From Wired, an article on the 2012 Apocalypse — and how to stop it (and more); American Stonehenge: Monumental instructions for the post-Apocalypse; and to save the Earth, start with data. From Vanity Fair, William Langewiesche on Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger: An anatomy of a miracle; an excerpt from Ted Kennedy: The Dream That Never Died by Edward Klein; and what’s it like being young and beautiful, with a 24-karat pedigree and inherited wealth, in populist, economically perilous 2009? From CJR, Scott McLemee on the resurrection of Hubert Harrison, a pioneering cultural journalist. Is it all over for the signature instrument that is the electric guitar? James Alexander reflects on past glories. From Splice Today, an interview ith The Baltimore Sun's Dan Rodricks; and what if we need blogging? Blogs can replace newspapers — step one: take advantage of the inherent communities. Tabloid trash or treasure? It may not always be pretty, but sometimes it's the way to go. From Slate, the good news: Obama understands what's wrong in Afghanistan and Pakistan — the bad news: He can't fix it. A guide to Salon's investigation of torture, American-style. You thought Guantanamo was bad? Welcome to the U.S. prison system. A review of Cruelty: Human Evil and the Human Brain by Kathleen Taylor.
From Harper's, Jesus killed Mohammed: Jeff Sharlet on the crusade for a Christian military. From New Scientist, an article on five futurist visionaries and what they got right. From NYRB, Gershom Gorenberg reviews 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War by Benny Morris and Making Israel; a review of Island of Shame: The Secret History of the US Military Base on Diego Garcia by David Vine; and a review of books on Madame de Stael. From Swans, Steven Salaita on Cornel West and the ethics of faithful equivocation. From TLS, a review of JRR Tolkien's The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun. From VQR, Ted Genoways on The Future of University Presses and Journals (A Manifesto). From The Weekly Standard, Gary Andres on the Center-Right trap and the limits of ideology in politics. Leon Wieseltier on the end of ideology. An article on Dan Brown, a success story even more implausible than his plots. From TNR, what were the root causes of the economic crisis? Three of the biggest minds in the field slug it out; Bradford Plumer on why going green doesn't mean having to go back to the Dark Ages; and pimp my Rep: Michelle Cottle on Congress, the reality show. The new science of measuring happiness has transformed self-help; now scholars suggest it could transform society (and more).
A new issue of Brevity is out. From TAP, Robert Reich reviews A Failure of Capitalism by Richard Posner, Animal Spirits by George Akerlof and Robert Shiller, Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed, and Plunder and Blunder: the Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy by Dean Baker; and a special section on five ways of looking a risk. From Mother Jones, a special section on the safety net. A Fond Farewell: Funeral sex may be death's best antidote. A review of Daniel Sperling and Deborah Gordon's Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability (and more). What do you do when you discover a colleague is a killer? Murderers might be as ordinary as the rest of us. Why do Republicans only apply the rule of law to Democrats? Page Slaves: Who doesn’t love to let their fingers do the walking through glossy catalogs? By the Book: Even in the Kindle age, the printed page still has its place. Some mothers are so happy to see themselves in print that they don’t realize the portrait is less than flattering. A review of Wendy Kaminer's Worst Instincts: Cowardice, Conformity and the ACLU. A review of Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction by Nigel Warburton. Let’s put all the rumors to rest: Joe Biden doesn’t have hair plugs. Confessions of a coward: David P. Goldman steps out from behind the pseudonym Spengler.
A new issue of Triple Canopy is out, on Urbanisms: Model Cities. Our Better Nature: A new verse translation of Lucretius’s De rerum natura elegantly counters the superstitions of this modern age. From The New York Times, finance experts grade the banks’ stress test. The Supreme Court nomination process isn't about finding the "best" candidate — it's about finding the right fit. From TNR, Marin Cogan on Arthur Brooks, the happiness scholar who wants to save conservatism; and why Obama's stance on nukes makes Peter Scoblic sleep better at night. What else are we wrong about? A look at the danger of nuclear proliferation and other possible fallacies. Obama is Spock: Our president bears a striking resemblance to the rational "Star Trek" Vulcan whose mixed race made him cultural translator to the universe. An interview with Lawrence Krauss, author of The Physics of Star Trek. If we were to construct a PC with similar computational power to our brain, what would its technical specifications need to be? When really big numbers aren't nearly enough: Like ZIP codes and phone numbers, Internet addressing suffers growing pains. Google's goal of a universal online library would be great for humanity — it can still be great for authors and publishers, too.