From Esprit, before we ask the question of a social Europe, a legal solution to the co-existence of social Europes (in the plural) must be attempted. From Social Europe, the dawn of a new era: An article on social democracy after the financial crisis. A review of Europe Between the Oceans: 9000 BC to AD 1000 by Barry Cunliffe (and more and more and an excerpt). Death in the Mediterranean: An article on the tragedy of Europe's boat people. We have the world's largest navy, they have speedboats and machine guns — what now? David Mulcahey reviews Nice Work if You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times by Andrew Ross. A review of Thinking of Others: On the Talent for Metaphor by Ted Cohen. A review of Unsettled Minds: Psychology and the American Search for Spiritual Assurance, 1830-1940 by Christopher G. White. A review of The Lives of Ants by Laurent Keller and Elisabeth Gordon. The Good Fight: A look at one man's search for tai chi as martial art. Jessica Valenti on Laura Kipnis' Against Love: A Polemic: If monogamous love limits women, then perhaps feminism is the adultery of social norms (and more and more). An interview with Dossie Easton, co-author of The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships and Other Adventures.
From The Global Spiral, William C. Chittick (Stony Brook): The Recovery of Human Nature; and an excerpt from John Lukacs's Last Rites. Make us look pretty: Bring the stimulus money to the little people by creating a Minister of Aesthetics. A review of The Euro: The Politics of the New Global Currency by David Marsh (and more and more). An interview with Mara Altman, author of Thanks for Coming: One Young Woman's Quest for an Orgasm. Vibrato Wars: Elgar, served neat and unshaken, stirs up the Brits. Handel, that powerhouse of Baroque music, has become a 21st-century superstar. From TLS, a review of Donald Brackett's Dark Mirror: The pathology of the singer-songwriter, and Johnson Bruce and Martin Cloonan's Dark Side of the Tune: Popular music and violence. A review of Dom Phillips' Superstar DJs Here We Go! From New York, here's a history of white people in rap. From New Statesman, a review of Celebrity: How Entertainers Took Over the World and Why We Need an Exit Strategy by Marina Hyde; and a look at how celebrities saved, then killed, the book trade. An interview with Eric Toussaint on how the socialist project has been betrayed and must be reinvented in the 21st century. The Talking Cure: Discussion of swine flu may have been hysterical, but it was necessary.
From Physics World, physicists are bringing new ideas and methodologies to the science of economics; the publish-or-perish ethic too often favours a narrow and conservative approach to scientific innovation, pushing revolutionary ideas to the margins; writing about physics for the public involves more than just translating complex scientific ideas into simple language; and a look at the Evil Mad Scientist Project. The truth is out there, and the nation's maddest scientists are after it. The Machinery of Hopelessness: Capitalism is crumbling and we are in urgent need of a paradigm shift, but are we prepared to imagine an alternative? A 1294 credit crunch bears remarkable parallels with the current crisis. E is for Elephant, J is for Jackass: An article on the role of politics in education. The Earth simply can't continue to support democratic breeding habits. When 50 is too old: How to get more experienced justices on the Supreme Court. A review of Medical Research for Hire: The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials by Jill A. Fisher. What would the Middle East look like if Iran gets the bomb? Island of Bad Blood: Rastafarians find themselves at the bottom of Jamaica's pecking order because their skin is darker than most. A review of The Imperial Map: Cartography and the Mastery of Empire.
A new issue of Law & Society Review is now online. From TNR, a review of Classical Chinese Poetry: An Anthology and Du Fu: A Life in Poetry; a review of Valkyrie: The Story Of The Plot To Kill Hitler, By Its Last Member by Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager; and why how Obama talks is more interesting than how Michael Steele tries to. The Careful Exaggerator: How Obama balances his rhetoric to fit the situation. Meet the editors of Double X: Why another women's magazine? (and more and more). Christopher Buckely, author of 14 books, reflects on his relationship with his parents (and a review of Losing Mum and Pup and more and more and more). Chris Matthews on the Buckley Mystique. DIY Nation: How to start your own country (and three experts offer advice). Reader comments are a key part of online journalism — so why do they mostly disappoint? From The Rumpus, Steve Hely, "the world’s foremost consultant", on the future of publishing. Do conservatives understand torture? Conservatives don't actually support torture, they just think it's a useful tool — too bad they're wrong. Dahlia Lithwick on the GOP's misguided and confused campaign against judicial empathy. Some morals are simple; dark morals, not so. Master Baiter: Paul Kinsella is reeling in West African e-mail hucksters one scammer at a time.
From Cato Unbound, a review of Larry Lessig’s Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace. A tragedy's second act: Did Col. Henry Rathbone's agony as an eyewitness to the Lincoln assassination lead him to murder his wife 18 years later? Chris Rasmussen reviews Seaway to the Future: American Social Visions and the Construction of the Panama Canal by Alexander Missal and The Canal Builders: Making America’s Empire at the Panama Canal by Julie Greene. A review of The Uses and Abuses of History by Margaret Macmillan (and more and more). A Subversive on a Hill: What sort of power is the United States? From Scientific American, a special section on the science of beauty; and a special section on the science of our food. Justin Frank, author of Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President, on why Obama is in denial about torture prosecution. Who blames the Jews? An article on anti-Semitism and the economic crisis. What makes baseball boring? An article on the unexamined essence of a slow sport. Clive James on why poetry will never leave us: We might have a job defining what exactly the poet laureate does, but that doesn't diminish her importance. Why we read: Writers share their stories of what drew them into the pages of books and the escapes, surprises and solace they find there.
