From the inaugural issue of the Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, Tiina Rosenberg (Lund): On Feminist Activist Aesthetics; and Anu Koivunen (Stockholm): Confessions of a Free Woman: Telling Feminist Stories in Postfeminist Media Culture. Feminism, what went wrong? It started with Girl Power and has sunk into mindless hedonism — why has sexual equality backfired? Robert Trundle (NKU): Women’s Fashion: Function of Sex or Social Construction? Women have been taking their clothes off in protest for centuries, but now that nudity is everywhere, is the naked body still an effective campaign tool? From TAP, are impossible beauty standards a subconscious cultural reaction against women's growing political power? The Word's Jan Freeman on the "female" question — or should it be "woman"? From The Economist, the rich world’s quiet revolution: Women are gradually taking over the workplace, but feminist management theorists are flirting with some dangerous arguments; and across the rich world more women are working than ever before; coping with this change will be one of the great challenges of the coming decades. Poverty has been feminized: How the economy derailed the Decade of the Single Woman. Is the Internet — and not the washing machine or the pill — the technology that finally liberated women? Not everything has changed: A review of The Unfinished Revolution: How a New Generation is Reshaping Family, Work, and Gender in America by Kathleen Gerson. A review of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn.
Robert Gooding (ANU): The State of the Disicipline, The Discipline of the State (from the Oxford Handbooks of Political Science). Coburn vs. the Political Scientists: It would be an enormous mistake to defund political science research. Is Marc Ambinder "hatin’ on poli sci"? John Sides investigates (and more, and Ezra Kelin on the problem with campaign books). Here are some practical suggestions for reporters, bloggers, and others who want to know what's up according to the political scientists. Model Behavior: Political scientists Stephen Majeski and David Sylvan question the usefulness of Bruce Bueno de Mesquita's predictioneering. Jennifer L. Hochschild (Harvard): If Democracies Need Informed Voters, Why Is It Democratic to Expand Enfranchisement? A review of When the People Speak: Deliberative Democracy and Public Consultation by James Fishkin. John Parkinson on how there is more — much more — to “deliberative democracy” than deliberative polling. A review of Bryan Caplan's The Myth of the Rational Voter. The myth of the rational voter: Politics involves much more than the calculations of rational choice theory. Why do people vote? Satoshi Kanazawa investigates (and part 2 and part 3). A review of The Political Gene: How Darwin’s Ideas Changed Politics by Dennis Sewell (and more). Your genes may determine whether you cling furiously to your political beliefs or cast them aside at a shift in the breeze. Andrew Gelman on internal vs. external coherence in political ideology. It's long been noted that power corrupts, but it also makes people hypocrites, too.
From Kulturos barai, whereas in postmodernism, being was left in a free-floating fabric of emotional intensities, in contemporary culture the existence of the self is affirmed through the network itself. Dinty Moore on Mr. Plimpton’s Revenge: A Google Map Essay. Here are sample chapters from A Theory of Enclaves by Evgeny Vinokurov. A review of Our Dark Side: A History of Perversion by Elisabeth Roudinesco. What’s wrong with Muslims? Satoshi Kanazawa on how being Muslim is unlike being anything else in today’s world. Editor & Publisher has resumed publication in print and online following its sale Thursday to Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc. (and more), and Kirkus Reviews is working toward an arrangement with an acquiring company to continue publication. Daniel Gross on why Beijing is making a mistake with Google. From Flavorpill, here's the culture roundup to end all roundups. Driving Miss Lazy: Greg Beato writes in praise of drive-through. Gideon Rachman on why bankruptcy could be good for America. Christopher Hayes reviews Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade by George Packer (and more and more). Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself. It’s an unstoppable buzzword, but has professionalism gone too far? Briggs Armstrong has decided that he's going to pay for as many things as is practicable using only two-dollar bills. Love and Death in Indiana: Black, gay professor Don Belton is murdered in cold blood in Bloomington; Scott McLemee looks into a hate crime.
