From n+1, Carla Blumenkranz on American publishing (and more). Ghostwriters are the invisible force behind the publishing's biggest sensations; Jonathan Campbell reveals the secrets of his shadowy profession. How ghostwriting went from scandal-in-waiting to acceptable political reality. The Free-Appropriation Writer: Copying passages from another author used to be an unforgivable sin — but remix culture is coming to literature. In order for electronic books to live up to their billing, the system in which nonfiction writers get permission to use copyrighted material in new work has to be fixed. From The Futurist, the dawn of the postliterate age: Information technology, cybernetics, and artificial intelligence may render written language “functionally obsolete” by 2050; and Nicholas Carr on the rapid evolution of “text” and a less-literate future. An article on eye-tracking tablets and the promise of Text 2.0. Dennis Baron on the iPad: What is a Gutenberg moment, anyway? From NBCC, adventures in e-reading: An interview with Scott Lindenbaum, co-editor of Electric Literature; a panel; and more by Laurie Gold. Godfather of the E-Reader: Look past Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos to the forgotten Bob Brown and his 1930s reading machine. Don’t rear the e-reader: Books are evolving, not dying. More on The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future by Robert Darnton. What will the bookstore look like in 10 years? In 1999, one writer came up with a vision that is close to our print-on-demand fantasies. Edited out: The sickliest part of the books business is the shops that sell them. Linda Holmes, emphatically and forever, declines to care how books smell. Psychology of the bookplate: Alex Beam on why book owners mark their literary territory with personalized art.
From European Journal of Social Sciences, Mohammad Salim Al-Rawashdah (Balqa): The Political and Financial Implications of Globalization on Islamic Banking; A.M. Sultana, Jayum A. Jawan, and Ibrahim Hashim (UPSI): Influence of Purdah (Veil) on Education and Employment of Women in Rural Communities; and Mohammad Nayef Alsarayreh, Omar A.A. Jawabreh, and Mahmoud S. Helalat (Al-Balqa): The Influence of Terrorism on the International Tourism Activities. A university exhibit and a new book look at David Foster Wallace's life and work; Scott McLemee visits the relics. Zach Baron reviews Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky (and more and more and more and more). Citizens unite in a web-savvy galaxy: A review of Communication Power by Manuel Castells. How do you go about updating a city that’s over 5,000 years old and is estimated to contain one-third of the entire world’s ancient monuments within its walls? That’s the question currently vexing the administrators of Luxor, in Upper Egypt. Desensitized by everything from Facebook to reality TV, people are sharing way too much personal information with their colleagues. Jo-Ann Mort on office-less work: What's a socialist to do? In just two years, Usain Bolt has demolished the 100-meter dash world records with times that are superhuman, literally thirty years ahead of what they historically should be — so what if the greatest athlete alive decided to actually get serious? More and more on The Politics of Happiness by Derek Bok. What the top US companies pay in taxes: How can it be that you pay more to the IRS than General Electric? Comics, that great corrupter and retarding influence on youth, evoke fear in librarians — fear of the adults, that is, not the children (and more).
From TNR, what does Palinspeak mean? Linguist John McWhorter investigates. Polarizing and profane, Andrew Breitbart is fast becoming the most powerful right-wing force on the Web. Glenn Beck gets progressively more paranoid: Fox News’ lunatic fringe, now even loonier. Right Mind: Meet Keith Ablow, Beck’s shrink. Glenn Beck Inc.: In his empire there's the ideology — and then there's the money machine. Partisan Historians: An article on the academics behind the progressivism-as-fascism meme. Identity politics leans Right: In the fight over curriculum, conservatives in Texas have more in common with liberals than they think. Mark Engler on (over)counting the Tea Partiers. Can the Mad Hatters of the Religious Right get an invitation to the Tea Party? Tea partiers don't really hate government spending — they just want in. Tea partiers, eat your hearts out: A group of liberals got together and proved that they, too, can have a tax rebellion, but theirs is a little bit different — they want to pay more taxes. Ryan Grim and Arthur Delaney go inside the battle for the soul of the Democratic Party. Ruth Marcus on how President Obama is making nobody happy. A look at why liberals have grown to love Joe Biden. Going after Joe Lieberman: How the Left’s war against one of America’s most famous politicians may have contributed to its undoing. Losing It: Jonathan Chait on political defeat and the Republican mind. A new documentary revisits Thomas Frank's Kansas, but forgets about what's the matter with it (and more). Thomas Frank on conservatives and the cult of victimhood. Are Americans too broken by corporate power to resist? Elite donors are pissed at Democrats — and that's a bad thing? An interview with with Irene Taviss Thomson, author of Culture Wars and Enduring American Dilemmas.
