From Atlantis, Bill Phillips (Barcelona): Frankenstein and Mary Shelley’s “Wet Ungenial Summer”; Tuire Valkeakari (Providence): Huck, Twain, and the Freedman’s Shackles: Struggling with Huckleberry Finn Today. The cultural work of literature and the law: A review of E Pluribus Unum: Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the Constitutional Paradox by W. C. Harris; Race, Citizenship, and Law in American Literature by Gregg D. Crane; and Stephen M. Best, The Fugitive's Properties: Law and the Poetics of Possession by Stephen M. Best. A review of The Cambridge Companion to the Harlem Renaissance. From Ameriquests, Karen E. H. Skinazi (Marymount): A Cosmopolitan New World: Douglas Coupland’s Canadianation of AmLit. A review of The Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood.
From Imprimis, an essay on the origins and dangers of the "wall of separation" between Church and State. A review of Shattered Tablets: Why We Ignore the Ten Commandments at Our Peril by David Klinghoffer. A review of The Branch Davidians of Waco: the History and Beliefs of an Apocalyptic Sect by Kenneth G. C. Newport. Should we be scared of the evangelical elites? Hanna Rosin and David Kuo debate God's Harvard. A review of God's Own Country: Tales from the Bible Belt by Stephen Bates. From Busted Halo, an excerpt from Googling God: The Religious Landscape of People in their 20s and 30s. Greg Epstein wants to create a kind of church for those who reject religion. But he's encountering resistance from some of the very people he wants to unite.
Yasmin Ibrahim (Brighton): The IMF in Singapore: The Staging of a City. Singapore Swing: Peaceful and prosperous, Southeast Asia's famously uptight nation has let its hair down? From Foreign Affairs, an article on ASEAN at 40: Mid-Life Rejuvenation? From Asia Sentinel, a short-term economic shock presages what happens when the oil runs out in Brunei. David Goodhart: on the Malaysian model: At a conference in Kuala Lumpur on Muslim economics, a vision of a burgeoning "Islamic Calvinism". Joseph Stiglitz on The Malaysian miracle: After 50 years of independence Malaysia has much to teach the world about economics - - and about constructing a vibrant and tolerant society.
From Newsweek, at a time of new uncertainty, a look at Alan Greenspan legacy (and an interview and an excerpt). Margaret Mead in a Pinstriped Suit: Alan Greenspan discovers that human beings are... irrational, and says that the removal of Saddam Hussein had been "essential" to secure world oil supplies (and more and more and more of The Age of Turbulence, and two interviews). The first chapter from The Politics of Economic Leadership: The Causes and Consequences of Presidential Rhetoric by B. Dan Wood. From Mute, a series of articles on Living in a Bubble: Credit, debt and crisis. Dealing with "sympathetic bias": The real estate sector may not heretofore have been a standard chapter in the story of manias, panics and crashes. Henceforth, though, it is sure to be.
From the latest issue of Behavior and Social Issues, Robin Rumph, Chris Ninness, Glen McCuller, James Holland, Todd Ward, and Tiffany Wilbourn (SFSU): "The Shame of American Education" Redux. From InterActions, a review of Learning Power by Jeannie Oakes, John Rogers and Martin Lipton; a review of Keepin’ it Real: School Success beyond Black and White by Prudence L. Carter; a review of Segregated Schools: Educational Apartheid in Post-Civil Rights America by Paul Street; a review of Language Policy by Bernard Spolsky; a review of School Commercialism: From Democratic Ideal to Market Commodity by Alex Molnar. A review of Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade by Linda Perlstein. A review of Restless Virgins: Love, Sex, and Survival at a New England Prep School by Abigail Jones and Marissa Miley (and more).
Charles Lemert (Wesleyan): The Senator and the Philosopher: What Liberalism Might Have Been. From The Chronicle, Alan Wolfe on the conservative collapse; Paul Starr on the new liberal opportunity; and Todd Gitlin on the new liberal agenda. A review of Naomi Wolf's End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot. From The Nation, they're loud, lion-hearted, obnoxious and essential to democracy. And as an unjust war continues to create enormous suffering, we need people brave enough to practice extreme politics. Mess o’ Mobilizations: The two major antiwar coalitions have very different constituencies — or do they? Scott McLemee looks at some crunched numbers. From Adbusters, it will all fall down: An interview with Seymour Hersh, and Matt Taibbi on the cure for the Iraq War hangover.
From the Journal of Political Ecology, Philip Pattberg (Vrije): Conquest, Domination and Control: Europe’s Mastery of Nature in Historic Perspective. From Theory & Science, Arran Gare (SUT): The Semiotics of Global Warming: Combating Semiotic Corruption. Can anyone stop it? Bill McKibben reviews Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming by Bjorn Lomborg; Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility by Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger; What We Know About Climate Change by Kerry Emanuel; and Climate Change: What It Means for Us, Our Children, and Our Grandchildren. Basic economics tells us that when you tax something, you normally get less of it. So if we want to reduce global emissions of carbon, we need a global carbon tax. Q.E.D.
From Fast Capitalism, Sam Caslin (Manchester): Compliance Fiction: Adorno and Horkheimer's Culture Industry Thesis in a Multimedia Age. From Applied Semiotics, Juan Jose Martinez-Sierra (Jaume I): Using Bourdieu to Approach the Concept of Television as an Instrument of Social Reproduction in the US: The Paradox of The Simpsons; Simon Lindgren (Umea): Mosh Pits Outside the Oval Office: Mapping Sign Functions in a Music Video with a Political Message. Filmmaker Ken Burns thinks viewers of his newest documentary will be shocked to discover that war is hell. Ken Burns started his mammoth project The War in peacetime and Iraq makes his recounting of American involvement in World War II look strange to us in some ways, but sadly familiar in others.
Ales Debeljak (Syracuse): Europe Without Europeans. A review of Europe as Empire: The Nature of the Enlarged European Union by Jan Zielonka. The introduction to Cultures of Power in Europe during the Long Eighteenth Century. A review of The Politics of Insecurity: Fear, Migration and Asylum in the EU by Jef Huysmans and Democracy in Question: Democratic Openness in a Time of Political Closure by Alan Keenan. Europe is a front line in the war on terror, whether its people know it or not. From Sign and Sight, "Being high, being free, terrorism's gotta be": Arno Widmann looks back on the culture of violence in the Deutscher Herbst.
From Law and Contemporary Problems, a special issue on Sequestered Science: The consequences of undisclosed knowledge. A review of Keith Parson's Copernican Questions: A Concise Invitation to the Philosophy of Science. The introduction to Scientific Essentialism by Brian Ellis. From the Journal of Social Structure, a review of The Development of Social Network Analysis: A Study in the Sociology of Science by Linton C. Freeman. The dawn of networked science: Big Science became Team Science. Now Team Science is becoming Networked Science. How should universities and government respond? The real crisis on American science: Despite years of research on ways to reform graduate education, young scientists face uncertain futures in academe.