From Smithsonian, Hemingway's Cuba, Cuba's Hemingway: His last personal secretary returns to Havana and discovers that the novelist's mythic presence looms larger than ever; and Before the Revolution: Socialites and celebrities flocked to Cuba in the 1950s. Fifty years ago Jack Kerouac's dazzling novel On the Road became the blueprint for the Beat generation and shaped America's youth culture for decades. It influenced scores of artists, musicians and film-makers, but how does it resonate with young people today? Discovered: Kerouac "cuts": The original, 120-ft typewritten roll of the beat generation literary classic is being republished, complete with material too hot to handle in 1957. Ray Bradbury, Norman Lloyd and Norman Corwin: Aging with grace, these 3 men of letters snap fingers in the face of time. For her devoted fan base, Doris Lessing is unquestionably the greatest living writer never to win a Nobel Prize (and a review of The Cleft).
From The Age, a review of Primo Levi's A Tranquil Star, a review of Gunter Grass' Peeling the Onion; and exactly what constitutes Jewishness has been much debated, but most people would be surprised at the Semitic self-identification of a group of more than 80 New Zealand Maori (a Polynesian race). Raul Hilberg, the "dean of Holocaust studies," is dead. Terry Eagleton finds that politics is glossed over in AN Wilson's fictional take on Hitler and the Wagners, Winnie and Wolf. A review of From Asgard to Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths by Heather O'Donoghue.
A review of Shoot the Widow: Adventures of a Biographer in Search of her Subject by Meryle Secrest. A review of Walking Broad: Looking for the Heart of Brotherly Love by Bruce Buschel. A review of American Tornado: The Terrifying True Story of the 1974 Outbreak- And The People Whose Lives Were Torn Apart by Mark Levine. A review of The Blue Death: Disease, Disaster and the Water We Drink by Robert D. Morris. The lion's sneeze: Stefano Zuffi's The Cat in Art looks at how depicting the feline has engrossed artists for millennia. Poetry in the plumage: A review of Crow Country: A Meditation on Birds, Landscape and Nature by Mark Cocker (and more). A review of Chasing Kangaroos: A Continent, a Scientist, and a Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Creature by Tim Flannery. A review of The Most Important Fish in the Sea by H. Bruce Franklin.
Best Feet Forward: A single soccer match achieves what five years of combat and negotiations could not: an apparent end to Ivory Coast's civil war. The man who brought the warring sides together was not a politician or a gun-toting strongman, but Didier Drogba, the star striker for Ivory Coast. The unlikely activist: When former US marine Brian Steidlehe returned from a peacekeeping mission to Sudan, he found he couldn't stay quiet about the horrors he had witnessed. The introduction to Civilizing Women: British Crusades in Colonial Sudan by Janice Boddy. A dream betrayed: A review of Through the Darkness: A Life in Zimbabwe by Judith Garfield Todd. Why a tree makes it hard to write about Africa: Trying to write about Africa is a little like negotiating its wild roads: Cliches materialize suddenly and constantly.
On an ancient sea, Europe dreams and schemes: A Mediterranean Union where all are rich, none are immigrants. Looks great. Won’t happen. A review of The Unity of the European Constitution. From Time, an interview with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband. Much has changed since John Stuart Mill's time, and his views on freedom are no longer valid. The introduction to The Origin of the Welfare State in England and Germany, 1850–1914: Social Policies Compared by E. P. Hennock. The introduction to The Great Naval Game: Britain and Germany in the Age of Empire by Jan Ruger. Josef Joffe on how German Chancellor Angela Merkel may be the most influential European leader today. Nobody even bothers to call Angela Merkel: The government in Berlin is learning a painful lesson this summer. It stands alone in its multilateralist policies and few seem to care what the Germans think.
From Forward, a look at how the rapid rise of Israel’s Orthodox schools sparks fear of Army, work force shortage, and more on Israel’s Hidden Crisis: Why should a growing level of piety be considered a national "challenge"? A review of The Resurgence of Anti-Semitism: Jews, Israel, and Liberal Opinion by Bernard Harrison. A review of Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation by Eyal Weizman. The Checkered History of American Weapons Deals: The United States has upset its European allies with plans for a massive arms deal with several governments in the Middle East. Washington has been down this road before. A review of Iran Oil: The New Middle East Challenge to America by Roger Howard and Crude Interventions: The United States, Oil and the New World (Dis)order by Garry Leech. Prospects of Armageddon: The logic that defends past nuclear atrocities is now used to support a strike against Iran.
