends Victor Davis Hanson, a classics professor. Students now get a "therapeutic curriculum" instead of learning hard facts and inductive inquiry. The result: we can’t answer the questions of our time. Too much self-esteem can be bad for your child: American schools stress self-esteem as the stepping stone to academic achievement. But students from Asian cultures, which place little stock in self-esteem, seem to do better than their American counterparts in school.