From CRB, Harvey Mansfield reviews Leo Strauss and the Politics of Exile: the Making of a Political Philosopher by Eugene R. Sheppard and Leo Strauss: An Intellectual Biography by Daniel Tanguay; Ramesh Ponnuru reviews The Big Con by Jonathan Chait; a review of The Two Faces of Liberalism: How the Hoover-Roosevelt Debate Shapes the 21st Century; a review of Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age by Kay S. Hymowitz and The Future of Marriage by David Blankenhorn; and a review of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution by Kevin R.C. Gutzman. Patrick McGrath reviews Aleksandar Hemon's The Lazarus Project. From Wired, a series of articles on memory and brainpower. Is this green enough? How much are we willing to spend to save the planet? An interview with Daniel Gilbert, Professor Happiness. A review of Posthumous Keats by Stanley Plumly. A review of books on visual politics, and a review of books on Wall Street. New research from a Harvard scholar suggests that Africa's economic woes may have their roots in the slave trade. A review of Folk Psychological Narratives: The Sociocultural Basis of Understanding Reasons by Daniel D. Hutto. For two-thirds of its history, Homo sapiens lived exclusively in Africa — only now are the details of that period becoming clear.
From TED, Yochai Benkler on open-source economics. Rules vs. principles: James Surowiecki on regulatory overhauls. Shankar Vedantam on what Obama might learn from Emily Dickinson. George W. Bush as he now appears in a history book: An excerpt from The American President by Kathryn Moore. Is religion a threat to rationality and science? Daniel Dennett and Robert Winston debate. What are the psychological "rules" of bartering, and why things cost $19.95? Ghosts from a small island: At its very heart, Manhattan never really changes. From The Nation, a review of books on the Second Amendment; and Leaving Cheyenne Mountain: Post-cold war America is looking a lot like the former Soviet Union. Lorraine Adams reviews James Meeks' We Are Now Beginning Our Descent. The first chapter from Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore's Eastern District by Peter Moskos (and a blog). From Discover, the thrill-seeker's travel guide: 5 difficult journeys to excite even the bravest science buff; and here are 20 things you didn’t know about recycling. A look at how social networking could kill Web search as we know it. David Gordon reviews Morality and Political Violence by CAJ Coady. The dirty truth about plastic: BPA and other plastics may be as harmful as they are plentiful. The GOP on the verge of imploding: A look at how radicalism has forced the GOP to retreat.
From National Journal, the U.S. Institute of Peace is winning plaudits from both parties and experts worldwide for its efforts. Stairway to heaven is paved with books: He never left; God, that is — from your local bookstore shelves. Imagine for a moment the Supreme Court had gone the other way in Bush v. Gore in 2000 — we would now be in year eight of the Gore-Lieberman administration. Is the economic implosion of the US a crisis or an opportunity? Two eco-millenarian novelists disagree. Stacey Levine reviews Josh Barkan’s Blind Speed. When David Mamet declared that he was no longer a "brain-dead liberal", he joined the ranks of leftwing writers, from Arthur Koestler to Kinglsey Amis to Christopher Hitchens, who have moved to the right and attacked former allies. The introduction to Why? by Charles Tilly. "I waste people’s time online": It’s not easy to distract you — the taste of the Internet user is as idiosyncratic as it is fickle. Dani Rodrik on guns, drugs, and financial markets. Noam Scheiber on the commander of Obama's nerd army. An article on the mind-reading hat that can prevent brain farts; a look at how culture affects how we read faces, and the cultural differences in pee. From The American's "The American Scene", a look at the Venti Effect, the "Hispanization" of America, off-shoring pollution, etc. An excerpt from The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel.
