From The Nation, a cover story on MoveOn at Ten: It's given voice to a new silent majority—and made a few enemies. Now what? From NYRB, Ronald Dworkin on why Boumediene v. Bush is one of the most important Supreme Court decisions in recent years; an excerpt from Jane Meyer's The Dark Side (and more); Samantha Power reviews Us vs. Them by J. Peter Scoblic and Heads in the Sand by Matthew Yglesias (and more and more and more); a review of books on the devastation of Iraq's past; Geoffrey Wheatcroft reviews On For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond by Ben Macintyre and four other books; and who will digitize the world's books? An interview with Will Kymlicka on multiculturalism and liberal democracy. Some books are so dear, so essential, that if a potential partner finds it risible, any meeting of the minds (or body) is impossible. From Vanity Fair, Douglas Feith recently testified that his views had been distorted by author Philippe Sands — oh really? A look at what University of Chicago conservatives think of Barack Obama. The handshake may always have a firm grip on business, but the fist bump is making inroads. Blue sky thinking: Here are 10 ideas that changed the course of history. From Slate, meet the interest groups that will decide the fate of medical insurance. From Portfolio, an interview with Naomi Klein.
From New Statesman, when Marx met Mill: People just don't want to be told — personal political responsibility, like virtue, is notoriously difficult to teach; Richard Thaler, Cameron's free-market guru, simply gives Friedman a makeover; and an article on the enduring appeal of Nazi chic. An interview with Richard Holbrooke on Radovan Karadzic: "He would have made a good Nazi". From TLS, a review of The Modernist Papers by Fredric Jameson. From LRB, Stefan Collini reviews Raymond Williams: A Warrior’s Tale by Dai Smith. A review of Bleached Faith: The Tragic Cost When Religion Is Forced into the Public Square by Steven Goldberg. From National Journal, depending on who wins the presidency, the Supreme Court could turn sharply to the right or see its first crusading liberal justice in many years (and a look at possible nominees from Obama and McCain). From "Ideas", how to contain radical Islam: The best global strategy for the US may be the one that won the Cold War (and more); and the culture of corruption: Once rule-breaking becomes ingrained, there are some surprising ways to stop it. More on Political Hypocrisy by David Runciman. A review of Vets Under Siege: How America Deceives and Dishonors Those Who Fight Our Battles by Martin Schram. From The Guardian, a special section on ebooks. Literacy debate: Online, R U really reading?
From The Symptom, Alain Badiou on Philosophy as Biography; Jacques-Alain Miller on Elements of Epistemology; Slavoj Zizek on The Lacanian Real: Television; and Richard Kostelanetz on a Theory of the Tenured Class. From Prospect, Fethullah Gulen and his beliefs represent nothing new in Islamic thought; instead Gulenism is essentially a cult. Yeah, philosophy professors Ken Taylor and John Perry will give it some thought. Creative writing is as popular today as critical theory was a decade ago; why the change and how does it fit in with the study of English literature? A review of Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism by Sheldon S. Wolin. For McCain and Obama, games of chance have been not just a hobby but also a fundamental feature in their development as people and politicians. Does human culture evolve via natural selection, as our genes do? Paul Ehrlich investigates. From Harper's, what is poetry, and does it pay? Jake Silverstein investigates. The United Nations suggests globalization requires a safety net. Is the British Museum the greatest museum on earth? Incentivized birth: How Russia's baby-boosting policies are hurting the population. Finding the answers to today’s environmental problems: Axess meets with Elinor Ostrom. From Inkling, an article on the ultimate problemsolver: Computer + Evolution = Genius.
