From the Department of State's eJournal USA, a special issue on how democracies transfer power. From Brazilian Political Science Review, Klaus Frey (PUCPR): Development, Good Governance, and Local Democracy; and Ricardo Fabrino Mendonca (UFMG): Representation and Deliberation in Civil Society. A review of Surrendering to Utopia: An Anthropology of Human Rights by Mark Goodale. The first chapter from Indivisible Human Rights: A History by Daniel J. Whelan. A review of The Work of Global Justice: Human Rights as Practices by Fuyuki Kurasawa. Gillian Brock, author of Global Justice: A Cosmopolitan Account, on migration and global justice. A review of Moving Millions: How Coyote Capitalism Fuels Global Immigration by Jeffrey Kaye. A review of Hyperconflict: Globalization and Insecurity by James H. Mittelman. A review of War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern Times by Linda Polman (and more and more and more and more and more). From UN Dispatch, Alanna Shaikh on the five things people say to aid critics. From TED, Esther Duflo on social experiments to fight poverty. Dollars & Sense goes beyond the world creditors’ cartel: In Latin America and elsewhere, the IMF may be re–emerging — but in a changed landscape. From The Economist, a special report on banking in emerging markets. The richest countries are those with the most complex economies — and actually produce the greatest diversity of goods. Is organic farming an elitist fetish that hampers efforts to stanch global hunger, or is it the kind of holistic approach we’ll need to produce food on a circumscribed planet? Reviving “lost crops”: Economic anthropologist Jane Guyer focuses on nutritional value of native food resources in order to feed hundreds of millions of starving Africans.
Brian Leiter (Chicago): Moral Skepticism and Moral Disagreement: Developing an Argument from Nietzsche. From Armed Forces Journal, an essay on Vietnam’s distorted legacy. Weak Bonds: The US's entrenched culture of bailbondsmen is an embarrassment to our justice system. Gavin McInnes on the best (and worst) languages in the world. While major publishers struggle with bloated release schedules and rampant costs in a shifting media landscape, NYRB Classics succeeds as a lean model of consistency, quality and reader engagement. The Special Relationship: Foreign Policy gathers eight prominent figures in the Jewish community to discuss Peter Beinart's recent essay. Moment asks 35 American Jews two big questions: What does it mean to be a Jew today, and what do Jews bring to the world today? A review of Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea by Alberto Toscano. Get that song out my head: A study on those pesky earworms. An article on the world's 10 most wanted fugitives. The Smart Man's Jersey Shore: Each year, multiple generations of preppy alumni gather at Princeton to throw one of the country's biggest keggers. From Wired, meet Charles Komanoff, the man who could unsnarl Manhattan traffic. Enda Duffy on his book The Speed Handbook: Velocity, Pleasure, Modernism. Forget a profile pic; what does your business card say about you? Copyright law's grip on film, music and software barely touches the fashion industry — and fashion benefits in both innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. There isn’t any secret to properly appreciating a book, except that maybe if you don’t like one, it isn’t the right time — you just need to take a break and let it mellow on the shelf for a few months. Nathan Lee reviews Perpetual Inventory by Rosalind E. Krauss.
From The New York Review of Magazines, a verse-happy bunch is here to stay, and because of them, so is the publication of poetry in print magazines; and Ellen London on the literary magazines that define Harvard, Yale and Princeton. From The Faster Times, Lincoln Michel on a guide to literary magazines. Isaiah Wilner reviews Creating the College Man: American Mass Magazines and Middle-Class Manhood, 1890–1915 by Daniel A. Clark. So what do you do, Samir Husni, Mr. Magazine? Husni shares his take on monetizing digital content and the outlook for print publications. At a time when the newspaper industry is having a tough time growing revenue, Parade magazine has opened up a new sales front: selling ads on the Web sites of its partner papers. Are magazines really dying out? Though the internet is a serious threat, its ephemeral nature is no match for print's tangibility and longevity. In the fight over Gourmet magazine’s former readers, it’s the mass-market food magazines that seem to be thriving. A look at dead magazines that we never knew existed. What the True/Slant's acquisition really means for Forbes (and more). An interview with Kai Wright, the new editorial director of Colorlines. An interview with Mikki Taylor of Essence, stepping out on her own after 30 years (and more). In honor of its 40th anniversary, Essence magazine is bringing back an old friend: Terry McMillan. Stefan Aust, former editor-in-chief of German news magazine Der Spiegel, can forget his idea of creating a competitor. Jim Gaines on where the newsweeklies went wrong: The rise of digital is only part of the problem. Sara Miller McCune's aim to spread the word on important scientific research results in Miller-McCune, a wonky social sciences magazine that with a little more storytelling could expand its base.
A new issue of Bidoun is out, including Alexander Provan on The Golden Compass: Islam Versus Global Capitalism. Another reason to lament the fading of printed books in the digital age: the loss of handwritten inscriptions left by others. Mr. Woebegone Goes to Washington: When did the Senate become such a lonely, cynical place? Friends like these: Facebook’s former privacy chief Chris Kelly runs for office. If you think the current uproar over Facebook privacy is bad, wait until Facebook embraces location-based apps in a big way. Infallibility and Psychiatry’s Bible: The latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is being revised and, by some, reviled. Fallibilism is true: This is the lesson all narratives of deception need to take seriously — for anyone staid about the possibility of enlightenment must remain just as serious about the possibility for mistake. Elizabeth Mitchell reviews Something Red by Jennifer Gilmore. Could mandatory voting make politics less polarized? To the short list of life's certainties (death, taxes), William Galston wants to add one more: voting. More and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens. From FP, Stephen Walt on how to defend the indefensible (and get away with it). David Gordon reviews Rule of Law, Misrule of Men by Elaine Scarry. From Book of Odds, an article on dogs and racism: Who is the real bigot? Superheroes are ridiculous — too bad we've forgotten that. Industrial Espionage: How the CIA got the world to buy American during the Cold War. How to make a boycott matter: The outrage over Arizona has provoked a growing number of efforts to make the state pay, but will it?
Jonathan Clarke on post-World War II books that articulated a new vocabulary with which to reflect America back to itself — but the image they presented was not always pleasing. Damon Linker reviews The Conservative Turn: Lionel Trilling, Whittaker Chambers, and the Lessons of Anti-Communism by Michael Kimmage. The Gay McCarthyites: How Roy Cohn and his boyfriend helped unmake their maker. A review of The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America by Don Lattin (and more and more). A review of Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Quest to Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World by Nicholas Schou (and more). A review of Framing the Sixties: The Use and Abuse of a Decade from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush by Bernard von Bothmer. A review of The Age of Impeachment: American Constitutional Culture since 1960 by David Kyvig. A review of The Future Almost Arrived: How Jimmy Carter Failed to Change U.S. Foreign Policy by Itai Nartzizenfield Sneh (and more). Kevin Mattson, author of What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?, on how Jimmy Carter gave one of the toughest speeches in the history of presidential speeches. Michaelangelo Matos reviews Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture by Alice Echols (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). An interview with Craig Shirley, author of Rendezvous With Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America. Living in the Eighties: Moving beyond the Gilded Age versus Golden Age paradigm. A review of The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11 by John Farmer.