From Mute, is the convergence of art and sport under the pressure of pseudo-participatory spectacle undermining the utopian potential of both? If almost every species on Earth was killed some 250 million years ago, how did our ancient ancestors survive and evolve into us? Lily Burana reviews Alexandra Fuller’s The Legend of Colton H. Bryant. A review of How’s Your Drink? Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well by Eric Felten. Richard Hansen on the collapse of the public financing system for US presidential campaigns: Blame Congress, not the candidates. Tired of the mommy wars? Perhaps we should start blaming our mothers instead of our kids. Jeffrey Rosen on how George Bush's legal war against the environment backfired. Stephen Kinzer on the Petraeus effect: The promotion of George Bush's favourite general is a dangerous miscalculation. The young and the restless: A new generation drawn to politics by Obama could just as easily become alienated. Slate presents a series of online discussions with leading environmental advocates. From The Economist, an article on Europe's Marxist dilemma: It is easier to influence a country before than after it joins the club. The fantastic appeal of fantasy: The more rational the world gets, the more we demand the irrational in our fiction. From Carnegie Ethics, here are five international questions for the National Basic Income debates.
From Modern Age, an essay on The Problem with Modern Art: Or, Why Beautiful Art Matters. From CRB, Harry V. Jaffa on Macbeth and the moral universe. You walk wrong: It took 4 million years of evolution to perfect the human foot — but we’re wrecking it with every step we take. A review of The Hamburger: A History by Josh Ozersky. From America, an article on Catholicism and the new atheism. From THES, in the first in a series in which academics range beyond their area of expertise, philosopher Simon Blackburn proffers his top ten modern myths; and a review of In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier by Thomas I. White. Carlin Romano reviews Francois Jullien’s Vital Nourishment: Departing from Happiness. From TED, Brian Greene talks of the universe on a string. Michael A. Lebowitz on the capitalist workday, the socialist workday. From Skeptical Inquirer, a special issue on the anti-vaccination movement. From The Nation, a review of Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights by Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore; and a review of books on race. From Monthly Review, Stephen Gallagher on why we should forget Guantanamo. Arianna Huffington on how the mainstream news media jumps into bed with another propagandist. Here's a list of presidential hopefuls who won big by losing. Still with stupid: Why wouldn't we want an intellectual to be our president?
From Wired, here are the top 5 reasons to dislike pre-med students. From the latest issue of The Trumpeter, Michael E. Zimmerman (Colorado): Heidegger in the Mountains. Turn the other cheek, or pop him on the nose? Even if we are violent by nature, following "the law of love" can also win the day. A review of Atoms and Alchemy: Chymistry and the Experimental Origins of the Scientific Revolution by William R. Newman. A review of The Finger Book: Sex, Behaviour and Disease Revealed in the Fingers by John T. Manning. From Intelligent Life, an article on the rise and fall of The Beeb. If America declines, don't expect anyone to talk about it: An excerpt from Kevin Phillips' Bad Money (and more and more). From Taki's Top Drawer, a look at why nationalism is what we need now: The case for an “unpatriotic conservatism”; and is there conservatism beyond Christianity? (or how to book a mental vacation in Athens or Valhalla) From Law and Politics Book Review, a special issue of Legal Fiction. The Archipelago of Arrogance: Dude, if you're reading this, you're a carbuncle on the face of humanity and an obstacle to civilization — feel the shame. Rosie Blau reviews Liao Yiwu’s The Corpse Walker: Real-Life Stories, China from the Bottom Up and Floris-Jan van Luyn’s A Floating City of Peasants: The Great Migration in Contemporary China.
From Mute, the computer, it has been argued, inspired a wave of post-war "imaginary futures", yet, prior technological developments were similarly animated by fantasies and anxieties about the transformation of human capacities — here are three critical histories of modernity's futuramas firmly back down to earth. Minor tragedies, rejections in love, trouble at work: The Web site Vie de Merde is allowing the French to express their daily frustrations — and make each other laugh. The introduction to Pop Finance: Investment Clubs and the New Investor Populism by Brooke Harrington. A look at the 10 worst musicals of all time. The political psyche: What makes politicians behave the way they do? A look at how long memories may ensnare a dictator in Suriname. A review of The Philosophy of Derrida by Mark Dooley and Liam Kavanagh. Meet John "Dubya" McCain: If you like George Bush's foreign policy, you'll love the GOP's current candidate. Max Weber was wrong about disenchantment: A review of Re-enchanting the World: Maya Protestantism in the Guatemalan Highlands by C. Mathews Samson. Alan Keyes has deserted the GOP — will his new party take him? Save the Mount: Why Edith Wharton's house is an architectural treasure. Alan Gilbert reviews Peter Schjeldahl's Let’s See: Writings on Art from the New Yorker.
