From In These Times, a special report on Cuba. A review essay on the myths and costs of the Cuban Revolution. Exorcising the ghost of Che Guevara: Nick Gillespie on how his violent life undercuts his mythic image. A review of Without Fidel: A Death Foretold in Miami, Havana, and Washington by Ann Louise Bardach. An interview with Tom Miller, author of Trading with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro’s Cuba. If you want to know where to buy chicken or diapers or cellphones in Cuba, hop into one of its collective taxis. Cuba, a red and green utopia: Whether the lights will shine brightly over Havana again is not only a political question, but an environmental one. An interview with Ann Louise Bardach, the Western journalist who's probably spent more time with the Castro family than any other. Cuba's Hiatus: Aaron Wiener on the Raul Interlude. This year, almost 100 students from the United States are studying abroad in Cuba — what they’re learning in classrooms and bread lines will probably surprise you. A review of Guantanamo: A Working-Class History between Empire and Revolution by Jana Lipman. A review of To Change the World: My Years in Cuba by Margaret Randall. Chris Lewis on how to think about Cuba. From NYRB, Daniel Wilkinson and Nik Steinberg on Cuba, a way forward. Castroland: An article on the beauty and despair of modern-day Cuba. Travels by taxi: Cuban novelist Jose Manuel Prieto reflects on the consequences of his country's revolution. Catholic Church plays politics in Cuba: The church's role has changed abruptly — will it help facilitate the release of political prisoners? A review of My Brothers Fidel and Raul: The Secret History by Juanita Castro. An article on saving Cuba's forests. Life after oil: Cuba can teach us how to live without our dirty fossil fuel addiction.
Cecil E. Bohanon and W. Allen Hutson (Ball State): The Economics of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Salih Yucel (Monash): Fethullah Gulen: Spiritual Leader in a Global Islamic Context. A review of No Culture, No Future by Simon Brault. iHuman: In what ways is immersion in digital technologies changing us as humans? A review of books on the Indian wars. The polite Islamophobia of the intellectual: A review of The Flight of the Intellectuals by Paul Berman and Islamophobia / Islamophilia: Beyond the Politics of Enemy and Friend. If you’re familiar with the phenomenon of the so-called “fuck-yeah” tumblelog, you will not be surprised to know of the existence of Fuck Yeah Cartography (and more). Mr. Mimic: John H. McWhorter on the extraordinary gifts and fleeting legacy of Sammy Davis, Jr. How times have changed, ex-Playboy Bunnies say. Wasn’t the fall of the Berlin Wall supposed to set the world free and end history? In the 20 years since, communities worldwide have voluntarily retreated behind walls and security cameras. The Western is dead; long live the Western. Intelligent Life has a mini-series on classics that might not get a green light today. From The Scoop Deck, a look at the civilized way to go to sea. Good or bad, baby names have long-lasting effects. A review of Understanding Nationalism: On Narrative, Cognitive Science, and Identity by Patrick Colm Hogan. Move over US soaps, telenovelas seduce the globe. The ruins of modern Greece: Facilities built for Olympics go unused; a preference for smoking over sport? From Humanities, an article on Napoleon, Britain, and the Siege of Cadiz. Ministry of Silly Wars: Lawrence Osborne on Britain in Central Asia. UC-Berkeley wants students to take DNA tests for their health and education — what's wrong with that?
