From The Jury Expert, an article on juror stress and the hidden influence of the jury experience; and a look at how jury service makes us into better citizens. What do the novels of Jodi Picoult — and our obsession with child-peril lit — tell us about how we really feel about raising kids? Sex sells — but shouldn’t the facts be right first? All Quiet: Were postwar American Jews really "silent" about the Holocaust? From Cosmos, in many fields, senior researchers have entered a new era, at last accessing the underlying complexity of the systems they study; and should we fear self-aware machines? Robert Samuelson reviews The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson and The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 by Paul Krugman. How can Charles Dickens come back if he never went away? The answer to too many people in some places and too few in others is to allow women to take care of themselves, then everything else tends to work out. Is the foodie movement keeping us from enjoying, or even attempting, to cook? Or: How much time does Martha Stewart think I have, anyway? The Genius Index: An article on scientist Jorge Hirsch's crusade to rewrite reputation rules. Warrior on Poverty: Michael Harrington’s “culture of poverty” thesis was an idea with unintended consequences.
A new issue of Salvo is out. From Wallpaper, have the cities' red-light districts turned green? A review of The American Future: A History by Simon Schama (and more and more and more and more and more). Is there really no place like home?: A review of The Crowded Universe by Alan Boss. A review of The Pure Society: From Darwin to Hitler by Andre Pichot. What do White Nationalists want? Jared Taylor delivers. An excerpt from After America: Narratives for the Next Global Age by Paul Starobin. The wisdom of engineers: Natasha McCarthy on the importance of tinkering for thinking. What does the end of the recession look like? A review of What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President? by Kevin Mattson. Green Peacemaker: Can the new head of the EPA fight for both business and justice? A look at how the food makers captured our brains. A review of Patient, Heal Thyself: How the "New Medicine" Puts the Patient in Charge by Robert M. Veatch. A review of Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley, Jr. by Richard Brookhiser. An interview with Christopher Buckley on Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir (and more). From Good, a look at the tree of sports mascots. Animal Crossing: The drive-thru safari is not Africa, but what did you expect for $19.99?
From Re-public, a special issue on transhumanism. From the latest issue of the Journal of Evolution and Technology, Stefan Lorenz Sorgner (Erfurt): Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism; Jamie Cullen (UNSW): The Three Minds Argument; Colin Farrelly (Queen's): Three Wishes; and a review of Why Evolution Is True by Jerry A. Coyne. Why do we rape, kill and sleep around? The fault, dear Darwin, lies not in our ancestors, but in ourselves. Contrarian queen: An article on the gospel according to Camille Paglia. Brad DeLong on the hidden purposes of high finance. Whether or not English just welcomed its millionth word, trying to map our unusually weird and variegated lexicon raises fundamental questions (and more and more). A Race Czar for black farmers: Can Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack dismantle the last plantation? Gal Beckerman reviews Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West by Christopher Caldwell. Emily Bazelon on how the recession is wrecking friendships. Bring on the snark: Snark sells — and Washington is trading in it heavily these days. An excerpt from By His Own Rules: The Ambitions, Successes, and Ultimate Failures of Donald Rumsfeld by Bradley Graham (and a review and more and more and more and more).
From Rolling Stone, from tech stocks to high gas prices, Goldman Sachs has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression — and they're about to do it again. A review of Integrative Economic Ethics: Foundations of a Civilized Market Economy by Peter Ulrich. A review of God-Botherers and Other True Believers: Religion, Diseducation, and Politics by F. G. Bailey. A look at why Richard Florida's honeymoon is over. Nigel Warburton on racism, philosophy’s hidden shame. The soundtrack to your life: Celebrating 30 years of the Sony Walkman. The New Ludditism in Literature: What does it take to separate us from omnipresent digital phenomena, and will that separation one day be impossible, when gadgets, screens, and Wi-Fi are everywhere? A brief history of the bikini: How the tiny swimsuit conquered America. A review of Thomas Maier's Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love. Love Actually: Cristina Nehring writes in defense of Mark Sanford. The Prurient Trap: Conservatives used sexual morality as a weapon and now it’s shooting them in the foot. A review of The Conservatives: Ideas and Personalities Throughout American History by Patrick Allitt. Is an ugly baby harder to love?