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.
From Mother Jones, a special section on the coming prison meltdown. Online writing is a typographical and grammatical mess — should we fix it? Does the world need another indie band? There's life, and then there's lifestyle journalism. Barbara Ehrenreich has been called a Marxist just for writing that the US is not a classless society. Allan J. Lichtman on how conservatives are in denial about their history. An interview with James Carse, author of The Religious Case Against Belief. The lesson of the Friedman Institute, even before it opens, is that we could use more forceful theories from academia. More and more and more on Ark of the Liberties: America and the World by Ted Widmer. An interview with Orit Bashkin, author of The Other Iraq: Pluralism and Culture in Hashemite Iraq. A review of Termites in the Trading System: How Preferential Agreements Undermine Free Trade by Jagdish Bhagwati. A review of A World Without Bees by Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum. More and more on James Wood's How Fiction Works. A review of Save the Males: Why Men Matter, Why Women Should Care by Kathleen Parker. A review of U. S. Vs. Them: How a Half Century of Conservatism Has Undermined America’s Security by J. Peter Scoblic (and more). The monoculture is dead; in another guise, however, its flattening effect on non-Western culture is, sadly, thriving.