From Florida Philosophical Review, David McNaughton (FSU): Why Is So Much Philosophy So Tedious?; John Valentine (SCAD): Nihilism and the Eschaton in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot; and Ronald Hall (Stetson): On Getting Over Getting Over the Rainbow ("Wittgenstein’s project can be fruitfully compared to Dorothy’s task in the classic 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz"). Giles Fraser on investigating Wittgenstein: Falling in love, meaning is use, religion as a language game, private language, what see'st thou else?, and abandoning the lost battle. An interview with Robert Talisse on pragmatism. Julian Willard finds experience confirms the meaningfulness of Rudolf Carnap’s philosophy. Here are the podcasts of a conference in London on Richard Rorty’s Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature. From TPM, an interview with Ioanna Kucuradi, former president of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies; fancy taking a pop?: William Irwin defends the growth of books on pop culture and philosophy; and more on Logicomix by Apostopoles Doxiatis and Christos Papadimitriou. The crisis of philosophy: A central discipline finds itself alienated not only from much of society but from the humanities, in large part because of misconceptions about the field. Julian Baggini meets Daniel Cotterill, the farmer with a PhD who’s made four metaphysical movies. What do philosophers believe, and what do people ask them in mid-air? Anthony Gottlieb decodes an unusual opinion poll. A review of Plato's Podcasts: The Ancients' Guide to Modern Living by Mark Vernon. Was Socrates offside? Inspired by the famous 1972 Monty Python sketch, a tribute/replay of "The Philosophers' Football Match" comedy sketch between teams of Greeks and Germans is being held in May as a real football game.
From Fibreculture, a special issue on the imprecise and disagreeable aesthetics of remix. In the Attic: A writer wonders which neighbor will hide him when the next genocide happens. Fashion's forgotten fascists: An interview with Mario Lupano and Alessandra Vaccari, authors of Fashion at the Time of Fascism. A look at the ten most useless Daily Beast lists of all time, or at least until next month. Stewart Brand's Whole Earth Catalog made him famous — but it was far from his last hurrah. From Dissent, Richard Wolin on Jurgen Habermas and the "new political obscurity"; and Alan Johnson on Zizek or Bobbio. Behold the gentle interplay of measurement, urology, and psychology: “Penile Size and the Small Penis Syndrome”. Believe It or Not (2010 Imperial Edition): Tom Engelhardt on U.S. war-fighting numbers to knock your socks off. Everything is contagious: Dave Johns on the recent outbreak of social contagion studies (and part 2). Climate change, biodiversity loss, nuclear conflict — all are caused by human activity; we need a way to reorganize and refocus the sciences and humanities with a “Millennium Assessment of Human Behavior”. A review of Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline by Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton. New pundits, prodigies or pipsqueaks? Nothing more vividly highlights changing times at legacy news outlets than high-profile newcomers. Why is our response to mine disasters always the same? A review of The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). How do other people deal with the torrent of information that pours down on us all? David Brooks, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tyler Cowen, Susan Orlean, and others share their secrets.
