From The Economist, Leviathan stirs again: The return of big government means that policymakers must grapple again with some basic questions — they are now even harder to answer; and the world’s big economies were all hit by the recession — now the field is spreading (and more); and the Great Stabilisation: The recession was less calamitous than many feared; its aftermath will be more dangerous than many expect. The Global Debt Bomb: Spending our way out of worldwide recession will take years to pay back — and create a lot of pain. Global super-rich no longer look so benign: The crisis and recession have made the gap between the plutocracy and the rest of us a pressing political issue. A review of Misadventures of the Most Favored Nations: Clashing Egos, Inflated Ambitions, and the Great Shambles of the World Trade System by Paul Blustein (and more and more and more). Faith in a trade-based system, with nations buying what they need on open, world markets, is giving ground to an effort by individual nations to secure supplies. For China, India, Indonesia and Brazil, which have more than 40 percent of the world’s people, the decade was one of solid economic growth. Parametric estimations of the world distribution of income: World poverty is disappearing faster than previously though. Worth a hill of soyabeans: How the internet can make agricultural markets in the developing world more efficient. A review of Raising the Global Floor: Dismantling the Myth That We Can’t Afford Good Working Conditions for Everyone by Jody Heymann and Alison Earle.
From Amsterdam Law Forum, a special issue on freedom of expression, including Richard Moon (Windsor): The Social Character of Freedom of Expression. From rats and pigeons to cultural practices: A review of Beyond the Box: B. F. Skinner's Technology of Behavior from Laboratory to Life, 1950s to 1970s by Alexandra Rutherford. From The Brooklyn Rail, Joseph Riippi on something about writing like Pinter or George W. Bush; and an essay on experimental geography, from cultural production to the production of space. A review of Worlds Made of Words: Scholarship and Community in the Modern West by Anthony Grafton. In the age of e-mail, it has become easy — perhaps too easy — for readers to get in touch with authors. Why have an opinion if on a better day we know in advance that it’s not likely to change someone else’s and that there is only a remote chance that we’re likely to act on it? Michael Dirda reviews The Infinity of Lists by Umberto Eco (and more by Albert Mobilio at Bookforum). A review of Liberty in the Age of Terror: A Defence of Civil Society and Enlightenment Values by AC Grayling (and more). A Back to the Future Jeffersonian Liberalism: Terry Michael on how the Democrats can thrive in the Information Age. A review of Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip by Nevin Martell. Extended warranties are a cash cow for retailers — why do we buy in? Why urban chicken farming is not as weird as it sounds. A review of The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss by George A. Bonanno.
Ken Gelder (Melbourne): English, Autonomy, and the Republic of Letters (and a response). After “the worst MLA ever,” where does English studies go from here? From In These Times, Valerie Saturen on liberal arts education and the growing class divide. Wolfgang Grassl (St. Norbert): The Study of Business as a Liberal Art? Toward an Aristotelian Reconstruction. An article on multicultural critical theory — at B-school? Isherwood the Multiculturalist: The author's depiction of mid-century academe's diversity is far more nuanced than Tom Ford's film adaptation. P.C. Never Died: Think campus censorship disappeared in the 1990s? Many in the humanities feel that their disciplines and relevance are under attack. Thomas Benton on graduate school in the humanities — just don't go. Highly specialized master’s programs provide a field guide to the zeitgeist, with degrees to fit every niche and new twist in the culture. A review of The Great American University: Its Rise to Pre-eminence, Its Indispensable National Role, Why It Must Be Protected by Jonathan Cole. A new study links a range of factors in making academe "politically typed" as liberal (and more). Jessica Loudis reviews The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University by Louis Menand (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). The Provocations of Mark Taylor: The Columbia University professor wants to reform higher education. A review of Making Reform Work: The Case for Transforming American Higher Education by Robert Zemsky. An excerpt from The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World by Ben Wildavsky.
Karola Dillenburger, Lyn McKerr (QUB): “40 Years Is an Awful Long Time”: Parents Caring for Adult Sons and Daughters with Disabilities. Dear Media: When reporting poll results, please keep in mind the following suggestions. Kate Zambreno reviews Wetlands by Charlotte Roche. Emergency doors, karaoke bombers and other false alarms: When did we become such a nation of scaredy-cats? Filtering Reality: Jamais Cascio on how an emerging technology could threaten civility. Nobody Wants to Go Home: Patrick Brown on a unified theory of Reality TV. From TAP, Mark Schmitt and Rick Perlstein debate Theory of Change at year one; and underrating reform: Even with its compromises, health reform is the most ambitious effort in decades to reorganize a big part of life around principles of justice and efficiency. There was a time when comedy was challenging and it took people out of their comfort zones; Chandler Levack examines what the next generation of comedians have to look forward to. A review of The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down by Andrew Young (and more and more). Painful memories that cause distress could soon be a thing of the past; recent studies suggest memories can be manipulated, edited — and even deleted. Serve and tattle: Politicians can expect loyalty to come with an expiration date. Since the dawn of hiphop, there have been rap feuds — but Army Times has an exclusive track from the first U.S. Army rap feud. A drop of oil doped with acid has been filmed "solving" a complex maze — but is it really intelligent?
