From Foreign Affairs, an interview with Robert Kaplan on China. A review of The End of the Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity by Wang Hui. Behold China: Repressive at home, aggressive abroad, driving Obama nuts. After years of gender-based abortions, China is facing a huge surplus of young men — will that mean more crime, more homosexuality or even a war to weed out weaker males? A look at 5 possible consequences. Andrew Walder on his book Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement. Can China save the world by consuming more? China's exchange rate is a red herring: The US obsession with the Chinese exchange rate is a classic example of blaming foreigners for domestic woes. An article on China's undocumented migrant problem. For all of China’s economic achievements, the heyday of its entrepreneurs lies more than 20 years in the past; renewing that era’s rural capitalism would yield more balanced growth and go a long way toward reducing today’s trade tensions. A review of The Beijing Consensus: How China's Authoritarian Model Will Dominate the Twenty-first Century by Stefan Halper (and more and more). China’s arranged remarriages: With help from family, friends and the government, widows and widowers from China’s earthquake are finding each other. Are we looking at the end of the world as we have known it, or will the Middle Kingdom redefine the market economy and democracy in its own image? Tom Scocca reviews When China Rules the World by Martin Jacques. Why factories are leaving China: A labor shortage is trimming margins for exporters, who are moving to Vietnam, India, and elsewhere. The introduction to Adapted for the Screen: The Cultural Politics of Modern Chinese Fiction and Film by Hsiu-Chuang Deppman.
From Education Review, a review of Contemporary Anarchist Studies. From Fast Company, here’s a look at products designed to meet the direst needs in disaster. Too Bad Not to Fail: Just what are derivatives, and how much more damage can they do? A review of The Endurance of National Constitutions by Zachary Elkins, Tom Ginsburg, and James Melton. The Disease Chaser: Richard Kelley, a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has made a career out of tracking diseases down. A review of What's Eating You? People and Parasites by Eugene H Kaplan. Something about Sally: Trying times for D.C.’s former Queen Bee. Dear Hotmail: What the hell happened to you? From GQ, Gavin McInnes on 12 criminally lame moments in hipster style. The word of God in every language on Earth: The Bible Society's hi-tech mission brings Gospel to remote tribes. An interview with Alexander Zaitchik, author of Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance (and more). Is it possible to design a better stop sign? From TPM, Ian Carter develops a feeling for Italian philosophy. From Edge, Emanuel Derman, author of My Life as a Quant, on breaking the cycle. An interview with Geoffrey Jones, author of Beauty Imagined: A History of the Global Beauty Industry. A review of How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell. Jacob Silverman reviews The Line by Olga Grushin. The importance of including cell-only households in phone surveys continues to grow alongside the difficulty of getting accurate results if you don’t. Kirk Savage on his book Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape (and more). Fall asleep in the Oval Office? You could win a "Scowcroft award".
From Zocalo, how does direct democracy work? The first chapter from Democratic Governance by Mark Bevir. Mark Satin on the 50 most significant modern and contemporary political ideologies. From America, a review of Conscience and the Common Good: Reclaiming the Space Between Person and State by Robert K. Vischer. Paleo moment: A review of Bringing America Home: How America Lost Her Way and How We Can Find Our Way Back by Tom Pauken. Abortion is not simply a cause of our civilizational decline; it is a symptom, first and foremost, of the increasing destruction of Christianity from within. American conservatives right now do not seem to realize that we are in the immediate post-Dunkirk phase of a desired political recovery. Showdown at the GOP Corral: Western conservatives and Southern conservatives battle for the soul of the Republican Party. From Chronicles, William Murchison on the gay-parenting vogue (and more at Salon on the gay baby boom); and for people allergic to leftist sentimentality, these past few months have been difficult: We are especially prone to legislative hysteria when children are involved. Jessica Valenti on the fake feminism of Sarah Palin. Robert Perkinson om how the GOP became the White Man's Party. Barack Obama upped African American voter turnout and inspired a new generation of African American candidates; he also helped activate white Americans motivated by racial animosity in their civic lives. Is the GOP's point man for recruiting black candidates hiding a fake Ph.D. and a violent past? Party of No: How Republicans and the Right have tried to thwart all social progress. It’s not a Tea Party, silly, it’s a rebellion. No Country for Straw Men: Liberal fascism isn't at hand, but good luck convincing conservatives of that.
