Yuliya Kozyrakis (FUB): Remembering the Future: Ethnic Memory in Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. Parvin Ghasemi and Mitra Tiur (Shiraz): The Promise and Failure of the American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Fiction. From Standpoint, Craig Raine on poet-novelists or novelist-poets: does it matter? From The Wilson Quarterly, a review of books on Jane Austen. The working-class lover of JM Synge, one of Ireland’s great playwrights, has been airbrushed out of history. Paul la Farge reviews Tintin and the Secret of Literature by Tom McCarthy. Before Milledgeville, Georgia was just another place for Ben Roethlisberger to degrade women, it was the country home of Flannery O'Connor. Terry Teachout reviews Brad Gooch's Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor (and more; and more by Wendy Lesser at Bookforum). A review of Young Romantics: The Shelleys, Byron and Other Tangled Lives by Daisy Hay (and more). From NYRB, a review essay on books about Charles Dickens. Dickens and People: Today’s gossip magazines are like 19th-century serialized novels. Pointing to the Divine: Robert E. Lauder on Eugene O'Neill and the need for God. A review of The Female Gothic: New Directions. A review of The Novel: An Alternative History — Beginnings to 1600 by Steven Moore. Late Renaissance Man: Intellectual adventure characterises the life of George Steiner. Crime fiction used to entertain us with double acts such as Holmes and Watson — but when and why did it lose its sense of humour? An interview with Martin Amis: "It's funny, life". Battle of the Books: Jim Walsh discovers the one place JD Salinger, America’s most famous literary recluse, could always be found — the courtroom. Francine Prose has produced a body of work that, taken as a whole, is without peer in contemporary American fiction.
Stefano Petrucciani (Rome): Rethinking Critical Theory. From Middle East Report, Rochelle Davis (Georgetown): Culture as a Weapon System; Laleh Khalili (SOAS): The New (and Old) Classics of Counterinsurgency; and Noura Erakat (Georgetown): BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement) in the USA, 2001-2010. Camus and Sartre were two different men who travelled briefly together, only to fight bitter battles later — yet they left us richer. The Closers: Maria Streshinsky on how the pros shut down a failing bank. From Archaeology, could Google Earth help us stop looting? From The Medieval Review, a review of Byzantine Slavery and the Mediterranean World by Youval Rotman; a review of God's War: A New History of the Crusades by Christopher Tyerman; a review of City and Cosmos: The Medieval World in Urban Form by Keith D. Lilley; a review of Medieval Dress and Fashion by Margaret Scott; and a review of Merlin: Knowledge and Power through the Ages by Stephen Knight. From New Internationalist, a special issue on Iraq: 7 Years Later. The Evolution of Goldman Sachs: The fraud allegations against them have tarnished the reputation of the firm, but how exactly did they get to this point? A review of The Warsaw Ghetto: A Guide to the Perished City by Barbara Engelking and Jacek Leociak. The Big Jewcy 100 celebrates people doing amazing things. From the MAA, Colm Mulcahy on Mathematical Idol 2010; and exercise your mind daily with MinuteMath. Doing science in the past: The comparative method of historical science helps to explain Haiti's poverty. Walt Disney, Reanimated: A new museum prompts reappraisal of a culture-shaking artist and entrepreneur. Creating Paradise: What can individuals do to solve social problems?
