From the inaugural issue of Culture Unbound, a special section on the use of cultural research. A lament for the humanities: Once upon a time the humanities were celebrated, the sciences largely shrugged off, writes Michael Ruse — that was unfortunate, but so is the current reversal of that situation. From Liberal Education, a special issue on the humanities; and a special issue on liberal education and the disciplines, including economics, history, religious studies, English/foreign language, the classics, and biochemistry and molecular biology. From The Minnesota Review, a special section on critical credos, including contributions by Michael Berube, Rita Felski, Diana Fuss, Andrew Ross, and more; an interview with UC-Irvine's Hillis Miller, bellwether of academic literary criticism for the past fifty years; an interview with Stephen J. Greenblatt on the new historicism; an interview with Amanda Anderson, author of The Way We Argue Now: A Study in the Cultures of Theory; and a review of Bad Modernisms. The global turn in postcolonial literary studies: A review of The Postcolonial and the Global by Revathi Krishnaswamy and John C. Hawley; Mongrel Nation: Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain by Ashley Dawson; Postcolonial Writers in the Global Literary Marketplace by Sarah Brouillette; and Reading the Global: Troubling Perspectives on Britain's Empire in Asia by Sanjay Krishnan. From Arcade, William Egginton on linguistic relativism and grammar conservatism; Andrew Goldstone on a "positivist" style of literary scholarship and other terms of praise; and why have the revolutions that Theory enacted become an embarrassment? In praise of tough criticism: An epidemic of faint praise and anonymous reviews threatens to enervate the free flow of ideas in academe.
David E. Bernstein (GMU) and Thomas C. Leonard (Princeton): Excluding Unfit Workers: Social Control Versus Social Justice in the Age of Economic Reform. From Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, a special issue on work and well-being, including Rachel Morrison and Terry Nolan (AUT): I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends at Work; and Barbara Plester (Auckland): Healthy Humour: Using Humour to Cope at Work. A review of The Provocative Joan Robinson: The Making of a Cambridge Economist by Nahid Aslanbeigui and Guy Oakes. A review of Woodrow Wilson: A Biography by John Milton Cooper Jr. Hail the 21st-century Enlightenment — ideas don't come much bigger. Dan Ariely on the 7 habits of highly ineffective people. From The Objective Standard, Alan Germani on the recent New Criterion article “Ayn Rand: Engineer of Souls” by Theodore Dalrymple. Martin Gardner was a polymath with a sense of humor; Scott McLemee pays tribute. A review of Edward Said: The Charisma of Criticism by H. Aram Veeser. A review of Stefan Klein's Leonardo's Legacy: How Da Vinci Reimagined the World. How to prevent deepwater spills: Safety upgrades are critical but could mean higher prices for oil and gas. Actress, prostitute and empress of Rome, Theodora's life is perfect for fiction. Johann Hari on the super-rich CEO scam — and how to stop it. An interview with David Remnick on President Obama, magazine publishing, and American Idol. From Sociology.org, is there room for a Functionalism 2.0 in the theoretical spaces of sociology? A review of At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean by Steve Mentz. Upside-Down Bailout: When the U.S. Treasury faced insolvency in 1895, Wall Street colossus J.P. Morgan was the only man who could save the day.
