From Carnegie Council, a panel on Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam by Gordon M. Goldstein; and a panel on The Crisis of American Foreign Policy: Wilsonianism in the Twenty-First Century. From Campus Progress, an interview with Tim Westergren, co-founder of Pandora Internet radio, on the future of the music industry; and an interview with Harold Meyerson on unions, politics, and young people. A review of Republic of Drivers: A Cultural History of Automobility in America by Cotten Seiler (and from Bookforum, a review of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbilt). More on David Zirin's A People’s History of Sports in the United States. From Commonweal, Andrew Bacevich on American Triumphalism: A postmortem. From Cracked, a look at 8 customers everyone hates; an article on 8 racist words you use every day; and here are the 10 steps to porn addiction: Where are you? "Uncircumcised penises are weird”, she paused before adding, a little backpedally, “Except yours, of course. Yours is OK”. In an excerpt from What Would Google Do?, Jeff Jarvis muses over government run by a Google guy (and an interview). Think animals don't think like us? Think again. A review of The Business of Tourism: Place, Faith, and History.
From Cardus, an interview with David Naugle, author of Reordered Love, Reordered Lives. A review of Ancestral Roots: Modern Living and Human Evolution by Timothy Clack. A review of The Long and the Short of It: A Guide to Finance and Investment for Normally Intelligent People Who Aren’t in the Industry by John Kay. The Hidden State of Culture: New Jersey often brings to mind pollution and shopping malls, but it's an epicenter of artistic talent. A review of Law and Judicial Duty by Philip Hamburger. Whatever your position, the Executive Order has been used by presidents for good, for ill, and sometimes for just plain odd reasons. Moving pains: Obama's people are finding it hard to take his "movement" with them to Washington. The unkindliest cut: When a compliment hides an insult. Has the first great novel of the 21st century just arrived from South America? More on Roberto Bolano's 2666 (and an excerpt from Bolano’s Nazi Literature in the Americas). More and more and more and more and more and more on Snark by David Denby (and an interview). From Chronicles, an article on the comparative insignificance of politics. From The Chronicle, an article on America's Least Dangerous Professors. From City Journal, more on Save the World on Your Own Time by Stanley Fish. Forgiveness and irony: Roger Scruton on what makes the West strong.
From Ceasefire, an essay on the meaning of Radiohead. As the United States provides mobile phones to the poor, experts argue they are not a luxury. Fictional Moldovan Soccer Phenom Tells All: Inside the ingenious hoax that fooled the British sports press. Shot of love: The espresso is Italy's gift to the world and the ideal stimulant for the creative mind. The first chapter from A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World by Gregory Clark. A review of Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life by Elrena Evans and Caroline Grant. A review of Contract, Culture, and Citizenship: Transformative Liberalism from Hobbes to Rawls by Mark E. Button. The Case of the Murdered Dog: Hells Angel Edward Proudfoot's house was searched, his likeness broadcast on the evening news, and his dog shot — he says he'd like to know why. Saved by the bureaucrats: Conservatives perfected the art of turning government against government; now liberals have a chance to make bureaucracy work. A review of Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC 1874-1908 by William Oddie. An article on choosing 1000 novels to read before you die. A review of The Irish Americans: A History by Jay P. Dolan. A review of The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes by Bryan Burrough (and more).
From CRB, is there intelligent life on television? A review essay by Paul Cantor. From TLS, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto reviews Encyclopedia of Exploration 1850 to 1940: Continental Exploration by Raymond John Howgego; a review of A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind by Michael Axworthy; and a review of books on Henry VIII. A mind for the arts: Philosopher Denis Dutton explores the creative impulse (and more and more and more; and a review of The Art Instinct at Bookforum). From NYRB, can we transform the auto-industrial society? Emma Rothschild investigates; and an interview with Robert Malley on how not to make peace in the Middle East. From The New Yorker, a review of James Baldwin's Turkish Decade: Erotics of Exile by Magdalena Zaborowska; James Surowiecki on the myth of the moral hazard; that buzzing sound: Jerome Groopman on the mystery of tinnitus; Roger Angell on editing John Updike (and more by Adam Gopnik). From New York, three pages a day: An article on John Updike’s permanent present tense; and a look at how Captain Chesley Sullenberger might have officially brought the golden age of the heroic pilot to a close. From The New York Observer, a review of Death by Leisure: A Cautionary Tale by Chris Ayres; and the Beast that roared (for a while!): Could it be that Tina Brown’s new site is a victim of its own relentless buzz?