From The Nation, Gretchen Morgenson is the most important financial journalist of her generation. The fact that the government has to have a "safety net" to catch those who would slip between the cracks of our economic system is evidence that Christians fail to do God's work. Mark Levine on why the FBI squelched an investigation of a post-9/11 meeting between white supremacists and Islamic extremists. Chimeras of experience: An interview with Jonah Lehrer (and Jenny Davidson's review of Lehrer's Proust Was a Neuroscientist at Bookforum). Has reality TV sucked the drama out of confirmation hearings? The latest scandal involving Perez Hilton presents an opportunity to ask the million dollar question: How has this half-literate typist become one of the most prominent gay people in the country? (and a cover story at The Advocate) Libya’s sudden decision to end its years in the international wilderness and embrace the West has abruptly transformed one of the world’s most isolated countries. A review of Heidegger and a Metaphysics of Feeling by Sharin N. Elkholy. Will we fight our genetic urges? Slim chance — humanity is hardwired to eat too much and produce too many babies, so we must fight our biology if we are to survive. A review of Joseph Contreras' In the Shadow of the Giant: The Americanization of Modern Mexico.
From The American Interest, failed states cause more than just humanitarian problems and terrorism; they're potential flashpoints for great power wars as well. A review of Class War? What Americans Really Think About Economic Inequality by Benjamin I. Page and Lawrence R. Jacobs (and more). From Ghetto to Glamour: How American Jews toppled Paris couture and redesigned the fashion industry. Johann Hari reviews Does God Hate Women? by Ophelia Benson and Jeremy Stangroom (and more). Katha Pollitt reviews Edna O'Brien's Byron in Love: A Short Daring Life. Martin Amis reviews My Father's Tears and Other Stories by John Updike. After witnessing Calvin Klein's now infamous orgy billboard in New York City, and the controversy surrounding it, Josh Smith looks into the history of sex in advertising. Can David Cameron redefine Britain’s Tory Party? Thomas Fleming on a credo for authentic conservatives and other sane people. Scout's Honor, I carry a pocketknife: A two-hanky lament for the lost accessories, and manners, of another era. Nerdsmith: An interview with Junot Diaz, before he disappears from the spotlight once more (and here's Marcela Valdes' review of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao at Bookforum). Isaac Rosenfeld defied the cult of success — Scott McLemee indulges in some hero worship.
From The Washington Monthly, winning the Good War: Peter Bergen on why Afghanistan is not Obama’s Vietnam; the geekdom of crowds: The Obama administration experiments with data-driven democracy; and Cuba notwithstanding: Could this summer’s hurricanes blow away the trade embargo? The Infinite in the Infinitesimal: How is it that miniature works can express so much? From Edinburgh Review, the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region of China has seen a series of clashes between the majority Uighurs and Han Chinese settlers since the 1980s — Nick Holdstock reports on a nuanced reality of unemployment, religious repression, and the wish for independence. From Scottish Left Review, Sean Hamil and Stephen Morrow examine the current structure of football clubs within the UK and question whether or not this helps these clubs fulfil their wider social and cultural obligations. Fred Siegel on HG Wells, the godfather of American liberalism. The Primary Weapon: That's a nice Senate seat you've got there, Unspecified Moderate Democrat — shame if anything happened to it. Zombies, politicians, and consumers alike seek immediate gratification — but can they be happy? The first chapter from Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford and Orlanda Ruthven.
A new issue of African American Review is out. From Slate, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and Dahlia Lithwick discuss the Sotomayor hearings. In defense of confirmation hearings: Sonia Sotomayor spends the week in the spotlight of Senate confirmation hearings — attempting to "depoliticize" the process would not merely be impossible but undesirable. Conservatives love activist judges — they just prefer when they advance the interests of white people. Mark Tushnet on how the Supreme Court's ruling on Ricci v. DeStefano hints at trouble ahead. From TNR, what do you get when a literary theorist reads the constitution as art? Gordon Wood reviews The State as a Work of Art: The Cultural Origins of the Constitution by Eric Slauter. Jay-Z vs the Game: Marc Lynch on lessons for the American primacy debate. From LRB, Berlusconi in Tehran: Slavoj Zizek on the Rome-Tehran Axis; Mary Beard reviews Marcus Aurelius: Warrior, Philosopher, Emperor by Frank McLynn; and Peter Campbell on the Codex Sinaiticus. From Cato Unbound, Clay Shirky on the future of journalism: not an upgrade, an upheaval. Peace out: Helena Cobban on the decline of Israel's progressive movement. Not a "Dawkins flea": A review of The Selfish Genius: How Richard Dawkins Rewrote Darwin's Legacy by Fern Elsdon-Baker.