From Obit, death fascinates, death is fun to look at, especially violent death — especially if it happens to some other guy; and a look at how The Economist knows how to say goodbye. Snitch perverts, liars, scum, liberal hacks, media morons — Media Matters for America fights ire with fire. Stop the Journalismisms!: The media business is chock full of platitudes, most of them wrong. Kenya’s fixation with Barack Obama represents a form of escapism for an African country beset by political dysfunctionality. From LRB, a review of Memories of Eden: A Journey through Jewish Baghdad by Violette Shamash and Baghdad, Yesterday: The Making of an Arab Jew by Sasson Somekh; and I could sleep with all of them: A review of In the Shadow of the Magic Mountain: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story by Andrea Weiss. The oldest conundrum: The red lights are going out all over Europe — but not elsewhere. What's with all the ugly people having sex? Esquire tracks the democratization of pornography to the mainstream. An interview with Steven Novack on a future in which solar antennae are as easy to use as Saran Wrap — and almost as cheap. A review of Otto Neurath: the Language of the Global Polis by Nader Vossoughian. An article on the battle of the Caspian Sea. Faced with a horrific drug problem, Vancouver is trying a radical experiment: Let junkies be junkies.
From Slate, what Obama does next: The presidential transition FAQ; and a guide to key appointments Obama should resist. The O-List: TNR lists the 30 people who matter most — in order; and a look at why Rahm Emanuel was the only choice, but just the right choice. Change you can motherfucking believe in: How Rahm Emanuel will manage Obama's White House (and more and more). A butler well served by this election: For 34 years, Eugene Allen carried White House trays with pride — now there's even more reason to carry himself that way. From Dissent, contributors write on The Day After. From Salon, how wrong they were: Remembering an election season full of fabulously wrongheaded predictions; and everyone agrees that Barack Obama's election is a meaningful moment — but what, exactly, does it mean? Here's a child's garden of right-wing reaction to the Obama win. What’s next for affirmative action? How Barack Obama's role as America's first black president could affect race-based preference programs. The opposition to political correctness: A review of It's a PC World by Edward Stourton. Passion for the enterprise: Robert Silvers of the New York Review of Books retells the American institution's creation story. A spur-of-the-moment decision to buy a wolf cub changed Mark Rowlands’s life — from that moment on he found human company never quite matched up
A new issue of Open Letters Monthly is out. The young generation: An article on Burroughs and Kerouac and an unpublished collaboration. A review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A life by Gerald Martin. Jean-Marie Le Clezio has won the Nobel Prize, but not the unanimous support of his fellow writers. With her new memoir, literary co-hoaxer Savannah Knoop steps out of JT LeRoy's shadow — but can she step out of Laura Albert's? From New York, a special issue on living cheap. A profile of economist Nouriel Roubini: "I fear the worst is yet to come". An article on Prince Charles at 60: A lifetime as heir apparent. Must it always be about sex? The Supreme Court will soon have to consider the meaning of that most versatile of four-letter words. Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? Move over, my pretty, ugly is here. The original Bond girls were sex objects to be looked at, lusted over, and discarded — but are 007’s women finally getting the respect they deserve? The nimble tread of the feet of Fred: A review of Fred Astaire by Joseph Epstein (and an excerpt). The world’s first temple? Predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years, Turkey's stunning Gobekli Tepe upends the conventional view of the rise of civilization. A continuing abomination: A landmark ruling provides hope for thousands of slaves in West Africa.
From Newsweek, here's a history of bumpy transitions (and more by Mark Penn). How Obama should make his most important presidential appointments. Timothy Noah on Robert Rubin's free ride (and more by Bob Kuttner) Daniel Gross on why Obama has to take over economic policymaking — today. Jeffery Sachs on what Obama needs to do: It's time for a new macroeconomics. The first chapter from The Case for Big Government by Jeff Madrick (and an interview). Larry Bartels says the electorate as a whole may be wiser and more rational than any individual. Relatively speaking, was the 2008 race really that nasty? Larry Sabato says no (and more). What's left to say after this seemingly endless campaign? Poets answer that question, and experts write about some of the undernoticed moments from the past 18 months. From Slate, eight things we won't miss now the election is over: What are we going to talk about now? How to kill time on the Web now that the election's over. From IHE, on historic day, political scientists take the long view. What really happened: A quick look at the election results and exit polls. Educating students about the election means more than simply discussing the issues — savvy teachers know to take students into the spin-zone. Is professors’ liberalism contagious? Maybe not. New conversation, new narrative: An interview with Stanley Fish.
From TAP, Ezra Klein on The Most Unlikely President: Barack Obama's candidacy forced us to confront the worst of our 9/11 fears and our lingering racism (and more and more on the identity politics election); and if history is any guide, the next four years will be shaped by how Obama confronts the Bush administration's abuses of power. Who is Barack Obama? The president-elect's character is hiding in plain sight. David Corn on how Obama is redefining what it means to be American. John Dickerson on how Obama bent the arc of history and on six ways Obama can show he'll be a different kind of president. Joel Kotkin on Obama and the triumph of the creative class. Michael Kinsley on why undivided government won't be as bad as McCain warned it would be. BHL on how Obama arouses a wild yet reasonable hope. Laurence Tribe on morning after pride. From The Root, now that Obama has won, here are five things white people shouldn't do and five things black people shouldn't do. Can we say "Fuck Whitey" if the president is black? Fred Kaplan on six foreign-policy priorities for President Obama. Fareed Zakaria on Obama’s Third Way: Obama can create a new governing ideology for the West. How did we get through the election without an al-Qaida attack? Brother Barack, you can tell 'em now: Let the Global Islamic Conspiracy begin.
From Slate, what should the GOP do now? Tucker Carlson, Ross Douthat, Douglas W. Kmiec, et al debate. From Taki's Magazine, Daniel Larison on GOPocalypse — and the future of the Right; and Austin Bramwell on the closing of the conservative mind and the triumph of mediocrity at NR. An article on the battle ahead for the individualist right. Philip Klein on how conservatism can rise again. Howard Phillips' World: Could the Constitution Party pick up the pieces of the GOP? Here are six ways John McCain can recapture his former glory. Why McCain Lost: He never got the economy right (and more by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair). What next: Does Sarah Palin have the potential to be the Ronald Reagan of 2012? Bernard-Henri Levy evaluates Sarah Palin: The small-town woman should not be underestimated. Frank Furedi on Obama and the fall of "the silent majority". John Judis on America the Liberal: The Democratic majority, it emerged! Thomas Frank on why conservatism isn't finished — and liberals shouldn't be overconfident. A review of Taking on the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga; Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries by Naomi Wolf; and The Change Manifesto: Join the Block by Block Movement to Remake America by John W. Whitehead.
A new issue of Judgment and Decision Making is out. From The Nation, a special issue on working together for a Green New Deal. An interview with Louis Hyman on writing a book about the history of debt. Could Twitter become terrorists' newest killer app? From Spiked, a review of Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success by Christopher M Davidson. What ever happened to the future? Michael Hanlon takes the long view. Susan George on how we can borrow lessons from the early 1940s to transform our shattered economies and halt runaway climate change. The Hitler Meme: What’s the appeal of Adolf Hitler freaking out? China is becoming the biggest producer of pharmaceutical ingredients in the world — but the F.D.A. inspects just a tiny fraction of China’s drug plants; can we be sure what we’re taking is safe? Can this paper be saved? Pick up a copy of The Washington Times today and, aside from its still vociferously conservative opinion pages, you might mistake it for a regular newspaper. One reason magazines are suffering: Their covers. Get your fix of funny pictures from the life in the military, and show some respect!! Has Homer turned blue? Euan Ferguson looks forward to some post-watershed Simpsons action. The first chapter from The Taylorized Beauty of the Mechanical: Scientific Management and the Rise of Modernist Architecture by Mauro F. Guillen.
From Psychology Today, we think our political stance is the product of reason, but we're easily manipulated and surprisingly malleable. New research suggests that our basic political attitudes, liberal, conservative, or otherwise, are with us at birth — what does this mean for our democracy? From Culture11, an article on the case for voting: Why those grumpy economists who tell you it's irrational to cast a ballot are partly wrong; and a look at the case for not voting: Why we care too much about politics. Paul Waldman on why we vote. Here are 20 things you didn't know about elections. Rick Hansen on three predictions about how the electoral rules might differ next time around. From n+1, here are political memories on elections past. All Roads Lead to Springfield: We're all sick of actual politicians, so here's a roundup of the last two years' campaign in Simpsons clip reel form. A look at why it's time to embrace American culture again. The introduction to A Pinnacle of Feeling: American Literature and Presidential Government by Sean McCann. Barbie '08: Archie Bunker, Mr. Clean, and more of history's greatest fictional presidential candidates. A look at the 6 most insane people to ever run for president. Dem 'crats: A look behind the party's changing labels. From Le Monde diplomatique, an interview with Michael Hardt: "We need to broaden our political possibilities".
From Boston Review, Michael D. Mastrandrea and Stephen H. Schneider on the time to adapt to climate change. A review of Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money by Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson, and Patricia Snell. Jonathan Power on how America is learning to love the United Nations. The forgotten war: Whenever this country has been at battle throughout its history, that battle has consumed the nation and riveted its people, sometimes uniting them, other times dividing them. The Guardian profiles Marcus du Sautoy, a mathematician who's in his prime. From Vanity Fair, an article on The New York Times’s lonely war. Label Conscious: The Supreme Court gets positively passionate about pre-emption. How does a modern liberal square their progressive social beliefs with being a member of the Roman Catholic church? From The Believer, an article on a decades-long argument between David Hockney and Robert Irwin, artists who’ve never met, and whose core concerns are nearly identical; and an essay on The Lost Twin: The lone, shrunken World Trade Center tower in Oklahoma. A review of Et Tu, Brute? A Short History of Political Murder by Greg Woolf. An interview with Rowan Jacobsen, author of Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis.
From FP, a look at what McCain and Obama didn’t talk about. Ross Douthat and Jonah Goldberg debate the conservative civil war. Reagan and us: Jeffrey Lord on the conservative fight ahead. Jeffrey Hart on why Obama is the new Reagan. Calvin Butts on race relations after Obama. From The Daily Beast, Sean Wilentz talks to Jesse Jackson and civil-rights veterans about their awe of—and tensions with—the Obama campaign; and a "Black President" is of no value to America. Here are five ways we talked about race and identity. A look at how this election could change the meaning of masculinity in America. From TNR, E.J. Dionne, Jr. on how Obama, the first truly 21st century figure in American politics, has transformed the nature of campaigns; in defense of caution: William Galston on why President Obama shouldn't push for too much too fast; and what can we expect from Fox News over the next four years? Lots and lots of anger. A look at why an Obama loss would have been disastrous for the media and political establishment. Jack Shafer on the coming war between Barack Obama and the press corps. A look at how progressive media have really helped stop the spread of dirty political rumors. What should the president-elect study between now and the inauguration? Scott McLemee presents a reading list.