Xabier Arzoz (EHU): The Nature of Language Rights. I married a Maori: A review of Come On Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All by Christina Thompson. A review of Save The Males: Why Men Matter, Why Women Should Care by Kathleen Parker. A review of The Intimate Sex Lives of Famous People. The joy of abstinence: A humorous blog and a conservative think tank on the benefits of not having sex. From TNR, Bushed: David Greenberg on how neocons made liberals wary of idealism; Katherine Marsh on the working mothers' case against Sarah Palin; and Jason Zengerle on the strange resurrection of John Kerry. From Slate, McCain and Palin are running against a new opponent: federal spending; and lies, damned lies, and Barack Obama: Why isn't Obama stretching the truth more often? What will Rumsfeld write? The former secretary of defense is writing a history of the Iraq War. A review of Andrew Cockburn's Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy. Partner or master? Vernor Vinge has been urging his fellow humans to get smarter by collaborating with computers. A review of A New Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations by Clive Ponting. The North Pole has become an island for the first time in human history as climate change has made it possible to circumnavigate the Arctic ice cap.
From the latest issue of The Atlantic Monthly, all counterinsurgency is local: Prosecuting the war in Afghanistan from provincial capitals has been disastrous — we need to turn our military strategy inside out; and Andrew Bacevich on The Petraeus Doctrine: Iraq-style counterinsurgency is fast becoming the U.S. Army’s organizing principle — is our military preparing to fight the next war, or the last one? Drew Westen on what Obama needs to do in the final sixty days: Avoiding President Palin. An article on Rachel Maddow, cable talk's newest star. As barriers disappear, some gender gaps widen. From TLS, Peter Singer reviews Ethics and the Environment by Dale Jamieson; Auden not our contemporary: Sean O'Brien on how the serious, reasonable prose of a dead poet shames the living. From Literary Review, books maketh the man: A review of Oscar's Books by Thomas Wright; and a review of The House of Wittgenstein: A Family at War by Alexander Waugh. From The Philosophers' Magazine, Havi Carel on the problem of organ donation: People are dying while we argue about the wrong thing; Giles Fraser has to laugh at the legacy of the Enlightenment or else he'd cry; more on Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture by Alan Sokal; and a look at the university students who are going back to school in Sheffield.
From the new magazine The Clarion Review, Peter Augustine Lawler on aging, individualism and our middle-class dreams; an essay on the iconographic fiction and Christian humanism of Flannery O'Connor; an interview with Roger Scruton; Jesus, the Libertarian: A review of Turn Neither to the Right Nor to the Left: A Thinking Christian’s Guide to Politics and Public Policy by Eric D. Schansberg; Homo economus Christianus: A review of Third Ways: How Bulgarian Greens, Swedish Housewives, and Beer-Swilling Englishmen Created Family-Centered Economies — And Why They Disappeared by Allan C. Carlson. Here's The Atlantic Monthly's presidential election campaign supplement, including interviews with five historians and political scientists on which presidential election this one most resembles. Rivka Galchen reviews The Only Son by Stephane Audeguy. After a century, a literary reputation finally blooms: Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis has gone from being a fringe figure in the English-speaking world to a literary favorite hailed as an unjustly-neglected Brazilian genius. More on David Lebedoff's The Same Man: George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh in Love and War. Jed Perl on The Man Who Remade the Met: Unlike most modern museum directors, Philippe de Montebello trusted the public to embrace his high standards — and it did.