From The New Yorker, what can tribal societies tell us about our need to get even? Jared Diamond wants to know. From CQ Politics, a look at how top lawmakers try to turn blogs to their advantage. From Seed, putting the "invisible hand" to work for nature could reshape the values of capitalism; and a look at how governments reconsider the risk of Near-Earth asteroid and comet impacts. Here's a reconsideration of Richard Dawkins and his selfish meme. Is there moral progress? Peter Singer investigates. Can Obama really end the war? Is he really a Marxist? Or just the next McGovern? How Brazilian waxes make our era less like the freewheeling '60s and more like the Victorian years. Michael Roth reviews Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips's Intimacies. Sex, Nazis, and Videotape: An article on the inestimable entertainment of the Max Mosley scandal. The "Father of Negritude" Aime Cesaire dies at 94. Let's dump Earth Day: Affection for our planet is misdirected and unrequited. We need to focus on saving ourselves. A review of Analytic Philosophy: The History of an Illusion by Aaron Preston; and a review of Analytic Philosophy and the Return of Hegelian Thought by Paul Redding. A review of The Historical Figure of Jesus by E. P. Sanders. How blue is your collar? The bloviating white men of political television are obsessed with maintaining their blue-collar cred.
From First Principles, an article on the “Higher” Education of Whittaker Chambers: Columbia University, nihilism, and despair. From Slate, an article on the top 10 dumbest sports trends. Rattawut Lapcharoensap reviews David Goldblatt’s The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Soccer. Even hard-core skeptics can't help but find sympathy in the fabric of the universe—and occasionally try to pull its strings. Love and Consequences, the cartoonishly racist faked memoir that duped The New York Times, was quickly yanked off the shelves after it was revealed to be a fake, but here's a copy. From Newsweek, a cover story on The Divorce Generation. An interview with Martin Kihn, author of A$$hole: How I Got Rich and Happy by Not Giving a Damn About Anyone and How You Can Too. Holes in the Earth: At last count, there were more than 170 known impact craters on our planet. A review of The Agnostic Inquirer: Revelation from a Philosophical Standpoint by Sandra Menssen and Thomas Sullivan. The sight of Spain's new Defence Minister inspecting the troops is the most striking sign yet that women are the must-have factor in politics; but is the shift in power real or merely cosmetic? (and more) The age of entitlement: The diverse values and disputes of the baby boomers retain a strong influence on society. A review of On Desire: Why We Want What We Want by William Irvine.
From Prospect, many 68ers now feel ambivalent about their heritage — was too much of value discarded, and were the hippies just carriers of a new strain of capitalism? (a symposium); and many geneticists now think that the behaviour of our genes can be altered by experience—and even that these changes can be passed on to future generations. Tim Harford on how a new way to count national income could change how we think about immigration and development. Young and post-modern in NYC: Karen Karbo reviews Sloane Crosley’s I Was Told There’d Be Cake. From The New York Observer, an article on The Brooklyn Literary 100. From Foreign Affairs, Fareed Zakaria on on The Future of American Power; After Guantanamo: Kenneth Roth on the case against preventive detention; Andrew S. Natsiosa (Georgetown): Beyond Darfur: Sudan's Slide Toward Civil War; a review of A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World by William J. Bernstein; and a review of The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation by Strobe Talbott. How do military reservists balance the two sides of being "citizen-soldiers"? Scott McLemee asks the researchers. A review of Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century by Tony Judt (and more).