From Our Future, a series on learning from the cultural conservatives: "Messing With Their Minds", "Talking Up The Worldview", andá"Taking It To The Street". From The Washington Post Magazine, here's a fond farewell to 209 once-common things that are either obsolete or well on the way. A review of Jump Jim Crow: Lost Plays, Lyrics, and Street Prose of the First Atlantic Popular Culture by W. T. Lhamon, Jr. Cass Sunstein on the Obama he knows. Actually, Johnny, monsters do exist: A review of A Brief History of Anxiety (Yours and Mine) by Patricia Pearson. The introduction to Analysis of Evolutionary Processes: The Adaptive Dynamics Approach and Its Applications by Fabio Dercole and Sergio Rinaldi. More on Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World by Samantha Power. Anne-Marie Slaughter reviews Fred Kaplan's Daydream Believers. Have people stopped clicking on Google Ads? Or did a Web-traffic firm get the numbers wrong? From Slate, an article on the perfect novel you've never heard of: Rediscovering Juan Rulfo's Pedro Paramo. Israel can't entirely eliminate the question of who's a Jew, but by disestablishing religion, it could make the issue less painful. From The Weekly Standard, the politics of a failed presidency: How McCain and the Republican party should deal with the Bush record.
Alan S. Gerber and Donald P. Green (Yale) and Christopher W. Larimer (UNI): Social Pressure and Voter Turnout: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment. From NYRB, David Bromwich on Euphemism and American Violence; a review of books on happiness; a review of books on Condoleezza Rice; and Michael Massing on the Volunteer Army: Who fights and why? To mark this week’s fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, nine experts on military and foreign affairs reflect on their attitudes in the spring of 2003. Spitzenfreude: Wall Streeters suggest his fall exonerates them? No way. Blame it on the primal brain of Homo Politicus (and more). An interview with Paul Slansky, author of My Bad: The Apology Anthology. A review of Why We're Liberals: A Political Handbook for Post-Bush America by Eric Alterman. People sometimes call him a public intellectual; indeed, Scott McLemee has no credentials of any kind. A review of Eric Weisbard’s Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music. Words Words Words: Are excessive lyrics ruining pop music? From The Atlantic Monthly, Shooting Britney: How a French journalist recruited a posse of Brazilian parking attendants and pizza-delivery guys and helped create Hollywood’s most addictive entertainment product. The new organic: The future of food may depend on an unlikely marriage, organic farmers and genetic engineering.
From Edge, ants have algorithms: An interview with Iain Couzin. Goodbye Cowboy Diplomacy: What can Europe expect from the next White House? What's racist? A look at the importance of a glance. Self-experimenters step up for science: Eight stories of do-it-on-yourself discovery illuminate the promise and perils of a sample size of one. Why does masturbation have a bad rap? Blame a 1712 pamphlet. What is your poo telling you about your health? It's the burning question that has everybody's head in the toilet these days. France’s ban on headscarves was hailed as a victory for secularism, but its political roots are more sinister. A review of Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines by Melody Petersen. More on Love and Sex with Robots.á From PopMatters, if people knew who he was, if they could point and whisper, “There’s Banksy” as he gingerly squeezed tomatoes at his local supermarket, would his art lose its power? From Harper's, the next bubble: Priming the markets for tomorrow's big crash. From US News, here are six signs the US may be headed for war with Iran (and a response). A review of Artscience: Creativity in the Post-Google Generation by David Edwards. Six ways not to deal with Hamas: How do you stop a foe whose tolerance for pain exceeds your willingness to inflict it?
From The Washington Independent, a series by Spencer Ackerman on The Rise of the Counterinsurgents. Want a man, or a worm? Among mammals, expecting monogamy tends to run against the grain of nature. A review of Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture by Simon Reynolds. From Jack Johnson to Eliot Spitzer: A look at the troubling history of the White-Slave Traffic Act. Why are we still surprised when "non-fiction" is less than truthful? Tyler Cowen wants to know. Criticising pro-Obama women for not backing the female candidate hurts feminism more than a Clinton loss ever could. From Reason, what next for the Ron Paul revolution? From The Los Angeles Times, Rick Perlstein and Jasmyne Cannick debate election-year liberalism. Beating the clock: Other presidents have dithered when Hill investigators knock, but Bush takes the prize. A review of Why Are There So Many Banking Crises? by Jean-Charles Rochet. A review of Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America by Steven Waldman. How the eviction of 86 families outside London could affect racial harmony in Europe. What exactly will happen to our planet when an aging Sun expands and brightens? More on Rose Shapiro’s Suckers: How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools of Us All. A review of Tony D’Souza’s The Konkans.
