A new issue of Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics is out, including a review of Shock Therapy: The History of Electroconvulsive Treatment in Mental Illness by Edward Shorter and David Healy. From The New York Observer, a look at why gays go gaga over Andrea Mitchell; an article on the new math of the male mind; and why do young male writers love icky, tough guy deadbeats? Jason Zengerle on Joe the Plumber and the future of foreign correspondents. The book that changed my life: Peter Tatchell chooses Animal Liberation by Peter Singer. From TLS, a review of Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC, 1874-1908 by William Oddie; enthusiasts versus bureaucrats: Why the teaching of literature should be impassioned as well as informative; and a review of books on the limitless ambitions, and problematic achievements, of science and urban planning in the early twentieth century. Seventy per cent of Jewish Israelis say they want a two-state solution, but that doesn't mean they have a high opinion of Arabs — consider the hardcore fans of Beitar Jerusalem FC. The World's First Facebook Film: Could a documentary about guys named Aaron Cohen, made by a guy named Aaron Cohen, be the funniest Jewish comedy since Woody hooked up with Soon-Yi? Not yet a woman: Teaching Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and other pop starlets how to grow up.
From TNR, Amartya Sen on how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights really did change the world. The economic crisis could spark a deep cultural change among Americans who have long prized consumerism above all else. A review of The Billion Dollar Game: Behind-the-Scenes of the Greatest Day in American Sport — Super Bowl Sunday by Allen St. John. Why real men don't like spas: Ill-fitting gowns, whale songs and lavender candles — no wonder many men struggle with the spa experience. A review of The Religious Crisis of the 1960s by Hugh McLeod. The British government is planning tougher penalties for men who use trafficked prostitutes, but who is helping the women themselves? Putting out for a good assignment: The line between sexy and sleazy is easily blurred when female writers use their personal lives as fodder. The Zen of Porn: If pornography is everywhere, is it nowhere? Research suggests the ability to map numbers onto a line, a foundation of all mathematics, is universal, but the form of this universal mapping is not linear but logarithmic. A review of Teenagers: A Natural History by David Bainbridge. No inaugural address has so thoroughly rejected the political philosophy and legislative record of the previous administration. Soviets behind the wheel: If the car was symbolic of individual freedom in the USA, what did it mean to the ideologues of the USSR?
From TAP, a discussion on Dean Baker's Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of The Bubble Economy (and part 2). Which CEO characteristics and abilities matter? From Political Affairs, an essay on overcoming unscientific concepts of "working class". The introduction to Keep Watching the Skies! The Story of Operation Moonwatch and the Dawn of the Space Age by W. Patrick McCray. Piracy in perspective: A look at the unintended consequences of U.S. foreign policy in Somalia. James K. Galbraith reviews The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath by Robert J. Samuelson. From Al-Ahram, what happens on Facebook stays there, or does it, wonders Salonaz Sami. Are you a retrosexual? A look at Facebook's latest erotic application. A review of Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State, from Christian Militias to Al Qaeda by Mark Juergensmeyer. Samuel Huntington died a pariah among America's intellectual elite — it's because he was normal. A man for all seasons: John Judis on the misunderstood John Maynard Keynes. This decade has seen a surge in publishing on human rights in journals and dissertation topics, but does it remain on political science's margins? From New Humanist, a review of The Weight of a Mustard Seed by Wendell Steavenson; and a review of The Artist, the Philosopher and the Warrior by Paul Strathern.
From the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Michael A. Bernstein (Tulane): A Brief History of the American Economic Association; Betsy Jane Clary (Charleston): The Evolution of the Allied Social Science Associations; and a review of Understanding Capitalism: Critical Analysis from Karl Marx to Amartya Sen. From TNR, a review of Saving Darwin: How to be a Christian and Believe in Evolution by Karl W. Giberson and Only A Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul by Kenneth R. Miller. New towns are often derided as eyesores, but they could transform the future, if we save them from the traditionalists. An excerpt from Constitutionalizing Economic Globalization: Investment Rules and Democracy's Promise by David Schneiderman. Truth, Reconciliation, and Obama: How should Obama deal with Bush's legacy? From The Hindu, is “Slumdog Millionaire” a put-down of a country with pretensions to rising power or is it a back-handed celebration of all things Indian? Here are 21 essays from the LRB on John Updike (and more). From Air & Space, a walk in the airpark: Rest and renewal in a long-standing pilot community. Not only are bills works of art, they are also a history lesson: You learn what cultures value by what they put on their bills. The customized newspaper is right around the corner, if you're willing to go there.