From The American Scholar, Christian Wiman on how to be alive spiritually is to feel the ultimate anxiety of existence within the trivial anxieties of everyday life. More and more and more and more on At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson. When Washington took on Wall Street: With Republicans having threatened to block reform and Goldman Sachs fighting fraud charges, Alan Brinkley looks back at the Pecora Commission hearings, which riveted America, and asks why there is no comparable investigation now. Is a little bullying — offline and online — good for you? A fantasy Supreme Court: Nine legal rabble-rousers who'd never make President Obama’s shortlist, but we can dream. Can you tell what’s going on in this 2001 correction/apology published by the Ottawa Citizen? A review of Massacred for Gold: The Chinese In Hells Canyon by R. Gregory Nokes. A review of Bourdieu in Algeria: Colonial Politics, Ethnographic Practices, Theoretical Developments. A panel on Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy by Raghuram Rajan. A need to feed: Jack McLain on what zombies tell us about our culture. The failed car-bombing in Times square and the dizzying stock market crash less than a week later mark the book ends of terrorist eras. A look at 8 health foods that are bad for your health. In math you have to remember, in other subjects you can think about it. Rumors of Book Expo's demise are greatly exaggerated; Scott McLemee returns from the university press "ghetto". John Judis on how the Tea Party Movement isn’t racist — but that’s not to say there aren’t racists in it. Wired has Clay Shirky and Daniel Pink sit down for a conversation about motivation and media, social networking, sitcoms, and why the hell people spend their free time editing Wikipedia.
From CeROArt, Paolo Martore (Tuscia): The Contemporary Artwork Between Meaning and Cultural Identity; Annlinn Kruger (LOC): The Play's the Thing: Staging Conservation and the Role of Conscience; and Richard McCoy (IAM): Collaborating in the Public’s Domain. Immigrant artisans created an exuberant American art form on New York’s tenements at the turn of the 20th century; the only major public collection of their work now lies in a heap behind the Brooklyn Museum. A review of Art as Plunder: The Ancient Origins of Debate about Cultural Property by Margaret M. Miles. How Andrea Palladio influenced the design of the White House, the New York Stock Exchange, and other American landmarks. From The Toronto Star, an article on the interplay between art and Ikea. Jonathan Taylor reviews Folk Photography: The American Real-Photo Postcard 1905–1930 by Luc Sante. Joshua Shannon on his book The Disappearance of Objects: New York Art and the Rise of the Postmodern City. Jacob Holdt is one of America’s most important photographers and he’s not even American. Divine Image: What can the godless learn from religious art? From Venice to Vegas: Martin Filler on the back stories of buildings. Women in Architecture: What do they bring to the table? Do they offer a working style or leadership style different from those of men? 40 Years in Art: David Deitcher on White Columns, Paula Cooper, and El Museo del Barrio. From FT, a review essay on Renaissance art. Too much of a great thing: Terry Teachout on the case for giving overexposed masterworks a rest. Does Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop mark the end of the street art movement? Outside the Frame: How Asia changed the course of American art. A review of Leo and His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli by Annie Cohen-Solal.
From the Department of State's eJournal USA, a special issue on how democracies transfer power. From Brazilian Political Science Review, Klaus Frey (PUCPR): Development, Good Governance, and Local Democracy; and Ricardo Fabrino Mendonca (UFMG): Representation and Deliberation in Civil Society. A review of Surrendering to Utopia: An Anthropology of Human Rights by Mark Goodale. The first chapter from Indivisible Human Rights: A History by Daniel J. Whelan. A review of The Work of Global Justice: Human Rights as Practices by Fuyuki Kurasawa. Gillian Brock, author of Global Justice: A Cosmopolitan Account, on migration and global justice. A review of Moving Millions: How Coyote Capitalism Fuels Global Immigration by Jeffrey Kaye. A review of Hyperconflict: Globalization and Insecurity by James H. Mittelman. A review of War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern Times by Linda Polman (and more and more and more and more and more). From UN Dispatch, Alanna Shaikh on the five things people say to aid critics. From TED, Esther Duflo on social experiments to fight poverty. Dollars & Sense goes beyond the world creditors’ cartel: In Latin America and elsewhere, the IMF may be re–emerging — but in a changed landscape. From The Economist, a special report on banking in emerging markets. The richest countries are those with the most complex economies — and actually produce the greatest diversity of goods. Is organic farming an elitist fetish that hampers efforts to stanch global hunger, or is it the kind of holistic approach we’ll need to produce food on a circumscribed planet? Reviving “lost crops”: Economic anthropologist Jane Guyer focuses on nutritional value of native food resources in order to feed hundreds of millions of starving Africans.
Brian Leiter (Chicago): Moral Skepticism and Moral Disagreement: Developing an Argument from Nietzsche. From Armed Forces Journal, an essay on Vietnam’s distorted legacy. Weak Bonds: The US's entrenched culture of bailbondsmen is an embarrassment to our justice system. Gavin McInnes on the best (and worst) languages in the world. While major publishers struggle with bloated release schedules and rampant costs in a shifting media landscape, NYRB Classics succeeds as a lean model of consistency, quality and reader engagement. The Special Relationship: Foreign Policy gathers eight prominent figures in the Jewish community to discuss Peter Beinart's recent essay. Moment asks 35 American Jews two big questions: What does it mean to be a Jew today, and what do Jews bring to the world today? A review of Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea by Alberto Toscano. Get that song out my head: A study on those pesky earworms. An article on the world's 10 most wanted fugitives. The Smart Man's Jersey Shore: Each year, multiple generations of preppy alumni gather at Princeton to throw one of the country's biggest keggers. From Wired, meet Charles Komanoff, the man who could unsnarl Manhattan traffic. Enda Duffy on his book The Speed Handbook: Velocity, Pleasure, Modernism. Forget a profile pic; what does your business card say about you? Copyright law's grip on film, music and software barely touches the fashion industry — and fashion benefits in both innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. There isn’t any secret to properly appreciating a book, except that maybe if you don’t like one, it isn’t the right time — you just need to take a break and let it mellow on the shelf for a few months. Nathan Lee reviews Perpetual Inventory by Rosalind E. Krauss.