From Cato Journal, David Skarbek and Peter Leeson (George Mason): What Can Aid Do?; and Andrei Shleifer (Harvard): Peter Bauer and the Failure of Foreign Aid. From Newsweek, an article on reasons behind Haiti’s poverty. Joshuia Keating on Haiti, the unluckiest country. Nothing going for them and now the earthquake. The history of Haiti’s vulnerability to natural disasters is long and complex, but the essence of it seems clear enough. The Ghosts of Port-au-Prince: Why is Haiti so haunted? Daniel Erikson investigates. Justin Fox reviews Jared Diamond's Haiti story (and an excerpt form Collapse). How can we ensure that Haiti becomes a functioning nation? Eight experts give their prescriptions (and more by Jeffrey Sachs). Tunku Varadarajan on why Haiti's earthquake is France's problem. Haiti didn't become a poor nation all on its own: Carl Lindskoog on the U.S's hidden role in the disaster. Our role in Haiti's plight: If we are serious about assisting this devastated land we must stop trying to control and exploit it. Haiti, the land where children eat mud: What is the West doing to rescue the "nightmare republic"? To patch up a dying country and call it a rescue would leave Haiti forsaken, and not by God. The UN should relocate to Haiti: Haiti and the world would benefit from UN headquarter's relocation to Port-au-Prince. Averting Disaster: Calamities like the Haiti quake aren't just predictable — they're preventable. Haiti earthquake disaster little surprise to some seismologists. Here's a Haiti Earthquake FAQ. From TED, Lalitesh Katragadda on making maps to fight disaster, build economies.
Martha Nussbaum (Chicago): Roger Williams on Religious Freedom: The Universal Protects the Particular. Janet Nelson (Meredith): Walter Rauschenbusch and the Social Gospel: A Hopeful Theology for the Twenty-first Century Economy. A review of God’s Economy: Faith-Based Initiatives and the Caring State by Lew Daly. A review of A Place at the Table: George Eldon Ladd and the Rehabilitation of Evangelical Scholarship in America by John D'elia. A review of Predestination: The American Career of a Contentious Doctrine by Peter Thuesen. A review of Christian America and the Kindgom of God by Richard Hughes. Sarah Curtis (Monash): Sarah Palin’s JerUSAlem and Pentecostal Faith: A Hysteric Symptom of American Utopianism? From Swans, Michael Barker on the Religious Right and World Vision's "charitable" evangelism. From CT, a review of Boundless Faith: The Global Outreach of American Churches by Robert Wuthnow and The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith by Mark Noll; and a review essay on religion in the American South. Amy Sullivan reviews Prophet of Purpose: The Life of Rick Warren by Jeffery Sheler. From Church & State, an interview with Ronald Flowers, co-author of Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court; an interview with Frederick Lane, author of The Court and the Cross: The Religious Right’s Crusade to Reshape the Supreme Court; and an interview with Jay Wexler, author of Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars. A review of Reading Jesus: A Writer's Encounter with the Gospels by Mary Gordon (and more).
From Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, Paul Fearne (LaTrobe): Nijinsky: Ballet, Schizophrenic Consciousness and Philosophy; a review of Comedy Incarnate: Buster Keaton, Physical Humor, and Bodily Coping by Noel Carroll; and a review of Hitchcock and Philosophy: Dial M for Metaphysics. A review of Exploding the Myths of Modern Architecture by Malcolm Millais. The disappearing darkroom: Photographer Richard Nicholson documents the demise of the traditional industry with snapshots of London's remaining professional labs. Even in the face of prolonged war and bitter recession, it seems 2010 is a pretty great time to be a young artist. From The Nation, Barry Schwabsky on The Resistance of Painting: To speak of a movement of abstractionists would be a contradiction in terms, like speaking of a church of atheists. A review of Fine Art and High Finance: Expert Advice on the Economics of Ownership. The DIY Chip: William Gurstelle on how new sensor tech is democratizing art and invention. David O'Neill reviews Robert Bresson: A Passion for Film by Tony Pipolo. If you draw it: An article on art in the age of resource overconsumption. How soon was now? Barry Schwabsky on the death, and afterlife, of the Polaroid. Toward a Starchitecture: Aaron Hsieh on the theoretical polemics of Rem Koolhaas. From Artforum, the work of Anne Truitt has always stood slightly apart. That Francisco Goya was a better painter than the earlier, more popular Peter Paul Rubens, or a more intelligent artist than Diego Velazquez, Michelangelo or Rembrandt hardly seems worth mentioning.
From The American, Roger Noriega on Haiti’s disasters, natural and man-made. From CJR, Haiti expert Henry (Chip) Carey gives context to the current tragedy; and Sam Eifling on Haiti as journalists have known it. Here are satellite photos that show Port-au-Prince before and after the Jan. 12 earthquake. Mary Beard reviews The Infinity of Lists by Umberto Eco (and more; and more by Albert Mobilio). A review of Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential, "America's Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine" by Henry E. Scott. Disclosed Encounters: Why UFO buffs think Barack Obama is their best hope for the truth about ET. Dahlia Lithwick, Nick Gillespie, and Clive Thompson debate the worst ideas of the '00s. Hippie meets hip-hop in the 2K10 Factory of Damon Dash. From Vanity Fair, it became known, and ultimately reviled, as Disco, but the music that surged out of gay underground New York clubs such as the Loft and 12 West in the early 70s was the sound of those who wanted to dance, dance, dance. A review of Uglier Than a Monkey's Armpit: Untranslatable Insults, Put-Downs, and Curses from Around the World by Stephen Dodson and Robert Vanderplank. Obama Contra Niebuhr: Supporters of President Obama’s "moral realism" are unaware of many elements of Reinhold Niebuhr’s political theology. Survivalism Lite: They call themselves "preppers" — regular people with homes and families, but like the survivalists that came before them, they're preparing for the worst. From Cracked, a look at 6 assassination attempts that almost f#@ked the world; and an article on 7 books we lost to history that would have changed the world.
