Susan P. Crawford (Cardozo): The Radio and the Internet. Eric Barbry (CAB): Web 2.0: Nothing Changes... but Everything is Different. From n+1, the whole thing is painful all around. And this, finally, is what must be understood: email, which presents itself as a convenience, a breeze, is in fact a stern disciplinary phenomenon.
The elegant assassin: How James Wood, an Englishman in Somerville, is becoming the most feared man in American letters. In Clive James world everything is connected, from the internet to the pre-war cafes of Paris and Vienna. Don't mistake long novels for deep ones: Slim, artful volumes are so much more profound than fashionably "epic" doorstoppers.
Five months after David Halberstam’s death, Joan Didion, Seymour Hersh, Bob Woodward, Anna Quindlen, Alex Kotlowitz, Paul Hendrickson, Samantha Power and Bill Walton are going on Mr. Halberstam’s book tour for him. Her Journey, All True: In the last two years Laura Albert has lost, in no particular order, her livelihood, her boyfriend, a piece of her identity, quite possibly her apartment and a civil fraud trial in Manhattan. O.J.'s Victims' Families Slug It Out: One wants to publish If I Did It; the other doesn't. When Booksellers Lie: "O.J. will never sell" is the new "Your check is in the mail".
America isn’t Conservative: As Karl Rove exits stage right with his ruined dreams of rightist hegemony, all the political signs and portents tell us that America is turning the other way. Santorum Against the World: The former senator abandons the Culture War for global revolution. Jonathan Chait on the thuggery of William Kristol. Where did it all go wrong with Joe Lieberman? His drift to the right seems to accelerate with every passing week and his public pronouncements become ever more bizarre.
The Perils of Rudy's 9/11 Strategy: Despite the contrast between Mr. Giuliani's swift moves to decontaminate and rebuild the site and the inaction since he left office, his 9/11 record may prove his undoing; and is Rudy's teflon gone? Immigration backlash hits Giuliani right in the solar plexus; a Romney spokesman calls his record "abysmal". Fred Thompson's revealing back story: In his Watergate memoir, the would-be president is remarkably honest about his conflict as a loyal Republican confronted with his president's perfidy. Imagine such a Republican today.
A review of The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics by Matt Bai (and more and more). How mighty is the Penn? Is there another Karl Rove waiting in the wings? Here's why the Dems can't get anything done. Barack in a Box: His advisers are at pains not to let Obama peak too soon. But if he doesn’t let loose, he loses. Peter Beinart on the netroots' missed opportunity.
From Newsweek, a special report on the Ongoing Hunt for Osama bin Laden. A review of Globalisation, democracy and terrorism by Eric Hobsbawm. The Unintended Consequences of Promoting Democracy: A review of Security First: For a Muscular, Moral Foreign Policy by Amitai Etzioni. An interview with Dennis Ross, author of Statecraft: And How to Restore America's Standing in the World.
Cass Sunstein (Chicago): The Complex Climate Change Incentives of China and the United States; and Climate Change Justice. Climate change and the threat to Pacific island nations: An interview with Espen Ronneberg of the Secretariat of the Pacific Program on the Environment. An excerpt from The Middle Path: Avoiding Environmental Catastrophe by Eric Lambin. Is everything we're told about saving the planet wrong? Bradford Plumer wants to know.
From Mother Jones, the idea that punishment can be therapeutic is not unique to the Rotenberg Center. In fact, this notion is widespread among the hundreds of "emotional growth boarding schools," wilderness camps, and "tough love" antidrug programs that make up the billion-dollar teen residential treatment industry. An excerpt from Marked: Race, Crime, and Finding Work in an Era of Mass Incarceration by Devah Pager. The Lost War: We've spent 36 years and billions of dollars fighting it, but the drug trade keeps growing.
Christopher Dawes and James Fowler (UCSD), Tim Johnson (Stanford), Richard McElreath (UC-Davis) and Oleg Smirnov (SUNY): Egalitarian Motives in Humans. James Folwer and Christopher Dawes (UCSD) and Laura Baker (USC): The Genetic Basis of Political Participation. A review of Comrades: a world history of communism by Robert Service. A review of Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia by John Gray.
A review of Love, Sex & Tragedy: How the Ancient World Shapes Our Lives by Simon Goldhill. A review of Alexander's Coins and Alexander's Image by Carmen Arnold-Biucchi. A review of The Impact of Imperial Rome on Religions, Ritual and Religious Life in the Roman Empire. A review of Roman Women by Eve D'Ambra.
From Seed, seeing the unseeable: The limits of our senses confront the limitlessness of the universe. The ideal of scientific objectivity has been subverted — even in the world's most prestigious universities — by the pernicious and pervasive influence of postmodernism. A review of The Threat to Reason: How the Enlightenment Was Hijacked and How We Can Reclaim It by Dan Hind.