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?