From The Bulletin, Victor Gilinsky on a call to resist the nuclear revival. From the April 1988 issue of Campaigns and Elections, Rahm Emanuel on how to beat a Republican. From Slate, Obama still hasn't told us what he thinks government should do; Michael Newman and Chris Wilson explain how to measure Obama's progress; and failure is always an option: How Obama can prepare himself (and us) for the coming bad times. Why it can hurt so much to sell: Paper losses sting, but cashing out losers can make your psychic pain even worse. Rebranding Government: Drew Westen on why it's time politicians stopped running for or against government and started running it well. Israel's phantom people: About 20 per cent of Israel's citizens are Arabs, and the violence in Gaza has further radicalised them — but the last thing they want is to become part of a Palestinian state. John Yoo, war criminal? The chances that the notorious UC Berkeley law professor will be investigated for war crimes appear to have increased in recent weeks. Who owns rights to melting Arctic? As the ice melts, Russia, Canada, and the U.S. vie for shipping and natural resource rights around the North Pole. The other global warming: Even if we contain the greenhouse effect, we'll have another heat problem on our hands. A review of The Limits of Loyalty by Simon Keller. A review of How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer.
A new issue of Open Letters Monthly is out. From TNR, Sam Tanenhaus on why conservatism is dead: An intellectual autopsy of the movement. From The Philosophers' Magazine, a review of Experimental Philosophy; enjoy the silence: Julian Baggini interviews Luce Irigaray; art, nature, significance: David Cooper on a garden of philosophical delights; and philosophers are lovers of wisdom? Don't make Peter S Fosl laugh. Barack Obama remains a political enigma — what are the true lineaments of his character, his vision, his faith, and his appeal? Simon Critchley investigates. A review of Global Catastrophes and Trends: The Next 50 Years by Vaclav Smil. A review of Why Victorian Literature Still Matters by Philip Davis. An excerpt from The Construction of Reality by Michael A. Arbib and Mary B. Hesse. The Green Monster: Could Frankenfoods be good for the environment? A review of Ricochet: Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist by Richard Feldman. A review of Dance in the Renaissance: European Fashion, French Obsession by Margaret M. McGowan. Jacob Sollum on the reversals of market wisdom — and vice versa. Drop that sock: A study finds masturbation may cause cancer. Eurasia Group's Ian Bremmer on the top ten political risks for 2009. A new vision for the Department of Labor: An excerpt from Kim Bobo's Wage Theft in America.
From First Things, Richard John Neuhaus on secularizations. Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Connection joins a tough magazine market with a quarterly. In Alison Bechdel's comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For", the personal is political, the political gets personal, and history "bends toward justice". More and more on The Superorganism by Bert Holldobler and E.O. Wilson. A review of The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst by Kenneth Whyte (and more). How to talk past Ahmadinejad: Hard-liners are a tiny crust atop a population that will welcome a thaw with America. Who knew sex was a bad business to be in? That's probably what they're thinking over at Playboy's New York City offices. George W. is no martyr: Bush deserves all the criticism he gets. From THES, cash and trash trump class: Privilege clings to wealth as mores change. More and more on Obsession by Lennard J. Davis. A handsome new two-volume collection of Orwell's essays is a more in-depth look at the master than a typical "greatest hits" book. A Sense of Loss: An article on trying to understand the slippery slope behind weight gain. Does bad behavior really make us feel unclean and nauseated? From PopMatters, an article on Linton Kwesi Johnson and the eloquence of rioters. More on Susan Sontag's Reborn: Journals and Notebooks 1947-1963 (and more from Bookforum).
