A new issue of Lost it out. From the Journal of Third World Studies, a review essay on Africa in the neo-liberal world (dis)order; and a review of From Pilgrimage to Package Tour: Travel and Tourism in the Third World by David Gladstone. Who will throw the book at the Bushies? If Congress won't, these folks might. A review of The Language of Law School: Learning to "Think Like a Lawyer" by Elizabeth Mertz. Did Charles Darwin believe in racial inequality? From The Guardian, Steve Jones explores the obscure chapters of Darwin's life; and more on Darwin's Sacred Cause: Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins by Adrian Desmond (and more and more and more; and more from Bookforum). An interview with Adam Gopnik, author of Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life (and more and more). A review of books on Lincoln. In a shrinking world, Joshua Kurlantzick reports that the role of tyrants isn’t. From New Matilda, an article on the joy of violent Muslim sex. From Nerve, sex sells, but who's buying? How a billion-dollar industry faces the recession; and dirty movies and you: Here's a brief history of pornography in America. From Seed, 2009 will be a year of panic: From the fevered mind of Bruce Sterling and his alter-ego, Bruno Argento, a consideration of things ahead — while the true 21st century begins.
To mark the bicentenary of Darwin's birth, New Scientist asked eminent evolutionary biologists to outline the biggest gaps remaining in evolutionary theory. An article on The Hipster Rent Boys of New York: In frigid economy, striving young men are turning to the oldest profession to make the city work for them. More on Book of Dead Philosophers by Simon Critchley. From First Things, Ralph Wood on G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy, "his most prophetic book", at a hundred; and a review of Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari’a by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im. A review of Democratic Values in the Muslim World by Moataz Fattah. A review of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama by Gwen Ifill and What Obama Means: For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future by Jabari Asim (and more and more). Robin Blackburn reviews The Age of Aging: How Demographics Are Changing the Global Economy and Our World by George Magnus. An interview with Clay Risen, author of A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination. Graveyard of analogies: Are the Americans destined to meet the same fate in Afghanistan as the Russians? Out of Africa: An article on the Kenyan politician who made Barack Obama. A review of Pulitzer's Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism by Roy J. Harris Jr.
From The Jury Expert, Samuel R. Sommers (Tufts): On the Obstacles to Jury Diversity. Anna Wintour, meet Mike Tyson: Will two controversial new documentaries on Vogue’s editor and the former champ transform their very public personas? A review of Ceremonial Violence: A Psychological Explanation of School Shootings by Jonathan Fast. From the Journal of College Student Development, a review of The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens After High School by Tim Clydesdale; and a review of Inside Greek U.: Fraternities, Sororities, and the Pursuit of Pleasure, Power, and Prestige by Alan D. DeSantis. JuicyCampus, the controversial Web site that encouraged college students to gossip about one another, closes down after revenues evaporate. From Minding the Campus, an article on the conspiracy against faculty friendship. Repeated oscillations between neoclassical and Keynesian economics in defining mainstream economics reveal the profession's opportunistic subservience to business needs. From Diplomatic Courier, an article on Europe's tempestuous youth. Is Obama's regulatory czar a "radical animal rights activist"? Why a big business front group is going rabid over Cass Sunstein. American Gorbachev: The America our new president inherits bears an uncanny resemblance to our old enemy, the Soviet Union — right before it went under.
From First Things, Richard John Neuhaus on reconciling East and West; Antony Flew replies to Richard Dawkins; John E. Coons writes in defense of the sovereign family; Joseph Bottum on children’s books, lost and found; an article on the forgotten story of postmodernity; and a review of God and the Between by William Desmond. Do conservatives need to get beyond Reagan? Rush Limbaugh investigates. How firm a foundation? George Nash on the prospects for American conservatism. The radical conservative: An interview with Andrew Bacevich, author of The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. An interview with Roberto J. Gonzalez, author of American Counterinsurgency: Human Science and the Human Terrain. A review of The Mind of Jihad by Laurent Murawiec. Cosmic cannibals: An article on the hunt for supermassive black holes. An interview with Matthew Stein, author of When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability and Surviving the Long Emergency. An interview with James Howard Kunstler on life as it is, life as it could be, and life as we may encounter. A review of Counterculture Green: The Whole Earth Catalog and American Environmentalism by Andrew Kirk. When altruism isn't moral: Our nation’s current organ donation system relies on altruism alone — a regime of donor compensation would be better.