There is a lot of noise in classical music today: Is classical music trying to be fashionable? Technology Review goes inside the launch of Stephen Wolfram's new "computational knowledge engine." Todd Gitlin on journalism's many crises: Circulation, revenue, attention, authority, and deference. Off dead center: Greg Grandin on William Appleman Williams and the tragedy of American diplomacy. An interview with Bill Wasik, author of And Then There's This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture. The caudillos v. the elites: A look at how the Honduras coup reveals deep divisions in Latin America. Grandfather of the scam: How Ivar Kreuger, a sweet-talking Swedish financier, may have paved the way for Bernard Madoff and other Wall Street crooks. New insights from behavioral economics show that altruism rather than avarice is our primary motivation (and more on altruism's bloody roots). Tyler Cowen on one lesson from the crisis: It's time to create your own economy (and an interview and more).
Vanity Fair finds Harvard suddenly at risk of not being able to keep the lights on. These poems have right answers — does that diminish them? Robert Pinsky investigates. Saving Monsignor Ryan: An article on refuting the myths of neoconservative Roman Catholic economics. Public displays of disaffection: Why women care so much about the reaction of the betrayed political wife. Does "belief in belief" amount to deliberately keeping in darkness people who might and should know better? Mr Parallel Universe: Michio Kaku is playing the hottest game in town with his new variation of string theory. A review of John C. Hulsman and A. Wess Mitchell's The Godfather Doctrine: A Foreign Policy Parable (and more by Matthew Yglesias at Bookforum). The library that never closes: The Open Library hopes to unite the net and the printed word by creating a web page for every book. No topic is more hotly debated in book circles at the moment than the timing, pricing and ultimate impact of e-books on the financial health of publishers and retailers. The book industry is gonna get Napstered if it forces Amazon to raise e-book prices. Is Dollywood one big kitsch joke? Rob Blackhurst investigates.
Peter Singer on why we must ration health care: A utilitarian philosopher’s argument for placing a dollar value on human life. From Good, a special issue on water, including an interview with Michael Mascha, author of Fine Waters: A Connoisseur’s Guide to the World’s Most Distinctive Bottled Waters. Self-fulfilling prophecy: The Uighurs aren't extremists — but the Chinese government may change that (and more). From McSweeney's, the confirmation hearing of Sonia Sotomayor, if the hearing were held in front of the 1977 Kansas City Royals instead of the Senate Judiciary Committee. We are all African now: The story of humanity is written in our genes, and thanks to modern science and technology, we are finally able to read it. Chrome vs. Bing vs. You and Me: In the Microsoft-Google war, consumers and innovation both lose. Information overload? Relax, we survived copy machines — we'll survive Twitter. Inside Twitter: What's life like for the 52 employees at its San Francisco headquarters? Take my columnist, please: Dylan Matthews on the collected wit and wisdom of Thomas L. Friedman. Lou Cabron on how he sued "Craigslist Sex Troll" Jason Fortuny.
From Wired, a special section on new rules for highly evolved humans. Historian Margaret Macmillan shows how subjective history can be, by presenting four versions of the past 450 years (and more and more and more and more and more and an excerpt from Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History). An interview with Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment on the evolving situation in Iran. Why crowds are best left to their own devices: Do mass gatherings of people always turn into unruly mobs, or is it police tactics that are the problem? William Easterly on the tipping point: fascinating but mythological? John Dickerson on Obama's partisan attempt to change the meaning of bipartisanship. Is Sonia Sotomayor good for the Latinos? Political sex scandals can bring down careers and ruin reputations, but there's always someone who wins. Poor, Persecuted Sarah Palin: The GOP embraces the culture of victimhood. Can someone — let’s say Jack Vance — write about spaceships and monsters and alien civilizations and still be a great American writer? (and more) Bromosexual: Can two straight men have sex with each other on camera, and if so, is it art?