Jules Lobel (Pittsburgh): Fundamental Norms, International Law, and the Extraterritorial Constitution. David S. Law (WUSTL) and Mila Versteeg (Virginia): The Declining Influence of the United States Constitution. Allan Erbsen (Minnesota): Constitutional Spaces. Nicholas Stephanopoulos (Columbia): Spatial Diversity. Daniel A. Farber (UC-Berkeley): The Fourteenth Amendment and the Unconstitutionality of Secession. Heather Gerken (Yale): Federalism All the Way Down. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz (Georgetown): The Subjects of the Constitution and The Objects of the Constitution. Vinicius Marinho (UFRJ): Constitutional Prophecy. Roger E. Hartley (WCU): Judicial Independence as a Political Argument. Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): Precautionary Principles in Constitutional Law. Arnold H. Loewy (Texas Tech): Rethinking Search and Seizure in a Post-9/11 World. Milan Markovic (Temple): Can Lawyers Be War Criminals? Paulo Barrozo (Boston College): The Foundations of Constitutional Punishment. Robert J. Smith (DePaul): The Geography of the Death Penalty and its Ramifications. Leslie Meltzer Henry (Maryland): The Jurisprudence of Dignity. Death to the Living Constitution: Can "progressive originalism" become the Next Big Thing on the legal left? The Supreme Court’s Painful Season: The next few years of Supreme Court rulings could be brutal for liberals. A review of The Law Is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons by Colin Dayan. A review of Bong Hits 4 Jesus: A Perfect Constitutional Storm in Alaska's Capital by James C. Foster. Are Americans more litigious? Eric Bennett Rasmusen and J. Mark Ramseyer on some quantitative evidence. Law without (as many) lawyers: Gillian Hadfield on ways to bring more legal services to Americans without requiring vast new armies of expensive lawyers.
A new issue of Griffith Review is out. Joshua P. Booth (Houston): The Individual Mandate as a Tool of Governance. Did Cervantes invent "truthiness"? William Egginton on how the 17th-century master's multilayered world mirrors the realities and absurdities of our modern age. A review of Before Forgiveness: The Origins of a Moral Idea by David Konstan. The first chapter from Slavery and the Culture of Taste by Simon Gikandi. The unmerited origins of wealth: Policy researcher Lew Daly explains why the self-made man is a myth. From Evolutionary Psychology, a review of Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships by Christopher Ryan and Caclida Jetha; and a review of Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life by Douglas T. Kenrick. From Commentary, Joseph Epstein on the work of American literary critic Alfred Kazin. Splendide Mendax: A review essay on Wikileaks (and more at Bookforum). The God Clause and the Reinsurance Industry: The risk business can tell us a lot about catastrophes — why don't we listen? In Afghanistan, the U.S. military disposes of garbage — computers, motorbikes, TVs, shoes, even human feces — in open burn pits; are toxic clouds from these sites making everyone sick? In Winston Churchill's fanciful alternative history, Lee wins at Gettysburg, and Jeb Stuart prevents World War I. In a world where each disabled person is taken as a representative of the whole and the voice of the least inconvenient disabled person is believed to be the best authority, the "supercrip" has very real and very dangerous consequences, writes S.E. Smith. The introduction to An Anthropology of Images: Picture, Medium, Body by Hans Belting. The giants among us: The patent world is undergoing a change of seismic proportions. A look at 8 ridiculous products for sale on Amazon (for one penny).
Deborah M. Weiss (McCombs): All Work Cultures Discriminate. Edwin S. Fruehwald (Hofstra): Evolutionary Feminism. From Skepsi, a special issue on Feminisms: The Evolution. From the Yale Journal of International Affairs, a special issue on women. The unobtrusive action of femocrats: A review of The Women’s Movement: Inside and Outside the State by Lee Ann Banaszak. Carolyn Bronstein on the origins of anti-pornography feminism. Ellen de Bruin takes a light-hearted look at national stereotypes, why Dutch women are happy, and what it means to be blonde. A review of Business Girls and Two-Job Wives: Emerging Media Stereotypes of Employed Women by Jane Marcellus. Ladies, we have a problem: Rebecca Traiser on sluts, nuts and the clumsiness of reappropriation. An interview with Laurie Penny, author of Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism (and part 2 and more). Here are five problems with the feminism of Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. Maria Sveland on liberating literature for women, from Virginia Woolf to Erica Jong. A review of The Language of Female Leadership by Judith Baxter. A look at why romance novels, filled with torrid sex, mislead women. After baffling biologists for decades, the female orgasm has resisted yet another attempt to explain its elusive evolutionary origins. A review of How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. The bitch is back: Are menopausal women mad, bad, and dangerous? Yes, but they’re really just returning to normal. Female writers don't get bylines — and it's not always their fault (and a response). You thought feminists had to focus on empowering women? Stephanie Coontz on why, after a sustained assault on families and unions, that just isn't enough anymore. A review of The Future of Feminism by Sylvia Walby. A look at 6 obnoxious assumptions Hollywood makes about women.