From Good, here's a guide to prefab construction. Pre-fab houses are greener, better built, and last longer — so why haven't they caught on in the U.S.? If biologist and entrepreneur Christoph Westphal, 40, has found a way to turn back aging, then why aren't we all getting younger? As the economy takes a spanking, many women are turning to freelance fetish work to supplement their incomes. A review of A History of the American Peace Movement from Colonial Times to the Present by Charles F. Howlett and Robbie Lieberman. An interview with Deborah Nelson, author of The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth About U.S. War Crimes. For more than two centuries, it has been a wannabe among the great world capitals — but now, Washington is finally ready for its close-up. President Obama’s pledge to embrace the capital’s social life and dine out more often may prove to be a boon for some Washington-area restaurants, but it’s come too late to save several well-known eateries. A review of How the Rich are Destroying the Earth by Herve Kempf. From In These Times, ready to rumble: Workers and Corporate America battle over the Employee Free Choice Act; and there’s a problem with journalism when a newspaper lays off a reporter like Phil Dine. A review of My Word! Plagiarism and College Culture by Susan D. Blum.
Christian Welzel (Jacobs) and Ronald Inglehart (Michigan): The Role of Ordinary People in Democratization. From Fortune, the most wanted man on the planet: Fired as chief of Viacom, Tom Freston took off on a nonstop global adventure. Now he's helping Oprah to start a new TV network and Bono to save the world; and these days, online services and applications are sexy; hardware? Not so much. A review of Post-Foundational Political Thought: Political Difference in Nancy, Lefort, Badiou and Laclau by Oliver Marchart. A review of Alain Badiou's The Meaning of Sarkozy. A review of Exploitation and Developing Countries: The Ethics of Clinical Research. An Opec for gas? An article on Russia, Ukraine and the complex politics of natural gas pipelines. A review of The Euro: The Politics of the New Global Currency by David Marsh. An interview with Richard Lingeman on The Nation: Guide to the Nation. Isn't it ironic? An article on hipsters and the emergence of altporn. From JASSS, a review of books on neuroeconomics. Are you a profound thinker or merely a clever-clogs? Jonathan Wolff on self and text. Magazine Rack reviews Reader's Digest, Men's Journal, Swindle, Ode, Preservation, Singular, Playboy, and Inked. From Miller-McCune, research finds some recovered memories are more reliable than others; and what are American schools doing right?
From Esquire, campaign manager David Plouffe got the first black president elected — now he's moving on to something even more difficult, and potentially more important. Bryan Burrough tracks the rise and fall of the ornery, loudmouthed state of Texas (and an excerpt from The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes). From n+1, one more time: The Britney Symposium. Bored with the paparazzi's take on Spears? A three-volume self-reflection is coming. An interview with Jessica Valenti, author of PurityMyth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women. From Merkur, the witches and werewolves of post-Soviet fantasy fiction embody the morality of a society in denial about its criminal past. As an anthropologist working in Russia in the 1990s, Sigrid Rausing believed a culture of memorials would emerge to mark the Soviet past — how wrong she was. From First Principles, Paul Gottfried on understanding Nietzsche; and James V. Schall on necessarily making us “good”. Coming to America: Life as a refugee can mean putting dreams on hold, but on American campuses, a few young Iraqis are getting a second chance. Bring back the draft: Why a return to mass conscription is the only way to win the war on terror. A review of Servants of War: Private Military Corporations and the Profit of Conflict by Rolf Uesseler.
A new issue of Common Ground is out. Abu Dhabi is bridging the gap to the west with by bringing art (and biopsies, and Econ 101 classes) to its own shores. A review of Derrida and Legal Philosophy. What happens when Larry and Sergey die? That's the question on the mind of Robert Darnton, who runs Harvard University's library system. Will Google save the news? Peter Osnos wants to know. Let's talk about sex: Some health educators today are offering teens a more grown-up lesson — sex isn't necessarily a bad thing. Environmental business is booming but the environment remains in peril — has the environmental movement lost its soul? An interview with Helen Fisher, author of Why Him? Why Her?: Finding Real Love By Understanding Your Personality Type. Is there anybody out there? An article on searching for aliens through history. An interview with astrobiologist Maggie Turnbull on the search for alien life. From Cracked, an article on 7 items you won't believe are actually legal; and a look at 5 real life soldiers who make Rambo look like a pussy. More on the weirdest accidents. Leon Wieseltier on the vast emptiness — or worse — of Obama's incessant e-mails. For all its imperfections, The New York Times is still the best we have; all those who care about the Fourth Estate should wish it well. A look at why Bush's legacy might not be as bad as you thought.
From Carnegie Council, a panel on The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century by George Friedman. The Soul Mate Myth: When looking for the one, are we aiming too high? From pi to the Fibonacci sequence, poets' imaginations have been fired by the elegance of numbers — and mathematicians have returned the compliment. A review of The Autonomy of Morality by Charles Larmore. American film studios — including Warner Bros., Disney, and Fox — are making massive investments in the growing Arab movie market, but don’t expect an influx of subtitled art-house fare from the Fertile Crescent. A review of Moveable Feasts: From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, the Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eat by Sarah Murray. A review of Amazing Grace: The Nine Principles of Living in Natural Magic by David Wolfe and Nick Goode. With a new Democratic administration and Democratic majorities in Congress, Limbaugh is right back where he wants to be — on the outside. Free trade's hidden cost: An excerpt from Matt Miller's The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Letting Go of the Old Ways of Thinking To Unleash a New Prosperity. Cash on delivery: An article on the movement to give every American a trust fund at birth. Brave New Art World: Despite cooling sales, more art was produced in the last decade than at any other time in history.