Stefania Koverova (Comenius): Sexual Orientation as Symbolic Capital and as the "Object" of Symbolic Violence. A review of Orgasm and the West: A History of Pleasure from the Sixteenth Century to the Present by Robert Muchembled. More and more and more on The East, the West, and Sex: A History of Erotic Encounters by Richard Bernstein. From Nerve, an article on the ten greatest sex lives in history. Have you got erotic capital? It can be just as valuable as a university degree, especially for women. A review of Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women's Love and Desire by Lisa Diamond. When sportswriter Mike Penner announced he'd become Christine Daniels, he sought "joy and fulfillment"; after a year, he returned as Mike — but his struggles continued. On the possibility of a "fourth" sexual orientation: Are there asexuals among us? From Slate, can a woman "prong" a man?: Why it's so hard to put sex in the dictionary. For students of high-profile philandering, 2009 was the gift that keeps on giving. Monogamy isn't easy, naturally: Swapping partners in the animal world is more common than once thought. Animal Lovers: Zoophiles make scientists rethink human sexuality. From furry gatherings to nudist mobs, Details takes you on a tour of the nation's sexiest, strangest, and stickiest sex conventions. A look at 6 depraved sexual fetishes that are older than you think. Kyle Munkittrick on how to make sex better. A look at the 5 worst places to go for online sex advice. The Sex Spotters: Facebook as morality police? A St. Mike's scandal highlights the current state of sex on campus. The Catholic Truth Society has published a new Prayer Book for Spouses, containing a prayer to be recited by couples before engaging in sex. An interview with Kate Figes on books on sex and marriage.
A new issue of Applied Semiotics is out. From n+1, to his credit, Jacques Derrida resisted the messianic role others wanted for him as much as possible — now he no longer has to. Meet 25 media stars who leaped from old media to new media. WikiLeaks has revealed the secrets of the Pentagon, Scientology, and Sarah Palin and the explosive video of a US attack on civilians and journalists in Iraq — meet the shadowy figure behind the whistleblower site (and more). The Navy kicked off the month by kicking pirate butt in three foiled attacks. From Forbes, a special section on Your Life in 2020: How to create the future. Pat Buchanan on how separatism and secessionism seem to be in the air. The Search for Serendipity: Believe it or not, some Web readers are starting to miss editors. The Magazinist: A review of Nothing Happened and Then It Did: A Chronicle in Fact and Fiction by Jake Silverstein. From First Things, Joseph Bottum on the Papal difference. Thrill of the chaste: An article on the truth about Gandhi's sex life. From Cato Unbound, Glen Whitman on the rise of the New Paternalism. It’s hard to fathom that WinterBand band isn’t a joke, something imagined by a deeply disturbed idiot savant in the throes of a swine flu fever dream — but this classic rock-loving crew of bearded bible thumpers is the real deal. From The Morning News, branding a Brooklyn subway station is greater than a typographic concern; Joseph Kloc weaves a brief history of the dash in America, the Czech Republic, and John Wayne’s poetry. Winston Churchill v. Bloomsbury: Shall we fight for king and country? Zombies of Immaterial Labor: Lars Bang Larsen on the modern monster and the death of death. From New York, a look inside the life of Rachel Uchitel and fellow VIP hosts and bottle girls.
James Wood Forsyth Jr. and B. Chance Saltzman (USAF) and Gary Schaub (AWC): Remembrance of Things Past: The Enduring Value of Nuclear Weapons. From Air & Space Power Journal, a special issue (Winter 2009) on nuclear weapons. A review of Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security — From World War II to the War on Terrorism by Julian E. Zelizer. A review of Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement by Lawrence Wittner. A global debate is rising on the merits — and feasibility — of total nuclear disarmament. How can nuclear weapons be abolished when nuclear technology has gone global? A review of Peddling Peril: How the Secret Nuclear Trade Arms America’s Enemies by David Albright (and more). Russ Wellen on nuclear weapons: When our national security makes us insecure. Will the START treaty be the dead end of Obama's no-nukes dream? President Obama has significantly limited the role of nuclear weapons in future defense policy — will it help rid the world of nukes, or put America in danger? Why did the Nuclear Posture Review bomb? With its defining statement on nuclear policy, the Obama administration struggles to move past 1949. What China, Pakistan, Russia and the U.K. think about the President's move to reduce the importance of nuclear weapons in future US defense policy. The Obama administration's Nuclear Posture Review wins over last holdout: Defense Secretary Gates. How revolutionary is Obama's nuclear posture? Marc Ambinder on flanking the Right on nuclear policy. Your guide to National Nuke Policy History Month. Why is Obama literally nuking swing states in America at this very moment? (and more on the quintessential Fox News image). Here are ten things to help get you through the inevitable nuclear apocalypse.
