From The New Individualist, a special issue on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged at 50; here's a fascinating new trend: the emerging interest of people on the political left in market-based economics; a review of The Future of Conservatism: Conflict and Consensus in the Post-Reagan Era; a review of The Life and Times of Aristotle by Jim Whiting; more on Simon Blackburn's Lust: The Seven Deadly Sins and more on Joseph Epstein's Envy; and how many French cowboys are also black? From The Futurist, a look at the practical obstacles to ocean habitation and the race to make life at sea a twenty-first century reality; and a review of Futurecast: How Superpowers, Populations, and Globalization Will Change the Way You Live and Work by Robert J. Shapiro. From Not Bored!, an article on Kurt Cobain, back from the dead. Movies made me: They are art, big business and soft power — but movies are a lot more than just that. Lisa Shea reviews Two Marriages by Phillip Lopate. Manu Chao could be the most famous singer that many English speakers have never heard of, yet he is to the alter-globalisation movement what Bob Dylan was to peace and civil rights in the 1960s. Games without frontiers: How videogames blind us with science. From Suite 101, a series of articles on US lineage societies for men, women, and men and women (and more at the state level).

From Open Source, an interview with Slavoj Zizek: What is the question? What would Jefferson do? How limited government got turned upside down. More and more and more and more and more on Annette Gordon-Reed's The Hemingses of Monticello. America's universities sheltered David Foster Wallace — and almost ruined his writing. From Foreign Policy, now that he has left Iraq in better shape than he found it, can Gen. David Petraeus save Afghanistan and the rest of the region? Fred Kaplan on why an Iraq-style surge won't work in Afghanistan. The New Ordinary: New York designers re-envision the American woman. From Nerve, is Emily DePrang a gold-digger? She asks some of her friends. High school drama: When talking to youth about sex, don't forget you were once a teen yourself. Jokes are about humiliation, the release of inhibitions, or absurdity; the end of the world itself has the logical form of a joke — geddit? Reasons to be gloomy: Ian Bremmer on four things to worry about. Tuberculosis or hair loss? Peter Singer on refocusing medical research. Sarah Palin makes animal lovers get political. From TNR, elitism done (by the) Right: What the conservative critics of Sarah Palin get wrong; and village idiocy: Enough with small-town triumphalism. Paul Waldman on how to win a presidential debate. Why journalists are the worst possible moderators of debates.

From Qantara, a portrait Albert Memmi: A sober look at freedom. "Why I am proud of being a European": An interview with Tzvetan Todorov. The Problematic Pages: To understand Vladimir Putin, we must understand his view of Russian history. Just because the press loves Obama doesn't mean it hates McCain. From NYRB, Michael Chabon on Obama and the conquest of Denver; and Joseph Lelyveld on John and Sarah in St. Paul. Thomas Frank on how the GOP loves the heartland to death — and now comes the fall culture-war offensive. From The L Magazine, an article on Christopher Hitchens and the utter creeping moronism of eloquence; and towards a definition of Martin Amis neocon disease. When are news photographs too shocking for public consumption? Bernard-Henri Levy wants to know, and more and more and more on Left in Dark Times. Clash of the literary titans: The caustic correspondence between Michel Houellebecq and BHL, titans of French literature, is to be revealed in a new book. Sarah Fay reviews A Manuscript of Ashes by Antonio Munoz Molina. From Strange Maps, a look at the population of Chinese territories compared to foreign countries. Der Spiegel reports on a dispute among Islam scholars: Did Muhammad ever really live? The pain beneath the swagger: Black male bravado allows no room for a mental health crisis.

From TNR, a review of Making the Cut: How Cosmetic Surgery is Transforming Our Lives by Anthony Elliott. More and more and more on Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men by Michael Kimmel. An excerpt from Men to Boys: The Making of Modern Immaturity by Gary Cross (and more and an interview). A review of Good Guys & Bad Guys: Behind the Scenes With the Saints and Scoundrels of American Business (And Everything in Between) by Joe Nocera. Will business schools learn from Wall Street's crisis? The wrong emergency: What Washington doesn't understand about the financial crisis. From Slate, Timothy Noah on why Washington hates Wall Street: An 80-year rivalry explained. How Bill Buckley's hatred of the New Deal brought the Wall Street Crash of 2008. Saskia Sassen on the new new deal. From Prospect, as overstretched financial institutions collapse, we are learning to fear debt — like Japan in the 1990s; this year’s Democratic primaries weren’t just fought on the hustings and in the television studios — some of the fiercest battles took place in the blogosphere; and Democrats are finally reaching out to God's faithful — but will this win them the election? From Commonweal, an editorial on bishops and the election: Correcting prochoice Catholic pols; and libertarian heresy: An article on the fundamentalism of free-market theology.