From Words Without Borders, a special issue on the ultimate act of translation: immigration. From Cabinet, guilt must be learned; shame, it appears, comes naturally. Hardwired with a sense of irony: Language has many layers of meaning — when and how do we grasp them? An interview with Kelly Bulkeley on exploring the deep ties between our dream lives and the great religions of the world. Will the market kill your marriage? Recession and divorce, it is said, go together like carriage and horse. More and more and more on The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson (and an excerpt at Vanity Fair). From Forbes, a special section on corporate social responsibility. B Lab wants to separate companies that merely claim they are responsible from those that actually do good in the world, but can a logo really change the way America does business? From Fortune, Wall Street thought it had risk all figured out — but the very system the banks created to protect themselves are at the heart of the financial meltdown. The American Void: Simon Critchley on how there is something desperately lonely about Barack Obama’s universe. Karen Tumulty on the once and future Hillary. Matthew Yglesias on how to break the neocon lock on Washington. From The Monkey Cage, here's a small dose of perspective on the Democratic victory in 2008.
From History & Policy, Calder Walton (Cambridge): Torture and Intelligence Gathering in Western Democracies; and Geoffrey Hosking (UCL): The "Credit Crunch" and the Importance of Trust. From TNR, why Obama's victory does not necessarily indicate a broader political realignment; and what part of "overwhelming electoral defeat" does the GOP not understand? Norman Solomon on why Obama has a mandate to spread the wealth. Here's the full text of Obama's Challenge: America's Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency by Robert Kuttner. Ghost in the shell: How George and now Barack mirror our American psyche. Looking past defeat: How can McCain recover? Alan Wolfe on how Obama buried the Southern strategy. Mark Lilla on the perils of "populist chic". Conservative Jeffrey Hart on how the Republicans are now the stupid party. From Edge, Sarah Palin's criticism of fruit files is just bad buzz; research on them offers insights into learning, genes, diseases. Are witches real? National Catholic Register investigates. It's the historic poll you've all been waiting for — no, not the Presidential election, but the 2008 New Humanist Bad Faith Award. Devil's Advocate: Milton expert Stanley Fish refuses to demonise the administrator and warns against influencing the moral character of students. Net prophets: A review of books on Google.
From Obit, death fascinates, death is fun to look at, especially violent death — especially if it happens to some other guy; and a look at how The Economist knows how to say goodbye. Snitch perverts, liars, scum, liberal hacks, media morons — Media Matters for America fights ire with fire. Stop the Journalismisms!: The media business is chock full of platitudes, most of them wrong. Kenya’s fixation with Barack Obama represents a form of escapism for an African country beset by political dysfunctionality. From LRB, a review of Memories of Eden: A Journey through Jewish Baghdad by Violette Shamash and Baghdad, Yesterday: The Making of an Arab Jew by Sasson Somekh; and I could sleep with all of them: A review of In the Shadow of the Magic Mountain: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story by Andrea Weiss. The oldest conundrum: The red lights are going out all over Europe — but not elsewhere. What's with all the ugly people having sex? Esquire tracks the democratization of pornography to the mainstream. An interview with Steven Novack on a future in which solar antennae are as easy to use as Saran Wrap — and almost as cheap. A review of Otto Neurath: the Language of the Global Polis by Nader Vossoughian. An article on the battle of the Caspian Sea. Faced with a horrific drug problem, Vancouver is trying a radical experiment: Let junkies be junkies.
From Slate, what Obama does next: The presidential transition FAQ; and a guide to key appointments Obama should resist. The O-List: TNR lists the 30 people who matter most — in order; and a look at why Rahm Emanuel was the only choice, but just the right choice. Change you can motherfucking believe in: How Rahm Emanuel will manage Obama's White House (and more and more). A butler well served by this election: For 34 years, Eugene Allen carried White House trays with pride — now there's even more reason to carry himself that way. From Dissent, contributors write on The Day After. From Salon, how wrong they were: Remembering an election season full of fabulously wrongheaded predictions; and everyone agrees that Barack Obama's election is a meaningful moment — but what, exactly, does it mean? Here's a child's garden of right-wing reaction to the Obama win. What’s next for affirmative action? How Barack Obama's role as America's first black president could affect race-based preference programs. The opposition to political correctness: A review of It's a PC World by Edward Stourton. Passion for the enterprise: Robert Silvers of the New York Review of Books retells the American institution's creation story. A spur-of-the-moment decision to buy a wolf cub changed Mark Rowlands’s life — from that moment on he found human company never quite matched up