From PopMatters, an interview with journalist Bob Drury; and a review of Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music by Greg Prato. When do deficits matter? While Democrats and Republicans switch sides, economists try to pin down a tipping point. A review of The Cost of Capitalism: Understanding Market Mayhem and Stabilizing Our Economic Future by Robert J. Barbera. The economics of turning people into things: Economics does violence when it forgets that social science must also be moral science. Put it on my O-Card: Christopher Beam on the case for government-backed credit cards. A journey through darkness: What one woman learned from four decades of psychotherapy, three hospital stays and the ever-present fear of returning to the psychological dungeon. A review of The Third Man Factor: The Secret of Survival in Extreme Environments by John Geiger. A review of Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South by Steven P. Miller. An excerpt from The Idle Parent by Tom Hodgkinson. Hate at First Sight: Instant antagonism has become one of reality TV’s favorite conceits. The headmaster of an independent school has employed a philosopher-in-residence to teach pupils "to think and reason". Jeremy Harding on Islamic finance, the money that prays.
From HNN, William H. Goetzmann, author of Beyond the Revolution: A History of American Thought from Paine to Pragmatism, on 19th century American intellectuals; and James Livingston on fifty years after William Appleman Williams' The Tragedy of American Diplomacy. A review of A Tolerable Anarchy: Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom by Jedediah Purdy. What are zoos for? Conservation parks are struggling to change the basic nature of their enterprise: the display of captive animals for the entertainment and edification of humans. A review of Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life by Winifred Gallagher (and more). Newsweek’s recent makeover cannot gild the cold fact that it remains a weekly magazine in a continuous news cycle. Just when Canadians thought that Red Toryism was pretty much dead and buried, the Brits have decided to reinvent it for the new millenium. A review of Splendors and Miseries of the Brain: Love, Creativity, and the Quest for Human Happiness by Semir Zeki. From The Activist, an article on the Bolivarian Revolution: Tragedy, farce or alternative? More on Stealing MySpace by Julia Angwin. An article on the eight druggiest rock star stories. Big Cheese: The appeal of the big seems to transcend any economic moment. More and more on Emergency by Neil Strauss.
From Obit, cremation nation: More and more, the temple of the soul is burning. The Smart Set is in praise of the newspaper obituary; and what about Bob? The obit is a death notice, but it can also alert of a life lived. Cowboys and Immigrants: Two dueling archetypes dominated 20th-century American politics — is it time for them to be reconciled? A review of Rescuing Justice and Equality by G. A. Cohen (and a symposium at Crooked Timber). From First Principles, a symposium of The Tyranny of Liberalism by James Kalb (and part 2, part 3 and part 4). A world of least-wanted lists: People are stopped from traveling all the time — around the globe and in the United States. Peter Terzian reviews The Complete Fiction by Francis Wyndham. A review of Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg's The Pinocchio Effect: On Making Italians, 1860-1920. From WSWS, an article on the future of art in an age of crisis (and part 2). Which of the following rejected more than 30,000 of the nation's top college seniors this month and put hundreds more on a waitlist? a) Harvard Law School; b) Goldman Sachs; or c) Teach for America. A review of Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation by Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard (and more).
What’s a liberal justice now? If President Obama wants to create a progressive Supreme Court for the 21st century, there is a new school of legal thought to guide him. From The Washington Monthly, a special report on how Washington can jumpstart entrepreneurship. Success on the Side: The role of side projects in entrepreneurial success has a rich history in the United States. Robert Crease asks why the idea of the “two cultures”, coined by CP Snow 50 years ago, still feels so current (and more on CP Snow: Still two cultures divided?) A review of Terry Eagleton's Reason, Faith, and Revolution and David Bentley Hart's Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies (and more and more). The Big Con: An article on China's historical sabotage. David Carlin on thinking of Dick Cheney as Cicero. Enraged at the disciplines, Robert Weisbuch tried to imagine what it would be like to have a university, a world, a mind that did not rely on the disciplines — and failed. The introduction to The Right Talk: How Conservatives Transformed the Great Society into the Economic Society by Mark A. Smith. More and more and more on Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley. A review of Freedom’s Orphans: Contemporary Liberalism and the Fate of American Children by David L. Tubbs.