From The Boston Phoenix, a look at the 100 Unsexiest Men. They believed, why can't I: "It’s a particular moment: Paris in May of 1968, when students and workers took to the streets in a fit of imagination and fury". From The Activist, an exaggerated dichotomy: A reply to Sheri Berman on democratic socialism and capitalism (and a response by Berman). More on On the Side of the Angels: An Appreciation of Parties and Partisanship by Nancy Rosenblum. Bipartisan he’s not, and that’s a good thing: No cult of consensus here — Obama knows the flip side of "I won" is "hold me accountable". The first chapter from The Strategic President: Persuasion and Opportunity in Presidential Leadership by George C. Edwards III. When it comes to representing children, art and law are on a collision course, and photographers are in the dock. More on The Book of Dead Philosophers by Simon Critchley. A review of Why Socrates Died by Robin Waterfield (and more). Jihad Lite: Timothy Noah on Al-Qaida's dumbed-down recruitment manual. Meanwhile, at Harvard: An article on changing campus culture via — gasp! — democracy. The best places to lose your job: As many as 50 million people could be out of work by the end of 2009, but the unemployed in some countries definitely have it better than others
From First Things, an essay on evangelicals and economics: Reflections of a conservative Protestant. A review of Dating Jesus: A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl by Susan Campbell. More on Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC 1874-1908 by William Oddie. The Observer profiles Benedict XVI, the less than infallible pontiff, and Sergey Brin, master of the online universe. A review of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling by Andy Crouch. A review of Hitler’s Private Library: The Books That Shaped His Life by Timothy W. Ryback (and an interview at Bookforum). More on Beauty by Roger Scruton. Genetic surveillance for all: What if the FBI put the family of everyone who has ever been convicted or arrested into a giant DNA database? Michail Ryklin on what really motivated communism's faithful followers. From Standpoint, an article on imaginary Islamist think-tanks. Stuck in the past: Why is modern literature obsessed with history? The introduction to The Democracy Index: Why Our Election System Is Failing and How to Fix It by Heather K. Gerken. As his first feature film appears, just how seriously should we be taking Armando Iannucci, Britain's pre-eminent satirist? Is America the new Russia? Martin Wolf wants to know.
Nehaluddin Ahmad (Multimedia): Sati Tradition — Widow Burning in India: A Socio-legal Examination. A review of Eloquence and Reason: Creating a First Amendment Culture by Robert L. Tsai. A review of Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy by Leslie H. Gelb (and more and an interview). A review of Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places by Paul Collier (and more and more). From Forward, a review of The Jews as a Chosen People by S. Leyla Gurkan; The Chosen: The History of an Idea, the Anatomy of an Obsession by Avi Beker; and Who Are the Real Chosen People? by Reuven Firestone. Rise of the New Yiddishists: Thirty years ago the American Jewish fiction of Philip Roth and Saul Bellow was all about Yiddish insults, blonde shiksas, and getting away from the past; today’s talented crop of young Jewish writers, such as Nathan Englander, Michael Chabon, and Dara Horn, are weaving tales bound in a newfound ethnic pride that has revitalized Jewish literature in America. A review of How God Changes Your Brain by Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman. The Last Experiment: It’s up to social science to make us act in an environmentally conscious way, but can we trick ourselves into saving ourselves?
A new issue of Fray is out, including an interview with Kim Pedersen, lifelong monorail fanatic and founder of The Monorail Society, and the Cult of Colbert: Making a pilgrimage to Washington DC to visit the Nation. An article on JFK, Russell Brand and the myth of sex addiction. From NPQ, an interview with Norman Borlaug on why population growth requires a Second Green Revolution. From The Black Commentator, here's a cartoon of Norm Coleman as the Black Knight. The Case for Waste: The idea's to stimulate the economy — so what if we blow a few billion on the wrong things? Keynesian Cons: Much as the supply-siders rail against economic stimulus, they buy the basic argument. A review of The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume I: 1929-1940 (and more and more and more; and more on Beckett at Bookforum). From PUP, the introduction to Boundaries of Contagion: How Ethnic Politics Have Shaped Government Responses to AIDS by Evan S. Lieberman; the introduction to The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia by Neil M. Gorsuch; and the introduction to An Intellectual History of Cannibalism by Catalin Avramescu. From Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, a review of Was Jesus God? by Richard Swinburne; and a review of Jesus and Philosophy: New Essays.