From Slate, have corporate-sponsored Internet pranks gone too far? A review of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power by Jeff Sharlet (and more from Bookforum). An excerpt from The Moral Force of Indigenous Politics: Critical Liberalism and the Zapatistas by Courtney Jung. An excerpt from Daring to Look: Dorothea Lange’s Photographs and Reports from the Field by Anne Whiston Spirn. A review of The Knowledge Book: Key Concepts in Philosophy by Steve Fuller. From The Philosophers' Magazine, James Garvey argues that climate change is bad — for you; and Kenan Malik on genetics and the politics of ignorance (and more). From Philosophy Now, a review of Ancient Philosophy and Everyday Life by Trevor Curnow; and Raymond Tallis asserts the truth about the truth. When Barack Obama and John McCain vow to be reformers, what do they mean? A declaration of identity was once a declaration of responsibility; what does that mean in an age of mass anonymity? Think you're not part of the military-industrial complex? Think again. The nature of design: Biophilic concepts are gradually working their way into the design mainstream, helping humans thrive by bringing the outdoors in. Universal patterns within cultural diversity: Robert Jensen on how patriarchy makes men crazy and stupid.
From Cogito, an article on Coriolanus' Oedipal curse and the question of tragic redemption. From Alternet, an article on the science of happiness: Is it all bullshit? Modern angst: The new guise of a word we love to fret over. Partying with Pablo: He was a genius in painting, less so in party planning. A review of In Search of the Black Fantastic: Politics & Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era by Richard Iton. An interview with Lauri Lebo, author of The Devil in Dover: An Insider’s Story of Dogma v. Darwin in Small-town America (and a review). From Mao to Wow! Just as many of New York City’s most iconic landmarks rose in breathtakingly brief succession a century ago, Beijing has been re-inventing itself since 2001 with a rush of showstopping buildings by internationally renowned architects. A review of The Age of Oprah: Cultural Icon for the Neoliberal Era by Janice Peck. An excerpt from Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland by Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank. More and more on Richard Sennett's The Craftsman. A review of This Is Our Music: Free Jazz, the Sixties, and American Culture by Iain Anderson. Why is the flag so important? Rick Shenkman wants to know. Can TV shows tackle sex without being blandly moralizing or porno-lite? Julian Baggini on how on why the art of having a moan is essential to public life.
From Borderlands, Nick Mansfield (Macquarie): "There is a Spectre Haunting": Ghosts, Their Bodies, Some Philosophers, a Novel and the Cultural Politics of Climate Change; Samuel A. Chambers (JHU) and Alan Finlayson (Swansea): Ann Coulter and the Problem of Pluralism: From Values to Politics; Debora Halbert (Otterbein): A Political Geography of Geneva: Mapping Globalization and its Discontents; Michele Acuto (ANU): Edges of the Conflict: A Three-Fold Conceptualization of National Borders; and Anthony Burke (UNSW): Life, in the hall of smashed mirrors: Biopolitics and terror today. BookLamp.org is a system for matching readers to books through an analysis of writing styles, similar to the way that Pandora.com matches music lovers to new music. More and more on The Book of Dead Philosophers by Simon Critchley. From Catapult, John D. Roth on why believers might conscientiously abstain from voting; and Denise Frame Harlan ponders the humaneness of democratic high school government elections. From The Global Spiral, a special issue on the subject, self, and soul. The pre-eminent need today is not an exclusive club of democracies, but renewal of the world’s global architecture, write Anne-Marie Slaughter and John Ikenberry. From LRB, Jeremy Harding on the dangers of intervention; and a review of New Labour’s terrible memoirs.
From THES, a review of Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home by Pamela Stone; and a review of Great Satan's Rage: American Negativity and Rap/Metal in the Age of Supercapitalism by Scott Wilson. From World Affairs, Robert Leibler on Falling Upwards: Declinism, The Box Set. A wrongheaded experiment to prove poor people are lazy shows it’s easy to succeed when you’re young, healthy, white, and male. Cracking Code Pink: Why does the peace movement have to dress and act like an irritating children's birthday party? From FT, the sculptures made by many great 20th-century painters illuminate modernism’s metamorphoses of forms and matter; Hollywood’s holocaustic imaginings give Nigel Andrews cause for thought; and Olympic architecture is about far more than sport. Shorts and Fannies, a brief history: An explainer on Fannie Mae, short-selling and government economic regulation. Talking to the plumber: John Derbyshire on the I.Q gap. A review of Anglophilia: Deference, Devotion, and Antebellum America by Elisa Tamarkin. A bad week for alternative medicine: Rose Shapiro explains how to spot a quack. From Standpoint, Michael Burleigh on how to defeat the global jihadists; and more on Terror and Consent (and more and more and more and more and more). Philip Bobbitt on why we need clearer rules on when to cross borders.
