A new issue of Context, is out, including A Kick in the Pants: Reintroducing Henry Miller; and The Rise of Market Criticism in the U.S.: A review of The Shape of the Signifier: 1967 to the End of History by Walter Benn Michaels. After a long period of waning, satire is back in American culture. Check out The New Haven Review of Books, founded to publish reviews, essays, poems, fiction, and occasional pieces by writers who live in the New Haven area. Post-Katrina Literature: After millions of words of factual reports about the 2005 natural disaster, only now is fiction beginning to reflect its impact. A Pulitzer Prize winner who spends very little time writing? Hailed as the most important poet of his generation, Paul Muldoon likes to keep a clear head.
The first chapter from The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art, and Music Drive New York City by Elizabeth Currid. Modernism gets brutalist treatment: Historic buildings are in danger of being lost to bland commercial development, as the work of an entire generation of architects is purged from the landscape. A review of God's Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain by Rosemary Hill. Only React: A coolly cerebral engagement with the arts may be the mark of an intellectual, but why not succumb to an effusion of emotion?
What are the social consequences of this new kind of ground-up web activity called Web 2.0? A review of Second Lives: A Journey Through Virtual Worlds by Tim Guest; The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture and Assaulting Our Economy by Andrew Keen; and The Internet Imaginaire by Patrice Flichy. A space of her own: Danah Boyd believes politicians fail to understand the internet as a public space not unlike a park in which rules of social interaction have to be observed. An arch and fiery spirit: On her blog, the late Theresa Duncan shared what caught her fancy. A fan follows the map. Spcok.com is preparing to launch an ambitious Internet search engine that it hopes will eventually track down the names of the world's six billion people.
From Media for Freedom, an essay on the political economy of love and the eradication of extreme poverty in the world. The maladies of affluence: The poor world is getting the rich world's diseases. The Politics of a Health Crisis: Alex de Waal on why AIDS is not threatening African governance. Deepak Lal on happiness, growth and capitalism. The mandarins of money: Central banks in the rich world no longer determine global monetary conditions. The Arctic killers By Marek Kohn The scramble for the Arctic's oil and gas has begun. In this most sensitive of environments, the plunderers count on climate change for help.
From Harvard International Review, Hemispheric Echoes: A look at the reverberations of Latin American Populism; The Great Transformation: An article on Latin America’s political economy of the possible; an interview with Steven Levitsky, author of Informal Institutions and Democracy: Lessons from Latin America; and an article on reinventing integration of Muslims in the West. A review of Secularism Confronts Islam by Olivier Roy. From Middle East Online, Athens or Jerusalem: It is the task of cultural studies to take the courageous path and diagnose and analyze the maladies of our culture: to bring back to light the whole generation of Athens philosophers that had foreseen the degeneration of the West 100 years ago.
From CJR, a look at the Good-Citizen Quiz: What Americans know; and an article on The Greenhouse Effect: Hurricane Linda blows C-SPAN cameras away. Morals of a Muckraker: Dan Moldea tracks down peccadilloes of the powerful like the news hound he is. He says it's on principle. Stark raving mad: While the national media can sometimes be a lamb, Mike Stark, left-wing blogger, is always a lion. All the News That Seemed Unfit to Print: The Weekly World News is folding. Brian Tierney, who aggressively pushed to buy The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News, represents what some say offers the best hope of survival for many papers: the return of the local press baron.
Francis Fukuyama on how big business will pacify the clash of cultures: The world will move together as it builds the bodies through which we can all trust each other more. Who's sorry now? Michael Ignatieff apologizes for being wrong on Iraq. If only mainstream media acknowledged all the people who were right. A review of Beyond Preemption: Force and Legitimacy in a Changing World. George Scialabba reviews Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire by Morris Berman. Evolved for War: An interview with David Livingstone Smith, author of The Most Dangerous Animal. If you were a terrorist, how would you attack? Steven Levitt wants to know.
From TNR, Paul Berman on the death of an anarchist, the murder of a police chief, and the remaking of the European left. From The Economist, the conservative movement that for a generation has been the source of the Republican Party's strength is in the dumps; and is America turning left? Probably—but not in the way many foreigners (and some Americans) hope. The Progressive Center: Howard Dean helped spark a movement that has pushed the Democratic Party so far left that it is now squarely in the mainstream. An interview with Dinesh D’Souza, author of The Enemy at Home. The introduction to White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism by Kevin M. Kruse.
Paul Butler (GWU): Much Respect: Toward a Hip-Hop Theory of Punishment. From The Nation, a review of American Furies: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment by Sasha Abramsky; Punishment and Inequality in America by Bruce Western; Marked: Race, Crime, and Finding Work in an Era of Mass Incarceration by Devah Pager; Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy by Jeff Manza and Christopher Uggen; and The Prison and the Gallows: The Politics of Mass Incarceration in America by Marie Gottschalk. Born equal? The US is no longer a land where people of humble origin become film stars and presidents.
ABC Adi (Tsukuba), Kenneth Amaeshi (Warwick) and Paul Nnodim (MCLA): Revisiting the Rational Choice and Rationality Debate in the Social Sciences: Is Theory Possible Without Rationality? The introduction to Do Economists Make Markets? On the Performativity of Economics. The introduction to Upward Mobility and the Common Good: Toward a Literary History of the Welfare State by Bruce Robbins. A review of Tyler Cowen's Discover Your Inner Economist (and an interview). They've Got Your Number: A review of The Tiger That Isn't: Seeing Through a World of Numbers by Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot and Simplexity: The Simple Rules of a Complex World by Jeffrey Kluger.
From PopMatters, Hey, You Got Your Ghost in My Machine! The body and the machine are born innocent. It’s the soul and the mind that make them dirty and evil. Johann Hari on why he supports liberal eugenics. Blossoming brains: Exactly how mental maturity develops—and the anatomy responsible for its emergence—is being revealed. A review of The British Moralists on Human Nature and the Birth of Secular Ethics by Michael B. Gill. From Secular Web, an article on Darwin's conflict with his wife and God. The gullible age: Richard Dawkins’s book The God Delusion sold a million copies. In a new and hilarious onslaught he pits hard science against astrology, tarot, psychics, homeopathy and other gullibiligy.
From Busted Halo, her are 25 Things Every College Freshman Should Know Before Classes Start. From Campus Progress, the Student Association for Voter Empowerment is trying to get past the "big smiles and empty rhetoric" and turn youth voting into something substantive. Razing West Harlem: Why Columbia's proposed expansion has met resistance. Funding Higher Ed: The Congressional overhaul of federal student aid is a good first step, but true reform of the system will require an effort on the scale of the GI Bill. If colleges and publishers could change the way they do business, they would make a substantial dent in the cost of higher education and provide a real benefit to students.