From NYRB, Peter Matthiessen on Alaska: Big Oil and the whales; and the green vs. the brown Amazon: A review of The Last Forest: The Amazon in the Age of Globalization by Mark London and Brian Kelly. Joschka Fischer on why the only chance of solving the challenge of global climate change is to decouple economic growth from energy consumption and emissions. The icy road to Bali: The UN's quiet new boss is hoping that his eco-tour of the southern hemisphere will concentrate minds on the planet's travails. An interview with Bill McKibben, author of Fight Global Warming Now: The Handbook for Taking Action in Your Community. Higher education has responded to growing demand for more environmental focus — here are the 10 best. Sex and the environment: Is the Perfect Drought sexy enough for people to care? Could a melting ice sheet really raise the oceans 23 feet? The Numbers Guy investigates. Jesus would drive a stick shift: Are manual transmissions better for the environment? So long, and thanks for all the plastic: More on The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. Critics blame the carrier bag for all manner of eco-ills. But is there nothing good about plastic bags? Paper or plastic or neither: Will vegetable-based, biodegradable bags replace plastic and paper at the supermarket?
From Time, an article on the Ron Paul Revolution. From Taki's Top Drawer, an article on the Ron Paul Revolution. From Salon, Glenn Greenwald on the Ron Paul Phenomenon. It's Alive! It's Aliiiiiiive! E.J. Dionne Jr. on why the McCain campaign isn't dead yet. From The Remnant, gonna vote for the old "lesser of two evils" bit in '08? Better think again: You're being scammed! Let's send Rudy Giuliani back into the hole where Harriet Miers came from. Huckabee's got a prayer: Here's how an antiabortion, pro-life, Christian conservative could rock the 2008 vote. A vote for Romney is a vote for Satan: Some members of the GOP's largest voting bloc, like Florida preacher Bill Keller, think a Mormon in the White House would mean more souls going to hell. Space cadets: Is seeing a UFO any more crazy than believing God created the universe in six days? It is if you are running to be president of the United States. From The Progressive, a cover story on Kucinich’s Challenge. Stop lying to yourself, you love Dennis Kucinich: Democratic primary voters, you agree with him about (almost) everything, and you know it. Is (his) biography (our) destiny? Barack Obama says his experience gives him a guide to making a "post-post-9/11" foreign policy. Whether Americans will relinquish their fear is another question. But Obama is winning over a lot of Republicans. Noam Scheiber on the Dems’ zaniest guru, Joe Trippi. From Newsweek, a cover story on how Bloomberg could shake up '08. He has the most liberal voting record of any Democratic candidate. Charlie Cook on why good mottos for political columnists might be "Quick to judge, quick to change" and "Don't go down with the ship". There are many important questions facing voters in 2008, like who's the next Jenna Bush? Jenna vs. Chelsea! Who’s really the least virtuous first daughter?
The 40th anniversary edition of Rolling Stone is now online. A review of Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties by Ian MacDonald. A review of Clapton: The Autobiography (and more and more). Whole Lotta Love: David Browne on explaining Led Zeppelin's enduring hold on our collective conscious. A review of Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music by David N. Meyer. A review of Ronnie by Ronnie Wood. A review of Prince: A Thief in the Temple by Brian Morton. A review of The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star by Nikki Sixx. A look at how vinyl may be the final nail in CD's coffin.
John Rothchild (Wayne State): Introduction to Athenian Democracy of the Fifth and Fourth Centuries BCE. A review of Presocratics: Natural Philosophers Before Socrates by James Warren. Erich Freiberger (Jacksonville): Thrasymachus' Perverse Disavowal. Sara A. Brill (Fairfield): Medical Moderation in Plato's Symposium. A review of Image and Paradigm in Plato's Sophist by David Ambuel. The introduction to The Unity of Plato's Sophist: Between the Sophist and the Philosopher by Noburu Notomi. From Rhetorical Review, a review of The Unity of Plato’s Gorgias: Rhetoric, Justice, and the Philosophic Life by Devin Stauffer; and a review of Aristotle’s Ethics and Legal Rhetoric: An Analysis of Language Beliefs and the Law by Frances J. Ranney. A review of Pindar's Poetry, Patrons, and Festivals: From Archaic Greece to the Roman Empire by Simon Hornblower and Catherine Morgan. A review of The Socratic Method in the Dialogues of Cicero by Robert Gorman. Owen Goldin (Marquette): Ciceronian Business Ethics. From TLS, a debate: Who were the greatest, the Romans or the Greeks?
From Open Democracy, an epic story of power, race, wealth, suffering and violence dominated much of the world for 250 years — Piers Brendon offers a balance-sheet of the British empire's achievements. A review of The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, 1781–1997 by Piers Brendon (and more). An interview with British diplomat Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles on life as a blogger and diplomat in a war zone. A review of Psychological Subjects: Identity, Culture, and Health in Twentieth-Century Britain by Mathew Thomson. A review of The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st Century Britain by Arun Kundnani. Here's a map with the border between the "Two Englands". Handle with care: The Tories flirt with a growing English nationalism. Back off, Jock-baiters: It has always been a myth that Scots are subsidised by England, but new analysis proves conclusively that it is a lie. From Edinburgh Review, a look at the influence of Polish immigrants on British society and how Polish immigration is reawakening dormant community values in Edinburgh. A review of Seawolves: Pirates and the Scots by Eric J Graham. A review of The Scots in South Africa by John Mackenzie. A review of That Neutral Island: A Cultural History of Ireland During the Second World War by Clair Wills. A review of Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change, 1970-2000 by Roy Foster (and more and more).
