From Salon, grave offenses at Arlington National Cemetery: A criminal investigation and allegations of misplaced bodies and shoddy care have roiled the famous burial ground (and part 2 and part 3). An article on U.S. role in coups: Sinister no more? John Gray reviews Facts Are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade Without a Name by Timothy Garton Ash. The Independent goes inside the mind of prized intellectual Amartya Sen (and more from NS). Modern miracle: When saints intervene nowadays, it tends to be in healthcare. Healthcare for dunces: Don't know your "single-payer" from the "trigger plan"? Here are the basics. What the President ordered: Regina Benjamin is just the surgeon general Barack Obama needs. Man and machine: The real legacy of the moon race. Finding Ourselves: Apollo 11 was the voyage for its era, but where do we go now? (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). The future belongs to Andrew Sullivan: His coverage of the unrest in Iran was the blogosphere's moonshot, a feat of grit and daring heralding a new era in cyberspace — it was also a preview of journalism's future. More on American Radical: The Life and Times of I. F. Stone by D. D. Guttenplan (and a review by Michael Kazin at Bookforum).
From TAP, the rise of megaregions: Planning theorists argue we need to rethink the spatial coordinates of the national economy. Unconventional thinking: Why cities shouldn’t buy into the convention center economy. From IRB, a review of The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome: Turning Around the Unsustainable American Dream by John F. Wasik and Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities Are Changing the World by Jeb Brugmann (and more). As the US launches hundreds stimulus-funded municipal projects, planning experts suggest books (old and new) for insight on rebuilding the American city. A review of The Walkable City: From Haussmann's Boulevards to Jane Jacobs' Streets and Beyond by Mary Soderstrom. A review of Invented Edens: Techno-cities of the Twentieth Century by Robert Kargon and Arthur P. Molella. Despite New Yorkers’ powerful nostalgia for the Gotham-that-was, the city's urban ecology has always thrived on change. As Detroit turns to ruins, Greg Grandin tolls the bell for the city that embodied the utopian ambitions of American capitalism (and a review of Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City and more). From Wired, an article on what Detroit can learn from the Apple Store. Urban retrofits: How to make a city green without tearing it down.
From The Daily Beast, an interview with Edmund Phelps; and an interview with Claudia Goldin, author of The Defining Moment: The Great Depression and the American Economy in the Twentieth Century. A review of The Spectre at the Feast: Capitalist Crisis and the Politics of Recession by Andrew Gamble. A review of Wall Street: America's Dream Palace by Steve Fraser. A review of Street Fighters: The Last 72 Hours of Bear Stearns, the Toughest Firm on Wall Street by Kate Kelly. A review of Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe by Gillian Tett (and more and more and more). A review of Daniel Gross' Dumb Money: How Our Greatest Financial Minds Bankrupted the Nation. A review of The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, The Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals by Frank Partnoy (and more). From FT, a pugnacious pundit Wall Street can't ignore: Meet Charlie Gasparino, the CNBC reporter who has broken many stories about the financial crisis, and discover why everybody listens when he talks. An interview with economist Claudio Katz: "The solution to the crisis of capitalism has to be political". Here are ten things you can do to stimulate a new economy.
From Darkmatter, a special issue on The Wire (in the Feb/Mar 2009 issue of Bookforum, Walter Benn Michaels wrote that The Wire is "the most serious and ambitious fictional narrative of the twenty-first century so far".) From The New Yorker, Michael Schulman on the ladies behind the new "Mad Men" ads. From The Philosophers' Magazine's "Pop Culture Week", Catherine Yu asks if it’s okay to laugh at South Park; David Kyle Johnson on what Family Guy tells us about religious toleration; and paraconsistent logic in The Office: Morgan Luck investigates the case of the missing Tim. Whatever happened to educational television? Scott McLemee revisits his alma mater. A review of Television Truths: Forms of Knowledge in Popular Culture by John Hartley. From EW, an article on the cult of "cult TV" (and part 2). In the ’50s, on the rare occasions black performers appeared on TV, African-American families gathered to watch and to judge. TV's insipid commercials, decoded: A semiotics professor explores the strange new world of subcomedy, from Progressive Auto Insurance to Omnaris nasal spray. TV commercials are becoming more overt in reflecting the "culture wars", particularly the fierce backlash against intellectualism. Must See TV: So television is bad, but letting the tube go dark would be even worse.