Matt Halling (Hastings): A Law of No Gods, No Masters: Developing and Defending a Participatory Legal System. A review of Why Democracies Need an Unlovable Press by Michael Schudson. A review of Freaks of Nature by Mark S Blumberg. A review of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and A New Path toward Social Justice by Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Fernando Gapasin. The Legal Brain: How does the brain make judgments about crimes? The Rise of the Clone Town: Our obsession with convenience destroys civic character. Bandwidth Envy: Can the right create its own netroots? Faster, pregnant lady, kill kill: Why Obama needs a team of impatient, unforgiving, third-trimester renegades to whip this country into shape. The New Black Manhood: Imagine how black boys must see their futures now — imagine how the dire statistics might change. Watchman State: How Real Life Superheroes fight crime and help the helpless. A review of The God Who Smokes: Scandalous Meditations on Faith by Timothy J. Stoner. Who runs departments before heads are confirmed? A look at how university presses are adopting a variety of strategies to survive the economic downturn. Where do the great treasures of ancient art belong? James Cuno investigates. An interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson on exploring new ways to bring the universe down to Earth (and more from Good).
From Studies in Social Justice, Ann Travers (SFU): The Sport Nexus and Gender Injustice; and Andrew Gibson (McGill): Just Above the Fray: Interpretive Social Criticism and the Ends of Social Justice. A review of Believing and Seeing: The Art of Gothic Cathedrals by Roland Recht. A review of Sex, Drugs and Chocolate: the Science of Pleasure by Paul Martin. An excerpt from Social Practices: A Wittgensteinian Approach to Human Activity and the Social by Theodore R. Schatzki. The Gonzo of Coulter: The conservative pundit is as misunderstood as her true forebear, Hunter Thompson. Four million jobs in two years? FDR did it in two months. Stop paying taxes, escape to the woods, sit in — why not go vegetarian instead? A look at why the ideological melting pot is getting so lumpy. Obama raises the bar: A brief history of presidential drinking. The quest, the path, the destination: Alexander Kluge's nine-and-a-half hour long film of Marx's "Kapital" is not a minute too long. From Seed, physicist Albert-Laszlo Barabasi and political scientist James Fowler discuss contagion and the Obama campaign, debate the natural selection of robustness and ask whether society is turning inward. Free, imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional and cognitive development — it makes us better adjusted, smarter and less stressed. More and more on The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson.
A new issue of Europe's World is out. From Policy Review, Peter Berkowitz on constitutional conservatism: A way forward for a troubled political coalition; a review of John Agresto's Mugged by Reality: The Liberation of Iraq and the Failure of Good Intentions; a review of George Being George (Plimpton); and is food the new sex? A curious reversal in moralizing. From Editor & Publisher, an article on the all-digital newsroom of the not-so-distant future. From City Journal, an article on First World urbanites and their contempt for Third World urbanization; and James Q. Wilson on the DNA of politics: Genes shape our beliefs, our values, and even our votes. Mysterious ways: An article on epigenetics, an alternative form of inheritance. A review of Darwin's Island: The Galapagos in the Garden of England by Steve Jones. More on Banquet at Delmonico’s: Great Minds, the Gilded Age, and the Triumph of Evolution in America by Barry Werth (and more from Bookforum). A review of Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life by Adam Gopnik (and more and more). From Esquire, an article on John Updike and great writers who write bad sex scenes; and what's so bad about socialism anyway? The point may soon come when there are more people who want to write books than there are people who want to read them.
From The Symptom, an essay on Heidegger and Lacan — their most important difference; Michael Williams on Derrida on the Couch and the perversity of deconstruction; and sex is surface: An article on ontology and the play of signification. Who was General Tso? Jennifer 8. Lee on mysteries of American Chinese food (and from Bookforum, a review of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food). I spy Daddy giving someone the finger: Your kids will imitate you — use it as a force for good. An excerpt from The General Will: Rousseau, Marx, Communism by Andrew Levine. Your perfect newspaper: France and Switzerland are taking serious governmental steps to aid their failing print media industries. How many terrorists are really left at Guantanamo, anyway? From TED, Peter Ward on Earth's mass extinctions. Will geek chic be a boon to Iggy 2.0? The Canadian Liberal leader is reintroducing himself just as cultural winds shift in favour of eggheads. Toll roads are paved with bad intentions: Conservatives have stoked hostility toward the state. Ten To Toss: The top Bush executive orders that Obama should scrap immediately. A review of The Invisible Constitution by Laurence Tribe. From Smithsonian, braving storms with 20-foot seas, an elite group of ship pilots steers through one of the world's most treacherous waterways — the mouth of the Columbia River.
