From ResetDOC, the interview President Obama released to al-Arabiya is more than a breath of fresh air: it's a sign of change and political turnover, something we weren't ready to expect from the United States. Here are excerpts from Dick Cheney's forthcoming memoir. Does a full moon really trigger strange behavior? From New York, Demetri Martin doesn’t do political humor, but he may be the Barack Obama of comedy — a cerebral stand-up whose moment has arrived just in time. More on Securing the City: Inside America's Best Counterterror Force — The NYPD by Christopher Dickey. D.C. vs. NYC: Has the balance of power (and the high spirits) really shifted southward? (and more) Why do we need bras for babies? Viva Chai! An article on the lefty hot spot in Obama's Washington. A review of Created Equal: How the Bible Broke With Ancient Political Thought by Joshua Berman. The Fallout: What Bush did, and what Obama can do, to face an arms buildup on the subcontinent. Is America's banking crisis worse than Japan? Look carefully and the answer could be yes. More and more and more on Elsewhere U.S.A. by Dalton Conley (and more from Bookforum). A review of Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry by Leanne Shapton.
A new issue of Plus: Living Mathematics is out. Martin Rees on mathematics, the only true universal language. From Science News, an article on Darwin, the reluctant mathematician. Here's a skeptic's take on the public misunderstanding of Darwin. Charles Darwin, conservative? Two hundred years later, the right still misunderstands him. From The Science Creative Quarterly, an essay on evolution and the Bible; and it's a lucky thing for evolutionary biology that the following passages aren't in the Bible. Here are eight of Darwin's experiments you can try at home. An article on why we still argue about Darwin (and why we should). Eric Foner on Our Lincoln: As a politician, Lincoln's greatness lay in his capacity for growth — can Obama follow suit? Prepare to change your thinking: We’re not going to have another Great Depression. Best of Everything II: Is there any glamour left in publishing? From Adbusters, four living generations have set the stage for the political youth of today. Peter Steinfels on the new atheism, and something more. Love (and hate) for chick flicks: Millions of women flock to theaters or search their Netflix queues for gal-pal camaraderie, but what they’ll get is cliche after gender-bashing cliche. More on The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 by Paul Krugman. An interview with former IMF economist Simon Johnson on the oligarchs (and more).
From Prospect, philosophers used to combine conceptual reflections with practical experiment; the trendiest new branch of the discipline, known as x-phi, wants to return to those days — some philosophers don’t like it. An interview with Simon Critchley, author of The Book of Dead Philosophers. From The Space Review, an essay on Darwin and evolutionary progress to the stars; and it is worth remembering that space is not the Old West. Before we can have thoughtful debates on how to curb our population explosion, we must first learn how to talk about it rationally. Is Zimbabwe a rogue state? Christopher Hitchens wants to know. A review of Copy, Rip, Burn: The Politics of Copyleft and Open Source by David M. Berry. A review of Fakers: Hoaxers, Con Artists, Counterfeiters, and Other Great Pretenders and Other Great Pretenders by Paul Maliszewski (and more and more and more; and more from Bookforum). The Google applications Maps, Earth and Street View are as controversial as they are popular. A review of Timothy Clack's Ancestral Roots: Modern Living and Human Evolution. From Slate, an article on Lincoln's laws of war: How he built the code that Bush attempted to destroy; and a look at the extraordinary life of a Chicago neighborhood's Abraham Lincoln statue. An interview with Steve Harvey, author of Act like a Lady, Think like a Man.
A new issue of Visions of the City is out. From The Utopian, a debate between Jurgen Habermas and Paolo Flores d'Arcais on religion and the public sphere. From CT, a review of Carl Schmitt and the Jews: The "Jewish Question," the Holocaust, and German Legal Theory by Raphael Gross. A review of Torture and the Ticking Bomb by Bob Brecher. From CRB, a review of books on modern environmentalism. Brian Appleyard on a guide to the 100 best blogs (and part 2). The Lawyer's Tale: Alexander Cockburn on Harvard Law School's hour of shame. A review of Blogging, Citizenship, and the Future of Media. Forgive me, but revenge is sweet: Philip Stephens admits to a guilty and illogical swell of satisfaction when he looks at one or two of the victims of the economic downturn. From FT, a review of books on violence. This is what really connects us to those who were living before 1914 — we, too, live in a period that might be described as vertigo years. What would a government investigation of Bush administration antiterrorism policies look like? Some past inquiries offer models. From Time, a look at how to know when the economy is turning up. Could the worldwide food crisis portend the collapse of global civilization? Arise Atlantis! In the hyper-modern emirate of Dubai, an over-the-top resort channels an ancient legend (minus the cautionary tale).