From Der Spiegel, quiet revolution: Can globalization help women out of traditional roles? From The Hindu, in the name of honour: The saga of Asian girls in Britain who do not conform to "tradition". They don't make Homo sapiens like they used to: Our species — and individual races — have recently made big evolutionary changes to adjust to new pressures. From FP, why China's currency manipulation doesn't matter: Timothy Geithner should stay away from cheap populism and hold his tongue about the yuan; and what do Saddam Hussein, France, and the Soviet Union all have in common? Finding Mr Right: Is a traditional romance worth all the parties, book signings and online questionnaires? Faithful reader: Do mailroom temps ever have occasion to wear a tuxedo? A growing chorus of observers believes that nanotechnology needs better oversight, especially as it works its way into household staples like cosmetics and sunscreen. A review of Lawyers of the Right: Professionalizing the Conservative Coalition by Ann Southworth. An article on Stanley Fish: Seven professors say what they think. It's the corruption, stupid: An interview with Lawrence Lessig. David Graeber argues that it is only with a general historical understanding of debt and its relationship to violence that we can begin to appreciate our emerging epoch. A review of The Natural History of Unicorns by Chris Lavers.
Paul B. Stephan (Virginia): Symmetry and Selectivity: What Happens in International Law When the World Changes? The introduction to Lost in the Sacred: Why the Muslim World Stood Still by Dan Diner. What do you say when a friend or colleague utters a remark that could be regarded as racist? An article on Rachel Maddow's amazing rise from geek to big-time cable news host. A look at what bibliophiles hate about books. From The Bulletin, a look at why increasing the U.S. defense budget won't stimulate the economy. A look at the 6 most insane moral panics in American history. Why are men still twice as likely to climax as women? New research is shedding light on one of the most enduring forms of gender inequity. From Dark Roasted Blend, here's the ultimate guide to modern writers of science fiction and fantasy. Here are six sites that are the Galapagos for modern Darwins. From First Principles, an article on the gist of Paul Gottfried: Right principle and the failure of the American Right. With a new president in the White House and a celebrated reformist shaking up Tehran, the time seems ripe for a diplomatic breakthrough 30 years in the waiting. The many faces of Pablo Picasso: Picasso was the first rock-star artist, whose wild visions gripped the public imagination and changed 20th-century art for ever — but his flamboyant personality divided opinion (and more).
Kerry Abrams (Virginia) and Peter Brooks (Yale): Marriage as a Message: Same-Sex Couples and the Rhetoric of Accidental Procreation. Can a book really look like the web? This is apparently Guinness's latest innovation to trick boys into reading. The first chapter from Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved by Frans de Waal. From Wired, an interview with Oliver Sacks. We've spend years being bludgeoned by zealots wielding sex as a weapon to divide America; is it time for a new sexual revolution? A look at some of the threats facing archaeological sites around the world from global warming. A review of Psychiatry and Empire. In Vino: Culture and cocktails in the nation’s capital. In nearly every realm of art and culture, the grumpy old white male has been excised from the canon, except when it comes to cocktails and the Very Dry Martini. What is it about the look of early 1960s Manhattan that is so appealing? A review of Nylon and Bombs: DuPont and the March of Modern America by Pap Ndiaye. From the Claremont Review of Books, a series on the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial. From Chronicles, Daniel Larison on Lincolnism Today: The long marriage of centralized power and concentrated wealth. Conservatism's original sin lies not in its bombastic and noxious neo-conservative interlopers, but in the tragic nature of conservatism itself.
From Verniana: Jules Verne Studies, Walter James Miller describes the “resurrection” of Jules Verne among English-speaking countries and interviews five Vernian scholars about the current state of Verne’s reputation. Why can't a woman write the Great American Novel? Female authors hold their own on the bestseller lists, but Elaine Showalter's provocative new history wonders why they get so little respect. A review of How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs If You Ever Want to Get Published by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark. From the National Book Critics Circle's "Critical Mass" blog, an interview with PEN America Journal’s editor M Mark; and daily reviews of the NBCC Awards' thirty finalists, starting with Allan J. Lichtman’s White Protestant Nation: The Rise of The American Conservative Movement. Baby Bust: How the Right’s baby love is undermining conservatism. From The American Conservative, how radio wrecks the Right: Limbaugh and company certainly entertain, but a steady diet of ideological comfort food is no substitute for hearty intellectual fare; our enemy, the president: the most important battle isn’t between Republicans and Democrats but between executive power and the Constitution; can incoming CIA Director Leon Panetta fix Langley?; and a review of books on Wilsonianism. PBS' "Frontline" goes Inside the Meltdown.