From LRB, where is my mind? Jerry Fodor reviews Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action and Cognitive Extension by Andy Clark. From TLS, why we really do need to know the amazing truth about evolution, and the equally amazing intellectual dishonesty of its enemies: Richard Dawkins reviews Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True (and more); and a review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life by Gerald Martin. From TED, Elizabeth Gilbert on a different way to think about creative genius. An episode highlights a great fear that the Internet, with its emphasis on minute-to-minute competition, is undermining the values of the print culture. Long live philosophers! As any good analyst would point out, that's not just a spirited apostrophe — it's a fact. From TPMtv, an interview with Joseph Stiglitz. From The Daily Beast, an interview with Dean Baker on the economic stimulus package; it doesn't matter what the GOP says about the stimulus package or how they vote on it — if the economy is better off in four years, they lose; and is there a stimulus package that can save our sex lives? From THES, a review of Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money by Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson and Patricia Snell; and a review of Closed Minds? Politics and Ideology in American Universities by Bruce L.R. Smith, Jeremy D. Mayer and A. Lee Fritschler.
Sheri Berman (Barnard): Taming Extremist Parties: Lessons From Europe. An excerpt from The Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle Against Terrorism by Ami Pedahzur (and an interview). From The Big Money, an article on Michael Lewis as our money laureate. From Rome to Jerusalem: On the eve of a possible papal visit, Vatican-Israeli relations are challenged again. A review of Parallel Empires: The Vatican and The United States — Two Centuries of Alliance and Conflict by Massimo Franco. The Crowded Catholic Cafeteria: Pope Benedict XVI tries to heal the schism with Catholics who deny the Second Vatican Council. A look at how Google Earth is helping to save the real Earth. It's just garbage: What corporations throw away provides Darren Atkinson with profit and happiness. An interview with Sandra Hanson, author of Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls and Science Education. People Movers: Seven factors that will change how we move around this year. An interview with Thomas G. Andrews, author of Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War. A review of A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir by Donald Worster. Everyone knows what a bubble is these days, but what about a think tank bubble? Daniel Gross on the GOP's nutso claim that government spending doesn't create jobs.
From PopMatters, a review of Dispatches from the Religious Left: The Future of Faith and Politics in America by Frederick Clarkson; and the personal life of 20th century America's Mother of Modern Social Work provides us with lessons during our 21st century debate on GLBT rights. A review of The Patron’s Payoff: Conspicuous Commissions in Italian Renaissance Art by Jonathan K. Nelson and Richard J. Zeckhauser. A review of Aristotelian Philosophy: Ethics and Politics from Aristotle to MacIntyre by Kelvin Knight. An interview with Tom Hodgkinson, author of How to Be Idle. A review of Best African American Essays: 2009 and Best African American Fiction: 2009. An interview with Steven Garber, director of The Washington Institute. What's the matter with teen sexting? Sex and predatory adults are not the biggest dangers teenagers face online — their main risk is garden-variety kid-on-kid meanness. Set to make millions with their YouTube-beating technology, the upstarts in Lifted Logic found a better market for their talents. The Origins of Good Taste: During the 17th century, Britain witnessed the birth of a consumer society; but, as the number of possessions grew, so did the concept of "taste", a subtle yardstick by which people advertised their social position and sensibilities. The myth of the "good" recession: A flat-lining economy doesn't make us better people.
From Human Rights & Human Welfare, a symposium on Confronting Global Terrorism and American Neo-Conservatism: The Framework of a Liberal Grand Strategy by Tom Farer; and a series of essays on human trafficking. In 2008, trafficking of the world’s 27 million slaves made up the third-most-profitable criminal enterprise; here’s what the $40-billion industry looks like. The introduction to Making Cities Work: Prospects and Policies for Urban America. From PopMatters, a review of I Hate New Music: The Classic Rock Manifesto by Dave Thompson; the success or failure of The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema hinges greatly on what one thinks of Slavoj Zizek's free-range associations on desire, blood, human waste, castration, and social control in films; and has any other art, even literature or music, ever exceeded the visual arts in its ambition, its richness, and its sheer beauty? Brad DeLong on depression economics: Four options. Sometimes 100 cents feels like it's worth more than a dollar. The first chapter from The Mathematics of the Heavens and the Earth: The Early History of Trigonometry by Glen Van Brummelen. A review of The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Ambiguity, Conversion, Resistance by Penelope Deutscher. Testing the Test: English professor Michael Berube takes the GRE and questions its value.
From The New Criterion, Gertrude Himmelfarb revisits the lasting, provocative wisdom of Edmund Burke; a review of the career of Judge Robert H. Bork and his latest book, A Time to Speak: Selected Writings and Arguments; a review of The Triumph of Music: The Rise of Composers, Musicians and Their Art by Tim Blanning; and an article on the passings of Richard John Neuhaus and Samuel Huntington. An interview with Greg Anderson and David Harrison on chasing dying languages around the world. A review of Securing the City: Inside America’s Best Counterterror Force — the NYPD by Christopher Dickey (and more). Twin Peeks: Suzanne Menghraj on two daring acts of seeing in and around the wilds of New York City. The Youngest Congressman: Can Illinois's Aaron Schock help revitalize the GOP? From Dissent, is China a threat to or threatened by democracy? A review of The Well-Dressed Ape: A Natural History of Myself by Hannah Holmes. Ralph Waldo Emerson, writing instructor? Scott McLemee signs up for a workshop with the sage of Concord. Iraqi translators fear retribution: Private contractors say shift of power puts them, their families at grave risk. From 3 Quarks Daily, an essay on being liberal in a plural world. A review of The Legacy of John Rawls. The Pope’s denial problem: By reconciling with extremist bishops, Benedict embraces the far-right fringe.