A new issue of the International Journal of Conflict and Violence is out: "Is a General Theory of Violence Possible?" From Edge, Nathan Wolfe on how to prevent a pandemic. Rebel Yelp: The replacement for newspapers isn’t Craigslist; it’s local social media. From Popular Science, is scientific ignorance environmental bliss? From The New Yorker, a review of Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown by Jennifer Scanlon. Simon Schama on America’s phobia of banks: In his mistrust of paper currency Andrew Jackson tapped into a pulsing vein of American insecurity about the moral character of money. Andrew Leonard on how obscene Wall Street salaries are proof of market failure. One nation, seven sins: Geographers measure propensity for evil in states, counties. From Utne, an aticle on the mountain that eats men: A descent into Bolivia’s dark heart. Joe McCulloch reviews A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Homer Simpson goes to mosque: A review of Richard Poplak's The Sheikh's Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop Culture in the Muslim World. From The Indypendent, an interview with George Galloway. Get Solvent Fast: When the economy hands infomercial hucksters lemons, they make limeaid. The End of Personal Finance: Decades of advice turn out to be so much garbage.
From Moment, Adam Rovner on Madagascar: An Almost Jewish Homeland; Eric Alterman on the “pro-Israel” smear campaign; Clifford May on a world without Jews; David Frum on Netanyahu, the right leader for the right time; can Israel's electoral system be fixed?; and an interview with Peter Singer, author of The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty. From the Jewish Literary Supplement, and what book changed your life? Four notable Jewish writers on the books that affected them most. Why we can't get enough of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher: An excerpt from Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era. A review of The Existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre by Jonathan Webber. How Beethoven killed Black classical music: Rita Dove’s gorgeously engaging Sonata Mulattica weaves the narrative of a black virtuoso all but erased from musical history. A review of Blokes: The Bad Boys of British Literature by David Castronovo. There's no Klingon word for hello: A history of the gruff but surprisingly sophisticated invented language and the people who speak it (and more). From The Center for Public Integrity, a special report on The Roots of the Financial Crisis: Who Is to Blame? Michael Lewis reviews Becoming Bucky Fuller by Loretta Lorance.
Aaron T. Goetz (CSU-Fullerton) and Kayla Causey (FAU): Sex Differences in Perceptions of Infidelity: Men Often Assume the Worst. Where have all the loose women gone? The days of Sex and the City's influence are long gone. Dear God, stop brainwashing children: Worship is forced on 99 per cent of children without even asking what they think. From Econ Journal Watch, an article on Adam Smith’s invisible hand — is that all there is? Gavin Kennedy argues that it was just a casual metaphor; and do economists believe American democracy is working? Robert Skidelsky on the treason of the economists. Dean Baker on why economists should learn arithmetic. Should people just ignore economists? From Tradition, Family and Property, Plinio Correa de Oliveira on the beauty of life in social relationships. From TAP, the president can name the most agreeable of moderates as his Supreme Court nominee, and Senate Republicans will still put up a fight (and more); and unfortunately for the GOP, taxation isn't quite the problem they imagine it to be. From Time, a cover story on Republicans in Distress: Is the Party over? What sort of psychological bent would lead people to want to be part of a dead-end political party like the GOP? Exiled is locked 'n loaded for the coming Obama-lypse.
From The Atlantic, in a restored edition of a great classic, sexual anxiety looms large: Christopher Hitchens reviews A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway; fashion in dark times: As the ever-frivolous industry enters a new era, customers are thinking more — a prospect that thrills the best designers; and do CEOs matter? Apple’s stock rises and falls with the faintest rumors about Steve Jobs's health — but how much influence do CEOs really have? Vive la difference: The French way of doing things looks pretty good — at least in these troubled economic times. Ruthless pragmatism: It sends shivers up the spine — but what does it mean, really, to have a "pragmatic" president? From Wired, a look at how gadgets lose their magic. Why has classical music failed to flourish in Ireland, where writers could hardly be more musical? A review of Music and the Irish Literary Imagination by Harry White. From TLS, a review of Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton (and more from Bookforum). From THES, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto salutes the US military's intellectual proving ground. An article on Alvin Goldman and social epistemology, a field in the making. Penguin’s new series of travelogues is rooted in a semi-mythical vision of rural Britain, and overlooks the cities and suburbs where most of us actually live.