From TLS, the last reader of Julian Barnes: Despite the confessional depth and breadth of reference in Barnes's essay, "Nothing to Be Frightened Of" remains curiously slight. A review of After the Deluge: New Perspectives on the Intellectual and Cultural History of Postwar France. An excerpt from The Myth of Judicial Activism: Making Sense of Supreme Court Decisions by Kermit Roosevelt III. Paul Waldman on conservatives' hate-based campaign against Obama. How to humiliate and convert a right-winger: Drop the condescending "populist" talk and get mean. A review of Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk by James Bessen and Michael J. Meurer. From Foreign Policy, we’ve been hearing the troop surge has been a security success and a political failure, but with little media fanfare, Iraqis may have just found the key to resolving their differences: old-fashioned politics; and overshadowed by Iraq, Afghanistan is the war the world forgot — a look at whose militaries are pulling their weight—and who could do far more. Welcome to the Hotel Hiroshima: Has the ground zero of the nuclear age become too "normal"? Ron Rosenbaum investigates. Clinton-Obama, Obama-Clinton: How they could run together and take turns being president. A review of Philosophy and the Interpretation of Pop Culture, ed. William Irwin and Jorge Gracia.
From Geotimes, with populations moving closer to coasts and development proceeding at breakneck pace, is disaster in store? From CLR, an article on the worries of a liberal conservative. From CT, a review of The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows by Gabor Boritt; and a review of Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America by Allen C. Guelzo. A review of Somebody Scream! Rap Music's Rise to Prominence in the Aftershock of Black Power by Marcus Reeves. Paul Berman on why radical Islam just won’t die. Scientists envision aliens who are strangely familiar. An interview with Gordon S. Wood, author of The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History. Why do we watch this? To witness America jumping the shark. The Great Divide: Andrew Bacevich on the crisis of US military policy. From The New Yorker, they’re horrid and useless — so why do pennies persist? Ensuring permanence: A look at how the Bush administration is negotiating a long-term Iraq occupation. Whenever a literary scandal erupts, it is a fair bet that Martin Amis will be involved somehow. From Monthly Review, "The Iron Heel" at 100: Jack London — The Artist as "Antenna of the Race". Why aren't more powerful public women caught up in sex scandals? From a thoughtful man to a tyrant: A review of Dinner with Mugabe by Heidi Holland (and more).
From the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, Satoshi Kanazawa (LSE): The Evolutionary Psychological Imagination: Why You Can't Get a Date on Saturday Night and Why Most Suicide Bombers are Muslim. From American Sexuality, an article on circumcision: What's a liberal, lefty, non-practicing Jew to do? The Art of Healing: Virginia Postrel on how better aesthetics in hospitals can make for happier—and healthier—patients. From Modern Age, an essay on Beauty as an Essential Characteristic of Civilized Culture. A review of Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making by David Rothkopf. A review of From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Management Education by Rakesh Khurana. Some policy pointers for the next president: Get out of Iraq, work with (some) Islamists, create the Palestinian state — thereby, undercut Al-Qaeda. Shock treatment: A look at how to "decelerate" a teenager. American Book Review has made their list of the 100 best last lines from novels available online. The introduction to Creating the National Security State: A History of the Law That Transformed America by Douglas Stuart. The first chapter from People of the Dream: Multiracial Congregations in the United States by Michael Emerson.