From New Scientist. a special feature on the five ages of the brain. Print or Byte: Won't digital publishing destroy the old-fashioned book? Scott McLemee reads up on "the hidden revolution". Socialism has failed, now capitalism is bankrupt — so what comes next? Eric Hobsbawm wants to know. Taliban, a response to modernity: In its rigidity, the Talibanised society mimics an authenticity that sounds and feels truly pure and Islamic and is greedily imbibed by a population that is hungry for answers. A review of Heidegger: A (Very) Critical Introduction by S. J. McGrath. From The Root, Henry Louis Gates on John Hope Franklin, the prince who refused the kingdom. Colliding anarchistic subcultures, zombified yuppies and the ruins of the welfare state, Laura Oldfield Ford's work opens up the economic and cultural wounds of London's regeneration. From The New Criterion, an essay on the perils of the welfare state: Spiritual enfeeblement & the rise of the “Last Man” in Europe. A review of More Than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City by William Julius Wilson. A review of Restless Genius: Barney Kilgore, The Wall Street Journal, and the Invention of Modern Journalism by Richard J. Tofel. The introduction to Connections: An Introduction to the Economics of Networks by Sanjeev Goyal.
You can download the book The Charmed Circle of Ideology: A Critique of Laclau and Mouffe, Butler and Zizek by Geoff Boucher. The introduction to Is Milton Better than Shakespeare? by Nigel Smith. A review of The Information-Literate Historian: A Guide to Research for History Students by Jenny L. Presnell. A review of Closed Minds? Politics and Ideology in American Universities by Bruce L.R. Smith, Jeremy D. Mayer, and A. Lee Fritschler. Victimology 101 at Yale: While the rest of the university tightens its belt, guess who's exempted from the austerity campaign? Mark Bauerlein reviews David Horowitz's One Party Classroom: How Radical Professors at America's Top Colleges Indoctrinate Students and Undermine Our Democracy (and a response; and more). While it's simplistic (to the point of comedy) to suggest that monster trucks can heal our national divide, they may play a part in better understanding the chasms that divide us. A review of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (and more and more). Lexicographer Erin McKean’s interactive "Wordnik" is projected to be the largest online dictionary ever. David Greenberg on the folly of the "Hundred Days". History is full of examples of leaders who accomplished improbable things largely because they thought they could — when everyone said they couldn't.
From Slate, Christopher Beam spends a day with Grover Norquist, among the believers; and uncivil union: Does card check kill the secret ballot or not? An article on fantasy baseball as cultural prism. From Campus Progress, here's what you should know about financial lobbyists; and an interview with Mike Lux, author of The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be. A review of Jedediah Purdy's A Tolerable Anarchy: Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom. A review of The Craftsman by Richard Sennett. Did Levi Strauss realize the havoc his creation would wreak on the modern world? A review of Richard Epstein's Supreme Neglect: How to Revive Constitutional Protection for Private Property. A review of Alain Badiou: Live Theory by Oliver Feltham. E.J. Dionne Jr. on a left of center-right country. The San Francisco Chronicle interviews Laura Albert. Taliban vs. Predator: Are targeted killings inside Pakistan a good idea? An interview with Jacques Bouchard on nuclear power and the challenges of global climate change and nuclear proliferation. A look at why global leaders should have their own brand of vodka. India wants something that no global economic powerhouse should be without: an international symbol for its currency. A stop on the squatters' trail: Where do they come from, where do they go, what's the deal with those tramping street kids?