Kristi Scott (USI): Cheating Darwin: The Genetic and Ethical Implications of Vanity and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. Cosmetics can play a significant role in your life, from helping you attract mates to boosting your earning potential. The future looks large and sexy: The body has a lot of change to go through on the path to post-humanity. Rosemary Ricciardelli (McMaster) and Kimberley Ann Clow (Ontario): Men, Appearance, and Cosmetic Surgery: The Role of Confidence, Self-esteem, and Comfort with the Body. What characteristics of a rival's body are the most threatening to the different sexes? Imagine inhabiting a body that was completely contradictory to what your mind said was right for you — how far would you go to make your body reflect who you really are? Welcome to Manhood, Chaz Bono: Being a dude has its advantages. An interview with Donna Dickenson on books on body shopping. From TED, Anthony Atala on growing new organs. Need a new heart? Grow your own — the idea sounds like science fiction, but it might someday come true. Making a bit of me: A machine that prints organs is coming to market. An interview with Henry Markram, the man who builds brains. Have we entered the stem cell era? Treatments for cancer, blood diseases, and even HIV are finally realizing some of the potential for stem-cell medicine. Tools and Tests: Jonathan Shaw on the evolution of stem-cell research. The first chapter from Stem Cells for Dummies by Lawrence S.B. Goldstein and Meg Schneider. A review of Human Enhancement. A review of Chips, Clones, and Living Beyond 100: How Far Will the Biosciences Take Us? by Paul J. H. Schoemaker and Joyce A. Schoemaker. Wake me up when men get pregnant: Biological transhumanism starts the 21st century on the wrong foot.
From the Journal of Transnational American Studies, Junghyun Hwang (Sogang): From the End of History to Nostalgia: The Manchurian Candidate, Then and Now; and Konomi Ara (Tokyo): Josephine Baker: A Chanteuse and a Fighter. From Mclean's, whenever a scandal arises, the same debate is replayed: does the public have a right to know about a politician’s private affairs? A review of Diaghilev: A Life by Sjeng Scheijen. The Archaeologist as Minotaur: A review of Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism by Cathy Gere. A review of Excess: Anti-consumerism in the West by Kim Humphery. A review of Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche by Ethan Watters (and more and more). Slightly used: What can we learn from our (seemingly) pointless tools? More than thirty years after its very first SportsCenter, ESPN is a colossus — bigger, stronger, and faster than its scrappy founders could have possibly imagined; now, by thinking smaller, it's thinking bigger than ever. On a mission to cultivate the minds of the nation: An interview with Lewis Lapham. From Vice, an interview with "Grandma Justice" Lina Marangoni on Comasina in the mid-80s. A review of The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume 1 by Jacques Derrida. They doth protest too much: These days, what's a good old-fashioned street demonstration worth? The myth of the benign monopoly: It’s worth remembering that extreme market dominance introduces trends that are far from benign. The mystery of Bosnia's ancient pyramids: An amateur archaeologist says he's discovered the world's oldest pyramids in the Balkans, but many experts remain dubious. Jon Avalon on the top 25 centrist columnists and commentators. From UN Dispatch, what's behind the Kyrgyzstan Revolution, and what's next? Three possible scenarios.