From Portugal's Revista Critica de Ciencias Sociais, how can a "critical border thinking" that envisages a "transmodern world" moves us beyond Eurocentrism? From First Principles, an article on Edmund Husserl and the crisis of Europe; and like H.L. Mencken, Gore Vidal, Ernest Hemingway, and other original Americans, Ray Bradbury had the advantage of never attending college. Voters choose, but on the basis of what? An excerpt from Rick Shenkman's Just How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth About the American Voter. From The Boston Globe's "Ideas", a look at how Prozac sent the science of depression in the wrong direction. Inside jokes: Science writer Jim Holt explores why we laugh. Harvard historian Steven Shapin says our image of scientists is all wrong. Here are 5 myths about the bust that will follow the Boom(ers). A review of Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East by Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac. A review of A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East by Lawrence Freedman. From New Scientist, do we have the technology to build a bionic human? David Warsh reviews The End of Food by Paul Roberts. A review of 1001 Books for Every Mood by Hallie Ephron. From The Washington Post Magazine, Senator Jim Webb, first person singular. From LA Weekly, a series of articles on Zen and the Art of Cougar Hunting.
From Asia Times, Spengler on America's special grace: The agony of dying nations rises in reproach to America's unheeding prosperity; and Pepe Escobar on how Big Oil's "secret" is out of Iraq's closet. A review of The Magical Chorus: A History of Russian Culture From Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn by Solomon Volkov. A review of Children's Literature: A Reader's History From Aesop to Harry Potter by Seth Lerer. The search for intelligent light: Planet hunter Geoff Marcy scans the skies for answers to the universal question of other life. A review of High Wire: The Precarious Financial Lives of American Families by Peter Gosselin. A review of House of Wits: An Intimate Portrait of the James Family by Paul Fisher. From Archeology, evolution overdrive: An interview with John Hawkes on how the human genome is changing faster than ever; and a review of James Cuno's Who Owns Antiquity? A review of One to Nine: The Inner Life of Numbers by Andrew Hodges. A review of Ark of the Liberties: America and the World by Ted Widmer. From Chronicles, a review of Socialism by Thomas Fleming. Is dissent patriotic? Consider the case of Crystal Wosik. A review of Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex. From Bad Subjects, does Dove really love our humps? From FT, a review of books on world travel and tourism. Mao crazy: Jed Perl on art.
Simon Keller (BU): Patriotism as Bad Faith. From ResetDOC, can Islam accommodate democracy or democracy accommodate Islam? Benjamin Barber investigates. From ZNet, an excerpt from Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century by Chris Spannos. Despite doom-laden prophecies, texting has not been the disaster for language many feared; on the contrary, it improves children's writing and spelling. Transloosely Literated: A book's journey from one language into another can be perilous. Christopher Hitchens says farewell to Jesse Helms, a provincial redneck. From National Review, a symposium on Jesse Helms. Apocalypse now: In a devastating global climate of our own making, how will humans survive? The wisdom of art crowds: 3,344 people may not know art but know what they like. A review of Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion by Francis J. Beckwith. Deconstructing Barry: Literary critic Andrew Delbanco reads Obama, The works that have influenced Obama illustrate that he would be the most literary president in recent memory — and one likely to govern from the center. It isn't just that young voters like Obama—more importantly, over the last eight years, they've come to believe in liberalism. How disasters help: Natural disasters can give a boost to the countries where they occur - and sometimes, the more the better.