From Esquire, a list of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century; and a look at the 75 books every man should read. From The Times, here are 10 books not to read before you die. How to read a hundred books: It’s easy, once you know how to discover new authors. Reading Exercise: Devouring books as an extreme sport. From The Telegraph, a look at the 50 greatest villains in literature. Talking amongst your shelves: A novel way to organise your books is to use different titles to spell out new phrases. Laurie Taylor tries a bit of continental drift. From Law and Politics Book Review, a review of Honor Bound: Inside the Guantanamo Trials by Kyndra Miller Rotunda; a review of Power Play: The Bush Presidency and the Constitution by James P. Pfiffner; a review of The Preeminence of Politics: Executive Orders from Eisenhower to Clinton by Ricardo Jose Pereira Rodrigues; and a review of White Enough to Be American? Race Mixing, Indigenous People, and the Boundaries of State and Nation by Lauren L. Basson. What privileges do McCain and Palin receive because they're white? From PUP, the introduction to God and Race in American Politics: A Short History by Mark A. Noll; and the introduction to The Art of the Public Grovel: Sexual Sin and Public Confession in America by Susan Wise Bauer. More and more on The Wrecking Crew by Thomas Frank.
From National Journal, Jonathan Rauch on Bush's Legacy: Small ball after all? What Bush Meant: Ron Suskind on the lasting influence of the last eight years. From Culture11, an article on the wrong side of populism: How to walk the line between populism and identity politics. We’re witnessing the passing of more than a venerable firm — we’re seeing the death of a culture. From TAP, Robert Kuttner on the seven deadly sins of deregulation — and three necessary reforms. A look at the long history of the 2008 financial mess. How do we get out of this mess? Perhaps, it’s time to play offense. Joseph Stiglitz on why the financial crisis is the fruit of dishonesty on the part of financial institutions. Glenn Greenwald on the complete (though ever-changing) elite consensus over the financial collapse. The collapse of Lehman Brothers has got the mainstream media hitting the panic button and talking of systemic crisis — but the crisis isn't just spreading to the real economy, it began there. Tax the Speculators: Here's a fair plan to pay for economic recovery. Robert Shiller on the mortgages of the future (and an interview). Laughter in the dark: In general, the easiest way to locate the Humor section in any bookstore is to go through the front entrance of the bookstore and to the farthest point from the entrance. Mallika Sarabhai’s idea of socially conscious art is to use various media to comment on the times we live in.
A new issue of Triple Canopy is out. The late David Foster Wallace didn’t settle for satire; Scott McLemee says farewell to a wild talent. Obsessive, ironical, needy: David Foster Wallace’s voice was the voice in your head. From n+1, Benjamin Kunkel on DFW, 1962-2008, and Jared Roscoe on Wallace, teacher. Here's a list of DFW material on the web. Here's the latest issue of Jewish Literary Supplement. From Brevity, Leslie Miller on how writing is a piece of cake. Debtor's prison: Margaret Atwood looks at the history and meaning of being in hock. From CJR, the business press is missing the crooked heart of the credit crisis. From FP, an interview on why you shouldn’t panic about the financial crisis; and a look at the world’s biggest bailouts. From ProPublica, here's a history of US government bailouts (and more on the Mother of All Bailouts) From Mother Jones, will the government bailout work? Many economists skeptical of the bailout. William Greider on how the Paulson bailout plan is a historic swindle. More on The Numerati by Stephen Baker. From The Village Voice, a look at the strange history of final games in stadiums slated for demolition. What would Thomas Jefferson think of Sarah Palin? From The New Yorker, a review of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed; and freeing the elephants: Adam Gopnik on what Babar brought.
