From Smithsonian, fighting racial segregation in the South, the Freedom Riders were beaten and arrested — where are they now, nearly fifty years later? Small Wars Journal interviews Thomas P.M. Barnett. The campaign to select the Seven Natural Wonders of the World is on — choose sides now. What would Ann Landers say about the feud between her daughter and advice columnist Amy Dickinson? The marketplace power of .99 seems undeniable, but why? Act fast, or else: Why we should nationalize troubled banks sooner rather than later. Pope on the Defensive: An article on the intractable brothers from SSPX. Who is a eulogy for? Ordinarily we assume it’s for the benefit of the bereaved, comforting us in our time of loss — but given the right circumstances, a eulogy can also do something for the person being eulogized. From Psychology Today, we live in the age of distraction, yet one of life's sharpest paradoxes is that your brightest future hinges on your ability to pay attention to the present; and we have fixed notions about the time course of success and the nature of talent that encourage us to write off the very people who are most likely to (eventually) change the world. How teenagers find themselves: The development of a key brain area leads to self-consciousness. Stop being so mean to bankers — they don't deserve it. A review of Is God a Mathematician? by Mario Livio.
From Theandros, Lisa Kemmerer (Montana State): Christian Ethics and Nonhuman Animals; and an essay on the mystery of monotheism. From Metapsychology, a review of Richard Rorty: The Making of an American Philosopher by Neil Gross; a review of Tolerance and the Ethical Life by Andrew Fiala; and a review of When Is Discrimination Wrong? by Deborah Hellman. A new Kindle while journalism burns: Could Amazon's device help save an industry? (and more) What a book published in 1914 based on the predatory practices of J.P. Morgan could teach Barack Obama about finance. Curb Your Dog’s Enthusiasm: New York City is a wonderland for dogs — to defecate on, and for their owners to look the other way. Galileo put us in our place: The astronomer proved we're not the center of the universe — now we need to start acting like it. David Thomson has become the world’s most celebrated film critic by marrying encyclopedic ambition and an Olympian disdain for the cinema of today. A review of Toward 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age. Frank Kermode reviews books on John Milton. For many young guys trying to leave gangs, the pull of the old neighborhood is tough to resist; how do you let go — and stay gone? And the Oscar goes to: Selection of Academy Award nominees and winners is flawed, but reformers can't seem to elect a better candidate.
The latest issue of World Policy Journal is free online. From Variant, reading is an argument: An article on Althusser’s commandment, conjecture and contradiction; a review of After Habermas: New Perspectives on the Public Sphere; and a review of Lenin Reloaded: Towards a Politics of Truth. From The Nation, why do the Blue Dog Democrats get so much attention? They're more unified and cohesive than any other House faction — and then there's America's love affair with fiscal conservatism; and William Greider warns that if progressives don't engage with President Obama more, forces advocating for "entitlement reform" will gut social security. From TNR, goodbye to the age of newspapers (hello to a new era of corruption): Paul Starr on why American politics and society are about to be changed for the worse; and a look at the dark side of Obama's pragmatism: Can liberalism still explain itself? From Too Much, an article on A-Rod and inequality: A lesson worth learning. From 02138, here's the third annual status-anxiety-provoking list of Harvard's most influential alumni. From SciAm, was Einstein wrong?: A quantum threat to special relativity. John Allen Paulos on chaos, mathematical and financial: Why we can't predict the long-term effects of the bailout; a look at the optimal way to board plane passengers — we're doing it all wrong; and more on Stephen Baker's The Numerati.
From TNR, defining "nation of cowards" down: John McWhorter on Eric Holder and the folly of calling for a frank conversation on race; and the NAACP turns 100 — but if it ceased to exist tomorrow, would it have a significant effect on black America? (and more) From The Root, why Eric Holder’s “race speech” was better than Barack Obama’s. From Artforum, TVCC was never a very lucky building. The public counterpart to one of the most ingenious and brutal buildings constructed in this era — Rem Koolhaas and OMA's China Central Television headquarters — it seemed always secondary; it came out of that shadow, if only by going up in flames. A review of The Future of Liberalism by Alan Wolfe (and more and more). From The Atlantic, a review of Class by Paul Fussell; The Return of the Player by Michael Tolkin; and The Big Sort by Bill Bishop; a review of books on three couturiers who rank among the greatest America has produced; the future is cheese: Why the networks are surrendering prime time to Jay Leno and the Lord of the Dance; and what does Guitar Hero’s popularity mean for the future of rock and roll? From Vision, in considering the expression of the gospel through the ages, it’s important to reflect on the fact that it is multifaceted; of what value is the book of Revelation? Does it foretell the cataclysmic end of the world?; and was St. Peter ever in Rome?