From Prospect, an article on the real GM food scandal: GM foods are safe, healthy and essential if we ever want to achieve decent living standards for the world's growing population — misplaced moralising about them in the west is costing millions of lives in poor countries. The science of scrumptious: Why do we loathe lumpy food, pick at our plates, and believe that chocolate will cure all ills? They say there's no accounting for taste, but science is giving it a try. A review of The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food by Judith Jones. The Iberian Joy of Cooking is likely to disappoint: The problem is that 1080 Recetas does not lend itself easily to fetishization. From Smithsonian, an article on a sea life lover's guide to seafood and ocean-friendly eating: One Fish, Two Fish, Crawfish, Bluefish: The Smithsonian Sustainable Seafood Cookbook. A review of Backyard Giants: The Passionate, Heartbreaking, and Glorious Quest to Grow the Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Susan Warren. A review of Questions of Taste: The Philosophy of Wine. A new biography brings to life Jerry Thomas, the first bartender to publish a drink book in the United States.
Slamming the door on adoption and depriving children abroad of loving homes: Guatemala, a onetime model for international adoption, "reforms". An article on the adoption vs. abortion myth: Why politicians are wrong to trumpet the former as a solution to the latter. A review of The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler. A review of Girls on the Stand: How Courts Fail Pregnant Minors by Helena Silverstein. An article on male victims of abortion as the new theme of the National Right to Life Committee. An article on abortion and the Founding Fathers on the campaign trail. Abortion's "so-what" factor: Why what a candidate thinks about abortion rights is not especially important. Dr. Dobson and Justice Bork: How angry conservatives saved Roe v. Wade in 1986. What repercussions will today's anger have? With anti-abortionists pushing "scientific evidence" on fetal viability, it is time to restate the moral case for a woman's right to choose.
From The Objective Standard, a look at The Morality of Moneylending: A short history. Publishing tycoon and philanthropist Christopher Ondaatje attempts to make the arcane world of finance more accessible in The Power of Paper: A History, a Financial Adventure, and a Warning. Pirates of private equity: An insanely lucrative investment strategy finally faces public scrutiny. Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the pseudo-science hurting markets. Performance-pay perplexes: James Surowiecki on how CEOs, like hedge-fund managers, are paid to make bad decisions. Kicking ass in an unflat world: The Economist on . A review of Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity by Anne Elizabeth Moore. A review of Adland: a Global History of Advertising by Mark Tungate. A review of Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want by James Gilmore and Joseph Pine. From New York, a special issue on money, including seven very different stories about the kinds of things that happen when dollars change hands; Web Bubble 2.0: Well, maybe it is a bubble. But out in Silicon Valley, they don’t think of that as a bad thing at all. From Carnegie Council, a talk with Robert Reich on Supercapitalism. Michael Tomasky reviews The Conscience of a Liberal. Is Paul Krugman a good historian? Michael Kazin investigates. Home-office politics: Why Americans who work for themselves deserve a New Deal. It's a dirty job, but someone has to get rich doing it. The human side of the Clockwork Orange: How does it feel to be working while most people are sleeping?
From Popular Mechanics, a look at how brain scans could invade your private life. We're prejudiced, now what? Scientists now tell us bias toward others may be innate, but that doesn't mean we have to behave like Bill O'Reilly. A review of In Praise of Prejudice: The Necessity of Preconceived Ideas by Theodore Dalrymple. Wendy Kaminer on the return of the thought police: "Hate crime" legislation is an assault on civil liberties. It was all my brain’s fault: An article on the dubious rise of neurolaw. From The New Yorker, dangerous minds: Malcolm Gladwell on criminal profiling made easy. The dog ate my evidence: What happens when the government can't re-create the case against you?
Here is the inaugural issue of The International Literary Quarterly. From The Washington Post, around the world in 25 books: From China to Denmark, from Colombia to the Holland, more than two dozen new books span the globe. From Harper's, the gold and riches of the age of Phillip II and Phillip III passed through the treasury of the Spanish state like so much sand poured through open hands. But this period left Spain and the world with one unsurpassable treasure. And that is the story of Don Quixote. Garlanded in literary prizes, tipped as a future Nobel winner, the Spanish author Javier Marias is also hugely popular, having sold more than 5.5m copies of his work in 39 languages, yet he remains surprisingly little known in the English speaking world. Vive le punk! Andrew Hussey discovers the rebellious soul of the French literary establishment. From FT, an interview with Martin Amis: England’s one-time enfant terrible has not lost his appetite for a war of words. A look at how Tara's sister Santa Sebag Montefiore became the "Lit girl". A review of The New Kings of Nonfiction, edited and introduced by Ira Glass. Bio Engineering: Few major living authors have a biography in progress. And that’s just what most writers — and many biographers — prefer.
From PopMatters, a review of I Wouldn't Start From Here: A Misguided Tour of the Early 20th Century by Andrew Mueller. A review of Dynamic of Destruction: Culture and Mass Killing in the First World War by Alan Kramer. A review of Singled Out: How Two Million Women Survived Without Men After the First World War by Virginia Nicholson (and more and more). A review of Summits: Six Meetings that Shaped the 20th Century by David Reynolds (and more and more). A review of Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-1941 by Ian Kershaw. A review of Kasztner's Train: The True Story of Rezso Kasztner, Unknown Hero of the Holocaust by Anna Porter. A review of Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire by Alex von Tunzelmann. A review of Erez Manela’s The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism. A review of Seven Years that Changed the World: Perestroika in Perspective by Archie Brown.