From Slate, investigate the investigators: Let's look into these unpatriotic Americans who want to prosecute patriotic Americans; why hasn't America been attacked since 9/11, and did Bush administration policies prevent 9/11 from happening again? Timothy Noah on the He-Kept-Us-Safe Theory. An article on France's strange love affair with William Faulkner. From Capitalism, Jared Seehafer on the Republican Party's identity crisis: Jesus Christ or John Galt? (and a response). An interview with The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert on reporting on climate change (and top 10 myths about sustainability). An article on Benoit Mandelbrot and the wildness of financial markets. Girls, power and mamma: How Silvio Berlusconi became Italy's Superman. Rather than face punishment, credit raters are positioned to profit from the financial mess they helped create. Is the global economic crisis going to lead to another world war? Cracking up: State legislators across the country are filing resolutions declaring state sovereignty just as they did the last time a Democrat won the White House. A review of Mary C. Brennan's Wives, Mothers, and the Red Menace: Conservative Women and the Crusade against Communism. From ResetDoc, an interview with Michael Kazin on the duties of the opposition; and Nadia Urbinati on how dissent reveals a fundamental loyalty to a country, a society or a community.
From Literary Review, Austenmania: A review of Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman. From The Guardian, from Virgil to, most recently, Roland Barthes, dead authors have had their works published against their wishes — is it right?; and the Situationist arch-rebel Guy Debord has finally been recognised as a "national treasure" in France — but would he have appreciated it? From Slate, were there sex shops in the time of George Washington? No, but there were plenty of brothels; and global motherf*ckers: Does every culture use the suggestion of maternal incest as an insult? Asymmetrical information and hooker-nomics: Assigning a price to a product is always tricky, but what if the product is illegal and the value subjective? From "Ideas", ready, aim, fail: Why setting goals can backfire; and good as gold: What alchemists got right. "American Idol", post-Heidegger: A review of the film "Examined Life". A review of Richard Seymour's The Liberal Defence Of Murder. Are successful people primarily the beneficiaries of luck, timing and cultural legacy? Michael Shermer investigates. From Political Theology, a review of books on ethics and economics. The Mighty Hand: Have you ever noticed how we never find out how our common social problems get solved? An excerpt from The Rape of Mesopotamia: Behind the Looting of the Iraq Museum by Lawrence Rothfield.
From Applied Semiotics, Goran Kjellmer (Gothenburg): Literary Conventions and the Human Body: The use of bodily expressions for states of mind; and Ibrahim Taha (Haifa): Semiotics of Literary Titling: Three Categories of Reference. Reganomics, or how to publish like a porn star: Firebrand editor Judith Regan's influence can be felt on two new HarperCollins imprints. A review of Plato's Ghost: the Modernist Transformation of Mathematics by Jeremy Gray. John Lloyd on why Britain is best when it comes to gossip. AC Grayling reviews Questions of Truth: God, Science and Belief by John Polkinghorne and Nicholas Beale. A review of Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average by Joseph T. Hallinan. A review of Inside the Stalin Archives by Jonathan Brent. Twilight of the autocrats: Will the financial crisis bring down Russia and China? Genetic surveillance for all: What if the FBI put the family of everyone who has ever been convicted or arrested into a giant DNA database? John Quiggin on refuted economic doctrines: Central bank independence. Regulating the new financial sector: Financial regulation is a now-or-never proposition as the sector’s lobbying power is greatly diminished. They have it all — so why is it so hard for some women to be happy? From Der Spiegel, an article on the case of John Demjanjuk: Nazi guard, sick old man or both?
From The Economist, a special report on entrepreneurship. From The University Bookman, an essay on Russell Kirk’s legacy after 15 years; an essay on Russell Kirk’s philosophy of education; from tradition to "values conservatism": Paul Gottfried on Kirk’s legacy; Lee Edwards on the many roots of American order; John Willson on a foreign policy for (probably not very many) Americans; a review of Russian Conservatism and Its Critics: A Study in Political Culture by Richard Pipes; a review of Why Conservation Is Failing and How It Can Regain Ground by Eric T. Freyfogle. Soaps, sex and sociology: Do women who watch telenovelas have fewer babies (but more men)? Daniel Gross on why Obama should pay no attention at all to stock prices. Stayin' Alive: Jonathan Cohn on the inside story of health care reform's near-death experience. How well does online punditry translate on the printed page? Stephen Howe finds out. With financial crisis and scandal as backdrop, Americans are questioning whether plutocrats are either indispensable or deserving. Primates on Facebook: Even online, the neocortex is the limit. Michael Berube reviews Sean Carroll's From Eternity to Here: The Origin of the Universe and the Arrow of Time. A review of Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity by Catherine Wilson. A review of Men in Caring Occupations: Doing Gender Differently by Ruth Simpson.