From Newsweek, an article on the Global Warming Deniers: A Well Funded Machine. From Mother Jones, Mad Scientists vs. Global Warming: James K. Galbraith on understanding climate economics; and can technology fix global warming? Scientists are starting to pitch some pretty far-out ideas. Green Fakers: A look at why eco-hypocrisy matters. The ethics of flying to serve the greater good: In the wake of Live Earth, is an airplane better than an SUV? Walking does more than driving to cause global warming, a leading environmentalist has calculated. Food That Travels Well: Why imported produce may be better for the earth than local. From Orion, Planet Protectors: The campaign for global security needs you. Our Intangible Riches: An interview with World Bank economist Kirk Hamilton on the planet's real wealth. A review of Lights Out: The Electricity Crisis, The Global Economy and What It Means to You by Jason Makansi.
If the world makes it through the current market turmoil all right, we can thank the globalization of finance — and the hedge funds that enable it. Brad DeLong on Fear of Finance. From The Economist, in praise of usury: Ignore credit snobs. It is no sin to profit from lending to the poor. The Loan Comes Due: Only two months ago, it seemed as if almost any company could borrow money at low interest rates. Now loans seem to be drying up everywhere (and a graphic on Housing Busts and Hedge Fund Meltdowns). What’s a Fed Chairman to Do? Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke must walk the fine line between creating a bubble and risking a slowdown. Brookings scholars and budget experts describe ways to reduce the deficit by cutting spending and raising revenues. From TNR, a look at why the corporate-tax loophole must be closed.
An interview with Carol Fishman Cohen, co-author of Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-At-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work. A review of Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success by Sylvia Ann Hewlett. A review of The Fortune Hunters: Dazzling Women and the Men They Married by Charlotte Hays. 'Til Tech Do Us Part: Joint bank account? Check. Merging the MP3 collection? Hold on a minute. Couples are struggling with just how much to combine the digital aspects of their lives. Why spouses are bickering over shared email accounts and his-and-hers blogs. Boys' birthrate advantage is slipping: Most expectant parents figure their chances of having a baby boy vs. a baby girl are 50-50, but that's actually not the case. Now you can track your kids by GPS: Tim Dowling believes firmly in exposing children to as much risk as they can handle, even when it is more risk than he can handle.
A review of Why Beauty is Truth: A History of Symmetry by Ian Stewart. A review of A Natural History of Time by Pascal Richet. A review of Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang by Paul J. Steinhardt and Neil Turok. A review of Space as a Strategic Asset by Joan Johnson-Freese; and can’t all space nerds get along? If an asteroid impact destroys most of life on Earth, it won't be for lack of effort by Rusty Schweickart. An excerpt from Rocketeers: How a Visionary Band of Business Leaders, Engineers and Pilots Is Boldly Privatizing Space by Michael Belfiore. Malicious, vindictive and mean-spirited. These are words that might surface in divorce court. But they have been lobbed in the course of a different estrangement: the standoff between the Bush administration and the nation's scientific community.
From Physics Today, Science and the Islamic world: Internal causes led to the decline of Islam's scientific greatness long before the era of mercantile imperialism. To contribute once again, Muslims must be introspective and ask what went wrong. A review of Galileo Antichrist: A Biography by Michael White. A review of Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson. A review of Suffer and Survive: The Extreme Life of JS Haldane by Martin Goodman. So what if he was afraid of bananas? A review of Max Perutz and the Secret of Life by Georgina Ferry (and more). A review of Six Feet Over: Adventures in the Afterlife by Mary Roach.
Nose goes, gender bends: Knocking out pheromone sensor makes female mice act male. Supply, Demand, and Kidney Transplants: A bad incentive structure creates a dire shortage. A review of The Case Against Perfection by Michael J. Sandel. Cold-blooded morality: Does morality or ethics rise more from recently developed social conventions (human invention, in other words) or from brain-based cognitive systems that first developed in our evolutionary ancestors? Whenever scandals break, the rest of us shake our heads and ask, "What were they thinking?" Hot and cold emotions make us poor judges. How to weigh brains and restrict people: A review of IQ: the Brilliant Idea that Failed by Stephen Murdoch. Testing Testers, Finding Flaws: Researchers have proved adept at exposing gaps in logic that can result from expert biases and mistakes.