Generation Joshua aims to get young people working to "help America return to her Judeo-Christian foundations". An article on the Constitution Party: Delusional religious fanatics pushing for Christian tyranny. Chris Hedges on how the Christian fascists are growing stronger. Is Sarah Palin the new leader of the Christian Right? Benyamin Cohen on S.E. Cupp, the Right's favorite atheist. Paleo Wacko: Jason Zengerle on the roots of Rand Paul’s radicalism. The SPLC profiles 10 of the deeply troubled individuals leading the Right-wing, government-hating crusade (and more). Presidential hopeful Gary Johnson is a libertarian among the Republicans. Why do libertarians produce better literature than conservatives? Remembering the New Right: Richard Meagher on political strategy and the building of the GOP. Republicans dismissed Mike Huckabee in 2008; does the Party need him now? A look at 10 things that terrify Right-wingers. From National Affairs, Henry Olsen on populism, American style. Matthew Continetti on the Two Faces of the Tea Party: Rick Santelli, Glenn Beck, and the future of the populist insurgency. From Playboy, an article on Rogues of K Street: Confessions of a Tea Party Consultant. Flag daze: What is the Tea Party waving, exactly? The Two Conservatisms: The Tea Party is more flagrant, but the austerity movement is more insidious. Wilfred McClay on the sources of American renewal. Conservatism and the spirit of reform: Republicans squandered their hard-won reputation as the party of ideas — it's time to reclaim it. From The Economist, what's wrong with America's right: Too much anger and too few ideas — America needs a better alternative to Obama; and the tea-party movement is pushing the Republicans to the right — that may make it harder to recapture the White House.
Brian J. Sudlow (Reading): Violence and Non-Violence: French Catholic Writers between the Mimetic Crisis and the Crucified. From Minerva, Pauline O’Flynn (MIC): The Creation of Meaning: Simone de Beauvoir’s Existentialist Ethics; and Brian Lightbody (Brock): Death and Liberation: A Critical Investigation of Death in Sartre’s Being and Nothingness. From Rolling Stone, the Runaway General: Stanley McChrystal, Obama’s top commander in Afghanistan, has seized control of the war by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House. A review of Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization by Richard Miles. A review of Fly Fishing with Darth Vader: And Other Adventures with Evangelical Wrestlers, Political Hitmen, and Jewish Cowboys by Matt Labash. Psychologists’ research on the power of movement is giving us insight into why we first danced and how cultures built on that ancient impulse. From Law, Social Justice & Global Development, Raza Saeed on Conceptualising Success and Failure for Social Movements. “Aryanism” is a strictly modern, anti-democratic political ideology, as are the politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran. A review of The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898 by Evan Thomas. From Vice, an interview with Helen Thomas. What went wrong: Why did Iran's pro-democracy movement stall? From GQ, lost in the catastrophic aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the gripping tale of the rig workers and the Coast Guard crewmen who rescued them; Sean Flynn re-creates their long, harrowing, heart-pounding night. Why does the government still allow suspected terrorists to buy guns? The 10 least sexy World Cup players: Sexy is, truly, in the eye of the beholder. Think gas is too pricey? Think again.
And check out an interview with Henry Roth biographer Steven Kellman over at Paper Trail, Bookforum's blog on publishing, literature, and our favorite authors.
From the NCSF, a report on What Psychology Professionals Should Know About Polyamory. McSweeney's takes a look at the conflicted existence of a female porn writer. How the Internet porn business works: Researchers set up adult Web sites to study how the industry makes its money and spreads malware. From Arena, Alison Caddick questions the mainstreaming of porn. Safe Words: How the prevention message disappeared from the public conversation about sex. A review of Sexual Coercion in Primates and Humans: An Evolutionary Perspective on Male Aggression Against Females. Sex Book Throwdown: A book battle between Andrea Dworkin’s Pornography: Men Possessing Women and Nadine Strossen’s Defending Pornography. Why the T in GLBT? To understand the answer is to understand much of what animates the sexual Left. Remember the most convulsive, brain-ripping climax you ever had? Sexbots will electrocute our flesh with climaxes twice as gigantic because they'll be more desirable, patient, eager, and altruistic than their meat-bag competition. A look at 6 famous geniuses you didn't know were perverts. Why do women have sex? The answers are more diverse and abundant than you may think. Why it’s interesting why women have sex: A review of Cindy M. Meston and David M. Buss's Why Women Have Sex: The Psychology of Sex in Women’s Own Voices. God, sex and love on American campuses: The sex is hot, but the heart is cold — undergraduate men today have more "fuck buddies" than dates. Have the Feds gone soft on porn? Activists urge members of Congress to take a stand against online smut. A review of Hooking Up: Sex, Dating and Relationships by Kathleen Bogle. Jon Sobel on the Great Masturbation Debate: Do I touch myself? Very well then I touch myself.