Jeff Taylor (WIU): Fighting Bob vs. Silent Cal: The Conservative Tradition from La Follette to Taft and Beyond. The textured life: A look at what we can still learn from the '70s. Nature v nurture? The question has fuelled some of history's fiercest scientific and political feuds — now we have an answer. Can a click replace a glance? Newspapers offered a serendipitous reading experience that online formats haven't managed to replicate. A review of Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW, and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century by Randy Shaw. Dan Willingham, author of Why Don’t Students Like School? A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for Your Classroom, on how teachers can get more respect (and part 2). An interview with Carrie Tucker, author of I Love Geeks: The Official Handbook. The introduction to Whose Culture? The Promise of Museums and the Debate over Antiquities. That the rise in state sovereignty challenges has been mostly ignored by the national news media isn’t surprising. Matthew Ladd reviews In the United States of Africa by Abdourahman A. Waberi. Sitting Vainly: Nothing gets your self-absorption flowing quite like sitting for a portrait. The financial picture for zoos isn't a good one — would that the WPA was still around.
From The Claremont Review of Books, a review of The Warping of Government Work by John D. Donahue and A Government Ill Executed: The Decline of the Federal Service and How to Reverse It by Paul C. Light; four leading thinkers explain the current economic situation; and Hadley Arkes on civil rights and the conservative soul (and a response by William Voegeli). From 24/7 Wall Street, a look at why the sun is setting on Business Week, Forbes, and Fortune. A review of Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East by Rashid Khalidi. Noah Eli Gordon reviews The Sound Mirror by Andrew Joron. A review of As They See 'Em: A Fan's Travels in the Land of Umpires by Bruce Weber. Should we “chemically castrate” sex offenders? Victims’ rights groups, Governor Bobby Jindal — and even some sex offenders themselves — say yes. Peter Augustine Lawler on irresponsible professors and lonely students. Odd Prize: An article on judging a book by its title. Dinesh D'Souza on why Peter Singer makes the New Atheists nervous. Rachel Morris on how Obama can reverse justice’s long slow slide to the right. Rebels without a cause: Liberal over-reaction makes it harder to have a rational debate about the database state. Dating Games: To play or not to play — and who makes the rules, anyway?
From Boston Review, a forum on immigration: Joseph Carens on the case for amnesty (and responses by Rainer Baubock, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Rogers Smith, Carol Swain, and many more). From Slate, Fred Kaplan on indispensable movies for understanding war and diplomacy; and William Salatan on inequality, racism, and framing. No natives allowed: Over the last century, the conservation movement has created some beautiful parks — and millions of refugees. Is modern conservation linked with ethnic cleansing? An excerpt from Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict between Global Conservation and Native Peoples by Mark Dowie. Is sperm like any other commodity? Banked, bought, sold, stolen — now, accountable to product liability laws. The female advantage: A new reason for businesses to promote women — it's more profitable. Sure, Cheney and friends could be prosecuted for torture-related offenses, but could they be convicted? Jeffrey Rosen investigates. On what would have been Vladimir Nabokov's 110th birthday, TNR compiles a selection of his literary reviews, as well as many classic reviews of Nabokov's own work from the archives. Don't just close Gitmo — give it back to Cuba. From Christianity Today, an interview with Joe the Plumber. All work, no pay: Should the first lady get a salary?
From the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Edward Demenchonok (FVSU) and Richard Peterson (MSU): Globalization and Violence: The Challenge to Ethics; John Sanbonmatsu (WPI): The Holocaust Sublime: Singularity, Representation, and the Violence of Everyday Life; Steven V. Hicks (Queens): The Project of Reconciliation and the Road to Redemption: Hegel's Social Philosophy and Nietzsche's Critique; and Leonidas Bargeliotes (Athens): Relevant Hellenic Factors Favoring Effective Dialogue and Peaceful Coexistence. Is nonfiction literature? That was the provocative question that Philip Gourevitch, Colum McCann, and Norbert Gstrein addressed at the PEN World Voices Festival. From Wired, a look at how culture may be encoded in DNA; mission impossible: An article on the code even the CIA can't crack; and warp speed, maybe: An interview with Marc Millis and Eric Davis, editors of Frontiers of Propulsion Science. How to save media: Newspapers and magazines won't vanish, but they must change. The Washington Post asks former officials, legal scholars and others how President Obama should handle his first Supreme Court nomination. Everyday philosophy: Nigel Warburton on putting self-denial on trial. Beyond belief: Research on religion goes after a new target — the secular.