Craig Calhoun (SSRC): Remaking America: Public Institutions and the Public Good. The first chapter from The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being by Derek Bok. From National Affairs, Jim Manzi on keeping America's edge (and more and more and more). How to make America more innovative: Give scientists more incentives to innovate. For eight years, Republicans politicized science or ignored it — can Obama stop the War on Science? An article on 10 (potentially) cool innovations from government. From Governing, the millennial in the cubicle: A new generation of workers expects unfettered access to technology tools — they may end up changing the way governments operate; and an article on wi-fi and social justice. Push Comes to .GOV: How federal agencies learned to stop worrying and love Web 2.0. A review of The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA Is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs by Michael Belfiore. Bullet trains for America: The Obama administration has revived the dream of building high-speed rail lines to rival those of Japan and Europe, but the tracks are littered with political and financial obstacles. A trainspotter's guide to the future of the world: America's preference for highways and airports over modern rail transportation will make the country increasingly look so 20th-century. Here are seven ways to fix the U.S. Postal Service. Here are five reasons why libertarians shouldn't hate government. Paul Light on the real crisis in government: The federal government can no longer guarantee the faithful execution of our laws.
From Rolling Stone, a cover story on how Big Oil and Big Coal mounted one of the most aggressive lobbying campaigns in history to block progress on global warming (and more on climate killers). Tim Flannery on Copenhagen, and after (and more). Sam Hummel on common mistakes in the coverage of the Copenhagen Accord. Here are 7 tipping points that could transform Earth and five possible scenarios for our future climate. We've just ended a two-decade experiment in global problem solving, but climate change doesn't scare us — that's frightening. Post-Copenhagen, it's clear that logic alone won't save us — we must accept that big business is just about the best hope we have left. The geoengineering gambit: We may have to consider extreme action despite the dangers. Ronald Bailey on the cultural contradictions of anti-nuke environmentalists: Why do environmentalists reject a good bet for renewable energy? Get ready for these nuclear fallacies. A group of six new blueprints for nuclear power stations promise advances in safety and efficiency. Coal or nuclear? Experts discuss how clean coal works and how dangerous nuclear waste really is. An essay on living with coal, climate policy’s most inconvenient truth (and a response). A look at how fossil fuel subsidies dwarf clean energy subsidies. An article on seven myths about alternative energy. The green movement is boring: Should environmentalism become less empirical and more emotional? People haven't stopped caring about our planet, but the reasons why they care have changed immensely. Why don’t TV weathermen believe in climate change? An excerpt from Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming by James Hoggan.
A new issue of Words Without Borders is out. Brad Baumgartner (IUP): Recovering Resentment: A Reflection on Disgust, Empathy, and Milton's Satan. William S. Haney II (AUS): Consciousness and the Posthuman in Short Fiction; and an essay on the wisdom of Shakespeare’s fools. And the Beat goes on: A forged will sends Jack Kerouac scholars, fans, collectors, literary executors, and lawyers on the warpath. Sappho, the great poet of the personal: Hardly any of the Greek poet's work survives, but the fragments that remain are enough to make her immortal. From The Guardian, an article on Leo Tolstoy, the forgotten genius; there's more to Tolstoy than War and Peace; and do today's novelists think Tolstoy is the greatest writer of all time? From Harper's, Elif Batuman on the murder of Leo Tolstoy: A forensic investigation. From The New Yorker, Claudia Roth Pierpont on the contemporary Arabic novel. An interview with Michael Ondaatje about why he writes novels, and when fiction can succeed by operating like poetry. In the fiction of Sylvia Townsend Warner, historical change is accidental and almost imperceptible, but for all that no less decisive. An interview with Orhan Pamuk on "finding an authentic voice". Enid Blyton may not have regarded the children of the post-colonial world as her audience, but many of the authors among them still cite her work as an inspiration. An article on Martin Amis: The wunderkind comes of age. James Wallenstein on Geoff Dyer’s unlikely terms of engagement (and from Bookforum, Kera Bolonik interviews Geoff Dyer on Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi).