A new issue of the Journal of Politics in Latin America in out. From Guernica, international adoption is not always the unambiguous act of altruism it might seem — in Guatemala, it may be creating orphans. A look at how Colombia has becomes the new star of the south. Christopher Hitchens on what he learned about Hugo Chavez's mental health when he visited Venezuela with Sean Penn. The “spice of danger” once added to the allure of towns like Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez — but now the danger from drug violence is very real, and a culture and economy are threatened. From NYRB, Alma Guillermoprieto on a quiet shift in Mexico's drug war; and Robert Darnton is talking about Brazil with Lilia Schwarcz. A review of Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro by Janice Perlman. Can Brazil live up to its promise as a "natural knowledge economy"? William Powers on high anxiety amid giant Tree Ferns and landslides in Bolivia’s little-traveled — and dazzling — Carrasco National Park. Over a thousand people die on Bolivia's roads every year, largely because the drivers are a little crazy. Sketches of Spanish: Edith Grossman has reimagined the Latin American canon for readers of English, who perhaps, like she, have ventured to Latin America only via the page. From Solutions, how can Cuba’s sustainable agriculture survive the peace? Fidel Castro, columnist: Cuba’s chief opinionator goes online to talk about sports, politics, and capitalist evildoers.
From Variant, a special issue on radical change in culture. The Moneyless Man: Mark Boyle describes how and why he went from a successful, comfortable life to a year of cashless living. A review of The Book in the Renaissance by Andrew Pettegree. How TED connects the idea-hungry elite: Fast Company goes inside the world's most exclusive and (and most accessible) club (and a response). Paradise for Pagans: Thomas More’s Utopia was a joke that nobody got — especially in the New World. A review of LOLcat Bible: In teh beginnin Ceiling Cat maded teh skiez an da Erfs n stuffs by Martin Grondin. As sea traffic booms, can new shipping lanes and speed limits save the right whale from extinction? Johann Hari on why we need to change how we think about our errors. Indicted for conspiring to reveal classified information, former AIPAC analyst Keith Weissman spent five years fighting to clear his name. Reform, radical change and the activist’s dilemma: Which works best — to attempt small steps or huge leaps? Winds Thy Messengers: Barton Swaim on natural disasters as ministers of God. From the University of Chicago Magazine, biologist Dario Maestripieri studies the differences that separate man from man, monkey from monkey; and with more than 1,000 whole genomes sequenced and new ones being processed every day, Rob DeSalle believes scientists can construct a complete Tree of Life.
From Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, a special issue on epistemic boundaries. In arguing that quantum physics challenges the materialist view of the world, Jay Lakhani gets his science wrong. From Prospect, never has so much money poured into scientific research, yet the results add up to surprisingly little — have we finally come to the end of what science can tell us? From New Statesman, a look at today’s most cutting-edge scientific thinking: from switching off ageing to “enhancing” our babies, understanding consciousness to finding dark matter. A review of The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean (and more and more and more). A review of The World Makers: Scientists of the Restoration and the Search for the Origins of the Earth by William Poole. A review of A Grand and Bold Thing: An Extraordinary New Map of the Universe Ushering in a New Era of Discovery by Ann K. Finkbeiner. Cosmology's not broken, so why try to fix it? Claims that there is something wrong with our standard model of the universe rest on flawed logic. A review of How it Ends: From You to the Universe by Chris Impey (and more). From Big Think, Michio Kaku on how to explore the universe and how to travel to a parallel universe, how to become a superhero and how to build a sci-fi robot, and how to teleport and become invisible.
A new issue of European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy is out. From William James Studies, David C. Lamberth (Harvard): What to Make of James's Genetic Theory of Truth; and Scott Sinclair (SLU): William James as American Plato? To mark the centenary of William James's death, this week The Second Pass will be devoted to James, including an essay by J.C. Hallman on how to fathom an emotion, and at New Humanist, Jonathan Ree calls for a return to his humane example. From World Policy Journal, an article on India: Healthcare for under $30 per year; Brazil: Healthcare on $300 per year; and France: Healthcare on $3,000 a year. The best-selling author and Christian apologist Dinesh D'Souza has been selected as the new president of the King's College, a small Christian institution located in the Empire State Building. The Third Replicator: Information is being copied at previously unheard of rates — has the Internet given birth to a new evolutionary process? Learning the hard way: Every day, the Martu people of Western Australia go to extraordinary lengths to find or hunt what they need to eat — how they do it offers lessons for the rest of us. Richard Beck reviews The Fall of Buster Keaton: His Films for MGM, Educational Pictures, and Columbia by James L. Neibaur. From the Huffington Post, a look at 15 feisty independent literary presses and the 17 most exciting university presses in the country.
A new issue of Peace and Conflict Review is out. Francis Shor (Wayne State): War in the Era of Declining US Global Hegemony. From The New Individualist, a special issue on war. From Radical Philosophy, an article on war as peace, peace as pacification. A look at how military dogs can be traumatized by the stress of war. A review of Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear by Steve Goodman. More on The American Way of War by Tom Engelhardt. A review of The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace (and more). From THES, a review of Militainment, Inc.: War, Media, and Popular Culture by Roger Stahl Routledge; and a review of How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace by Charles Kupchan. An interview with Sebastian Junger, author of War (and more). Animals have each played roles in human military history, and continue to aid modern warfare. Michael Cohen on the myth of a kinder, gentler war. The end of (military) history: Andrew Bacevich on the United States, Israel, and the failure of the Western way of war (and more). From The Economist, it is time for countries to start talking about arms control on the internet; and war in the fifth domain: Are the mouse and keyboard the new weapons of conflict? Proportionality in warfare: Keith Pavlischek on the abuse of an important just war principle. A review of Peace Processes: A Sociological Approach by John Brewer. A review of Six-Legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of War by Jeffrey Lockwood.