Martin Krygier (UNSW): Four Puzzles about the Rule of Law: Why, What, Where? And Who Cares? From Amsterdam Law Forum, a special issue on the future of legal education. An interview with Stanford's Larry Kramer on the law school revolution. From First Things, in ordinary times, or in earlier days, when the judges were more clear-headed, the case of Christian Legal Society v. Martinez would have been, as they say, a “slam dunk”. A review of "The Autonomy of Technology: Do Courts Control Technology or Do They Just Legitimize its Social Acceptance?" by Jennifer Chandler. A review of Keeping Faith with the Constitution by Goodwin Liu, Pamela Karlan, and Christopher Schroeder and The Living Constitution by David Strauss. From Bookforum, Michael O’Donnell reviews The Invisible Constitution by Laurence Tribe; and Dahlia Lithwick reviews Habeas Corpus: From England to Empire by Paul Halliday. The Living Constitution: The alternative to “Originalism” isn’t a loosey-goosey style of interpretation, but depends on common law and is based on precedent. A review of Shaping America: The Supreme Court and American Society by Edward Mannino. A review of Constitutional Illusions and Anchoring Truths: The Touchstone of the Natural Law by Hadley Arkes. Permission to encroach the bench: Why bother with a congressman when you can buy yourself a judge? A constitution under attack: An interview with Shahid Buttar, a civil-rights lawyer and executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, about recent constitutional flare-ups. King of the Crazy Suit: Meet Jonathan Lee Riches, the most litigious man in history. A judge sentences a former Faulkner University student to join the military and perform community service for a post he made on Facebook that led to a campus lockdown.
A new issue of Words Without Borders is out. From Transformations, a special issue on The Face and Technology. From Transcript, a special issue on Science Fiction and Political Fantasy. From the University of Chicago Magazine, thirty-four years ago, William H. McNeill shed new light on world history — by giving microbes their proper place in the human drama; and a review of Robert Pippin's Hollywood Westerns and American Myth: The Importance of Howard Hawks and John Ford for Political Philosophy. A review of A Journey: My Political Life by Tony Blair (and more). Marc Ambinder has thoughts about political science and journalism. The Oxford Etymologist Anatoly Liberman asks, how old is the parasite “like”? From Telos, David Pan on Carl Schmitt and Barack Obama on political identity in a multi-polar world. Chris Lehmann reviews Hope in a Scattering Time: A Life of Christopher Lasch by Eric Miller (and more). Heroes of the Hamptons: In some respects, it turns out, the rich aren't all that different. The great Pelagian conception — Christianity is an education: A review of Problemi di liberta by Hans Jonas. A review of The Presidential Pardon Power by Jeffrey Crouch. A review of Adam Smith: an Enlightened Life by Nicholas Phillipson (and more and more and more and more and more). Print is dead and now the Web is dead, too? Reading a story about the end of the Web in a print magazine is pretty amusing. From TED, David McCandless on the beauty of data visualization. From Wild River Review, a special series on the shift from an industrial to a planetary civilization (in 12 parts, with stops on catastrophes as the spur to institute tricameral legislatures, the Global War for Drugs, the United Nations and Sarah Palin). A review of Personal Responsibility: Why it Matters by Alexander Brown.
