A new issue of Journal of Current Chinese Affairs is out. David S. Law (WUSTL): The Myth of the Imposed Constitution. The world's really lucky country: Compared with other occupied nations, how did postwar Japan get so lucky? John Judis on how Abenomics is the answer in Japan. Peter Lee on how India places its Asian bet on Japan, roiling the waters of the Asia-Pacific. Michael Mazza on the true crisis in the Asia-Pacific: The Asia-Pacific’s most dangerous crisis may be going overlooked due to North Korean threats. The reality of two East Asias: An excerpt from How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World's Most Dynamic Region by Joe Studwell. Paul Levine reviews Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations by Zheng Wang. Rebecca Liao on Tocqueville in China.
A new issue of First of the Month is out. Zev J. Eigen (Northwestern) and Nicholas Menillo and David Sherwyn (Cornell): When Rules are Made to Be Broken. Richard Restak on laughter and the brain: Can humor help us better understand the most complex and enigmatic organ in the human body? Kate Irby, Ali Watkins, Trevor Graff and Kevin Thibodeaux on all the ways you’re being watched. Calum Mechie and Simon Morley on how the Orwell Prize serves to neutralise political writing — under its aegis, the Orwell for whom writing was always a form of action has become a passive symbol of establishment approval. One day my prince will bomb: Linda Peach on why teenage girls love a killer. Brian Chidster on the unstoppable ascendency of street art: Shepard Fairey, Banksy, and FAILE are just some of the artists bridging the gap between the establishment art world and the grittier creative forces of city streets.
Ramin Nassehi reviews The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations by Michael L. Ross. Brad Plumer on how oil travels around the world, in one map. To drill or not to drill: The coming American oil boom is bad news for Saudi Arabia — how the kingdom responds could very well determine if it survives. American energy independence: It’s coming soon — and geopolitically, it might be more complicated than we thought. Why is the U.S. so insecure about its energy security? Measures of energy independence show it is increasing, not decreasing. Energy independence and other myths: Bryan Walsh interviews Michael Levi, author of The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity and the Battle for America’s Future. Peak oil isn’t dead: An interview with Chris Nelder. There Will Be Oil: Suddenly, the United States is energy rich — the problem is that we’re still guided by policies that assume the opposite.
A new issue of The Futurist is out. Kristie Dotson (Michigan State): Knowing in Space: Three Lessons from Black Women's Social Theory. From World Policy, Sam Frizell on fragile utopias — from Zuccotti Park to Taksim Square. On civil liberties, comparing Obama with Bush is easy — and mostly wrong. Think you have nothing to hide from surveillance? Think again. A tip sheet for the scandals: Which government intrusions should you be furious about and which are closer to shrug-worthy? A quiet blockbuster: It wasn't one of the civil-rights cases activists were clamoring for, but AMP v. Myriad Genetics may prove to to be one of this Supreme Court term's most consequential rulings. Molly Guinness reviews Hairstyles Ancient to Present by Charlotte Fiell. Consciousness has long been the province of philosophers and mystics, but Michael Graziano is putting it in its scientific place. Jumbo shrimp is an oxymoron, not irony.
Sundays with the Christianists: Doktor Zoom on American history and how God made it happen (and more). Dan Delzell on the three categories of people on Earth, and on why the mathematical proof for Christianity is irrefutable. Entropy, immortality, and St Thomas Aquinas: Did dinosaurs die before the Fall? Dale Debakcsy on the rise of the gimmick Bible: Speciality Bibles for teens, women, couples and grandmas might bring in the cash, but what do they say about Christianity? R-rated: Sarah Hinlicky Wilson on how to read the Bible with children. A barrage of evangelical dating manuals encourage Christian youth to direct their sexual desire at Jesus, and keep their hands off themselves. Christian complicity: Are believers encouraging mockery of their own beliefs? Lessons for a stronger Christianity: When a Christian foundation interviewed college nonbelievers about how and why they left religion, surprising themes emerged.