From THES, musing on the often acrimonious debate between atheists and believers, Simon Blackburn takes as his inspiration David Hume, who approached the issue not with hatred but with humour; Felipe Fernandez-Armesto finds his beloved Oxford changed, changed utterly; Duncan Wu on a night of sublimity and terror among the roaring, soaring, brutally lyrical Monster Trucks; amid the marketing puffery and opaque jargon, many prospectuses fail to explain what a course is really about — the good, the bad and the flannel; doctor who and how: Viva PhD success, and let's fete the candidates a little, too; a review of Dante's Two Beloveds: Ethics and Erotics in the Divine Comedy by Olivia Holmes; and a review of Le Corbusier and the Occult by J. K. Birksted. A look at how Biden and Obama are figuring out how to make their relationship work. Extremist nightmares: The European Union is one reason not to fear the spectre of the 1930s. From The Rumpus, an article on why you should not be afraid to read Little Women; an interview with Trevor Paglen, author of I Could Tell You but Then You Would Have to be Destroyed By Me; an interview with Jason Kottke; and an interview with Will Rockwell, author of All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washington, DC. A review of Experimental Man: What One Man's Body Reveals About His Future, Your Health and Our Toxic World by David Ewing Duncan.
From TAS, an article on Edward Abbey, conservative anarchist. Screaming mummies: The entire body is as though agitated from the last movements of agony; the last convulsions of horrid agony can, after thousands of years, still be seen. Crowds of people are often seen as bad for public order, but they have ways of policing themselves that the police might do well to understand. Fifty years seems like a long time, but if you pick up Jacques Barzun’s searching analysis of modern education, The House of Intellect, the half century melts away. More on Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists by Susan Neiman. A review of Intellectuals and their Publics: Perspectives from the Social Sciences. Nassim Nicholas Taleb on ten principles for a Black Swan-proof world. Damon Linker on the future of Christian America. An article on the the "Twitter Revolution" of Moldova's high-tech teens (and more). Watch Before Reading: Usually just one to three minutes long, the best book trailers swiftly inform potential readers of what to expect. A review of Dave Neiwert's The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right. Michael Kinsley on life after newspapers (and a response and a reply). How to stop the drug wars: Prohibition has failed; legalisation is the least bad solution. Notions of history: An interview with Simon Schama. Why do only failed politicians publish good books on their trade?
Darrell Payne and Linda Wermeling (NKU): Domestic Violence and the Female Victim: The Real Reason Women Stay. From Mother Jones, an article on the Purpose-Driven Wife: Teaching women to submit to their husbands, for the love of Christ. Lies, damned lies and blatant statistical lies: Did you hear the one about the Turin Shroud? Or the one about bad pupil behaviour? Time is real: An interview with Astra Taylor, director of "The Examined Life". Gettysburg regress: How the government is ruining America's most famous battlefield. Like Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Barack Obama is capable of being a pragmatic progressive. Has Obama ruined his chances of ending the culture war? Anchors away: Michael Schaffer on the strange resilience of the local TV personality. In the Internet age, foreign correspondents write for locals as well as for readers living somewhere else. From Psychology Today, Neanderthink: An article on the appeal of the bad boy; and a look at designer babies as a common misconception about science (and more from Wired). An excerpt from Babies by Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice by Ronald M. Green. An article on synthetic biology: building life (potential & dangers). Valid fundraising on Facebook could help legitimize the site (if it’s not too late) — but who thinks heavy metal, beer, and Paris Hilton qualify as legitimate causes?