From Al-Ahram, why such a great fear of democracy? Galal Nassar examines the pathology of apathy; and a special issue of "Beyond" on reclaiming the street. An interview with John Perry on the problem of identity. A review of Transfigurements: On the True Sense of Art by John Sallis. Can the sassy, foul-mouthed, hectoring tone that prompted millions of women to buy Skinny Bitch work for men? A review of Free Market Madness: Why Human Nature Is At Odds With Economics — And Why It Matters by Peter A. Ubel (and more and more). What happened to the Perry Bible Fellowship? From Bookforum, second, third, and even more acts: Fitzgerald didn’t believe in second acts for American lives, but his work gets several in adaptation. Wikipedia may be the closest thing to a metropolis yet seen online; like a city, Wikipedia is greater than the sum of its parts (and more). From THES, the internet may one day hold the library of all knowledge, but not while Wikipedia predominates; and publishers see every download of a pirate copy of a textbook as a sale lost; now they are fighting back against the bookaneers. A review of Beyond Uncertainty: Heisenberg, Quantum Physics, and The Bomb by David C. Cassidy. A look at what drives people to steal precious books. Is America’s love affair with the mall over?
From The Boston Globe Magazine, a special issue of unemployment. The beauty of most modern sport is a product of the symmetry of its rules — a legacy of Victorian England. A review of Demagogue: The Fight to Save Democracy from Its Worst Enemies by Michael Signer. A review of Ronald R. Gauch's It's Great! Oops, No It Isn't: Why Clinical Research Can't Guarantee The Right Medical Answers. Tim Griffin reviews Versed by Rae Armantrout. A review of The Thoreau You Don't Know by Robert Sullivan (and more and more and more). The Scarlet Library's reissues of classic erotica are the perfect summer reading for anyone who gets off on good grammar. There's no denying the tagline in every issue of The Saturday Evening Post is a beaut: "Founded A.D. 1728 by Benjamin Franklin". A review of Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin by Norah Vincent. A look at why numbers no longer win arguments. Why Facebook can't succeed: Letting readers call all the shots is great for community but bad for business. A review of The Face on Your Plate: The Truth about Food by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (and more). An article on do-it-yourself magazines, cheaply slick. A review of Shapes: Nature’s Patterns — A Tapestry in Three Parts by Philip Ball (and more).
From Philosophy and Literature, Ihab Hassan (Wisconsin): Literary Theory in an Age of Globalization. From PUP, the first chapter from Picturing the Uncertain World: How to Understand, Communicate, and Control Uncertainty through Graphical Display by Howard Wainer; and the first chapter from How Do You Know? The Economics of Ordinary Knowledge by Russell Hardin. More and more on More Than Just Race by William Julius Wilson. Why do people worship religious relics, and why is the number of trainee exorcists rising? Two new books suggest that our desire to believe in magical forces remains irresistible. A review of Grave Expectations: Planning the End Like There’s No Tomorrow by Sue Bailey and Carmen Flowers. An excerpt from The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It by Joshua Cooper Ramo (and more and more). The Greater Greed: Wall Street didn't invent excess — it just upped the ante. A review of The Forbidden Apple: A Century of Sex and Sin in New York City by Kat Long and Licentious Gotham: Erotic Publishing and Its Prosecution in Nineteenth-Century New York by Donna Dennis. Summer of ’69: John Buffalo Mailer on his father’s campaign to liberate New York from New York.
From Family Security Matters, are conservative principles the foundation of American liberty? From TAC, finding Atlas: As Ayn Rand’s sales soar, remember Isabel Paterson, the woman who inspired her; how right was Reagan? At a time when they should be returning to first principles, conservatives look instead to their favorite matinee idol; and what would Burke do? Reviving the Constitution depends on restoring the tie between church and state. Science, spirituality, and some mismatched socks: Researchers turn up evidence of "spooky" quantum behavior and put it to work in encryption and philosophy. The past and future of human rights: Barack Obama could be America’s first human rights president. When it comes to Marx, there's no time like the present. Tyler Cowen on how to keep your job: Forget boasting and flattery — if you want to avoid getting laid off, right now it's all about the money. Brad DeLong on our future as a financial colony. Build your own nation: An article on the case for micronations and artificial islands. Hell in the Pacific: Lessons from Nauru, the brokest country on Earth. Kristen Sheeran and Mindy Lubber on the cost of climate change inaction. Does nature have economic value? Ecological economists know the price of everything — and the value of nothing.