A new issue of The Caravan is out. From Outlook India, a special issue on the Reforms Vicenary: 1991-2011. The jury is still out on this one. The ABC of the 2G Scam: Much has been said about the telecom scam, but little has really been understood. A review of India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking by Anand Giridharadas. A review of Makers of Modern India by Ramachandra Guha, The Rediscovery of India by Meghnad Desai and India: A Portrait by Patrick French (and more and more). From the latest issue of Bookforum, the Don of Delhi: With his eye for the exotic, William Dalrymple has become India's authority on its Mughal past. The Literary Raj: For all their posturing and weighty pretences, the Indian elite’s life of letters is still strangely beholden to the British. A literary festival sparks a fierce debate about Britain's colonial legacy — and shows that Indian authors have much to offer the world. Despite criticism of the festival’s cofounder William Dalrymple, the Jaipur festival continues to draw big crowds for another year of stunning talent (and more). From Tehelka, a special issue on original fiction. The Caste Buster: Ravindra Misal rejected tradition to become a self-made man — with his “personality contests” and idiomatic-English lessons, he’s trying to help others do the same. Casual sex is taboo no more — a young nation gets all frisky and experimental between the sheets. How “Hindu” is yoga after all? Meera Nanda investigates.


Shilpi Bhattacharya (Jindal): The Desire for Whiteness: Can Law and Economics Explain It? Thomas Nagel reviews The Memory Chalet by Tony Judt. The National Hobo Convention, the argest gathering of hobos in the country, has been meeting annually in Britt, Iowa since 1900. Michael Flaherty, author of The Textures of Time, explains how and why we sense time the way we do. Does more information mean we know less? We pay a price for all the information we consume these days — and it's knowing less. A review of Revolutions in the Atlantic World: A Comparative History by Wim Klooster. Yes, it can be rational to vote — maybe if 90% of well-educated, older white people do something, we shouldn't be so quick to dismiss it as "irrational". FCC v. AT&T reveals the limits of corporate personhood at the Supreme Court. A network of spies run by Duane R. Clarridge shows how private citizens can exploit the chaos of rivalries inside the government to carry out their agenda. Does Nikki Haley, the new governor of South Carolina, signal a fundamental change in the GOP’s relationship with women, and in the GOP itself? L. Randall Wray advances three fundamental propositions regarding money. Sit, stay, parse, good girl: A border collie knows 1,022 proper nouns, a record that displays the unexpected depths of the canine mind. A review of The Philosophy of Wine: A Case of Truth, Beauty and Intoxication by Cain Todd. Does self-help actually help anyone?


From Thought Catalog, a look at five emotions invented by the Internet and a comprehensive list of the different types of people there are on the internet. You don't actually hate Facebook; it's just something you're saying because you think it makes you more interesting. The Web is now the last place you should read anything: Reading on the Web has never been a very satisfying experience — new tools mark the beginning of its end. What do Google, Ask and Bing search results mean? It's easy to think search engine queries could provide a gold mine of data, but it's not easy to know how to exploit. Why the Internet is a great tool for totalitarians: A review of The Net Delusion: How Not to Liberate the World by Evgeny Morozov (and more and more). How the online "temple of the mind" became the go-to site for looking stuff up: A drama told in the open-source style of Wikipedia. Mike Rugnetta of the website knowyourmeme.com talks about what constitutes a meme and how the internet is the ideal place for them to grow. A look at the ten most expensive domain names ever purchased, according to the Times of India (with musical accompaniment). Cyberwar is harder than it looks: Internet vulnerability to attacks exaggerated, says new report. Let’s take the time to remember all of the things that made Myspace the ultimate “place for friends” — and enemies. Facebook has provided a way to maintain real-life relationships in a fractured, dynamic world.


