From Vanity Fair, for more than three decades, the fourth Dragon King of Bhutan steered his people into the modern world, while keeping their traditional culture intact; his recent abdication, at 53, in favor of his 29-year-old, Oxford-educated son, was another stroke of Realpolitik (and more). How did CEO compensation get so out of control? A review of Black Greek-Letter Organizations in the Twenty-First Century: Our Fight Has Just Begun. A review of Hegel's Practical Philosophy: Rational Agency as Ethical Life by Robert B. Pippin. Jerry Siegel and Miguel Cervantes: each created an immortal literary character (Superman and Don Quixote, of course), but what else could they possibly have in common? "You've read the book, now take a look": An article on literary tourism and the quest for authenticity. As the industry stands ready to pulp entire newsstands, devotees of periodicals refuse to give up on their first love. In Jonathan Goldstein’s Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible!, old-fashioned storytelling meets irreverent characterization of some of the world’s most mythical personalities. A review of American Babylon: Notes of a Christian Exile by Richard John Neuhaus. Prostitution: What if we only criminalized the men? Leave no stone turned: Microstates flourish because big countries need them.
R.R. Reno (Creighton): On Graduate Study in Theology. From THES, a revival of interest in theology is evident in academic and political debate, and John Milbank and the radical orthodoxy movement are spreading the news; a review of Worlds Made by Words: Scholarship and Community in the Modern West by Anthony Grafton; and enjoyment or pursuance of a subject does not always depend on knowledge of its foundations — George Watson considers the death of Grand Theory. Better Off "Fred": What can network TV learn from the runaway success of a no-budget YouTube sensation? A review of Vaclav Smil's Energy in World History. A review of The Politics of Climate Change by Anthony Giddens (and more and more and more). Nate Silver on the end of car culture: It's not just erratic gas prices and a bad economy that's hurting automakers — it may be that Americans are changing. A review of The End of Prosperity: How Higher Taxes Will Doom the Economy — If We Let It Happen by Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore, and Peter J. Tanous. This recession deepens: Are people turning to tattoos to cope? I'm powerless over the economy and my bills are unmanageable: Darren Littlejohn on how to apply the principles of Buddhism and 12-Step Recovery to the current economic crisis.
From Reason, Dred Scott's Revenge: By applying positivism instead of natural law, 19th century courts burdened American racial history to this day; and the empty symbolism of hate crimes legislation: Why the Matthew Shepard Act won't help prevent future hate crimes. A review of Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation by Bill Martin. Baseball's Slang: A review of The Dickson Baseball Dictionary by Paul Dickson. Irene Gammel reviews The Passive Vampire by Gherasim Luca. Nothing to sneeze at: Why the two biggest U.S. tobacco companies are fighting each other. A review of Global Catholicism by Ian Linden (and more). Money, men and moral limits: Why do women seem to have an uncontrollable urge to splurge on narcissistic indulgences? A review of Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse by Thomas E. Woods Jr. (and more) The New Nuke Porn: Our nuclear fantasies have gotten more hard-core. National-security concerns aren't the only reason — or even the best reason — to worry about the climate crisis, but they are real. A look at how libraries are becoming career centers. In switch, magazines think about raising prices, while "hyperlocal" Web sites deliver news without newspapers.
From MR, an interview with Nancy Fraser on justice as redistribution, recognition and representation. A review of The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right by David Neiwert. He just wants to be loved: Dick Cheney's attempts at public redemption have a logical root in his Cold War experience. Why Republicans make sore losers: Out of power, they're bigger babies than Democrats. Cheer up, liberals: Obama is on track to accomplish major changes despite some grumbling from the left, and Obama promised to end the partisan warfare in Washington — he has, in a very sneaky way. "Alas! or wow, that sucked": An excerpt from How to Improve Failed Works by Pierre Bayard. Long before the art market bubble showed any signs of bursting, Clark Whittington’s Art-o-mat brought affordable art to the masses. Michael Lewis reviews The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder. A look at how the happiest places on Earth are heavily taxed. Here’s to the women of Kenya, though sex makes for lousy diplomacy. The Platonic Imperative: A look at reality and the many worlds of quantum mechanics. Will public media survive where mainstream media failed? We must construct a public media network capable of informing and engaging our citizenry (and more).