From Genders, Kim D. Hester-Williams (Sonoma State): Eminem, Masculine Striving, and the Dangers of Possessive Individualism; Linda Mizejewski (OSU): Queen Latifah, Unruly Women, and the Bodies of Romantic Comedy; and Michael Tavel Clarke (Calgary): Danny DeVito's Body. How the West Was Wired: Two idealistic Taiwanese businessmen happened into the most rural part of China and thought: Let’s bring it from the 15th century to the 21st. Robert Skidelsky on saying farewell to the neo-classical revolution. Let's stop the greatest theft in the history of humankind. Where did the government get $85 billion — was it just lying around somewhere? Why is the US government still pouring billions into missile defence? George Monbiot wants to know. Inequality kills: Politicians take heed — social injustice is, literally, deadly. Lessons from a beleaguered continent: People cannot be left indefinitely to fester in unbearable living conditions, stripped of any hope. More on Complaint by Julian Baggini. From Harper's, an interview with Nate Silver on polls and the election. An interview Dana D. Nelson, author of Bad for Democracy: How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People. Thomas Israel Hopkins reviews Vacation by Deb Olin Unferth. Paris during Nazi occupation was "one big romp": A review of 1940-1945 Annees Erotiques by Patrick Buisson.
From DataCritica, Ray Thomas (Milton Keynes) and Martin Sewell (UCL): The Qualities of Statistics as Facts about Society; and Karim F. Hirjic (Muhimbili): Numerosis and Numeritis: Twin Pathologies of Contemporary Statistics. "Geography is everywhere": An interview with Denis Cosgrove. From Bitch, an article on Dora the Explorer and the dirty secrets of the global industrial economy. From The Monthly, a review of The Freedom Paradox: Towards a Post-Secular Ethics by Clive Hamilton. Maybe Lumumba never actually said to King Baudouin: "We are no longer your monkeys". Letter from the Gulag: The strange story of a prisoner who complained to Stalin's secret police chief — and got results. What we talk about when we talk about money: Couples and counsellors on what money says about relationships. All you need is love — but if it doesn’t work out, Thomas Hamerlinck is there to help. A review of Contraception: A History by Robert Jutte. From Cultural Survival, a special issue on climate change and indigenous peoples. From Boston Review, our daily bread: Without public investment, the food crisis will only get worse. From Catapult, community is bullshit, but as every good farmer knows, bullshit is beautiful; and "community" isn’t a four-letter word — or is it? A look at how The Rest Is Noise by Alex Ross changes our understanding of 20th-century music.
From Next American City, a review of The Option of Urbanism by Christopher B. Leinberger; and respect for the human scale: An interview with urban theorists James Howard Kunstler and Nikos Salingaros. From Utne, an essay on reimagining the American Dream: What the good life really means and why we can still grab it. American legal influence is waning as foreign courts pay less attention to US court decisions. A review of Development Beyond Neoliberalism: Governance, Poverty Reduction and Political Economy by David Craig and Douglas Porter. More and more on Angler by Barton Gellman. A review of When is Discrimination Wrong? by Deborah Hellman. A review of Germaine De Stael and Benjamin Constant: A Dual Biography by Renee Winegarten (and more and more). From The Walrus, our faces, our selves: Self portraits via the police Identi-Kit. God's Words: An article on the (unnecessary) rise of the spiritual memoir. An interview with Bill Maher on "Religulous". From Nexus, an interview with Benjamin Fulford, an Eastern ultimatum to the Western Illuminati. From New Humanist, Paul Sims finds out what’s behind the anarchic anti-cult group Anonymous; "Manifestos for the 21st Century": Caroline Moorehead reviews an impressive new series on censorship; and seeing is believing, it is said — but could it be the other way round?
From The Mises Review, a review of Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right by Paul Edward Gottfried; a review of Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement by Brian Doherty; and a review of Anarchism/Minarchism: Is a Government Part of a Free Country? From Reason, an article on the afterlife of American clothes: Haitian entrepreneurs find value in our castoffs; and in defense of judicial activism: D.C. v. Heller and the failures of conservative judicial restraint. From Prospect, an interview with David Miliband, Britain's foreign secretary; and articles on Britain's armed forces; and Israel's new leader Tzipi Livni. From Ovi, an article on humanism and stoicism in Epictetus and Tom Wolfe. From NYRB, a review of of books on Buckminster Fuller. Ladies' Man: An article on Joe Biden, the backslapping, bloviating hero of women's rights. Free traitors: Christopher Hayes on how mainstream economists reconsider globalization. Domenick Ammirati reviews The Pisstown Chaos by David Ohle. Innocent until reported guilty: The simple prescription for reducing wrongful convictions — better journalism about crime and punishment. Here's Plenty's highly unscientific guide to green voters, including cappuccino conservationists and corn-fed capitalists. What happens to Olympic venues after the Olympics?