From Reason, Dred Scott's Revenge: By applying positivism instead of natural law, 19th century courts burdened American racial history to this day; and the empty symbolism of hate crimes legislation: Why the Matthew Shepard Act won't help prevent future hate crimes. A review of Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation by Bill Martin. Baseball's Slang: A review of The Dickson Baseball Dictionary by Paul Dickson. Irene Gammel reviews The Passive Vampire by Gherasim Luca. Nothing to sneeze at: Why the two biggest U.S. tobacco companies are fighting each other. A review of Global Catholicism by Ian Linden (and more). Money, men and moral limits: Why do women seem to have an uncontrollable urge to splurge on narcissistic indulgences? A review of Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse by Thomas E. Woods Jr. (and more) The New Nuke Porn: Our nuclear fantasies have gotten more hard-core. National-security concerns aren't the only reason — or even the best reason — to worry about the climate crisis, but they are real. A look at how libraries are becoming career centers. In switch, magazines think about raising prices, while "hyperlocal" Web sites deliver news without newspapers.
From MR, an interview with Nancy Fraser on justice as redistribution, recognition and representation. A review of The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right by David Neiwert. He just wants to be loved: Dick Cheney's attempts at public redemption have a logical root in his Cold War experience. Why Republicans make sore losers: Out of power, they're bigger babies than Democrats. Cheer up, liberals: Obama is on track to accomplish major changes despite some grumbling from the left, and Obama promised to end the partisan warfare in Washington — he has, in a very sneaky way. "Alas! or wow, that sucked": An excerpt from How to Improve Failed Works by Pierre Bayard. Long before the art market bubble showed any signs of bursting, Clark Whittington’s Art-o-mat brought affordable art to the masses. Michael Lewis reviews The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder. A look at how the happiest places on Earth are heavily taxed. Here’s to the women of Kenya, though sex makes for lousy diplomacy. The Platonic Imperative: A look at reality and the many worlds of quantum mechanics. Will public media survive where mainstream media failed? We must construct a public media network capable of informing and engaging our citizenry (and more).
From The Global Spiral, Michael E. Price (Brunel): How Christian Beliefs Harness Darwinian Cooperative Instincts; Celia Deane-Drummond (Chester): What is Human Wisdom?: An Interrogation of Posthuman Futures in Transhuman Evolutionary Discourse; Emanuel Paparella on Jurgen Habermas on the vision of a post-secular Europe (and part 2); a review of Antonio Calcagno's The Philosophy of Edith Stein; and doubting Dawkins: An excerpt from Why There Almost Certainly Is a God by Keith Ward. Job Opening — Creator of the Universe: Is modern science in the process of rendering belief in God logically unnecessary? A review of Living up to Death by Paul Ricoeur. A review of Searching for Cioran by Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston. Can states secede? There are three levels on which this question can be answered. Now who's dividing America? Ethnic minorities have long been targeted as divisive, but it's white Americans who seem to be taking up the cause. Conservatives live in a different moral universe — and here's why it matters.The Daily Beast publishes a new DHS memo that throws dozens of groups — Mexican separatists, black nationalists, Nordic mystics — under the bus. Peter Gay reviews Breeding: A Partial History of the Eighteenth Century by Jenny Davidson (and an excerpt).
A new issue of Sexual Intelligence is out. Sentimental Journey: An elegy for Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, 1950-2009. The politicians under fire in "Outrage" already have been written about in gay and mainstream media, so the film doesn't exactly "out" anyone. Goodbye to the suburban porn star: The era of films like "Deep Throat" seems as remote as that of Busby Berkeley musicals. A review of Men: Evolutionary and Life History by Richard G. Bribiescas. What is a man? Read this, print it, thumbtack it to your desk — thank Esquire later. Women's service magazines traditionally bring in top ad dollars, but as Barbara Jobber found out, old standby Homemakers was falling behind upstarts such as More. An article on Tyra Banks's unusual brand of feminism. From New Statesman, an article on Wired's Chris Anderson: "We were so keen to believe that Web 2.0 would make the world fairer that we rejected all evidence to the contrary"; whatever prophets of the net say, information for its own sake is not power — power is power; and far from liberating us, technology isolates us and makes us stupid; and a review of Inside Steve’s Brain: Business Lessons from Steve Jobs, the Man Who Saved Apple by Leander Kahney. A review of Grimoires: A History of Magic Books by Owen Davies (and more).
From The New Yorker, Steve Coll on Obama’s options in Pakistan; Jeffrey Toobin on the stealth activism of John Roberts; Lauren Collins on Ari Emanuel and learning-disorder awareness; and fish out of water: Todd Palin at Alaska House. New York is in defense of distraction: Twitter, Adderall, lifehacking, mindful jogging, power browsing, Obama's BlackBerry, and the benefits of overstimulation. From The New York Times, almost all his life Jack Kerouac played a fantasy baseball game of his own invention, a hobby that even close friends and fellow Beats never knew about (and from Bookforum, fifty years after the publication of On the Road, the question remains: where was Kerouac going?) Minding the Animals: An article on ethology and the obsolescence of Left Humanism. Beer is generally thought to be a man’s drink, but why don't women drink beer? It is right and true for Christians to drink beer — to paraphrase Hans Rookmaaker: beer needs no justification. Notre Dame embraces Obama, a priest makes out on the beach — time for a little soul-searching in Catholic America? From Seed, five experts debate engineering the climate, how it would be governed, and the ways we're doing it already. The politics of climate hacking: What happens if one country decides to start geoengineering on its own?