From New York, a cover story on the zany adventures of (Senator) Caroline Kennedy (and more). What Do Women Want? An article on discovering what ignites female desire. What Would Google Do? According to Jeff Jarvis, taking a page out of the company's playbook could put the economy back on track. What's with Google's new mini icon? From Wired, an article on The Plot to Kill Google: Google may not be evil, but it sure does have enemies; why Hollywood needs a new model for storytelling; and can Obama really reboot the White House? The Big Fix: Can Barack Obama really transform the U.S. economy? Our Epistemological Depression: Major recessions are characterized by something novel; opacity and pseudo-objectivity created the crisis today. From The Washington Independent, an essay on the triumph of Blue patriotism: Obama ushers in a liberalism that loves America; and a look at pols that most regret supporting Bush (and more) There is an option that might not only save newspapers but also make them stronger: Turn them into nonprofit, endowed institutions like colleges and universities. A review of books on Samuel Johnson. From The New Yorker, Jill Lepore on the day the newspaper died. The left quadrant of Obama’s base wants to stay relevant by staying angry, and the right doesn’t have anything to do but get angry — so who’s his biggest problem?
From Catholic Social Science Review, J. Budziszewski (Texas): Natural Law as Fact, as Theory, and as Sign of Contradiction (and responses); and Christopher Shannon (Christendom): A Catholic Approach to History (and responses). From The Ecologist, biologist and author Rupert Sheldrake believes that the world’s religions have a crucial role in restoring the earth’s ecological balance. 2 Kids + 0 Husbands = Family: Many college-educated single mothers are setting up lives around other single mothers and all their children, with no role for men or romance. The Expeditionary Imperative: America’s national security structure is designed to confront the challenges of the last century rather than our own. An excerpt from Metaphysical Myths, Mathematical Practice: The Ontology and Epistemology of the Exact Sciences by Jody Azzouni. Alex Ross on the affordable art of concertgoing. John Updike’s mighty pen: He was America’s last true man of letters, and also a father figure to generations of other writers. A review of Not With a Bang but a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline by Theodore Dalrymple. A review of On Borrowed Time: The Art and Economy of Living with Deadlines by Harald Weinrich. From Prospect, a special series on the Iranian Revolution's 30th anniversary. Don’t look back: Why President Obama is not FDR, or Kennedy, or Lincoln, or history.
From Dissent, a special section on Getting Out: Learning from Past Exit Strategies, including the American colonies, the Philippines, India, Korea, Algeria, and Vietnam; Mitchell Cohen reconsiders George Lichtheim's Imperialism; Michael Walzer argues with a philosophical friend to determine the truth (or a truth) of the "Good Society"; Sheri Berman on capitalism, the Left, social democracy, and democratic socialism; a review of A Secular Age by Charles Taylor; and a review of Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee (and more form Bookforum). From The Telegraph, an article on the meaning of modern poetry: Contemporary poetry is lacking something. Publishers Clearinghouse: A bestselling author proposes the most improbable bailout yet. Books Gone Wild: A look at how the digital age reshapes literature. From Slate, will Carlos Slim use the New York Times to bolster his reputation? More and more and more on The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch by Michael Wolff. Live Free or Drown: An article on floating utopias on the cheap. How government looks at pundits: People in the idea business do sometimes make a difference. Peter Beinart on the end of the culture wars. A look at what the oath "do-over" reveals about legal interpretation. Didja hear the one about the funny economist? A look at what the richest men in the world don't know.