From The Common Review, Darryl Lorenzo Wellington on autobiographical fire and Obama's creation of self. An interview with Timothy Garton Ash: "Obama is certainly a European". The Shuffle President: Barack Obama's complicated, even eclectic, agenda suits our multitasking digital age. The science of good government: The Obama administration talks a lot about making policy based on evidence rather than politics — but which evidence? One Way Street: Why government programs never die. A look at how the government has a database for most everything. How may I help you?: The Politico goes deep inside the world of congressional phone operations. Partisan Portfolios: You'd be surprised to see what congressional Democrats and Republicans own. Perhaps 2008 was different, and conservatives' forebodings about when or whether they'll govern again are well-founded. A review of Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement by Richard Brookhiser. More and more and more on Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley. Stop the presses and shut off the RSS feeds: the bashiest of the Bush-bashers is starting to appreciate the Exile of Crawford. Kevin Mattson on why Jimmy Carter's "malaise" speech is more relevant than ever.
From The Symptom, Kirsten Hyldgaard on sex as fantasy and sex as symptom; Alain Badiou on a finally objectless subject; how are we to locate Josef Fritzl? Slavoj Zizek wonders; and although in reality almost no one wants to meet a serial killer or other kinds of monster-man, all kinds of cultural representations of them occupy a privileged status. Surely we can find enough kidney donors for those who need transplants — but doing so will require creativity, boldness, and a sense of urgency, writes Virginia Postrel. A review of The Tie Goes to Freedom: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on Liberty by Helen J. Knowles. A review of Packing the Court: The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court by James MacGregor Burns (and more and more). From The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin on what Supreme Court Justices really do; and Malcolm Gladwell on banks, battles, and the psychology of overconfidence. An interview with Arianne Cohen on why tall people are smarter, healthier, richer and more attractive — and why we always vote for them (and more). You are how you camped: What your enjoyment of sleep-away camp, or lack of same, says about your character.
From The Economist, a cover story on what went wrong with economics and how the discipline should change to avoid the mistakes of the past; an article on the turmoil among macroeconomists; and what remains of the efficient-markets hypothesis? From Adbusters, a special issue on thought control in economics; when the going gets tough, economists go very quiet; interviews with George Akerlof, Lourdes Beneria, Herman Daly, and Joseph Stiglitz; articles on the post-autistic movement in economics and econophysics, a new paradigm; and at what point does economic growth become uneconomic growth? The myth of economy versus environment: Not even the driest conservative will be able to ignore the economic risks of climate change much longer. Why are economists so bad at forecasting? From Carnegie Council, a panel on Economics Does Not Lie: A Defense of the Free Market in a Time of Crisis by Guy Sorman. Market dogma is exposed as myth — where is the new vision to unite us? Do we all spend too much time obsessing about political matters, when really the focus should be securing everyday socio-economic matters? The power of the top 1%: The debate over income inequality is about democracy, not economics. More on Jeff Madrick's The Case for Big Government.
From The Space Review, if the folks who brought us "Star Trek" can get it right after forty years, we ought to be able to do the same in the real world of exploring space; a look at the lessons for the future of human space flight; an essay on Apollo's greatest achievement; twenty years after its publication, Apollo: The Race to the Moon still stands as one of the best histories of the program; an article on remembering Apollo in ways old and new (and more); and why are we celebrating the great Moon hoax? From History Today, in 1969 men set foot on the Moon for the first time; the Apollo space programme that put them there was the product of an age of optimism and daring very different from our own (and more from National Geographic). On the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, America wonders whether to go back there. Why is it so hard to go back to the Moon? Robin McKie on the fallen dream that was the moon landings. Who is Neil Armstrong? The man who first set foot upon the Moon remains an enigma. From the right stuff to the hard stuff: After becoming the second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin hit the bottle. Google Earth users can now search the moon by using high resolution planning charts.