From Esquire, former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld has always answered his detractors by claiming that history will one day judge him kindly, but what are the critics saying?; and Thomas PM Barnett on seven reasons why Obama's nuke-free utopia won't work. From Haaretz, a look at how think tank researchers, funded by US neocons, are now carving Israeli policy. From Lost, Simon Critchley on the death of Pythagoras — if he ever lived. A review of Deconstructing the Republic: Voting Rights, the Supreme Court, and the Founders’ Republicanism Reconsidered by Anthony A. Peacock (and more and more and more and more and more on the Voting Rights Act). From Newsweek, an interview with Portfolio's Joanne Lipman on her magazine's failure, the future of the industry and what's she plans on doing next; and can anything save magazines? Why higher cover and subscription prices might work. From New Matilda, an article on PJ O'Rourke and the gift of right wing humour. Kick Grant off the $50 bill: Let’s replace him with Frederick Douglass, an American who shows our best side. From Good, a special issue on transportation: Visionary ideas for the coming transportation revolution. Gun control without gun laws: How Obama can use government procurement regulations to limit gun violence.
A new issue of the International Journal of Conflict and Violence is out: "Is a General Theory of Violence Possible?" From Edge, Nathan Wolfe on how to prevent a pandemic. Rebel Yelp: The replacement for newspapers isn’t Craigslist; it’s local social media. From Popular Science, is scientific ignorance environmental bliss? From The New Yorker, a review of Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown by Jennifer Scanlon. Simon Schama on America’s phobia of banks: In his mistrust of paper currency Andrew Jackson tapped into a pulsing vein of American insecurity about the moral character of money. Andrew Leonard on how obscene Wall Street salaries are proof of market failure. One nation, seven sins: Geographers measure propensity for evil in states, counties. From Utne, an aticle on the mountain that eats men: A descent into Bolivia’s dark heart. Joe McCulloch reviews A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Homer Simpson goes to mosque: A review of Richard Poplak's The Sheikh's Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop Culture in the Muslim World. From The Indypendent, an interview with George Galloway. Get Solvent Fast: When the economy hands infomercial hucksters lemons, they make limeaid. The End of Personal Finance: Decades of advice turn out to be so much garbage.
From Moment, Adam Rovner on Madagascar: An Almost Jewish Homeland; Eric Alterman on the “pro-Israel” smear campaign; Clifford May on a world without Jews; David Frum on Netanyahu, the right leader for the right time; can Israel's electoral system be fixed?; and an interview with Peter Singer, author of The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty. From the Jewish Literary Supplement, and what book changed your life? Four notable Jewish writers on the books that affected them most. Why we can't get enough of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher: An excerpt from Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era. A review of The Existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre by Jonathan Webber. How Beethoven killed Black classical music: Rita Dove’s gorgeously engaging Sonata Mulattica weaves the narrative of a black virtuoso all but erased from musical history. A review of Blokes: The Bad Boys of British Literature by David Castronovo. There's no Klingon word for hello: A history of the gruff but surprisingly sophisticated invented language and the people who speak it (and more). From The Center for Public Integrity, a special report on The Roots of the Financial Crisis: Who Is to Blame? Michael Lewis reviews Becoming Bucky Fuller by Loretta Lorance.
Aaron T. Goetz (CSU-Fullerton) and Kayla Causey (FAU): Sex Differences in Perceptions of Infidelity: Men Often Assume the Worst. Where have all the loose women gone? The days of Sex and the City's influence are long gone. Dear God, stop brainwashing children: Worship is forced on 99 per cent of children without even asking what they think. From Econ Journal Watch, an article on Adam Smith’s invisible hand — is that all there is? Gavin Kennedy argues that it was just a casual metaphor; and do economists believe American democracy is working? Robert Skidelsky on the treason of the economists. Dean Baker on why economists should learn arithmetic. Should people just ignore economists? From Tradition, Family and Property, Plinio Correa de Oliveira on the beauty of life in social relationships. From TAP, the president can name the most agreeable of moderates as his Supreme Court nominee, and Senate Republicans will still put up a fight (and more); and unfortunately for the GOP, taxation isn't quite the problem they imagine it to be. From Time, a cover story on Republicans in Distress: Is the Party over? What sort of psychological bent would lead people to want to be part of a dead-end political party like the GOP? Exiled is locked 'n loaded for the coming Obama-lypse.
From The Atlantic, in a restored edition of a great classic, sexual anxiety looms large: Christopher Hitchens reviews A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway; fashion in dark times: As the ever-frivolous industry enters a new era, customers are thinking more — a prospect that thrills the best designers; and do CEOs matter? Apple’s stock rises and falls with the faintest rumors about Steve Jobs's health — but how much influence do CEOs really have? Vive la difference: The French way of doing things looks pretty good — at least in these troubled economic times. Ruthless pragmatism: It sends shivers up the spine — but what does it mean, really, to have a "pragmatic" president? From Wired, a look at how gadgets lose their magic. Why has classical music failed to flourish in Ireland, where writers could hardly be more musical? A review of Music and the Irish Literary Imagination by Harry White. From TLS, a review of Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton (and more from Bookforum). From THES, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto salutes the US military's intellectual proving ground. An article on Alvin Goldman and social epistemology, a field in the making. Penguin’s new series of travelogues is rooted in a semi-mythical vision of rural Britain, and overlooks the cities and suburbs where most of us actually live.