From Al-Ahram, why the issuing of fatwas must be codified. The zero percent solution: A renaissance for "Islamic finance" offers innovative financial tools to Muslim and non-Muslim alike. Here is a map that purports to show a plan for Islamic world dominance, entitled "The Map of the United States of Islam". The battle at Islam's heart: In November 1979, armed militants took over Mecca's Sacred Mosque. Their actions still reverberate throughout the Muslim world. Why do the eight signatories bother to make this last call on Israel/Palestine? The international consensus on the two-state solution is fading away. A review of Elements of Ancient Jewish Nationalism by David Goodblatt. An interview with historian Saul Friedlander: "The Holocaust won't disappear". A review of Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland after Auschwitz: An Essay in Historical Interpretation by Jan T. Gross. A review of Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship by Martin Gilbert (and more). Melanie Phillips on Britain’s anti-Semitic turn: A new manifestation of the oldest hatred demonizes the Jewish state. A review of Outlawed Pigs: Law, Religion, and Culture in Israel by Daphne Barak-Erez. A review of Abraham's Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People by Jon Entine. Two AEI scholars and a visiting bioethicist kibbitzed about a pressing cause: Why Jews are so doggone smart? Jewgenics: William Saletan on Jewish intelligence, Jewish genes, and Jewish values. From Jewcy, the Noah Feldman debate just won't die. Are American Jews too powerful? Not even close. God and Man on YouTube: Ideological polemics — not kittens and skateboard crashes — are what really engage the online faithful. Dinesh D'Souza on the twilight of atheism and the global triumph of Christianity: An excerpt from What's So Great About Christianity. The Turning of an Atheist: The British philosopher Antony Flew was one of the West’s most influential nonbelievers. Then came news that he had recanted, but his change of heart may not be what it seems. A review of The Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism and Islam by Michel Onfray. Plato’s Nephew: The humanist intellectual tradition was shaped by a healthy respect for epistemic limits.
From Cabinet, readymade remade: An article on Pierre Pinoncelli and the legacy of Duchamp's "fountains"; an interview with Robert Macfarlane on "peak aesthetics"; and here's a minor history of giant spheres. From Slate, say cheese! A history of the American snapshot. Anyone can take a photo, so why are some worth millions? A look at how photos became fine art. From The Believer, an interview with art critic Dave Hickey. From Harvard Magazine, ancients reborn in bright array: An article on "gods in color" and painted sculpture of classical antiquity. The last picture show: Five books attempt to make sense of the history of art from a 21st-century viewpoint. A review of Art After Conceptual Art. Apres-garde, not avant: Art that is behind its time is art that expresses something that is already in the air but has not yet been creatively articulated. Shock Tactics: Ivan Navarro’s neon sculptures may look like furniture, but his politically charged agenda is not to be taken lightly. A review of A Life of Picasso, Volume III: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932 by John Richardson (and more). Nature imitating art: Tired of boring Picassos, Rothkos and Hirsts? How about a stone from space? From The New Yorker, Peter Schjeldahl on the Frida Kahlo cult. The colour of music: The dissonance and abstraction of 20th-century composers influenced a generation of visual artists. Hot wheels: Wole Soyinka on how the art of mammy-lorry painting offers keen insights into the politics of ordinary Africans.
From Dissent, Zimbabwe's slow suicide: A review of When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa by Peter Godwin; Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa by Peter Godwin; Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller; African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe by Doris Lessing; The Stone Virgins by Yvonne Vera. A review of Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa by Martin Meredith. The rise of the buppies: An article on the economic and political consequences of the black middle class in South Africa. Oasis of defiance: Nomads in Niger defy a government ban. A Tuareg revolt, coveted uranium resources, geopolitical rivalries, endemic poverty: Is Niger becoming the latest patient in Africa's emergency-ward? An article on consolidating democracy in Sierra Leone. From TomDispatch, young refugees return home, traveling through the southern part of a Sudan poised at the edge of the abyss (and part 2). Breaking into even smaller bits? Even the parts of Somalia that were steady are looking shaky again. The fight to save Congo's forests: A history of colonial neglect and endemic corruption has unleashed a lawless logging binge in the heart of Congo's massive woodlands.
From National Journal, a cover story on judging the 2008 health plans, including the plans' effects on the uninsured, the economy, quality of care, the consumer and employers. Do Americans want universal coverage enough to put up with significant additional cost and added government interference? If so, the Democrats' health care plans could work. Who's afraid of socialized medicine? Two dangerous words that kill health-care reform. More on Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis by Jonathan Cohn. From Science, a look at how HIV took the world by storm. A review of The Secret History of the War on Cancer by Devra Davis and Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body by Jennifer Ackerman. Science that the government doesn't want to exist: Stem-cell research lurches along through roadblocks and red tape. A review of The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia by Neil M Gorsuch. The Invincible Man: Aubrey de Grey, 44 going on 1,000, wants out of old age. From Literary Review, a review of A Life Decoded by J. Craig Venter (and more).