From Flashpoint, Ellen Cardona (CC): Pound’s Early Years, 1885-1924: The Evolution of a Suburban Prejudice; and "Our friend the atom": An article on Walt Disney and the atomic bomb. Scott McLemee says farewell to a man of letters, John Leonard. There is another way to spend your philanthropic time and money: going to parties. A review of Mindboggling: Preliminaries to a Science of the Mind by Roy Harris. A review of Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land by Nina Burleigh. Jewcy takes a look at the financial crisis, in six easy pieces. Advice to Democrats: Act boldly, act swiftly, and stop worrying about losing seats in the midterm elections. An excerpt from Make It Plain: Standing Up and Speaking Out by Vernon Jordan. From Seed, mathematician Steven Strogatz and architect Carlo Ratti discuss the laws that govern urban behavior and how those laws might shape the cities of the future. An interview with Niall Ferguson on Obama and the global crisis: "A world war without war". Misleading by petition: Just what is the consensus on global warming? A look at how Barack Obama's victory made New York rejoice in its promise. A review of Honest Signals: How They Shape Our World by Alex (Sandy) Pentland. A review of The Bagel: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread by Maria Balinska.
From Greater Good, a symposium on "The Psychology of Power"; a symposium on "The 21st Century Family"; and a special section on play as human development. The Cybercafe Lives: A musty business model allows gamers a way out of isolation and into productive fantasy and social connection. A review of The Earth after Us: What Legacy Will Humans Leave in the Rocks? by Jan Zalasiewicz. The flag that Francis Scott Key saw flying over Fort McHenry was loved almost to death; now, after a decade's conservation, the Star-Spangled Banner returns to its place of honor on the National Mall. A review of Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer by Fred Kaplan. Obama in the history books: An excerpt from America: The First Quarter Millennium, copyright 2026. What is an election? It depends which country you live in, but the true meaning of the word can only be realised where there is real democracy. A review of Loot: The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World by Sharon Waxman. Is a semi-reformed payday lender the right guy to bring the urban poor into the banking system? How did Barack Obama win over white, blue-collar Levittown, Pa.? Brace yourselves: Power's shifting, but not in the way you expect. A review of The Enemy Within: 2000 Years of Witch-Hunting in the Western World by John Demos (and more).
From The Hudson Review, Brooke Allen on The Multi-Tasking Marquise; and Richard Hornby on An American Lear. A journey that maps the life of ideologies from the French revolution via Marxism to neo-liberalism opens a space to explore what may come next, says Tom Nairn. The hunter’s evidence: An interview with Carlo Ginzburg. An article on the secret world of female circumcision. Creativity and mood: The myth that madness heightens creative genius. In some ways it's strange that President-elect Barack Obama has been bouncing ideas off Chicago economists and counts some of them as his closest advisers. Terry Eagleton reviews The House of Wittgenstein: A Family at War by Alexander Waugh. Michael Shermer v. John Lennox on the Great Debate: Does God exist? From Strange Maps, a look at the ‘claves of Liechtenstein. From the Olympics to urban explosion to the rowdiness of its people, a tour of China is like a trip to 19th-century America. A review of Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles by Richard Dowden. A review of The Eager Dead: A Study in Haunting by Archie E Roy. What should an obit say? Jeff Weinstein investigates. Eels on Wheels: The life history of the eel is more complicated than you think. The host of one of the stupidest television shows in history, " Fear Factor", turns out to be a standup comic of surprising intelligence — go figure.
From First Principles, sharing the wealth: James V. Schall, S.J. on redistributionism. An interview with Mark Juergensmeyer, author of Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State. Jihadists for Obama: What are the Islamist message boards saying about America's next president? Susan Wise Bauer on why public confession speaks to a secular America. From Discover, an article on science's alternative to an intelligent Creator: The multiverse theory. Lee Smolin on how science is like democracy. John Kay on Milton Friedman and the limits of academic pluralism. KC Johnson on Obama and the Campus Left. New studies show academics do not influence their students' politics, but fears run deep. John McWhorter on the Revenge of the Black Nerd: Finally, an end to the myth that being bookish means you’re “acting white”. Can Barack Obama's "No Drama" motto survive the transition? Surgical Prep: Jonathan Cohn on the Democrats' secret health care plan. The new baseball economics: An interview with Craig Calcaterra, Mr. ShysterBall. From The Walrus, an article on the lynching of Louie Sam: In 1884, an American mob brought frontier justice to the Canadian border; and an essay on the Archipelago of Fear: Are fortification and foreign aid making Kabul more dangerous? A review of Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America by Jay Parini.