From Human Rights & Human Welfare, a symposium on Confronting Global Terrorism and American Neo-Conservatism: The Framework of a Liberal Grand Strategy by Tom Farer; and a series of essays on human trafficking. In 2008, trafficking of the world’s 27 million slaves made up the third-most-profitable criminal enterprise; here’s what the $40-billion industry looks like. The introduction to Making Cities Work: Prospects and Policies for Urban America. From PopMatters, a review of I Hate New Music: The Classic Rock Manifesto by Dave Thompson; the success or failure of The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema hinges greatly on what one thinks of Slavoj Zizek's free-range associations on desire, blood, human waste, castration, and social control in films; and has any other art, even literature or music, ever exceeded the visual arts in its ambition, its richness, and its sheer beauty? Brad DeLong on depression economics: Four options. Sometimes 100 cents feels like it's worth more than a dollar. The first chapter from The Mathematics of the Heavens and the Earth: The Early History of Trigonometry by Glen Van Brummelen. A review of The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Ambiguity, Conversion, Resistance by Penelope Deutscher. Testing the Test: English professor Michael Berube takes the GRE and questions its value.
From The New Criterion, Gertrude Himmelfarb revisits the lasting, provocative wisdom of Edmund Burke; a review of the career of Judge Robert H. Bork and his latest book, A Time to Speak: Selected Writings and Arguments; a review of The Triumph of Music: The Rise of Composers, Musicians and Their Art by Tim Blanning; and an article on the passings of Richard John Neuhaus and Samuel Huntington. An interview with Greg Anderson and David Harrison on chasing dying languages around the world. A review of Securing the City: Inside America’s Best Counterterror Force — the NYPD by Christopher Dickey (and more). Twin Peeks: Suzanne Menghraj on two daring acts of seeing in and around the wilds of New York City. The Youngest Congressman: Can Illinois's Aaron Schock help revitalize the GOP? From Dissent, is China a threat to or threatened by democracy? A review of The Well-Dressed Ape: A Natural History of Myself by Hannah Holmes. Ralph Waldo Emerson, writing instructor? Scott McLemee signs up for a workshop with the sage of Concord. Iraqi translators fear retribution: Private contractors say shift of power puts them, their families at grave risk. From 3 Quarks Daily, an essay on being liberal in a plural world. A review of The Legacy of John Rawls. The Pope’s denial problem: By reconciling with extremist bishops, Benedict embraces the far-right fringe.
From JBooks, an essay on the philosophical roots of secular Jewishness/Judaism; Paul Buhle on the Jewishness of Jews Without Money; a review of Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce by Sarah Abrevay; and what does all this doom and gloom mean for the Jewish book business? An interview with Danny Levine, owner of J. Levine Books & Judaica. From Commentary, a review of Innocent Abroad: An Intimate History of American Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East by Martin Indyk; and an article on the Madoff scandal and the future of American Jewry. From The Nation, adventures in editing: An essay on Ted Solotaroff's Commentary days (and part 2). From FT, an article on the credit crunch according to Soros. Tyler Cowen on how a recession can change a way of life. From Good, a series on the State of the Planet; the United States of Coffee: The country’s top 10 small-batch coffee companies are brewing blends that do more than wake you up; and a look at the Anti-Consumers: Five groups that aren’t buying it. From PopMatters, a review of The Shadows of Consumption: Consequences for the Global Environment by Peter Dauvergne; and there can be no doubt that the summer of 2008 stands as a high-water mark for superheroes, but has the superhero genre evolved beyond the comics medium? (and more on cinema and comics).
The first chapter from A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America's Relations with the Muslim World by Emile Nakhleh. An excerpt from Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century by P. W. Singer (and an interview; and a review at Bookforum). Life for March: In the age of Obama, the anti-abortion movement has nowhere left to go. The politics of ME, ME, ME: The shrillness and point-scoring of much internet-based discussion — on topics as diverse as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and chronic fatigue syndrome — is narrowing the space where a larger political dialogue should be. A review of Pieter Spierenburg's A History of Murder: Personal Violence in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present. A review of In the Shadow of Progress: Being Human in the Age of Technology by Eric Cohen. Reading Malcolm Gladwell’s books is like watching Frank Capra movies (and more and more and more on Outliers). The crippling fear of corriearklet: Pity the English — not only are they cursed with bad weather, and the habit of talking about it all the time, they also fear eye contact with strangers in long corridors. A look at 8 best non-human tool users. Here's Paul Weyrich's last article of advice to conservatives. Hawks home to roost: The liberal interventionists are back, and will have a pretty loud voice on Obama’s staff — will he listen to them?