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.