From The American Scholar, revisiting the gritty Roman neighborhood of his youth, a writer discovers a world of his own invention. More on The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008 by Sean Wilentz. The conservative case for urbanism: Republicans may have an uneasy relationship to global warming, but some are finding reasons to embrace government projects close to environmentalists' hearts — like public transit. An interview with Howard Gardner, the man who outsmarted IQ. From Scotland's Sunday Herald, why the box rocks: 21 reasons to turn on the TV in the 21st century. Verging on absolute zero: We've gone to space, split the atom, and created devices small enough to travel through our blood — but it seems that in science, as in nature, there are some places we still can't reach. Research suggests that adolescents’ niche in school — their popularity, and how they understand and exploit it — offers important clues to their later psychological well-being. From Freethought Today, an article on the Christian soil of the Holocaust. It only gets darker after the lights go down: In movies, popular books and TV, the end of the world makes for an unsettling season. Sex sells: An Orlando producer cashes in on Florida's online porn industry. Heard the one about how many economists it takes to change a lightbulb? The belief that the market would take care of it has been shaken.
From Jewish Political Studies Review, Steven Bayme (AJC): American Jewry and the State of Israel: How Intense the Bonds of Peoplehood? The U-853 Mystery: Did the U-boat commander fail to receive the German order at wars end to cease attacks, or did he just want to record one more kill? Amy Gerstler reviews Ms. Hempel Chronicles by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum. The postmodern condition as a religious revival: A review essay on William Connolly’s Why I am Not a Secularist, Dipesh Chakrabarty’s Provincializing Europe, and Alvin Plantinga’s Warranted Christian Belief. A review of Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity's Future by Duane Elgin; and are we heading towards perpetual adolescence? A review of The Sibling Society by Robert Bly. In the heart of the Deep South, Jackson Free Press has resurrected the alt-weekly tradition of maverick investigations and cultural provocation. An excerpt from One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century by Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten. The first chapter from The Household: Informal Order around the Hearth by Robert Ellickson. From TLS, second only to Byron: How Keats's most popular rival rescued him from the critics. An interview with Gregory S. Prince Jr., author of Teach Them to Challenge Authority: Educating for Healthy Societies.
From Bifrost Journal of Social Science, Agust Einarsson (Bifrost): The Economic Impact of Public Cultural Expenditures on Creative Industries Under Increasing Globalization. From Archipelago, Katherine McNamara on the dangerous unknown of our untested innocence; and technology and democracy: Jeffrey H. Matsuura on Thomas Jefferson and intellectual property law. David Warsh writes of a brave army of heretics and the idea of economic complexity. Coming up conservative: How to maintain quality control in the movement pipeline. A review of How Round is Your Circle? Where Engineering and Mathematics Meet by John Bryant and Chris Sangwin. A review of On Deep History and the Brain by Daniel Lord Smail. From Free Inquiry, Army, Flag, and Cross: Reverie on a ribbon. Anne-Marie Slaughter reviews Cullen Murphy's The New Rome; and an excerpt from Global Politics After 9/11: The Democratiya Interviews by Michael Walzer. Time and timeless: Gerald Russello on the historical imagination of Russell Kirk. From In Character, Clifford Orwin on how an emotion became a virtue: It took some help from Rousseau and Montesquieu; and what if they gave out compassionate conservatism and nobody cared?: "Why Blacks Should Give Bush a Chance" sounded like the punch line of a joke. Here are 7 "eccentric" geniuses who were clearly just insane.
From TomDispatch, an essay on the end of the world as you know it, and the rise of the new energy world order. What makes a good business book? John Kay wants to know. The introduction to Demographic Forecasting by Federico Girosi and Gary King. From The Hindu, malls are a part of our mindset now, the way we imagine ourselves and our mobility, but whichever way you look at it, malls work like predators. Met with groans and sighs, Anna Morrison introduces her class of high-school seniors to Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. A review of Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850-1954: An Intellectual History by Stephanie Y. Evans. A review of Rightward Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s. Radio Free Europe still exists—and it's more important than ever. The first chapter from Hedge Funds: An Analytic Perspective by Andrew W. Lo. John Freeman reviews To Siberia by Per Petterson. From Natural History, special cells in the brain mimic the actions and intentions of others, forming the basis of empathy and social connections; and human ailments as varied as hernias, hiccups, and choking are a legacy of our “fishy” ancestry. A century in, Converse is still purveyor of the world's most functional shoe. Does a man still need to go to war to prove himself a hero? An essay on academic freedom and student rights in politicized institutions.
