A new issue of Resurgence is out, on "Elegant Simplicity". From Psychology Today, in a world where everyone wants to shine, real champions possess a strong work ethic and a certain amount of humility, and they single-handedly alter the playing field by elevating everyone in their midst; and Corporate America pays star athletes and coaches millions to pump up its workforce — do these secrets of success reach beyond the locker room? From NYRB, a review of The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder, Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell, and Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin; why Darwin? Richard C. Lewontin reviews books on evolution; and Benjamin Friedman reviews Animal Spirits by George Akerlof and Robert Shiller and The Subprime Solution: How Today's Global Financial Crisis Happened, and What to Do About It (and more). From New York, a cover story on Recession Culture: Economically, socially, even in terms of brain chemistry, the crash is rewriting the city’s rules. Robert McCrum on the masterpiece that killed George Orwell. From The Big Money, an article on translating the stress test results into English: The juicy bits from the government's report card on 19 banks.
From Butterflies & Wheels, how an atheist spent an evening in the company of a young earth creationist and was nearly scarred for life by the experience; Kenan Malik on reinventing the sacred for a godless age; Edmund Standing takes a look at exactly what the Qur'an says; measuring the Books: R. Joseph Hoffmann on truth claims in Islam and its others; and do religions have rights? Further pages from The Victim’s Handbook. An interview with Richard Dawkins, a towering figure in evolution who skewers creationists for sport. Terry Eagleton on the liberal supremacists: Whether they like it or not, Dawkins, Amis, Hitchens and company have become weapons in the war on terror. From Economic Principals, a review of Busted: Life Inside the Great Mortgage Meltdown by Edmund L. Andrews and Getting Off Track: How Government Actions and Interventions Caused, Prolonged, and Worsened the Financial Crisis by John Taylor. The Last Days of Heath Ledger: To write a conceivable chronicle of Heath Ledger's final days, Lisa Taddeo did exhaustive research, then filled in the rest with her imagination. From Geist, what can the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm teach us about the state of our economic system? Everything. A review of On Farting: Language and Laughter in the Middle Ages by Valerie Allen.
From New York, truth and consequences at Pregnancy High: The education of a teenage mother; and a study uncovered "a popularity premium" that seems to quasi-scientifically confirm what Kurt Vonnegut once observed — "Life is nothing but high school". A Manifesto for the Beautiful Macabre: A review of Japanese Goth by Tiffany Godoy and Ivan Vartanian. Johann Hari reviews John Demos' The Enemy Within and Thomas Robisheaux's The Last Witch of Langenburg. Black and white and red all over: Socialist fiction, feminist theory, even Marxist tracts — thanks to the recession, the classic left-wing reads of yesteryear are back in vogue. Why people who love conspiracy theories are part of the problem: The difference between the millions obsessed with Angels and Demons and the whack jobs denying 9/11 and the Holocaust says a lot about Obama's hopes for a new era of responsibility. True tales from a revolution: The non-fiction classics now hidden from feminist history. From The Guardian, the postwar literary landscape has been dominated by the male giants of American letters, so where are all the women? Elaine Showalter chooses the best novelists writing in the US today (and more on A Jury of Her Peers); an article on a tale of romance by the king of chick lit — Napoleon Bonaparte.
From Parameters, Michael Walzer on Responsibility and Proportionality in State and Nonstate Wars (and a response by Jonathan F. Keiler); and Andrew Bacevich reviews War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars by Richard Haass. From LRC, where is Michael Ignatieff himself in this new version of the family album? A review of True Patriot Love: Four Generations in Search of Canada (and more and more). From The New Yorker, Jonah Lehrer on the secret of self-control; End-Times 101: Julia Ioffe on graduate studies in the apocalypse; and college try: Hendrik Hertzberg on the President’s campus tour. Health Scare: An article on swine flu and the need for public health reform. Could it be that, in the age of Obama the DC-Hollywood glitzeratti just aren’t taking themselves all that seriously? Chris Lehmann on fun, actual fun! "The Wire" creator David Simon testifies on the future of journalism. From TV bromances to political man crushes, male bisexuality has gone mainstream. A review of The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing by Mark McGurl and The Writer’s Notebook: Craft Essays From Tin House. Global warming may drown the Maldives, and the island nation’s president is considering relocating the entire population.