A new issue of OnEarth is out. From Philosophy Now, wearing lipstick is a choice which shows that though we’re influenced by society, we can still make decisions about who we want to be; Raymond Tallis is sceptical about Moore’s scepticism about scepticism; a review of Language, Consciousness, Culture: Essays on Mental Structure by Ray Jackendoff; a review of The Bible: The Biography by Karen Armstrong; and a review of The Philosophy of Film Noir. Here's the latest issue of the Center for Naturalism Newsletter. From NDPR, a review of Moral Value and Human Diversity by Robert Audi; and a review of Rationality and Moral Theory: How Intimacy Generates Reasons by Diane Jeske. From The Freeman, a review of David’s Hammer: The Case for an Activist Judiciary by Clint Bolick; and an article on profit: not just a motive. Scientology's money trail: Celebrities! Tax shelters! Bart Simpson! A glimpse into the finances of the secretive church. Picture a universal language: A capricious designer explores the possibilities (and limits) of wordless communication. Give it to me straight: For spinach-in-the-teeth and embarrassing-smell moments, it is far better to be brutally honest. In defense of teasing: Why sticking your tongue out, mocking your parents, going for the punch line or giving a noogie really does make you a better person.
From Crossroads, Daniela Ropelato (St. Thomas Aquinas): The Quality of Democracy: Participation and its Dilemma: How to Go Beyond? A review of How Terrorism Is Wrong: Morality and Political Violence by Virginia Held (and more). From Bidoun, the Iron Sheik has always been a large man, but over time his vast Herculean figure has gone soft, settling into a less distinct, though still formidable, girth; and the Institute of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences might seem a resort — as it happens, it is a hospital. From Salon, a special report on The Sexiest Man Living 2008; and Katha Pollitt and a panel of experts discuss the changing landscape of reproductive freedom, LGBT rights and the discourse of desire, but where are all the young women? Fossils are fine, a live beastie is better: A wish list of extinct species that would be good to have around again. We should see the ceaseless creativity of nature as sacred, argues biologist Stuart Kauffman, despite what Richard Dawkins might say. From Fast Company, a look at what neuroscience reveals about how to come up with new ideas; an article on Peter Gabriel’s YouTube for Human Rights; and a merry band of typeface provocateurs is styling down to the letter (and more). From Vanity Fair, a report from the inside on Mugabe’s campaign of terror — and the extraordinary courage of those who’ve confronted "The Fear".
From the International Journal on Multicultural Societies, a special issue on Citizenship Tests in a Post-National Era. From The Federalist Debate, Amitai Etzioni (GWU): A Global, Community Building Language?; and a review of The Twilight of the Nation State: Globalisation, Chaos and War by Prem Shankar Jha. For the first time since homo sapiens began to doodle on cave walls, there is an argument, an opportunity and a means to make serious steps towards a world government. The spectacular setting of Costa Rica's University for Peace is not the only thing about it that is idyllic. John Mearsheimer on rebalancing the Middle East: Know the limits of US power. A review of Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction by John Rieder. A review of Hannah Arendt and Human Rights: The Predicament of Common Responsibility by Peg Birmingham and Hannah Arendt and the Challenge of Modernity: A Phenomenology of Human Rights by Serena Parekh. A review of Surrender is not an Option by John Bolton. Conflicts of interest: Tim Harford on the commercialisation of microfinance. A look at why a recession may actually be the perfect time to pass climate legislation. The introduction to The Ethical Economy by Adam Arvidsson and Nicolai Peitersen. Film Rights: At the American Film Renaissance, the Right makes the wrong movies.