Andreas Gunnarsson (Gothenburg): The First Swede in Space: The Making of a Public Science Hero. From Sweden's Axess, people's perception of themselves is much more critical in determining their class than occupation, residence or income; it seems to be a law of nature to divide people into groups and identify status; the right-left dimension has long been dominated by the issue of wealth distribution, but now questions about morals, culture and lifestyle are becoming increasingly important; the paradoxes of the halal hippie: Radical people support reactionary clergies, and the nationalist Sweden Democrats attack Islamists, with whom they actually have a great deal in common; and as we in Sweden were losing our ideological battles abroad, it became clear that our sympathy was often simply a pose aimed at disguising a taking of ideological sides. Frankly, IKEA is doing more for the image of Sweden than all governmental efforts combined. From n+1, a review essay on Stieg Larsson, the man who blew up the welfare state; and this is what happens when rich, well-traveled, and well-educated children from a tiny Viking country covered in forest grow up and try to write fiction. Why are Nordic detective novels so successful? (and more). The land of Hans Christian Andersen and Hamlet finds a place in the hearts of everyone who lives or studies there. In Norway, even murders and rapists have a shot at landing in "open prison". A review of Wasteland With Words: A Social History of Iceland by Sigurdur Gylfi Magnusson. Iceland after the fall: Notes from an icy island on the anniversary of its meltdown (and more). Whether Iceland will bring philosophy centre-stage for the first time in the nation’s life, history will tell. Rolf Hugoson on debating the Nordic consensus culture (and a response).
The inaugural issue of The Irish Anarchist Review is out. Table soccer aims to be taken seriously as a sport. From First Monday, a special issue on the digital habitat. Rules for drone wars: An interview with Philip Alston, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions. Philip Bump on Michael Kinsley, opinion, and the evolution of media. From Monitor on Psychology, Daniel Gilbert discusses how his research on happiness changed his own life; the work of Norman R.F. Maier offers an example of how those at the core of the discipline of psychology can thwart those who challenge mainstream views; and Little Albert regains his identity: One of psychology's greatest mysteries appears to have been solved. From JWSR, a review essay on fair trade coffee books. What do we really know about the crucifixion of Jesus? Yasha Levine on Manhattan’s Welfare Kings: How billionaires turned farms into personal tax havens and petty cash machines, allowing them to give less, while taking more. From Forbes, a special report on 25 Ideas to Change the World: Luminaries take on problems from poverty to violence to finance. From the Saturday Evening Post, a look at America’s century of oil problems. Gasbags: Politicians, oilmen, and green-energy boosters love to invoke the idea of energy security — none of them know what they're talking about. A review of American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People by T.H. Breen (and more). At the World Cup, the empire strikes back: The tournament allows former colonies to face their colonizers on a level playing field. Right life in the wrong life: Joachim Gauck talks about Ossis and Wessis, opposition, conformism, and the long-term psychological effects of a dictatorial regime.
From Utopian Studies, John Hickman (Berry): When Science Fiction Writers Used Fictional Drugs: Rise and Fall of the Twentieth-century Drug Dystopia; Sing-chen Lydia Chiang (BC): Visions of Happiness: Daoist Utopias and Grotto Paradises in Early and Medieval Chinese Tales; Jose Luis Ramos-Gorostiza (Complutense): Socio-economic Utopianism in Spain at the End of the Nineteenth Century: La Nueva Utopia by Ricardo Mella; Janet Sarbanes (CalArts): The Shaker "Gift" Economy: Charisma, Aesthetic Practice and Utopian Communalism; Daniel P. Jaeckle (Concordia): Embodied Anarchy in Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed; and a review of Rhetorics of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn. From The New Yorker, what’s behind the boom in dystopian fiction for young readers? Torsten Krol's The Dolphin People is a great utopian parable for our savage times. From Bookforum, a special section on Utopia & Dystopia: Paul La Farge on how perfect worlds are games to be played by following the rules to the letter; and is it time for dystopian novelists to end the reign of the free-market idealists? Keith Gessen investigates. From New American City, an article on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Utopian Dystopia. From Changesurfer Radio, an interview with Russell Jacoby on the decline of both public intellectualism and utopianism, and the prospects for a return of both. Leland B. Yeager on Uchronia, or Alternative History: The history that didn't happen can be just as interesting as the history that did. A review of Technology and Utopia by Howard P. Segal. From e-flux, Hans Ulrich Obrist on Manifestos for the Future. From Fast Company, Jamais Cascio on Futures Thinking: The Basics, Asking the Question, Scanning the World, Mapping the Possibilities (part 2), and Writing Scenarios.