From Common-place, H. Robert Baker (GSU): The Supreme Court Confronts History Or, habeas corpus redivivus. Ben Cohen on Bush's banned interview: An insight into insanity. A review of When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World's Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge by K. David Harrison. A review of A World of Wealth: How Capitalism Turns Profit into Progress by Thomas G. Donlan. If economics is the study of the allocation of scarce goods and services, what could be scarcer or more precious than love? Habits may be good for you: Social scientists have learned that there is power in tying certain behaviors to habitual cues through relentless advertising. Some bloggers have pondered a severe question about Joe Liberman: Can you recall a sitting Senator? If Barack Obama is the most admired black man in America right now, it may be no exaggeration to say that John McWhorter is a candidate for the unpopularity prize. Obama, Shaman: The candidate’s post-masculine charisma tempts America in the age of Oprah. From The New Yorker, Ryan Lizza on how Chicago shaped Obama; the lion and the mouse: Jill Lepore on the battle that reshaped children’s literature; and Americans can’t live without their lawns—but how long can they live with them? More and more and more and more on The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria.
From CQ, an article on the vice presidency, an office under scrutiny. From Dissent, Lillian Rubin on the untold health care story: How they crippled Medicare; Leonard Fein on reflections of a sometime Israel lobbyist; and a review of Nixonland by Rick Perlstein (and an excerpt at Bookforum). The cartoon epic "Y: The Last Man," the most entertaining satire about gender in recent memory, comes to its triumphant conclusion. From Miller-McCune, environment becomes heredity: An article on the field of epigenetics; and can scientists and journalists learn to beat the doubt industry before our most serious problems beat us all? A review of A Shadow of Red: Communism and the Blacklist in Radio and Television by David Everitt. God save New Zealand from the cannibals: Its military is certainly no longer up to the task. From The Globe & Mail, Cynthia McDonald on sex and the male novelist. Nathan Robinson on what it's like to watch FOX News for 24 straight hours. Stop reading this trivia: Few things annoy John Blyth as much as being told there are more important things to worry about. From Economic Principals, what are the chances that, in this moment of genuine peril, we might go blind? A review of Havana Nocturne: How The Mob Owned Cuba And Then Lost It To The Revolution by T.J. English. A sociological analysis shows the emergence of a "rights revolution" in China.
From The New York Review of Magazines, a review of Meatpaper, and a review of Modern Dog. From Philosophy Now, Jeremy Barris enlists the help of Plato, Ortega and pragmatist philosophy to argue that love at its deepest is our connection with ultimate truth, and that this connection is found in our love for our dogs; a review of Capers in the Churchyard: Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror by Lee Hall; turning the tables: Joel Marks writes that we matter because we are animals; from loving to wolfing: Peter Cave toys with love, sex and other objects. Should apes be treated like people, and which apes, and which people? A review of Intimacy and Responsibility: The Criminalisation of HIV Transmission by Matthew Weait. From the winter issue of The Common Review, Michael Berube on Richard Rorty and the politics of modesty. From TAP, liberal institutions that once imitated conservative ones are now far surpassing their role models; and what does Stuff White People Like tell us about race in America? From Intelligent Life, an American collector's attempt at philanthropy has reaped unexpected rewards. Where does the "terrorist fist jab" come from? Mysterious graffiti artist Banksy is a 34-year-old former public school pupil called Robin Gunningham. Friction over fan fiction: Is this burgeoning art form legal?