Edward T. Oakes (St. Mary of the Lake): On Some Epistemic Pathologies, or Why the Human Mind is a Terrarium for So Many Lies. A review of What Are Intellectuals Good For? by George Scialabba (and more from Bookforum). Andrew Ferguson on the SAT and Its Enemies: Fear and loathing in college admissions. Affluent students who can afford pricey SAT prep have an advantage when it comes to getting into college, but more educators are asking whether such exams are necessary.Chris Mooney on Obama as the intellectual president. If you thought Rush Limbaugh was bad, try Michael Savage, the talk-radio host whose racist, homophobic psychobabble is fueling the priorities of the GOP. Right-wing faux pundit Glenn Beck is laughing and crying in the backseat of his stretch limo, all the way to the bank. An uncompelling manifesto cloaked in a paranoiac world view: A review of Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto by Mark Levin (and more and more and more). Trickle-Down Politics: The influence held by partisan elites is a disperse but far-reaching kind of power. Here's the shocking truth about Shakespeare and John Paul Stevens. We’ve debated the identity of Banksy, a notoriously anonymous British graffiti artist, but Gary Moskowitz is tired of fetishising the man's incongruities (if Banksy is a man).
From PUP, the first chapter from The Medea Hypothesis: Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive? by Peter Ward. From Cosmos, even great and powerful civilisations have fallen because of choices they made to ignore their impact on the environment; and almost all of the species that have ever lived are now extinct — could we be next? Here's a scientist's guide to finding alien life: Where, When, and in What Universe. A gene shared by birds, fish, reptiles, people — and snails — reveals the fundamental relatedness of all living creatures, writes PZ Myers. Why is sex so hard to put into words? From Counterpunch, an article on the far right's plot to capture New Hampshire: "Anarcho Capitalists" backed by $25 billion corporate giant. An article on the six flavors of white supremacy: Do you have to pick just one? What's wrong with Peter Singer: Is his call for global compassion realistic? (and an interview) Exclamation marks used to be frowned upon. Now look what's happened! We use them all the time! Penn's Amy Gutmann writes a page from her autobiography. A review of books by W. V. Quine. Bertrand Russell's mathematical quest adds up to unlikely graphic novel hit. Details about the late Norbert Elias's international untied-shoelace experiments were difficult to track down, but Ingo Morth found them.
From Prospect, are we on track for a golden age of serious journalism? A debate; postwar Europe was built on an intolerance of intolerance and a downplaying of national tradition — a mindset praised as anti-racism and ridiculed as political correctness; it’s still assumed that Europe and America are fundamentally different — in their economies, societies and values — but this is a myth; we need an email tax: A penny charge for every email would stop spam, and fill the empty public purse; and "I drink, therefore I can": More than one in ten Caucasians may have a “Churchill gene” which helps them turn booze into great works. A review of Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History by David Aaronovitch (and more and more and more and an excerpt). With the loss of several senior journalists and a high-profile buyout, the New Statesman's editor Jason Cowley is presiding over a title in turmoil. A review of Terry Eagleton's Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate and a review of Trouble with Strangers: A Study of Ethics. A review of From Fatwa to Jihad by Kenan Malik. A review of Gray's Anatomy: Selected Writings by John Gray. His latest alter ego is already hailed as a work of genius, but can Sacha Baron Cohen ever just be himself?
From Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, a special issue on the ethics of science journalism. From Seed, conservationists may wish money were no object, but if nature is to survive, economic incentives and biological imperatives must align; and recent studies on the effects of the internet and other new media on brain plasticity raises an open research question: Is Google making us smarter? It's unfocused, random, and extremely good at what it does: How we can learn from a baby's brain. From History Today, a look at how Friedrich Engels financed the research behind his friend Karl Marx’s epic critique of the free market, Das Kapital. Engels was a strangely enlightened sexist: A review of The Frock-Coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels by Tristram Hunt (and more and more and more and more and more). From n+1, Patrick Harrison had always dismissed Michael Hardt, with the kind of macho contempt that comes from reading too much Zizek, as a crypto-liberal who was too politically weak (and more on the conference "On the Idea of Communism"). Clive Crook is in search of an Obama doctrine. The Great Game Moves North: As the Arctic melts, countries vie for control. An interview with Greenland's Per Berthelsen on how to build a new energy economy and still hunt caribou.
From Plus, what happened before the Big Bang? Alvin Toffler on a Bigger Big Bang: We may soon be smart enough to understand how insignificant we might be in the cosmos (and more). From Cosmos, is the ultimate fate of our universe dependent on an utterly inexplicable form of dark energy? It has been five decades since CP Snow warned that this mutual incomprehension threatened the survival of western civilisation — so what has changed? A recent visualization of scholarly research based on online user patterns offers a fresh perspective on C.P. Snow's landmark treatise on science and the arts. From TAP, progressivism goes mainstream: New research on ideology refutes the conservative myth that America is a "center right" nation; and Ezra Klein on the argument over inequality: The myth of individual exceptionalism may undermine society on the whole. From FT, a review of books on Margaret Thatcher (and more and more). Three decades after Margaret Thatcher came to power, Iain Macwhirter considers the legacy of a political leader who changed our world. Acceptable in the 80s: Thatcher was no friend of culture, yet by provoking such strong opposition, did she give the arts a shot in the arm? A review of “There Is No Alternative”: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters by Claire Berlinski.