From SSRC, a web forum on Haiti, Now and Next, including an introduction by Craig Calhoun; Saskia Sassen (Columbia): Haiti and the International System; Robert Fatton Jr. (Virginia): Hope Admist Devastation: Towards a New Haitian State; and Greg Beckett (Chicago): Moving Beyond Disaster to Build a Durable Future in Haiti. Natural disasters have been engines of development and economic growth throughout history; Kevin Rozario on the lessons of past catastrophes, and why Haiti might be different. rom Boston Review, an article on whitewashing Haiti’s history (and more on “civilizing” Haiti). The American-led mission in Port-au-Prince has put military stability before humanitarian needs in a painful echo of Haiti’s past. Why did we focus on securing Haiti rather than helping Haitians? From The New Yorker, an interview with Jon Lee Anderson. The missing discomfort in mourning for Haiti: There is a hidden cost to tweeting, texting, and other "convenient" ways of taking action to help others. Revolutionary Roads: When thinking of Haiti, don't be fooled by its borders. Calling the Ex: What can Bill and George possibly do for Haiti? In the rebuilding of Haiti, the UN will have to broaden its remit if it is to do more than enforce a negative peace. Edward Brown of World Vision debunks five myths around disaster relief. Rebecca Solnit on covering Haiti: When the media is the disaster (and more and more on the coverage). Whose fault is Haiti's devastation? From The Nation, Amy Wilentz on the Haiti haters. To heal Haiti, look to history, not nature. From NYRB, Mark L. Schneider on Haiti's hidden hope.
A review of Regulating Autonomy: Sex, Reproduction and Family. The state of families, class and culture: Americans step into and out of relationships faster than couples in Europe, Japan and Australia. Who's your Daddy, or your other Daddy, or your Mommy?: Ronald Bailey on reproductive contracts and the best interests of children. A review of Equally Shared Parenting: Rewriting the Rules for a New Generation of Parents by Marc Vachon and Amy Vachon. An interview with Susan Clancy, author of The Trauma Myth: The Truth About the Sexual Abuse of Children — and its Aftermath (and more). A review of NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. An interview with Frank Sulloway, author of Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives. Are American kids crazy or what? While our kids may drive us crazy, a prominent researcher given a big new prize hopes to spend his money finding out if that's universal. A review of This Little Kiddy Went to Market: The Corporate Capture of Childhood by Sharon Beder. A proper upbringing: “Don’t you realize you’re just sacrificing your children to your political ideology?” A review of High Glitz: The Extravagant World of Child Beauty Pageants by Susan Anderson. The puzzle of boys: Scholars and others debate what it means to grow up male in America. Iron bars and razor wire: A look at the forbidding, prisonlike architecture of ghetto day care centers. A review of Miriam Forman-Brunell's Babysitter: An American History. The Parent Trap: We love seeing bad parents getting punished — why don't we care how that affects their kids?
From TNR, David Rieff reviews Famine: A Short History by Cormac O Grada. There is no try: Ethan Gilsdorf on having faith in the Force. 666 to 1: Nick Turse and Tom Engelhardt on the U.S. military, al-Qaeda, and a war of futility. From Bookforum's "Syllabi", Lisa Darms on books about walking. Decimated: What if Napoleon hadn’t abolished decimal time? For toilet paper manufacturers this means: Make your ad sexy, but don't forget to place a red ribbon and a small price tag around the toilet roll. An interview with Robert Goodwin on books on rewriting America. Apple vs. Obama: Which is more important, politics or technology? Why we need celebrity autobiographies: If we can't hear the voices of celebrities such as Kerry Katona, we will hate them — because we won't understand them. Suburban Warrior Syndrome: From The Matrix to Harry Potter, heroic fantasy is hot stuff — these modern epics tap into our frustrated impulse to be 21st-century knights. The cost to Americans of boorishness at their border: An entry process now rated as world's worst is keeping out tourists, students, immigrants. Meet the women who are proud to swear. The Coming Insurrection, a slim political pamphlet recently translated into English by the left-wing publisher Semiotext(e), first achieved notoriety through a terrorism trial in France; the details of this absurd and disturbing circus are now widely known. A review of Sexually, I'm More of a Switzerland. A review of Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell (and more). Obituary: J. D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye (and here are all of his stories at The New Yorker).
