From The Village Voice, a look at how century-old burial societies were taken over by black-market speculators. Here are 5 terrifying bastardizations of the Wikipedia model. From Chronicles, Peter Brimelow on the economic impact of immigration. From Business Week, here is a guide to social media. Here are the top 10 exercise and sports performance myths. Classifying Nuts and Zoo as porn would not have the desired effect — society needs a more grown-up attitude to sex. The XXX-Files: Porn industry lobbyists feel out Capitol Hill in a time of economic crisis. An excerpt from Not Being God: A Collaborative Biography by Gianni Vattimo. A review of ˇViva South America! A Journey Through a Restless Continent by Oliver Balch (and more). The Luxury City vs. the Middle Class: The sustainable city of the future will rest on the revival of traditional institutions that have faded in many of today’s cities. A review of What Should We Do with Our Brain? by Catherine Malabou. Wabi Sabi: A look at how the Japanese town Kamikatsu will banish waste by 2020. The Age of Disorganization: Don't assume that the rise of new powers will lead to a new world order — the era of U.S. hegemony could be followed by a period of chaotic "nonpolarity" instead. A look at 6 random coincidences that created the modern world.
From FLYP, a look at how two ardent fans are working to preserve a Southern folk tradition. Obama's New Tech Guru: How federal CTO Aneesh Chopra will make government innovative. More on Real Education by Charles Murray. A review of Why Don't Students Like School? A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom by Daniel T. Willingham (and more). The Long Goodbye: An article on the book business and its woes. An interview with Craig Calhoun, President of the Social Science Research Council. It's supposed to be the gold standard for conservation, but is Unesco's World Heritage project harming the very places it seeks to protect? A look at how In Character is making the virtues devilishly interesting. Scientists have solved the moral conundrum of whether fish suffer pain — but never mind, there's probably no cod. More and more on Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo. The first chapter from James Lovelock: In Search of Gaia by John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin. A review of The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia — and How It Died by Philip Jenkins. A review of Ecological Intelligence: Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy by Daniel Goleman.
From TED, Alex Tabarrok on how ideas trump economic crises — a surprising lesson from 1929. Comparing Crises: Is the current economic collapse like Japan's in the 1990s? A review of The Philosophers' Quarrel: Rousseau, Hume, and the Limits of Human Understanding by Robert Zaretsky and John T. Scott. More and more on The Future of Liberalism by Alan Wolfe. One year after the earthquake that devastated central China, Ben Huang contemplates the connections between the quake, Chinese history, and his father’s death. James Fallows on Beijing’s almost-perfect hotel: The Opposite House is an idealistic island in a country that rarely worries about details. Fareed Zakaria on why Iran may not want the Bomb and other unexpected truths. A look at how intolerable life would be without books and bookshops. John McWhorter on where hiphop is "going" and where it never was. The Real McCain: Why is Meghan McCain so popular in the press? Perhaps she’s who the media thought her dad really was. Jane Ciabattari reviews Trouble by Kate Christensen. Virtuous Reality: Jed Perl on a critical tour through L.A. as an art town. On commencement addresses: Occasionally, amid all the cliches and speechifying, a pearl issues forth, but for the most part the ceremonies are absolutely forgettable.
From New Matilda, why do we hate paying tax? Paying tax is no different to paying for a gym membership — it enables collective, cross-subsidised ownership. The free thinker: Isaiah Berlin was born 100 years ago — Nick Fraser explains why his ideas of liberty are more relevant than ever. More and more and more and more and more on Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor by Brad Gooch (and more at Bookforum). From NPQ, Gary Becker, Roger Myerson, Myron Scholes discuss the economic crisis: "This is not going to be a depression". Teabags vs. Douchebags: Why this may not be the second coming of the New Deal after all. From The Center for Science Writings, is the Singularity a cult? A nonviolent debate. A review of Global Catastrophic Risks, edited by Nick Bostrom and Milan M. Cirkovic. An excerpt form Among Liberals: How to Become a Conservative by Accident by Spiegel editor Jan Fleischhauer. A look at new develpments on the case of the spy who fired the shot that changed West Germany (and a review of Baader-Meinhof: The Inside Story of the R.A.F. by Stefan Aust). From TNR's The Plank, a look at the worst case yet against gay marriage (and more). Gay marriage is a threat to our culture — why? Because, if you haven't noticed, gays make most of our culture.