Laura M. Henderson (Utrecht): Conceptualizing State of Emergency Thinking: A Theory of Discourse and Hegemony. From Situations, Eric J Weiner (Montclair State): Time Is on Our Side: Rewriting the Space of Imagination. From Postcolonial Text, a review of Imagining Justice: The Politics of Postcolonial Forgiveness and Reconciliation by Julie McGonegal; and a review of Political Tourism and its Texts by Maureen Moynagh. In his consideration of Tiqqun's Introduction to Civil War, Frere Dupont identifies the group's self-perceived "radical subjectivity" as an elitist trap which has long plagued ultra-left and avant garde movements. Identifying Fredric Jameson’s literary style as one of his signal achievements, Terry Eagleton asks whether his formal emphases also serve to stave off questions of content: morality, sexuality, subjectivity. A review of Who Was Jacques Derrida? An Intellectual Biography by David Mikics. A review of Foucault's Philosophy of Art: A Genealogy of Modernity by Joseph J. Tanke. From the Platypus Review, a review of Gillian Rose's Hegel Contra Sociology; and why did Adorno think that Marx addressed the problems of both Kantian and Freudian accounts of consciousness? The Phrenology of Mind: A look back at Hegel's Phenomenology of Mind — seemingly silly if not highly offensive, and perhaps a precursor of contemporary cognitive science. From Ceasefire, Alex Baker on Slavoj Zizek, the most dangerous thinker in the west? In Place of a Manifesto, a Hypothesis: The Communist Hypothesis is a little red book that patches together a number of earlier essays and talks by its author, Alain Badiou. More on Jacques Ranciere's The Emancipated Spectator and more on The Aesthetic Unconscious. A review of Foucault's Legacy, ed. C. G. Prado.
From Air & Space, a special issue on mysteries of aviation. As Penguin publishes the 100th and final volume in its Great Ideas series, series editor Simon Winder explains the thinking behind 10 of his favourite covers. Laura Kipnis on scandals and why we can't live without them (and a review of How to Become a Scandal: Adventures in Bad Behavior and more). Is animal cruelty a “red flag” for family violence? Investigating co-occurring violence toward children, partners, and pets. A review of Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control by James Rodger Fleming. A review of The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention by William Rosen (and more). What's so special: A "special interest" is any group more successful in advancing its agenda than we are. What if Washington?: Tom Engelhardt on five absurd things that simply can’t happen in Wartime Washington. Rich People Things: Finance drones seek manly Spartan adventures. Why we're all marketers now: Marketing may be having its moment of doubt, but its ideas and language seem practically to have conquered the world. A review of Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. A review of Addiction: A Disorder of Choice by Gene Heyman. You can see the reason why Michael Ruse is using Herbert Spencer in his class. A look at 6 massive secret operations that are hidden all around you. Celebrity Sweepstakes: Maybe there is such a thing as bad publicity. The idea of natural talent is overrated: A review of Bounce: How Champions are Made by Matthew Syed. A review of 44 Letters from the Liquid Modern World by Zygmunt Bauman.
Chris Reiber and Justin Garcia (Binghamton): Hooking Up: Gender Differences, Evolution, and Pluralistic Ignorance. From Salon, the science of the booty call: Peter Jonason breaks down the mating habits of 20-somethings — and it's anything but p.c. Vice magazine posts an A to Z of Sex, ending with zoophilia. From Nerve, an article on ridiculous tips for a miserable sex life: Cosmo and Men's Health on keeping your breasts minty-fresh. In defense of big penises: Well-endowed men are being called overrated and "lazy", but what's wrong with having more? How did Aurora Snow go from “barely legal” to “older woman” so fast? From Details, Zak Smith, aka Zak Sabbath, is a man of many talents; and in a post-Avatar world, you can easily access three-dimensional hardcore adult content from the comfort of your own home — it's definitely an immersive experience, but does anyone actually want it? Sex in bits and bytes: How destructive is Internet porn? The internet has changed the way porn writers depict sex — how one man nearly became a scribe of smut. A review of Porn.com: Making Sense of Online Pornography. Master of the House of Playboy: Hugh Hefner, still doing it his way (does he really have a choice?). Porn for all seasons: Once upon a time, men used to outgrow porn — but now, the internet ensures that men of all ages simply cannot renounce such a beautiful thing. Pornography today, in short, is much like obesity was yesterday — a social problem increasing over time, with especially worrisome results among its youngest consumers. A review of Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male: Lessons Learned from the Fairer Sex by Philip Nork. A look at how governments have become obsessed with sex. What to serve at a Roman orgy: First, find your nightingales' tongues — or the nearest equivalent.