From Boston Review, a symposium on full employment, including a lead article by Robert Pollin and a series of responses. The White House looks for work: Obama’s economic team knows that everything rides on vanquishing unemployment, and doing it on the cheap. Where the recovery went wrong: Six reasons for high unemployment and a slow rebound. The jobless rate is higher in the United States than in Britain, Germany, Japan or Russia, a new study found, pointing to American employers’ unusual degree of power. America's Choices: Richard Trumka on why the conventional wisdom is wrong (and more). An interview with Philip Dray, author of There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America. A review of The Company Town: The Industrial Edens and Satanic Mills That Shaped the American Economy by Hardy Green (and more). A review of Punching Out: One Year in a Closing Auto Plant by Paul Clemens (and two excerpts at n+1: The Rigging Crew and The Arkansas Boys). Detroitism: What does “ruin porn” tell us about the motor city? Noreen Malone on the case against economic disaster porn: Stop slobbering over abandoned cityscapes! The Rust Belt turnaround: The recession's changed where young college grads are going — out of the southwest and into old industrial cities. Can we replicate in the 21st century what we accomplished in the 20th? Not if we handcuff ourselves.


Ulf Linderfalk (Lund): The Post-9/11 Discourse Revisited: The Self-Image of the International Legal Scientific Discipline. An interview with Kevin Nelson, author of The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain: A Neurologist's Search for the God Experience. What makes the most successful societies tick? Matthew Taylor says we should recognise that relationships and values are more important than scientific or economic progress. A review of I Chose Liberty: Autobiographies of Contemporary Libertarians by Walter Block. Mafia bust: How do mobsters make a living in the 21st century? Meet the new global elite: They’re pretty much the same as the old global elite, only richer and more smug. A review of A Tenth of a Second: A History by Jimena Canales. Does reading a book make us happier? Public libraries face an uncertain future but the value of reading is irreplaceable. A review of Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalisation by Gordon Brown (and more). Elizabeth Kubler-Ross takedown: A look at the marketing of the American way of death — and bereavement. The liar’s loophole: For 2,300 years, self-reference has been assumed essential to the liar paradox. A review of War for Wealth: The Truth About Globalization and Why the Flat World is Broken by Gabor Steingart. Historical records show that flu pandemics have been occurring for at least 500 years; researchers are now studying these historical pandemics to help prevent future disease.


From The Space Review, John Hickman on space colonization in three histories of the future. Ready for contact: Humans have searched for extraterrestrial life for more than a century — what will we do when we find it? NASA astrobiologist David Morrison responds to public questions and misconceptions. What it's like to live in the Space Station: An interview with Col. T.J. Creamer. The Humanization of the Cosmos: The time has come to consider alternative forms of cosmic humanization — they would also allow humanity to develop a better understanding of the cosmos and our relationship to it. The search for extraterrestrial life: "Are we all Martians?" Mega-scale planet engineering: One day — though probably not anytime soon — all of us are going to need to do some serious expanding. A look at why Earthlings obsess over alien penetration. Martin Rees is in search of ET: Astronomical advances mean that over the next decades we may discover if other life exists. An interview with Jacques Vallee, author of Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Times. Will the rise of space tourism create severe environmental problems? A review of John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon by John M. Logsdon. Neil deGrasse Tyson on the future of NASA. If aliens exist, they probably want to destroy us: There are only two possibilities for alien life — either we're alone or aliens exist, and they are out to get us.


Beyond the start-up nation: Israel has become a high-tech superpower over the past two decades — can the good news last? An interview with Bank of Israel governor Stanley Fischer on Israel's brain drain. State welfare subsidies for full-time Torah study by ultra-Orthodox men have become the subject of a fierce debate. Beware the Military-Religious Complex: The Israeli army's ties to the Orthodox right make peace harder to achieve. Israel’s top military brass is marching away from the prime minister. An interview with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, Israel’s most popular politician. Ian Buruma on Israel’s wrong friends. Israel's move to the right: Too far even for conservatives? The final nail in the coffin: Jonathan Cook on the death of the Israeli Left (and more). Israeli teachers claim “racism is growing among young people in Israel". Bernard Avishai on Arab Nazareth, Israeli democracy and Bundist dreams. There's a limit to how long a fragile democracy like Israel can maintain an undemocratic regime next door before democracy at home is corrupted. What if Israel ceases to be a democracy? Jeffrey Goldberg wants to know. Who's afraid of the Palestinians? Public intellectuals and the Arab-Israeli conflict: Is it the role of scholars to pronounce on the rights and wrongs of this complex and protracted dispute? The Palestinians are laying the groundwork for unilaterally declared statehood — if Israel prepares properly, the move can be a boon for the Jewish state, too. Does declaring it "Palestine" lead to a state? Trying to break logjam, David Makovsky floats an idea for a Palestinian map. Will "The Palestine Papers" leak kill the peace process?


