From Bomb, an interview with Glenn O'Brien on Interview Magazine. Freedom Agenda, Take Two: Michael Signer on how Obama can rid democracy promotion of its Bush-era taint. The British pub used to be the heart of the community and a place of male refuge, but now pubs are closing — is it really last orders? A review of Catalog: The Illustrated History of Mail Order Shopping by Robin Cherry (and more from Bookforum). A review of Daniel Jaffee’s Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival. Bringing extinct species back to life is no longer considered science fiction, but is it a good idea? Madame Bovary goes interactive: Thanks to an unprecedented international collaboration between scholars and volunteers, we can now trace the development of Flaubert's masterpiece online, draft by draft. From FP, here are five governments that deserve to fail. A review of Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations by Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel. From Parade, a look at the world's 10 worst dictators. From NDPR, a review of Aesthetic Experience; and a review of Aesthetics and the Work of Art: Adorno, Kafka, Richter. How US chefs are bringing sushi, Japan’s trademark cuisine, back to its roots. A review of Slang: The People's Poetry by Michael Adams.
From TAP, a review of Engaging the Muslim World by Juan Cole, Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East by Rashid Khalidi, and Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East by Robin Wright (and more); a review of Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days that Created Modern America by Adam Cohen and The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and his Moral Conscience by Kristin Downey; and a review of The Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today by Andrew Cherlin and The Lonely American: Drifting Apart in the Twenty-First Century by Jacqueline Olds and Richard Schwartz. From Miller–McCune, Shahid Naeem on the importance of biodiversity and the true significance of the human species; a look at the least influenced (most wild) areas of major terrestrial biomes; and more on the Human Footprint Index and Human Influence Index. Sesquipedalian Delight: A review of Alphabet Juice by Roy Blount. A review of First of the Year: 2008 (and a response at First of the Month). A review of False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World by Alan Beattie. A review of The Privatization of Roads and Highways by Walter Block (and an excerpt).
From The Nation, fools look for a fight between newspapers and the net — the challenge is to defend print and digital journalism, in an age of big-media myopia; here are ten things you can do to fight world hunger; if art is a product of the mind, and the mind a product of evolution, is art a product of evolution? A review essay by William Deresiewicz (and more from Bookforum); and how did Milan Kundera's antipathy toward the media become as curdled as the Czechs' allergy to his success? AN Wilson on why he believes again. Jeremy Stangroom on Ibn Rushd, the champion of reason. An interview with Remi Brague, author of The Legend of the Middle Ages. A review of Matt Baglio's The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist. An excerpt from The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control by Ted Striphas. At 30, Germany's liberal daily TAZ has grown up. From The Atlantic, dog bites bug: How man’s best friend can help him evict his nastiest bedmate; and as go the hippos: Under the weight of Congo’s civil war, an ecosystem collapses. A review of Religion and Democratic Citizenship: Inquiry and Conviction in the American Public Square by J. Caleb Clanton. What follows is an effort to debunk the main myths standing in the way of smart climate/energy policy.
Bookforum’s special summer fiction section brings word of good things to come. Noam Chomsky on the torture memos and historical amnesia. From TNR, the Tamil Tigers have been vanquished, but Sri Lanka's problems have just begun; and Will Shakespeare's come and gone: Does the Bard's poetry reach us like August Wilson's? Come on — really? A review of Michael Gazzaniga's Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique. The first chapter from Playbooks and Checkbooks: An Introduction to the Economics of Modern Sports by Stefan Szymanski. An excerpt from Paradise Found: Nature in America at the Time of Discovery by Steve Nicholls. From Seed, is theoretical physics becoming the next battleground in the culture wars? Not according to some theologians and scientists (and more); and an unusual form of asexual reproduction by a Japanese species of termite raises the question: What is the value of sex? The Chemistry of Commitment: The reason men want sex and women want to cuddle is all about our respective brains. Opening the floodgates: Imports can be as useful to developing countries as exports are. A review of Fitting In Is Overrated: The Survival Guide for Anyone Who Has Ever Felt Like an Outsider by Leonard Felder. A look at how a Cold War bunker became a modern mansion.