Nani Indrajani T. and Anggie Angeline (Petra Christian): The Types of Argument Structure Used by Hillary Clinton in the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate. Are voters truly sophisticated and rational decision makers? Apparently not — their choices are heavily influenced by superficial, nonverbal cues, such as politicians' appearance. Aaron Renn on the referendum voting: Democracy or disease? Scientists design a more efficient democratic voting system. A review of Numbers Rule: The Vexing Mathematics of Democracy, from Plato to the Present by George G. Szpiro. Saved by the crown: What monarchs offer modern democracy. A review of The Political Morality of Liberal Democracy by Michael J. Perry. From Liberty, Brian Gladish on marketing morality: Competition brings better results in business — why wouldn't it do so in the judiciary as well? Civil servants can make decisions that are better for the long-term good of the country than elected officials can, right?: A review of The Logic of Discipline by Alasdair Roberts. Why not license politicians seeking public office? A panel on Filibustering: A Political History of Obstruction in the House and Senate by Gregory Koger. From CJR, embrace the wonk: Greg Marx on a new opportunity for reporters and political scientists (and more: What if political scientists covered the news?); and more lessons from political science: How understanding the horse race can keep us from obsessing over it. From The Monkey Cage, is 538.com good for political science? For his "Political Science Senior Capstone" course during the spring semester of 2010, Northeastern's Michael Tolley had his students explore the major areas of research and scholarship in political science about the presidency of George W. Bush; some of the papers are now online.
From Mediaspace, Ken Feil (Emerson): Sex, Comedy and Controversy: Kiss Me, Stupid, What’s New, Pussycat?, New Hollywood, and Metropolitan Taste; Kenneth Chan (UNC): The Shaw-Tarantino Connection: Rolling Thunder Pictures and the Exploitation Aesthetics of Cool; and scholars on the subject of Genre in contemporary Cinema and Media Studies. A review of Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy by Raghuram Rajan (and more and more). A look at how Exile on Main St. killed the Rolling Stones. Why can't I feel what I see: What is the happiness that has eluded our generation? The genius of Jackie Chan: He's a cinematic artist on par with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. A review of 20th Century Travel: 100 Years of Globe-Trotting Ads. From History Now, a special issue on the Great Depression. An interview with Morris Dickstein, author of Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression (and more at Bookforum). Christopher "moot" Poole on the case for anonymity online. Successor states to an empire in free fall: Theories with wonderful names are emerging to describe our post-postmodern culture and society — Alan Kirby is fascinated by the "cultural dominant's" shadow. A review of A Brief History of Nakedness by Philip Carr-Gomm. All the dead are vampires: Michael Sims on a natural-historical look at our love-hate relationship with dead people. Rich people things: Chris Lehmann on Los Angeles compound fever. Beyond Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol: Sarah Breger on the true story of Jews and Freemasons. Why misogynists make great informants: How gender violence on the Left enables state violence in radical movements. A review of Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America by Jack Rakove (and more and more).
The inaugural issue of Review of Economics and Institutions is out. Andres Marroquin (UFM): Economic Anthropology: Past and Future. The first chapter from Innovation, Intellectual Property, and Economic Growth by Christine Greenhalgh and Mark Rogers. The first chapter from Economic Sociology: A Systematic Inquiry by Alejandro Portes. An interview with Ian Ayres on inequality. Breacher of the Peace: A profile of Daron Acemoglu. Monsters in the market: In today’s exchanges, strong programs prey on weak ones, humans are hard to find, and the SEC struggles to keep up. A review of The Invention of Enterprise: Entrepreneurship from Ancient Mesopotamia to Modern Times. An article on maximum wage, an idea whose time has come. More on The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better. Joseph Stiglitz reviews Keynes: The Return of the Master by Robert Skidelsky. Paul Volcker on how the time we have is growing short. A review of The Blood Bankers: Tales from the Global Underground Economy by James S. Henry. The Pay Problem: Jay Lorsch and Rakesh Khurana on why it's time for a new paradigm for executive compensation. The sad state of financial economics teaching: A review of The Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets by Frederic S. Mishkin. The Squam Lake Report, a book that represents the consensus of 15 leading economists offers, prescriptions to avert another financial collapse. Nouriel Roubini and Ian Bremmer debate the real meaning of political and economic problems throughout the world. A review of Are the Rich Necessary? Great Economic Arguments and How They Reflect Our Personal Values by Hunter Lewis (and more). Economists think they are invulnerable and intellectually superior — we all suffer for it.