From Literary Review, a review of The Greeks and Greek Love: A Radical Reappraisal of Homosexuality in Ancient Greece by James Davidson. Making sense of humour: Chris Arnot discovers what a gay academic finds to enjoy and admire about a homophobic northern comic. Gay, who cares? As more homosexuals come out and join the mainstream, the gay identity becomes less distinctive. Gay enclaves face prospect of being passe: In the face of gentrification, a waning sense of belonging is being felt in gay neighborhoods across the country. From The Public Eye, an article on gay conservatives: Unwanted allies on the Right. When is a hate crime not a hate crime? It looked like a classic case of gay-bashing — then the basher announced that he was gay, too.
From Power and Interest News Report, a look at how Iran is strengthening its role in the Caspian Sea and Central Asian regions. Iran's leading political dissident Akbar Ganji addresses the UN Secretary-General. Deja vu all over again: The US is smearing IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei for not finding evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons — sound familiar? Nuclear meltdown: A crucial moment looms in the Iran debate, even as big questions remain unasked. Like, could we live with a nuclearized Tehran? From Esquire, a look at the secret history of the impending war with Iran that the White House doesn't want you to know. What happens if President Bush does not bomb Iran? That is good news for the world, but potentially terrible news for the Democrats. From New Politics, an essay on Iraq: The Democrats to the Fore. Raw Data: Phillip Carter on the dark side of Iraq's good news. From New Statesman, a special issue on Iraq uncovered. The savage infantry war in Iraq: A review of House to House: an Epic of Urban Warfare by David Bellavia. A civil war on campus: Sunnis and Shiites are dividing the classroom. Dreams and reality: The effects of northern Iraq on Turkey's Kurds are more complex than they seem. How can the U.S. keep Turkey from invading Kurdish Iraq? Dennis Ross investigates. Divide and conquer: The United States should be squeezing Turkey, not the other way around. Slavoj Zizek on the disturbing sounds of the Turkish March. From NPQ, a series of articles on the two souls of Turkey.
From Literary Review, a review of Descents of Memory: The Life of John Cowper Powys by Morine Krissdottir. A review of Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice by Janet Malcolm. Christopher Hitchens reviews Bellow: Novels 1944-1953: Dangling Man; The Victim; The Adventures of Augie March and Bellow: Novels 1956-1964: Seize the Day; Henderson the Rain King; Herzog (from The Library of America). From Boldtype, an interview with Junot Diaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (an another interview from The Progressive). Portrait of a poet as eco warrior: Nature for Ted Hughes was more than a source of poetry. Seeing his beloved rivers and moors dying pushed him into a second career - - as a fearless environmental activist. An interview with Salley Vickers on why Freud got it all wrong about Oedipus. Do writers' filthy opinions soil their books? Reading the work of authors whose private opinions are unforgivably extreme is a very uneasy experience. A review of Conan Doyle: The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes by Andrew Lycett. From NYRB, a review of a new edition of Tolstoy's War and Peace. A review of The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street by Charles Nicholl. A review of Letters, Numbers, Forms: Essays, 1928-70 by Raymond Queneau. Where physics, poetry, and politics collide: An interview with A. Van Jordan, author of the new poetry collection Quantum Lyrics. A review of Frankenstein: A Cultural History by Susan Tyler Hitchcock (and more). The Loose Canon: The estates of several deceased writers have expressed an interest in seeing manuscripts published in their original pre-edited form.
The western appetite for biofuels is causing starvation in the poor world: Developing nations are being pushed to grow crops for ethanol, rather than food — all thanks to political expediency. Ethanol's corn-fed famine: The US Government's ethanol drive may have boosted the fortunes of corn farmers, but rising production costs as well as food prices are hitting the world's poorest nations where it hurts. When alternative fuels go bad: Why the corn-based fuel ethanol isn't our miracle cure for oil dependency. Why our farm policy is failing: Congress's new farm bill is bad for the country's economy, environment, and rural towns — naturally, it's a shoe-in. The documentary "King Corn" explains why the US agricultural system is to blame for America’s obesity epidemic.
A review of Life in the Universe: A Beginner's Guide by Lewis Dartnell. Almost every week now, planet hunters are discovering new worlds, not in our solar system but in the far reaches of our galaxy. So how close are astronomers to finding a planet that supports life? Earth is 1/2 a pinkie smaller: We now know the planet is quite mushy—but at least we know. What to do before the asteroid strikes: The doomsday rock is out there — it’s just a matter of time. The dating game: How the discovery of geologic time changed our view of the world. A study suggests black holes may harbour their own universes. The lesser spotted universe: God does not play dice, or so said Einstein. But might he knit? A review of Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson. Whither the revered scientist? Down the tubes, the public seems to think, in the face of market pressures, bungled crises, ethical lapses. Science’s perpetual image problem has blossomed into an urgent image crisis — so what is to be done? A review of Group Rationality in Scientific Research by Husain Sarkar.