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.