From The New York Review of Magazines, a verse-happy bunch is here to stay, and because of them, so is the publication of poetry in print magazines; and Ellen London on the literary magazines that define Harvard, Yale and Princeton. From The Faster Times, Lincoln Michel on a guide to literary magazines. Isaiah Wilner reviews Creating the College Man: American Mass Magazines and Middle-Class Manhood, 1890–1915 by Daniel A. Clark. So what do you do, Samir Husni, Mr. Magazine? Husni shares his take on monetizing digital content and the outlook for print publications. At a time when the newspaper industry is having a tough time growing revenue, Parade magazine has opened up a new sales front: selling ads on the Web sites of its partner papers. Are magazines really dying out? Though the internet is a serious threat, its ephemeral nature is no match for print's tangibility and longevity. In the fight over Gourmet magazine’s former readers, it’s the mass-market food magazines that seem to be thriving. A look at dead magazines that we never knew existed. What the True/Slant's acquisition really means for Forbes (and more). An interview with Kai Wright, the new editorial director of Colorlines. An interview with Mikki Taylor of Essence, stepping out on her own after 30 years (and more). In honor of its 40th anniversary, Essence magazine is bringing back an old friend: Terry McMillan. Stefan Aust, former editor-in-chief of German news magazine Der Spiegel, can forget his idea of creating a competitor. Jim Gaines on where the newsweeklies went wrong: The rise of digital is only part of the problem. Sara Miller McCune's aim to spread the word on important scientific research results in Miller-McCune, a wonky social sciences magazine that with a little more storytelling could expand its base.
A new issue of Bidoun is out, including Alexander Provan on The Golden Compass: Islam Versus Global Capitalism. Another reason to lament the fading of printed books in the digital age: the loss of handwritten inscriptions left by others. Mr. Woebegone Goes to Washington: When did the Senate become such a lonely, cynical place? Friends like these: Facebook’s former privacy chief Chris Kelly runs for office. If you think the current uproar over Facebook privacy is bad, wait until Facebook embraces location-based apps in a big way. Infallibility and Psychiatry’s Bible: The latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is being revised and, by some, reviled. Fallibilism is true: This is the lesson all narratives of deception need to take seriously — for anyone staid about the possibility of enlightenment must remain just as serious about the possibility for mistake. Elizabeth Mitchell reviews Something Red by Jennifer Gilmore. Could mandatory voting make politics less polarized? To the short list of life's certainties (death, taxes), William Galston wants to add one more: voting. More and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens. From FP, Stephen Walt on how to defend the indefensible (and get away with it). David Gordon reviews Rule of Law, Misrule of Men by Elaine Scarry. From Book of Odds, an article on dogs and racism: Who is the real bigot? Superheroes are ridiculous — too bad we've forgotten that. Industrial Espionage: How the CIA got the world to buy American during the Cold War. How to make a boycott matter: The outrage over Arizona has provoked a growing number of efforts to make the state pay, but will it?
Jonathan Clarke on post-World War II books that articulated a new vocabulary with which to reflect America back to itself — but the image they presented was not always pleasing. Damon Linker reviews The Conservative Turn: Lionel Trilling, Whittaker Chambers, and the Lessons of Anti-Communism by Michael Kimmage. The Gay McCarthyites: How Roy Cohn and his boyfriend helped unmake their maker. A review of The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America by Don Lattin (and more and more). A review of Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Quest to Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World by Nicholas Schou (and more). A review of Framing the Sixties: The Use and Abuse of a Decade from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush by Bernard von Bothmer. A review of The Age of Impeachment: American Constitutional Culture since 1960 by David Kyvig. A review of The Future Almost Arrived: How Jimmy Carter Failed to Change U.S. Foreign Policy by Itai Nartzizenfield Sneh (and more). Kevin Mattson, author of What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?, on how Jimmy Carter gave one of the toughest speeches in the history of presidential speeches. Michaelangelo Matos reviews Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture by Alice Echols (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). An interview with Craig Shirley, author of Rendezvous With Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America. Living in the Eighties: Moving beyond the Gilded Age versus Golden Age paradigm. A review of The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11 by John Farmer.