Armando Galarraga and the Perfect Asterisk: Baseball is as much art as science — that’s the real lesson in an egregious and, yes, wonderful botched call at first base (and more and more). A new camera system takes the guesswork out of baseball stats. The latest frontier of statistical research in baseball — and the newest front in the Yankees vs. Red Sox arms race — is defense, and it’s yielding some surprising insights about which players are worth their salaries. A review of After Many a Summer: The Passing of the Giants and Dodgers and a Golden Age in New York Baseball by Robert Murphy. A review of Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball by Bill Madden. A home-run record you don't want: The Phillies' Jamie Moyer is about to pass Robin Roberts in giving up the most long balls. If they build it, you will pay: When the rich owners of baseball clubs want a new stadium, they strong-arm politicians for tax dollars — why aren't taxpayers more outraged? A review of Satch, Dizzy, and Rapid Robert: The Wild Saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson by Timothy M. Gay (and more). Babe Ruth's whores, Pete Rose's pills, and other stuff you never read about your favorite players when you were a kid. An interview with Mark Kurlansky, author of The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris. Can the Blue Jays survive in Toronto? A review of High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time by Tim Wendel (and more). From Forbes, an article on the holy grails of baseball collecting. Jonathan Goldwater on George Will’s Marxist theory of baseball. Game on: Creditors go to bat against the rules of baseball, a hallowed American sport. A review of The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant (and more).
From the Graduate Journal of Social Science, a special issue on translation and the social sciences. Is Afghanistan "medieval"? Afghans shouldn't be insulted when Westerners say the country reminds them of the Middle Ages. An interview with Paul Johnson: "After 70 you begin to mellow". From FT, a look at how gambling moved into the mainstream. An interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali why Christians should try to convert Muslims. Robert Brockway on the U.S. Army’s Weed Weapon: A paranoid but true conspiracy. A mindful beauty: Joel Cohen on what poetry and applied mathematics have in common. Protecting fashion with copyright would only stifle the natural order of copying, remixing and referencing that produces enduring style. Dan Ariely on how to commit the perfect crime. Julian Baggini on how there is no one either good or bad, but circumstances make them so. These books by artists — mostly painters — read like diaries; they reveal the successes and failures, highs and lows, of working in the late 1960s up through the '80s. Cartoonist Scott Adams's personal road to riches: Put your money on the companies that you hate the most. More surprises from this pope: An interview with Ramiro Pellitero, author of The Theme of a Pontificate: The Great "Yes" of God. Dominant theory says that desertification is caused by overgrazing; Operation Hope has upended this idea, restoring degraded African grasslands into lush, green pasture. Government bad, corporations good: Casey Mulligan's “economic” analysis is so perverse it barely passes the snicker test. A review of The Uses of Pessimism and the Danger of False Hope by Roger Scruton (and more). From Dissent, young writers who belong to the next generation to govern America speak about themselves in the first person.
From Reason, an interview with Virginia Postrel on the economics of health care and the intersection of glamour and politics. The Obama Avatar: What do Barack Obama and James Cameron have in common? A review of A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama’s Promise, Wall Street’s Power, and the Struggle to Control Our Economic Future by Robert Kuttner. It’s time for the president to realize he is the one we’ve been waiting for, but it’s not clear he cares all that deeply about leading his party — that’s the real wild card in the midterm elections. Peter Ferrara predicts President Obama will resign in discredited disgrace before the fall of 2012. Obamasfailures.com is a miserable failure. John Sides on explaining the origins of the Tea Party: A rebuttal of Mark Lilla (and more by the New School's JM Bernstein and more at the Mises Institute). Frances Fox Piven on how she ended up in Glenn Beck’s line-of-fire and why it matters. Why conservatives hate you: Our politics relies on creating disgust for opponents. Saint Sarah: To white evangelical women, Sarah Palin is a modern-day prophet, preaching God, flag, and family — while remaking the religious right in her own image. Laissez-Faire meets the oil spill: Sarah Palin is trying to outflank Obama to the left. Suddenly, Republicans want an active federal government. If Americans don’t want the dubious comforts of a full-fledged nanny state, then they can’t come running for comprehensive succor when some milk, or oil, spills. From militias to white supremacists, right-wing groups are using social networking to organize and spread propaganda — should the government do something? A review of Beyond the Echo Chamber: How a Networked Progressive Media Can Reshape American Politics by Jessica Clark and Tracy Van Slyke.
A new issue of Lost is out. e-flux is in search of the postcapitalist self. From Lyceum, Rebecca Carhart (Taylor): Pacifism and Virtue Ethics. From TNR, Michael Walzer on trying political leaders. From The Atlantic Monthly, a special section on the 14 3/4 Biggest Ideas of the Year (and a blog), including Hanna Rosin on the End of Men (and more); Walter Kirn on why boredom is extinct; Michael Kinsley on the power of no; Walter Issacson on how information wants to be paid for; and David Brooks on why teachers are fair game. From Inside Catholic, Deal Hudson on Glee and the search for postmodern innocence. Conversations with literary websites: An interview with Scott Esposito, editor of the Quarterly Conversation. Is Darth Vader mentally ill, or are the crazy ones the French psychiatrists who set out to "psychoanalyze" Anakin Skywalker? An interview with Eric Davidson, author of We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988-2001. Scott Bradfield reviews Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend by Joshua Blu Buhs and Anatomy of a Beast: Obsession and Myth on the Trail of Bigfoot by Michael McLeod. Is there sex in heaven? Peter Kreeft wants to know. Why South Africa cannot fail: There is no reason to think this is a country on the brink of chaos — but when the World Cup is over, the same urgent problems will remain in the world’s most unequal country. Regulators are watching Google over antitrust concerns. Changing the course at Newsweek: It’s easy to throw rocks at an industry dealing with a digital competition and a fractured culture — here are a few (helpful) ideas. The twilight of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is nigh — this is a good thing for heterosexuals. A review of Moral Combat: A History of World War II by Michael Burleigh (and more and more and more and more and more).
From The Journal of Markets & Morality, Guido Hulsmann (Ardens): The Production of Business Ethics. Lidija Polutnik (Babson): The Case for Economic Reasoning in MBA Education Revisited. Managers are made, not born — but can an MBA program teach a person to be a good one? From Business Week, a look at how business schools lost their way; and former active-duty soldiers are learning a lot from B-school — maybe it's time for B-schools to learn a thing or two from the military. A review of Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads. Floated on the ideas market: Julian Baggini meets Melbourne Business School’s philosopher-in-residence, John Armstrong. Changing the world, one MBA at a time: Groups like MBAs Without Borders give B-school graduates experience in the developing world, and just maybe a new career. Courses and curriculums are being revised to avoid building silos in business schools and students’ minds. A review of The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won’t Learn in Business School by Selena Rezvani. Berkeley's is the latest business school to shake up its MBA courses. Here are 10 predictions for the future of B-schools. From Forbes, a look at why more women are heading to business school. Producing the highest-quality MBAs is the unabashed aim of "sausage factory" BPP; Katie Best is proud to see it deliver. How to Build a B-School: Johns Hopkins is creating an MBA program that plays off its strengths. Can an "MBA oath" fix what’s wrong with business? A review of The MBA Oath: Setting a Higher Standard for Business Leaders by Max Anderson and Peter Escher (and more). In India, demand for high-quality business education is outstripping supply; for some North American business schools, India may be the new promised land.