From The Atlas Society, an essay on the choice to live and Objectivist ethics; what is the Objectivist view on waiting for marriage to have sex? Making a mark: What does it take to attract young adults to priesthood and religious life? From PopMatters, a review of The Best of Sexology: Kinky and Kooky Excerpts from America's First Sex Magazine; and a review of The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Superstitions. From Asian Review of Books, a review of "Socialism Is Great!": A Worker's Memoir of the New China by Lijia Zhang; and more on Worlds at War: The 2500-Year Struggle Between East and West by Anthony Padgen. From Conversations with History, an interview with Michael Pollan on the politics of food; and an interview with Philippe Sands, author of The Rumsfeld Memo and the Betrayal of American Values. The bygone American Dream: An excerpt from The Measure of America by Sarah Burd-Sharps, Kristen Lewis and Eduardo Borges Martins. From Intelligent Life, twilight of a living God: An article on Nelson Mandela. Hacking the Hill: How the Chinese — or someone — hacked into House of Representatives computers in 2006, and what it will take to keep out the next electronic invader. A review of Forgiveness: A Philosophical Exploration by Charles L. Griswold. More on The World Is What It Is by Patrick French (and more from Bookforum).
From Psychology Today, a look at why young single men are more xenophobic (and part 2); and positive psychology is all the rage these days; what can evolutionary psychology say about how to be happy? Don't worry, be happy: You want it, you deserve it! That's the misleading message of a thousand self-help guides to instant bliss. From Symmetry, an article on particle physics benefits: adding it up; and who will be the first to prove the existence of dark matter and dark energy? A particle physicist and an astrophysicist go head to head. From FT, an interview with David Sedaris. From The Weekly Standard, Andrew Ferguson on the politics of fat: A hefty problem for the left. The first chapter from Market Rebels: How Activists Make or Break Radical Innovations by Hayagreeva Rao. From The Atlantic, Africa's rising star: A peaceful and well-conducted national election bodes well for democracy in Ghana and the rest of Africa; and pay close attention to Greece; at a time of world-wide economic upheaval, it might eerily presage disturbances elsewhere in 2009. Timing is everything: Music grapples with time and transcends philosophy. George Orwell, forgiving and championing bad art: Orwell's essays remind us that better than our best intentions is our inescapable nature, our shared ordinariness, which will always have the potential to redeem us all if only we will embrace it.
From Political Affairs, an article on Marxism, philosophy, and the East/West question. From Cultural Survival Voices, a special issue on community radio. From Editor & Publisher, a special report on probing the hidden reason for newspaper crisis. The Digital Slay-Ride: What's killing newspapers is the same thing that killed the slide rule. In the face of tragedy, moral reasoning along "whodunit" lines. The Atlantic is in the ring with Quinton Jackson: A profile of an ultimate fighter (and more and more and more and more). Chris Mooney reviews books on global warming. Brad DeLong interviews Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel, authors of Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations (and more and more). Economists missed the brewing crisis — now many are asking: How can we do better? A look at how to be a local character: Five basic examples. Oliver Burkeman introduces six unpublished 999 transcripts, where the drama of an emergency call unfolds. The dismal state of the economy presents Obama with the chance not just to produce a recovery but to restore a more egalitarian society — and a progressive majority. What do the worlds contained within comics, within and between panels, tell us about the worlds in which we live out our lives? Reviving James Michener: An essay on the relevance of " South Pacific". A review of Sartre by Katherine J. Morris.
From THES, in social situations, topologists and biophysicists alike find that their enthusiasm for their discipline is not always infectious; beyond the league of gentlemen: Reisz charts learned societies' evolution from a world of armchairs and empire to inclusive, forward-thinking advocates for their disciplines; and it's right posh in t'common room, innit? Academia's worst snobberies may be dying out, but an accent on class still lingers. A review of From Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authority by Roger Lundin. A review of books on Samuel Johnson. From PopMatters, an excerpted on The Beastie Boys and The Talking Heads from Rebels Wit Attitude: Subversive Rock Humorists by Iain Ellis; will black pop artists still see themselves as outsiders now that a black person is President?; and the guys selling their hip-hop CD-Rs on the street know exactly where to find their prey: outside the independent record store, in and around shows of like-minded artists — what makes them so hard to resist? When psychology went online: A review of Psychological Aspects of Cyberspace: Theory, Research Applications. More and more and more on The Man Who Owns the News by Michael Wolff (and more by Conrad Black). From News Weekly, an article on the realisable goal of property for all. Perverted politics: Deviance for its own sake is reactionary, not rebellious.