From Cardus, an article on Christian economics — not an oxymoron, not a snooze; a conversation on neocalvinist-neopuritan dialogue; and a design problem: What is the Bible for? It's James Wood's world and we're just reading in it: A review of How Fiction Works. An interview with Sarah Katherine Lewis, author of Indecent: How I Make It and Fake It as a Girl for Hire and Sex and Bacon: Why I Love Things That Are Very Bad for Me. A review of Theme Park by Scott A. Lukas. From Carnegie Council, a panel on The Global Deal: Climate Change and the Creation of a New Era of Progress and Prosperity by Nicholas Stern; and a panel on The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by David Kilcullen. Thomas Aquinas would have loved genetics: Aquinas was not trying to prove God's existence, but to reconcile him with Aristotle. A review of Adrian Kuzminski's Pyrrhonism: How the Ancient Greeks Reinvented Buddhism. Hurt to Read: Back in the Mississippi Delta for the first time in four years, a teacher comes face to face with what he left behind. Econs and Humans: A review of Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein. Desmond Tutu is renowned as the voice of conscience, a scourge of the unjust — but it's a put on.
From Agni, a review of What Are Intellectuals Good For? by George Scialabba (and more from Bookforum). In Tahiti, Polynesian workers have launched an historic compensation case over their exposure to radiation during French nuclear testing in the South Pacific. A review of The Constitution in 2020, ed. by Jack Balkin and Reva Siegel. A review of Celebrity: How Entertainers Took Over the World and Why We Need an Exit Strategy by Marina Hyde. The triumph of the uncelebrity: Jon and Kate! Octo-Mom! Speidi! Stars are out, ordinary people are in — until we render them as soulless as celebs. Consumed: New research suggets at the root of our celebrity obsession. From Splice Today, time to quarantine Hollywood: Give celebrities the privacy they desire, help the government raise a little money, and keep us from gawking at famous people in Manhattan; and the real-life fallout from Slumdog Millionaire's success reveals some terrible truths about India, Hollywood, and the American media. How will Washington recalibrate the share of gains captured by shareholders, executives and workers in a post-crash economy? A review of Kill Khalid: The Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Mishal and the Rise of Hamas by Paul McGeough (and more).
David K. Levine (WUSTL): Is Behavioral Economics Doomed? From New York, the unbuilding of Frank Gehry: Has New York lost its great chance with an architectural legend?; 89-year-old Manhattan D.A. Robert Morgenthau has set himself one last duty before stepping away: to prevent the brassy Leslie Crocker Snyder from getting his job; the president’s rhetoric has helped make change seem possible in Iran and the Middle East — now comes the hard part; if the Obamas join the Clintons and Caroline Kennedy on Martha's Vineyard this August, they’ll be visiting a vacationland known for its liberal politics and for its self-imposed racial segregation; and forty years after Stonewall, the gay movement has never been more united — so why do older gay men and younger ones often seem so far apart? Famed for its concentration of heavily subsidized 20-something residents — also nicknamed trust-funders or trustafarians — Williamsburg is showing signs of trouble. The Left and the Living Dead: In the event of a zombie apocalypse, will progressive ideals win out? As the zombie archetype is revived in fiction, it comes to symbolise what we dread in the age we live in: conformity, disease and apocalyptic calamity. A round up of stripper memoirs: You’d never guess what you learn from reading them.
From Slate, Walter Dellinger, Linda Greenhouse and Dahlia Lithwick sit at the Supreme Court Breakfast Table. From The New Yorker, Laura Secor on the meaning of Iran’s crowds. Fareed Zakaria on the fatal wound inflicted on Iranian regime's ideology. From NYRB, Timothy Snyder on the Holocaust, the ignored reality; and a review of Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy by Leslie H. Gelb. From TAP, a review of American Radical: The Life and Times of I. F. Stone by D.D. Guttenplan; and Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America by John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr, and Alexander Vassiliev (and more and more and more and more and more and an excerpt; and more from Bookforum). From The Monkey Cage, a look at the “long-term” effects and non-effects of watching politically-oriented TV shows. Woody Brock on why the solution to today's macroeconomic crisis does not lie within the field of macroeconomics at all, but rather within political theory. The Sex Vote: Political liberty is screwed — why libertarians can’t get it up. Why some people are gay: Notes (and clues) from the animal kingdom. A review of An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage and Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham (and more and more).