Miscellaneous: From PopMatters, a review of American Food Writing: An Anthology, with Classic Recipes. From National Journal, the wireless telecommunications industry underwent a tectonic shift Tuesday when federal regulators adopted ambitious rules designed to make it easier for consumers to switch carriers and for new competitors to emerge. A review of The Proms: A new history. Your only son commits murder and is sentenced to life without parole. How do you go on? A review of A New Kind of Normal: Hope-Filled Choices When Life Turns Upside Down by Carol Kent Nelson. How to write a hero: A review of James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years by Wayne Franklin.
Staying gold for 40 years: With 13.4 million copies sold, teen novel The Outsiders is even more relevant today than when it was first published. A review of Feast: Why Humans Share Food by Martin Jones. First Facebook opened the dorms to the world; now it has turned them into a mini-mall. A review of Planet Chicken: The Shameful Story of the World's Favourite Bird by Hattie Ellis. The Guest from Hell: Savoring Norman Mailer's legendary appearance on The Dick Cavett Show. Who owns the airwaves? The US is auctioning billions of dollars in public airwaves, but it's ignoring a larger crisis in broadband internet competition. A review of People Get Screwed All the Time: Protecting Yourself From Scams, Fraud, Identity Theft, Fine Print, and More by Robert Massi.
A review of Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World by Anthony Doerr. A review of The Unnatural History of the Sea by Callum Roberts. A review of One Red Paperclip: How a Small Piece of Stationery Turned into a Great Big Adventure by Kyle MacDonald. A Law-Abiding Pedophile? Jack McClellan blogs openly about where best to meet girls under the age of 12. The local authorities are watching him, warily. Should just talking about such matters be enough to get him locked up? Creating a less alarming clock: Never mind setting it yourself. It knows exactly when you're ready to wake up.
Miscellaneous: From Japan Focus, an essay on the decision to risk the future: Harry Truman, the atomic bomb and the Apocalyptic narrative. Carlin Romano reviews Death of a Dissident by Alex Goldfarb and The Litvinenko File by Martin Sixsmith. At 17, how many funerals had you been to for a friend killed violently? Dejahnai Harris has been to six, in six months. In a disorienting reverse, a new Constitution re-imposed Portuguese after East Timor became independent in 2002. The marginalized became mainstream again, and the mainstream was marginalized. A review of The Australians: Insiders and Outsiders on the National Character since 1770 by John Hirst (and more). A review of Holding the Bully's Coat: Canada and the US Empire by Linda McQuaig.
An interview with dissident spy and former KGB general Oleg Kalugin about Putin’s KGB past, the dangers of political activism, and the future of Russian democracy. Hip hip - goodbye? John Howard turns 68. But after 11 years in the top job, is he losing his grip on the Australian electorate? An interview with Steve Braun, author of Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes and the Man Who Makes War Possible. Five years after the BBC conducted a search for the Greatest Briton of all time, the Liberal Democrat History Group is setting out to find the Greatest Liberal. Remember the agricultural exchanges between the US and USSR? What we can learn from them today.
A review of AK47: The Story of the People's Gun by Michael Hodges. New wonders? Not everyone is happy with the new seven wonders or with the voting method adopted. Effeminate boys who revel in their transgender mannerisms end up in a nowhere space of sexual abuse and bleak future. An NGO in West Bengal is giving them hope by training them in alternative means of livelihood. From LRB, The Rendition of Abu Omar: John Foot awaits the trial of the kidnappers. The special relationship myth: Britain's supposedly privileged connection with the US is a fallacy: it is neither special nor based on shared values. A review of The United States and Central America: Geopolitical Realities and Regional Fragility by Mark Rosenberg.
Miscellaneous: From The Village Voice, everyone, it seems, has a story of being harassed on the subway. What's yours? Equality is a pretence: Why we should speak up for the other e-word. Picture and a thousand words: The world of advertising has been shaken up by what a Brazilian city has taken down. A review of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild by Deborah Siegel. GDP might suffer if everyone takes more holidays, but the result would not necessarily be all bad. Jonathan Cohn on why Giuliani wants millions of Americans to stay uninsured. A review of The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire by Peter Clarke. Eric Rauchway on Norman Pearlstine, Time Inc.'s PlameGate apologist.
A review of Confessions of a Wall Street Shoeshine Boy by Doug Stumpf. America's Top Ten Sex Scandals: An article on James Buchanan, the first gay president, and other tales of sex and power in Washington. New York City drivers get a bad rap. Or is that rap sheet? Form Radar, a look at 10 ways the early '90s changed the world: From 90210 to 9/11. Who's Doggin' Who? In the land of designer pet collars, pet cemeteries, even pet-themed restaurants and bakeries, dogfighting has reared its ugly head. An interview with Noam Chomsky on Interventions. Salary, Gender and the Social Cost of Haggling: Research suggests that gender differences may help to explain the salary gap. A review of Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Modern Medical Breakthroughs by Morton Meyers.
Form The New York Observer, The Geezer Roués: The Priapic Pappies may be winding down but they’re not going gently: Fueled by Cialis, dipped and dyed, they still fill the clubs; and Hooray for Celebrity Breakdowns: At least Britney, Lindsay et al. resist siren call of the logo wall. What would Lord Wolfenden make of our metrosexual world? A review of Why I'm Still Married: Women Write Their Hearts Out on Love, Loss, Sex, and Who Does the Dishes. What kind of philosophy says that it's O.K. to subsidize insurance companies, but not to provide health care to children? Paul Krugman wants to know. A review of King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War by Catrine Clay.
Miscellaneous: Michael Hiscox (Harvard) and David A. Lake (UCSD): Democracy, Federalism, and the Size of States. Roger D. Congleton (George Mason): Constitutional Exchange, Ideology, and Democracy in America. Mathew D. McCubbins (UCSD) and Michael Thies (UCLA): Rationality and the Foundations of Positive Political Theory. Mustafa Turengul (Dumlupınar): The Philosophical Foundations of Management Thought. Lior Strahilevitz (Chicago): "Don't Try This at Home": Posner as Political Economist. Lane Kenworthy (Arizona): Jobs with Equality (Draft book manuscript). From Springerin, an article on the violence of participation: Spatial practices beyond models of consensus.
A review of The Philosopher in Early Modern Europe: The Nature of a Contested Identity. A review of Elucidating the Tractatus: Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy of Logic and Language by Marie McGinn. A review of Toleration: A Critical Introduction by Catriona McKinnon. What happens when a socialist applies the insights of Austrian economics? A review of Socialism After Hayek by Theodore A. Burczak. From Wired, an article on the Ultimate Diagnostic Device (by the way, you've got drug-resistant TB!) Research reveals why slim people dislike the overweight. Giving Science the Finger: Generalizations based on hand shape not only are formulated from small pools of data, but smack of pseudo science. A review of A Social History of Dying by Allan Kellehear.
A review of Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. A review of Hurricane Season: A Coach, His Team and Their Triumph in the Time of Katrina by Neal Thompson. Teaching to the Test: A review of Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade by Linda Perlstein. Iran's thought criminals: Kian Tajbakhsh - a scholar, social scientist and urban planner - is languishing in an Iranian jail. Why? A review of Liberty: The Lives and Times of Six Women in Revolutionary France by Lucy Moore. The Chinese have this map to demonstrate that the story of how the West discovered the World is only one of many versions of the very earliest form of globalisation.