James Patterson Inc.: Jonathan Mahler on how a genre writer has transformed book publishing. Are books a charity case?: The Times of London reveals an unsettling truth of literary culture — It's insulated from the marketplace. From TNR, a review of The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future by Robert Darnton (and more). A review of The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control by Ted Striphas. A review of A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital Revolution by Dennis Baron. The future of e-books is one of the most contentious subjects in technology at the moment. Confessions of a Book Pirate: Who are the people downloading these books, how are they doing it, and where is it happening? Meet the iPad, and all of its ready-made competition. A look at 5 ways the Apple iPad could change e-books and the war over e-pricing (and more and more and more and more on "what book lovers need to know") and six industries Apple's Tablet could shake up. Will Apple’s iPad make Kindles as obsolete as books? (and more) Technology is not the sworn enemy of literature; still, the collision of technology and literature in this case may well prove explosive. How will digital technologies change our culture in the years to come?: A series on learning and literacy in the digital age, including Nicholas Carr on why how we read matters. Clive Thompson |inprint/01605/5004|reviews| Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World by Naomi Baron and Txtng: the gr8 db8_ by David Crystal. Does Google Book Search destroy culture? Chris Thompson investigates. For the love of culture: Lawrence Lessig on Google, copyright, and our future.
A new issue of Atlantis: Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies is out. Peter Green (Texas): Possession and Pneuma: The Essential Nature of the Delphic Oracle. Mr. Cool Gets Hot: As president, Obama has walked the walk — but now, with his agenda endangered, he has to learn to talk the talk; and the tea party is now in a big tent. The Many Lives of Count Dracula: How Bram Stoker's Count created the template for modern vampires. From First Things, Irving Louis Horowitz on how Hannah Arendt’s life was a testimonial to the open transparencies of the Jewish and American traditions and to the disastrous fall from grace of German liberalism. The Return of the Neocons: Neoconservatism was once deemed dead, but it persists, not just as the de facto foreign-policy plank of the Republican Party but, its proponents assert, in Obama's unapologetic embrace of American military might. A review of Tattoo Machine: Tall Tales, True Stories, and My Life in Ink by Jeff Johnson. Twittering Fools: Edward Docx is not interested in what the public thinks — nobody is, not even the public. Michael Linden on how to spot a deficit peacock: Four ways to tell when someone isn't serious about the deficit. From Hippie to Hip: Fashion designers are filling catwalks from New York to Los Angeles and Paris to Milan with fresh looks that make sustainability sexy. The GOP is about to unleash an ungodly number of Contracts With America. Uncovering secrets of the Sphinx: After decades of research, American archaeologist Mark Lehner has some answers about the mysteries of the Egyptian colossus.
Mary A. Kizima (BSU) and Sergey A. Kizima (APA): The Development of Business Styles in Post-Soviet Russia and Belarus. The Kremlin Kowtow: Why have Western leaders and intellectuals gone soft on Russia's autocracy? How did Russia’s richest oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky become the last best hope of its human rights campaigners? Death in Detention: An article on Russia's prison scandal. From Cross Currents, why Russians should not read Sartre, or the search for God in two extremities of Europe. The “Orthodox resurgence” taking place in Russia may have as much to do with nationalism as with religious zeal. Stalin's Revival: Russia wrestles with rehabilitating its great Soviet-era wartime leader and homicidal maniac. Officials from Moscow's Committee for Monumental Arts recently discussed plans to remove what is the only monument of Karl Marx in the city, putting forward a variety of arguments. Can Belarus' communism-lite go on? Minsk might give the impression of an idealized Soviet Union, but the recession has revealed cracks in Belarus' "market socialism". Alexander Lukashenko has often been referred to as Europe's last dictator— all of a sudden, though, he seems to be on a push to rapidly liberalize Belarus' economy and turn it into a high-tech paradise. A Belarusian novel encourages citizens to question their own role in perpetuating the regime that governs them; the authorities’ response suggests it has touched a nerve. Your native tongue is a crime against the state: Observations in Belarus, the last former-Soviet police state. An article on Russia's energy feud with Belarus: Will Kazakhs step in?