From H-Net, a review of Global Environmental History by I. G. Simmons. From The Trumpeter, an essay on the environment and the old sciences. Was it a cultural thing, that is, in the 1960s environmentalism came to be associated with hippies and peaceniks? An interview with Lester Brown on his plan to stop climate change. Conor Clarke interviews Thomas Schelling on global warming (and part 2). From New Matilda, faced with the threat of climate change, The Australian is recruiting Trots to fight greenies in its opinion pages; and they're happy to talk light bulbs, bikes and renewable energy, but when it comes to population control, the anti-climate change crusaders fall silent. An article on why people don't act on climate change. Buying the environment to save capitalism: An article on the domination of neoliberal ideology within the environmental movement. After abandoning the mainstream environmental policy agenda, what options would remain in pursuit of environmental justice and protection? From National Geographic, some scientists say we need a Plan B: a giant sunshade that would cool the whole planet. A review of The Medea Hypothesis: Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive? by Peter Ward. Here's a top 10 checklist: How societies can avoid "ecocide".
From Edge, George Dyson on the theory of games and economic misbehavior. From History Today, sex, scandals and celebrity were all part of a blame and shame culture that existed in the 18th century, one that often fed off the misfortune of women at the hands of men; Julie Peakman looks at how prostitutes, courtesans and ladies with injured reputations took up the pen in retaliation. The accidental hero of 1989: Twenty years after the wall fell, Mikhail Gorbachev is quietly celebrated in the west, but shunned in Moscow; yet in both places his reputation rests on his failure to reform the dying system in which he truly believed. A review of Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Daniel Lyons on why it’s time to pony up: Good Web sites shouldn't be free. The Making of an Agent: After 16 weeks of action-packed exercises that will test them to the core, the recruits in Training Class No. 283 will pass into the elite ranks of the Secret Service — or leave humiliated. Scientists have found that evolution is driving women to become ever more beautiful, while men remain as aesthetically unappealing as their caveman ancestors. More on The Meaning of Sarkozy by Alain Badiou (and more by Martin Puchner at Bookforum).
From TNR, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. responds to Sean Wilentz's "Who Lincoln Was" review-essay (and more responses by Fred Kaplan, Michael Kazin, and John Stauffer; and a reply by Wilentz); and from Joe the Plumber to Frank Ricci to Sgt. Crowley, are aggrieved white men the GOP's best hope? A man's home is his constitutional castle: Henry Louis Gates Jr. should have taken his stand on the Bill of Rights, not on his epidermis or that of the arresting officer. And the Rand Played On: The Going Galt movement protests Obama with a collective shrug. Sarah Palin, Inc.: The biggest brand name in conservative politics is about to enter the burgeoning right-wing marketplace — and she's perfect for it (and a look at the top 25 Sarah Palin scandals). Suzy Khimm on why Alaska lawmakers, including some very upset Republicans, soured on Sarah Palin (and more). In Bill O'Reilly's Sights: Run afoul of the conservative commentator, and feel the wrath of his avid Army. Paul Campos on why the media kowtows to the far-right fringe. A look at the potential militant extremist inside each of us. A review of Going to Extremes: How Like Minds Unite and Divide by Cass Sunstein. A review of The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise by Joe Scarborough. Time goes inside Bush and Cheney's last days.
From The New Yorker, can the Kindle really improve on the book? Nicholson Baker investigates. Why 2024 will be like Nineteen Eighty-Four: How Amazon's remote deletion of e-books from the Kindle paves the way for book-banning's digital future. Amazon's deletion of novels from Kindle devices shows that buying an ebook isn't like owning a real, secondhand tome. The artists’ book: Appreciating a book means more than an interest in its literary content and illustrations. The book cover, once disposable, is now as much part of a work's identity as the words inside. Bibliovision: Books, which as objects of desire have seemed to have scant place in Hollywood’s slick, visual sensibility, have a new role in the business of television. A review of Ancient Literacies: The Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome by William A. Johnson and Holt N. Parker. A look at how Target can make sleepy titles into best sellers. Book Seer bases its recommendations on the last book you read; shame it does such a bad job — or does it? Never build a relationship on books: The new dating site from Borders promises happy endings. Closing the book on a bad read: Kelly Jane Torrance on cutting your losses without guilt. James Purnell has been using his time to rearrange his bookshelves alphabetically; bad mistake — here's why.