Mark J. Farrales (UCSD): What is Corruption?: A History of Corruption Studies and the Great Definitions Debate. Ezra Klein on the Republican war on the CBO. Philosophy in Rags: Hugh Graham looks through the prism of Houellebecq's novels and finds a Gnostic theme for our times (and part 2 and part 3). From Slate, a special issue on fitness. From The Beast, a look at the 50 Most Loathsome Americans of 2010. From NYRB, William Pfaff on the trouble with dictators. Employees who have to maintain a neutral disposition while they are on the clock tend to spend more energy to meet that requirement; therefore, they have less energy to devote to work tasks. A review of The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do by Eduardo Porter. A class warfare fix for Social Security: Raising the retirement age discriminates against the poor — the rich aren't just richer, they live longer too. It turns out that sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll can all affect you in the same way: By flooding your brain with the pleasure chemical dopamine. Freemarket failures: Investors prefer doing business with Hugo Chavez over billionaire Koch brothers. A new biography of Claude Levi-Strauss chronicles the life a pioneering and ­controversial thinker (and more). Freud’s ideas have become part of the fabric of everyday life — yet his methods are going out of favour. Jesus of Wikipedia: Using Christ's page as a guide to the online encyclopedia's ten-year history.


Gender and the Philosophy Club: Stephen Stich and Wesley Buckwalter present an experimental philosophy parable. I Flicker therefore I am: Noah Berlatsky digs into the relationship between philosophy and film. A philosopher of religion calls it quits: Keith Parsons announces that the “case for theism” is a fraud, and sparks a firestorm. Ralph McInerny died one year ago; the breadth and brilliance of his legacy still astound. As state universities cut back on humanities programs in order to deal with budget shortfalls, LaGuardia Community College in Queens, N.Y., is going in the opposite direction — and philosophy is king. A review of Freud, the Reluctant Philosopher by Alfred Tauber. Michael Sandlin reviews Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche by James Miller (and more and more and more and more). Elizabeth Anscombe's philosophy continues to pack the halls at conferences, her uncompromising Christian writing is why collegians name clubs after her. AC Grayling on how to become a philosopher: A beginner’s guide. Can a novelist write philosophically? Philosophers in power: Harry Hoare talks to some philosopher kings. Sovereign or Beast: An article on Jacques Derrida and his place in modern philosophy. Philosophy bites scientists’ ankles: Scientists are developing radical ways of altering the mind — time to call on the philosophers?


Is there a possible causal relationship between an increasing occurrence of violent political rhetoric in broadly available media channels and the occurrence of violent political behavior? Spotlight from Glenn Beck brings CUNY professor Frances Fox Piven threats on her life (and more). That’s political entertainment: With the likes of Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin as pundits, James Wolcott writes, rational debate is really beside the point. David Weigel on how liberals are rethinking the constant Palin coverage (and more). Return of the Republicans: Why they’re unlike any political party America has ever seen. Obama and his critics: There is a perilous course being proposed by “progressives” that, if successful, will contribute to a Republican government — both houses of Congress and the White House — in 2012. Obama and the media: An excerpt from Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama by Eric Alterman. The President's Movie: Like most liberals, Obama resists entering the darkened theater that Reagan mastered. The unbearable heaviness of governing: At midterm, the Obama age has become something no one expected — an ordinary presidency. Perhaps what the US government needs is an adviser that for hundreds, even thousands of years kept European and Middle Eastern, Indian and Chinese rulers from making terrible mistakes: a court jester — don’t laugh. A review of Playing the Fool: Subversive Laugher in Troubled Times by Ralph Lerner.

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