From Politics and Culture, Heather Davis (Concordia): When Art Becomes Critical Practice: The Village of Arts and Humanities; and a review of Modes of Spectating. A review of A Philosophy of Cinematic Art by Berys Gaut. The disappearance of the bourgeoisie has led to a crisis in the arts: How can we track down the defeated remnants of the philistine class, in order to disturb them with the proof of their irrelevance? Inflationary aesthetics: Despite the increasing professionalization of the field, it should be remembered that balloon modelers primarily engage their public through a gift economy. A review of Spatial Intelligence: New Futures for Architecture by Leon van Schaik. The new simplicity: It's ironic that the current saturation of the visual world by infinitely reproducible images via the Internet has driven artists back to older forms of representation. From New English Review, David Hamilton on contemporary art and reviving civilisation and on aspiration through art; and to combat the anti-art movement a young artist would need not only great talent but also independence of mind. As audiences shrink, budgets tighten, and jobs disappear, dance faces a dark future. A super-curator wanders in search of art after postmodernism: A review of The Radicant by Nicolas Bourriaud. Today, what confronts the questing artist is not the indifference of society and the state, but its embrace, and the requirements associated with it. Did Banksy visit Ukraine?
A new issue of Nebula is out. From Homiletic & Pastoral Review, Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. on the practice of excellence: Human flourishing means seeing what is and acting accordingly. From First Things, George Weigel writes in praise of Father Schall. From nthposition, a review of The Sympathetic Medium: Feminine Channeling, the Occult, and Communication Technologies, 1859-1919 by Jill Galvan. Aliens ‘R Us: Sam Vaknin on ten errors of science fiction. What should we do to to survive another five billion years? Here is a simple guide. Scientists say the chicken came first, but they're just eggheads: The "which came first" conundrum has been solved at last. What retailers know about us: A peek inside stores' shopping data highlights regional preferences for certain colors and brands. A review of Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us — And How to Know When Not to Trust Them by David H. Freedman (and more and more and more and more). From Edinburgh Review, caught on a bus in rush-hour Tokyo, Anthony Head wonders whether Schopenhauer was right that immunity to noise is proof of idiocy. From H-Net, a review of Idiocy: A Cultural History by Patrick McDonagh. To the Supercave: Jason Zasky on Alexander Klimchouk, Bill Stone, and the race to discover the Mount Everest of caves. Firing Line: Is the Appleseed Project just a rifle course with attitude or a symptom of a growing hostility toward government?
From New Left Project, an interview with Stuart White, author of Equality, on the philosophical foundations of the left. From New Left Review, Stuart Hall on the life and times of the first New Left. Eric Ruder examines what socialism is — and is not. From Renewal, Merlin Chowkwanyun on the crisis in thinking about the crisis. From New Politics, a special section on labor's response to the world economic crisis; and a review of Zombie Capitalism: Global Crisis and the Relevance of Marx by Chris Harmon. A search for the reasons for the economic meltdown has prompted a turn back to Marx; Laurie Taylor meets the “dialectical materialist” geographer David Harvey who, 40 years into his career, is suddenly being taken seriously. A sudden topicality: Peter Osborne on Marx, Nietzsche and the politics of crisis. From International Socialist Review, now that Marx is being taken seriously again, the mainstream media have gone on the attack; Ian Angus on Marx and Engels and Darwin: The essential connection between historical materialism and natural selection; what’s to be made of Lenin’s What Is To Be Done?; revolutionary betrayed: A review of Trotsky: A Biography by Robert Service; and Phil Gasper on the legacy of Stalinism: The fall of communism in Eastern Europe twenty years ago is not an argument against the possibility of genuine socialism. From Radical Philosophy, Boris Buden on the children of postcommunism.
Mark Lukas (Longwood): Desire Satisfactionism and the Problem of Irrelevant Desires. From Rhizomes, Bill Albertini (BGSU): The Geographies of Contagion; and John Lennon (St. Francis): "Bombing" Brooklyn: Graffiti, Language and Gentrification; a review of What is Posthumanism? by Cary Wolfe; and a review of Frames of War: When is Life Grievable? by Judith Butler. Plus-Size Wars: Even as more and more women get larger and larger, what is available to outfit them remains limited. A review of The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates and Race, Class and Crime in America by Charles Ogletree (and more and more). From The New Yorker, is there any hope for our overfished oceans? A review essay by Elizabeth Kolbert. The department store makeover really is transformative: You leave feeling a whole lot uglier and poorer. From Fortean Times, Matt Salusbury on Ernst Chladni, the man who proved stones really do fall from the sky; and fantasy role-playing games are no guide to reaching cryptozoological conclusions. Bilge Ebiri reviews Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut by Rob Sheffield. The Savior of Conde Nast: Scott Dadich is the new It Boy of the mag world. Midcult Revisited: Is imitation high art — like The Old Man and the Sea or the work of Matthew Barney — cheapening the real thing? A look at the sci-fi explanation of why gay people must be allowed to marry.
From The Christian Post, a review of Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites... and Other Lies You've Been Told by Bradley R. E. Wright; and when should you confront someone about their sin? The Varieties of Atheist Experience: If an atheist is someone who doesn’t believe in God, which God don’t they believe in? Tracking God: Amy Frykholm on Karen Armstrong's religious vision. Doesn't it seem likely that the reason all of us can't see God is because there is no God? Deepak Chopra's God 2.0: The "quantum flapdoodle" of the New Age author is a failed effort to update medieval theology. Why are Christians so bad at dying? Followers of Jesus should think differently about the end of life. A review of Global Awakening: How 20th Century Revivals Triggered A Christian Revolution by Mark Shaw. A review of The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason by Victor J. Stenger. Would the world be a better place if religions concerned themselves only with the crimes and follies of their own? The truth about Tibetan Buddhism: There’s more to this ancient religion than Hollywood celebrities would have you believe. Brett McCracken on his book Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide: Is “cool Christianity” a good thing? A review of Six Million Crucifixions: How Christian Teachings about Jews Paved the Road to the Holocaust by Gabriel Wilensky. Can we choose what we believe?: How do you believe the things you do, and are they things you can change?