From Kritike, Hans-Georg Moeller (Brock): Knowledge as Addiction: A Comparative Analysis; Romualdo E. Abulad (San Carlos): What is Hermeneutics?; and Kristina Lebedeva (De Paul): The Role of Techne in the Authenticity-Inauthenticity Distinction. Man under siege: Living under Albania’s repressive regime spurred the creative spirit of Booker Prize winner Ismail Kadare. From TED, Peter Collier on four ways to improve the lives of the "bottom billion". A discussion with Jan Egeland, author of A Billion Lives: An Eyewitness Report from the Frontlines of Humanity. From a special issue of New Internationalist, we need to talk about toilets: 2008 is the "International Year of Sanitation", so what will it take to launch a new sanitary revolution? A review of The Philosophy of Motion Pictures by Noel Carroll. A review of The 30-Second Seduction: How Advertisers Lure Women Through Flattery, Flirtation, and Manipulation by Andrea Gardner and Branded Male: Marketing to Men by Mark Tungate. Have "Reply All" emails become the latest outlet for the modern obsession with self-expression and fame? How did that chain letter get to my inbox? Forwarded messages take surprising paths through the Internet. A review of Amanda Marcotte's It’s a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments.
From American Arts Quarterly, Frederick Turner (Texas): Abundance and the Human Imagination; Steven W. Semes (Notre Dame): New Buildings Among Old Historicism and the Search for an Architecture of Our Time; Robert Proctor on The Fine and the Liberal Arts: A Vision for the Future; and Tom Jay on The Necessity of Beauty; and a review of Why Art Cannot Be Taught by James Elkins. John Updike on American Art: The writer brings a life of creative and critical labor to the examination of American masterworks. From The Atlantic Monthly, Intolerant Chic: The new “white people” are bigoted, but not the way you think — or they’ll admit; and is pornography adultery? It may be closer than you think (and an interview with Ross Douthat). Love is in the air: Maybe it’s fucking that’s in the air, and we just call it “love” because, under ideal circumstances, fucking ends up identified with love, the way coal may become a diamond if conditions are just so. When did voting become like dating, and when did it become like dating yourself? From LRC, a review of An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action in the Twenty-First Century by James Orbinski and Cambodia Calling: A Memoir from the Frontlines of Humanitarian Aid by Richard Heinzl. More on Simon Critchley's The Book of Dead Philosophers. Jonathan Wolff on how statistics can play mean tricks.
From Vanity Fair, Sebastian Junger returns to the valley of death in Afghanistan; and an article on the Raffaello Follieri-Anne Hathaway charade. From Boston Review, Stacey D'Erasmo on the end of sexual identity: Fiction's new terrain. A review of Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America, 1861-2003 by William N. Eskridge Jr. An excerpt from I Don't: A Contrarian History of Marriage by Susan Squire (and more). From Live Science, a look at why the era of scientific secrecy is near the end. From IHE, it’s time to stop pretending that all faculty duties can be divided into distinct categories of teaching, research and service. Is it time for a new paradigm for health and development? A heavyweight panel with an egalitarian ideology claims to have found one. A review of Fighting Words: A Tale of How Liberals Created Neo-Conservatism by Ben J. Wattenberg. A review of Freedom's Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention by Gary Bass (and more and more and more). From Prospect, Russia's brutal expansionism must be checked now — or we will pay the price later. Greetings from Abkhazia: The forlorn seaside resort where Soviet rulers once frolicked. Here are 9 would-be countries looking forward to paying U.N. dues. From TLS, how Sarah Palin's religion continues to evolve around the world: A review of books on Pentecostalism.