A new issue of Open Letters Monthly is out, including a review of The Enemy Within: 2,000 Years of Witch-Hunting in the Western World by John Demos; a review of J.C. Leyendecker: American Imagist by Laurence S. Cutler and Judy Goffman Cutler; and a review of Everyday Drinking by Kingsley Amis (and more from Bookforum). From Policy, an article on the myth of OPEC: It has little to do with high oil prices; a look at the trouble with religious hatred laws; and policy on trial: Randomised trials are the best tool we have for finding out if policies really work. For Ernst Kirchner, the modern world expressed its deepest nature in the strut of the prostitute. The Hoboist: Culture11 goes inside the strange culture of America's wannabe hobos. From New Humanist, left brain, right brain, hard-wiring? Think again. A review of Note by Note: A Celebration of the Piano Lesson by Tricia Tunstall. Who wrote the Koran? Abdulkarim Soroush, a theological reformer, challenges those who claim to speak for Islam. The other Brazil: The mixed blessings of the simple life led by indigenous people deep in the forest. From NBER, why do foreigners invest in the United States? Trading Places: Alan Ehrenhalt on the demographic inversion of the American city. From Esquire, a look at what Obama's 27-year-old speechwriter Jon Favreau learned from George W. Bush.
From the IMF's Finance & Development, a special issue on the financial crisis, including Olivier Blanchard (IMF): Cracks in the System: Repairing the Damaged Global Economy; Noel Sacasa (IMF): Preventing Future Crises: Priorities for Regulatory Reform after the Meltdown; an article on the crisis through the lens of history; here's a view from Japan; and a look at how recessions accompanied by credit crunches or asset price busts are deeper and longer lasting. Brad DeLong reviews Panic! The Story of Modern Financial Insanity. Ezra Klein reviews The Private Abuse of the Public Interest: Market Myths and Policy Muddles by Lawrence D. Brown and Lawrence R. Jacobs and The Case for Big Government by Jeff Madrick. A review of Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life by John Bogle. The End of the End of the Revolution: Fidel Castro’s Cuba has been dying for years — what can be done to help bring the island into the 21st century? Carlin Romano describes an American scholar's defense of the vigor and cosmopolitan modernity of Scandinavian culture. A review of Experimental Philosophy. From The Philosophers' Magazine, a review of The Ethics of Climate Change by James Garvey; a piece of iMe: An interview with David Chalmers; and why did philosophers come together in a world congress for a whole week? (and more and more)
From TAP, is the Labor Party of Israel on the verge of becoming history? With elections set for Feb. 10, polls show the party fading away; and are cows worse than cars? Everyone knows driving an SUV or leaving the lights on is bad for the earth, but what's on your plate is just as important. From Slate V, here's Obama's first month in two minutes. A look at how "political archaeologists" are finding surprises during the transition. Only in America? The wrongheaded American belief that Barack Obama could only happen here. Marc Ambinder on the Republican Lockbox. Slogans we’ll remember: An excerpt from Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too: Famous Slogans and Catchphrases in American History by Jan R. Van Meter. How do we learn math? Keith Devlin investigates. A review of Unbecoming Subjects: Judith Butler, Moral Philosophy, and Critical Responsibility by Annika Thiem. Beethoven and the Illuminati: How the secret order influenced the great composer. After a brutal financial Autumn, some boomers are mourning the loss of a golden retirement. It's official: Men really are the weaker sex. All you need is a keyboard and a few good ideas — inside the influential new world of econobloggers. We’ve all heard about dumbing down, but there is evidence that the opposite is also true — is this, in fact, the age of mass intelligence? A look at the fine art of literary rejection letters.
A new issue of Democratiya is out. From Culture, a special issue on Good and Evil, including Amy Gilbert (Virginia): Vigilance and Virtue: In Search of Practical Wisdom. From The Hedgehog Review, a review of Russell J. Dalton’s The Good Citizen: How a Younger Generation Is Reshaping American Politics, a review of Jason A. Scorza’s Strong Liberalism: Habits of Mind for Democratic Citizenship, and a review of Craig Calhoun’s Nations Matter: Culture, History, and the Cosmopolitan Dream. The European Left and Ours: Peter Berkowitz on Bernard-Henri Levy, on point and off. Feel you have no real culture? Join the club. From Education Review, a review essay on educational transformation. The truth about hypocrisy: Charges of hypocrisy can be surprisingly irrelevant and often distract us from more important concerns. Too big not to fail: Eliot Spitzer on why we need to stop using the bailouts to rebuild gigantic financial institutions. A review of The Art of the Public Grovel: Sexual Sin and Public Confession in America by Susan Wise Bauer. America is not declining: Demographic and economic trends suggest that the age of American dominance won’t end anytime soon. An excerpt from All the Art That's Fit to Print (And Some That Wasn't): Inside The New York Times Op-Ed Page by Jerelle Kraus. From Time, here's the Top 10 Everything of 2008.
From Newsweek, luxury shame: Why even the very rich are cutting back on conspicuous consumption. From Vanity Fair, with Wall Street hemorrhaging jobs and assets, even many of the wealthiest players are retrenching; and behind the debate over remaking financial policy will be a debate over who’s to blame — it’s crucial to get the history right. From Policy Review, an article on the 2008 Democratic Shift: How voters have changed and why; progressive dreams: A review of When the White House Was Ours by Porter Shreve; and a review of Ending Poverty by Joseph V. Kennedy. Will Obama continue to build the Democratic Party organization? Should liberals be disappointed in Obama so far? Absurd, they should be thrilled. Peter Daou on the Revolution of the Online Commentariat. Newspapers are done for: Andrew Sullivan on how print media are in dire trouble, but blogs are no substitute. Content and Its Discontents: Why new forms of media must evolve along with new technologies. How blogs give non-fiction books happy endings. Judge a book by its cover: Publishers should think artistically when packaging novels. How do we track trends in amorphous quantities, such as the usage rate of a certain literary device or sensibility? In a final bizarre twist in the story of the supreme Gonzo journalist, his widow offers new insights into his life, death and legacy.
From History Today, globalization in the making: Neil Cossons describes how factory methods gave rise to a worldwide marketplace; Jean-Francois Mouhot traces a link between climate change and slavery; and one of the most popular ways in which to view the history of the modern world is through the prism of colonialism. The primacy of perception in the era of communication: An essay on Maurice Merleau-Ponty. From Fast Company, an interview with Sims creator Will Wright on what's wrong with Grand Theft Auto, the dearth of women in gaming, and the value of his empire; and mountains of cash, beautiful women, and a nonstop round-the-world party; life was good for Calvin Ayre, founder of the online gambling powerhouse Bodog — then he was gone. A review of On Life After Death by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. A review of Concrete Reveries: Consciousness and the City by Mark Kingwell (and more). No, really, that wasn't me: Danit Brown on three dangers of writing about sex. Thoreau's worst nightmare: Are the new ascetics masters of self-denial or just self-promotion? Abortion, the moral stalemate: How do we come to policy decisions about issues that stir people’s most elemental emotions? Paul Gottfried on the decline and rise of the alternative Right. Here are 11 stamp stories worth retelling. An excerpt from Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal.
From Bitch, an article on the ambition condition: Women, writing, and the problem of success; multiply and conquer: How to have 17 children and still believe in Jesus; factory girl: Dora the Explorer and the dirty secrets of the global industrial economy; an article on deconstructing bunk reporting in 5 easy steps; paging through feminism’s lost & found classics; and are eating disorders the Lavender Menace of the fat acceptance movement? From The Futurist, an article on the 21st-century writer; here are ten forecasts for 2009 and beyond; a review of The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability by James Gustave Speth; a review of The Coming Convergence: The Surprising Ways Diverse Technologies Interact to Shape Our World and Change the Future by Stanley Schmidt; and a review of Technology’s Promise: Expert Knowledge on the Transformation of Business and Society by William E. Halal. A review of The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America by Robert Scheer. How should Obama use his millions of online supporters now that he's won? George Packer on the lessons of Mumbai. From Entelechy, Simon Baron-Cohen on the biology of the imagination. A look at how unconscious mechanisms affect thought.