From Cabinet, Aaron Schuster on The Cosmonaut of the Erotic Future; and Simon Werrett on Sparks of Life. A look at why libertarians are oddly hopeful about the Obama administration. A review of Freedom and Consumerism: A Critique of Zygmunt Bauman's Sociology by Mark Davis. Is CondeNet dead? How a publishing giant failed to get the Web. Do elaborate Web sites and videos really sell books? As in so much of publishing, no one really knows. Advertisements for yourself: Can, and should, book authors become brands? Alex Beam on an E-Z guide to publishing (and more on A Great Idea at the Time). The introduction to Between Two Worlds: A Reading of Descartes's Meditations by John Carriero. A review of Moral Virtue and Nature: A Defense of Ethical Naturalism by Stephen R. Brown. Sanford Levinson on how history matters, but so does politics: A response to William Hogeland’s “Constitutional Conventions”. Christian Science: A review of Marilynne Robinson's Home (and more from Bookforum). "I tie my Hat — I crease my Shawl": Why does Emily Dickinson extol "little duties" in the wake of a catastrophe? More on Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/Heretic by Ingrid D. Rowland. More on Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity by Michael Lewis. More on Mark Bauerlein's The Dumbest Generation.
A new issue of Brevity is out. From Prospect, the crisis is an opportunity to sweep away the rotten postwar settlement of British politics — Labour is moribund, but David Cameron has a chance to develop a "red Tory" communitarianism, socially conservative but sceptical of neoliberal economics. A review of The Other Side of Desire: Four Journeys into the Far Realms of Lust and Longing by Daniel Bergner (and an interview). A review of Diplomacy Between the Wars: Five Diplomats and the Shaping of the Modern World by George W. Liebmann. From Quodlibet, an essay on Aristotle, Teilhard de Chardin, and the Explanation of the World. Why Sufi Muslims, for centuries the most ferocious soldiers of Islam, could be our most valuable allies in the fight against extremism? A interview with Renia Ehrenfeucht, author of Sidewalks: Conflict and Negotiation over Public Space. Liberals and Libertarians: Kissing cousins or distant relatives? Joshua Cohen investigates. A review of Sonja Lyubomirsky's The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want. From Vox, Ricardo Caballero on the crisis and how to fix it (and part 2). Opportunity for Sale: Psst, wanna buy an internship? Ordinary investors may flee the market’s dizzying ups and downs, but Peter Milman and his kind hang on tight while riding the giant waves of uncertainty.
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.