From TLS, a review of Anthony Grafton's Worlds Made by Words: Scholarship and Community in the Modern West and Roger H. Martin's Racing Odysseus: A College President Becomes a Freshman Again. John Sexton is determined to transform NYU into the first truly global university — and he’s starting in Abu Dhabi (and more). From The Chronicle, will higher education be the next bubble to burst? Why Barack Obama thinks community colleges are the key to fixing higher education. From IHE, an article on the case of the disappearing liberal arts college. They didn't teach genderfuck, iteration, or micropolitics when I was in college, but times have changed — liberal arts is due for an update (and more). Bottom line: The Week delivers a solid liberal-arts education in 40 minutes. A look at eleven unusual majors your college probably didn't offer; and here are six college perks that might make you jealous. "Animal House" at 30: College students find new ways to channel their inner Bluto. Why they call Yale the "Gay Ivy". Bogus college stereotypes: Are Cornell students suicidal, is Dartmouth all Republicans, is Vassar really gay? From Inside Catholic, the University of Chicago has just announced that its students are not, in fact, humans, but magicians trapped inside of monkeys.
From M/C Journal, Greg Shapley (UTS): The Re-Wiring of History; and Jina Huh and Mark S. Ackerman (Michigan): Obsolescence: Uncovering Values in Technology Use. Information Overload: In the Google Age, media literacy is crucial — and in short supply. Seth Hettena reviews Planet Google: One Company’s Audacious Plan to Organize Everything We Know by Randall Stross. What today’s students do not realize is that what Google provides is sometimes fact and oftentimes opinion — but never answers. An interview with Scott Rosenberg, author of Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters. Blogs, Twitter and Facebook are supposedly cheapening language and tarnishing our time, but the fact is we are all reading and writing much more than we used to. A review of Ben Mezrich’s The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). From PopMatters, both Twitter and Facebook are attempts to inject organic humanity into the cold, artificial realm of networking technologies; and in an age where Twitter and Google seem to be taking over the world, how do people communicate information in a meaningful and memorable manner?
A review of Zhivago's Children: The Last Russian Intelligentsia by Vladislav Zubok. A review of Western Marxism and the Soviet Union: A Survey of Critial Theories and Debates since 1917 by Marcel van der Linden. An excerpt from Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War by Stephen Cohen. A review of What Stalin Knew: The Enigma of Barbarossa by David Murphy. More and more on The Rise and Fall of Communism by Archie Brown. Gal Beckerman reviews Orlando Figes's The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia. A review of Rethinking Marxism: from Kant and Hegel to Marx and Engels by Jolyon Agar. We would be better off taking a few doses of “vulgar” Marxism and preparing to join the transition from a post-political psuedo-left to the Next Left. Christopher Hitchens remembers Leszek Kolakowski (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). George Scialabba reviews Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone by Stanislao Pugliese. The Soviets mandated health spa retreats for their workers, but sometimes people just want to enjoy a little quality time with their family. Little is left today of the Berlin Wall, the Cold War's most famous monument. Communist Clock: Tiny communists hammer away on the Olomouc Astronomical Clock in Prague.
From The Wilson Quarterly, America’s enduring love affair with big spending is fetching up against some unromantic realities; but a lifelong saver assures us that there are worse fates than socking it away for a rainy day. A review of The Idea of Justice by Amartya Sen. Utopia isn't a dirty word: As the left searches for meaning, it would do well to reflect on Christianity's utopian vision for humankind. How did Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic hide from the world as a bioenergy-channeling, alternative-medicine-peddling, bearded and, well, nutty guru? Suddenly, a wider world below the waterline: Coastal states have now made their bids for vast new areas of continental shelf, and a look at the unplumbed riches of the deep — and why they’ll wait a while longer before being disturbed. Ants make more rational decisions than humans do, according to a new study. How in the world did people deal with the heat of August without air conditioning? Lots of ways, both time-tested and experimental. From TLS, an article on Marion Wallace-Dunlop, painter, suffragette and the first modern woman to starve herself for politics. Is the "Obama birth certificate" conspiracy theory becoming a threat to Obama? Or to the Republican Party? A review of Color-Blind Justice: Albion Tourgee and the Quest for Racial Equality from the Civil War to Plessy v. Ferguson by Mark Elliott.