From Nerve, how Buckminster Fuller combined environmentalism with high design. Thom Mayne's U.S. Federal Building: Can the iconoclastic architect design a structure that's cheap, green, and secure? A review of The Judicious Eye: Architecture against the Other Arts by Joseph Rykwert. From TLS, a review of The Creationists: From scientific creationism to Intelligent Design by Ronald Numbers; Amis & Amis: The family firm produced disparate results, but is either writer any good? From First Principles, a special four-part symposium on localism and cosmopolitanism (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4). From Radar, how music legend Genesis P-Orridge and his wife became one through plastic surgery. Veganism is Murder: If God didn't want us to eat cows, he wouldn’t have made them out of steak. Children of God: The young women — willing wives? abuse victims? — of the polygamist Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Is it time to give up on therapeutic cloning? An interview with Ian Wilmut. Toward a Type 1 civilization: Along with energy policy, political and economic systems must also evolve. Deep in the radioactive bowels of the smashed Chernobyl reactor, a strange new lifeform is blooming. From IHE, newspapers keep abandoning any responsibility toward books; Scott McLemee looks back at print culture.
From Chronicles of Love and Resentment, the hypothesis that all things human derive from a single event should prove increasingly productive beyond the humanistic sphere. More and more and more on Gary Marcus' Kluge. A review of Welfare Reform and Sexual Regulation by Anna Marie Smith. From Salon, using paper clips, chewing gum, chocolate and down-home ingenuity, MacGyver always saved the day — let's bring him back, and give him a girl. At the American Enterprise Institute and elsewhere, policy cooks are trying to whip up new solutions for conservatives disaffected with the Republican Party. In Vitro We Trust: Thirty years on, the fertility business could use some rethinking. Modern information societies require us to go beyond the “big man” approach to leadership. A review of Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam by Mark LeVine (and more). This is not a toy: An article on The Little Computer That Could. From The Nation, is the mortgage industry bankrupting black America? From Esquire, here's Stephen Colbert’s Guide to White Male Oppression (and an interview). From Air & Space, megalifters prove you’re never too fat to fly. An interview with Gustavo Arellano, the "Mexican" who has all the answers. A review of Going to Extremes by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deer Hunting With Jesus by Joe Bageant.
From The Root, an article on Gen-Y and the colorblind lie: For millenials, race is more complicated than ever; for white Gen-Y'ers, "racist" is the worst tag of all; and race shmace, whatever: It's just not that important anymore. From City Journal, Myron Magnet on the great African-American awakening. The End of White Flight: For the first time in decades, cities' black populations lose ground, stirring clashes over class, culture and even ice cream. How three street-smart guys with no publishing experience, no money and no distribution launched a high-gloss magazine that’s actually making it. Can Si Newhouse keep Conde Nast’s gloss going? Is 2008 the worst year in modern newspaper history? When do the words “not guaranteed” actually mean “guaranteed”? James Surowiecki wants to know. An interview with Tyler Colman, author of Wine Politics: How Governments, Mobsters, and Critics Influence the Wines We Drink. An overlooked aspect of the IndyMac imbroglio is the baby-facedness of the former chief executive. Eager to connect with that elusive (some say mythical) "erotogenic zone"? Years after the hype began, finding the G-spot remains easier said than done. An interview with Carl Anderson, author of A Civilization of Love: What Every Catholic Can Do to Transform the World. From FP, when professors go to war: Why the Ivory Tower and the Pentagon don’t mix.