From National Journal, the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is limiting the Air Force and Navy from replacing planes and ships that are becoming outdated. The $1.6 million Templeton Prize is given Michael Heller, a Roman Catholic priest, cosmologist and philosopher (and an interview). Walloon for the hell of it: An interview with Luc Sante, author of Low Life. The myth of the victimless crime: Whose theory is it that prostitution is victimless? New research has debunked the myth that people become more conservative as they age. A review of Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human by Elizabeth Hess. From Comment, a symposium on Christian realism and proximate justice. From Dissent, what does Asia's ascendancy mean for Latin America? An excerpt from West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War by Heather Cox Richardson (and an interview). "Methuselah" mutation linked to longer life: Study of long-lived Ashkenazi Jews may yield longevity genes galore. The introduction to The Sino-Soviet Split: Cold War in the Communist World by Lorenz M. Luthi. A review of Samantha Hunt’s The Invention of Everything Else.á Don't presidential candidates get tired of apologizing for remarks they didn't make? Professing literature in 2008: Why is the intellectual agenda of English departments being set by teenagers?
From World Politics Review, an article on the United Nations' unscientific war on biotechnology. A review of The Age of Assassins: the Rise and Rise of Vladimir Putin by Yuri Felshtinsky and Vladimir Pribylovsky. A review of Tahmima Anam’s A Golden Age. A review of The Bluest State by Jon Keller. An article on the gruesome origins of 5 popular fairy tales. From In These Times, an article on The New Cartographers: What does it mean to map everything all the time? A review of The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget's Theasaurus by Joshua Kendall. More on The Race Card by by Richard Thompson Ford. A review of Soul of the World: Unlocking the Secrets of Time by Christopher Dewdney. More on Reagan's Disciple by Lou Cannon and Carl Cannon. The apostle of sprawl: Libertarian advocate of the suburbs Ronal O'Toole argues they speak to our deep need for privacy, space and security; might he have a point? Things Fall Into Place: Chinua Achebe remembers how he came to be the father of modern African literature. Being nice can ruin your life, according to the authors of two new books; their advice? Stop being so pathetic! Uplifting the “Dangerous Classes”: What Charles Loring Brace’s philanthropy can teach us today. An article on measuring the welfare gain from new goods, using the personal computer as an example.
The internet has introduced a glut of critics — how do we find the best ones? Intelligent Life asks a group of writers and editors to choose their favourites. James Surowiecki on what microloans miss. A tutorial for the US presidential candidates: While it may be noisy, cramped, and crowded with voices that sound nothing like the candidates', every bus is a microcosm America — and a perfect place to really meet "the people". Jean-Paul Fitoussi on John Maynard Keynes and the end of (economic) history; and Brad DeLong on the end of the Age of Friedman. From Seed, a look at how hoarding nuclear secrets, even from enemies, can be downright dangerous; and can a thinking, remembering, decision-making, biologically accurate brain be built from a supercomputer? A review of The Nature of Normativity by Ralph Wedgwood. Read poetry, it's quite hard: Bring back the canon, on a series on great 20th-century poets. A review of Gertrude Himmelfarb's The Roads to Modernity. A review of The Socratic Paradox and Its Enemies by Roslyn Weiss. Research suggests politicians can come to believe what they tell voters, even if they start out being insincere. Ken Burns on how PBS offers an invaluable service that none of the other channels can deliver. Harvey Molotch’s course is called “The Urban Toilet,” and its syllabus reads almost like a parody of Allan Bloom’s worst nightmare.
From NPQ, an interview with Kishore Mahbubani on how Mao's Cultural Revolution paved the path for today's prosperity in China; and McCain is wrong: Olivier Roy on why Al-Qaeda is not a threat in Iraq if the US leaves. Recreational utopias as temporary paradise in a complicated world: Nice places to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there. The Los Angeles Times Magazine goes inside George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch. The geometry of music: Music is an audible exploration of hyperdimensional geometries, according to new research. A review of The Dedalus Book of Literary Suicides: Dead Letters by Gary Lachman. A review of The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget's Thesaurus by Joshua Kendall. A look at how journalism created the initial awareness of the nation's history. A review of books on meeting the evolutionary ancestors. Norma Clarke tells the story of one of the strangest patron-client relationships in literary history. A review of The Ethics of Care and Empathy by Michael Slote. Muse who milked the vile young King: A review of Badiou, Balibar, Ranciere: Re-thinking Emancipation by Nick Hewlett. How effective is disaster relief? Robert Glasser investigates. Time out of mind: The misguided notion that time is money actually costs us money, and it costs us time. A review of The Braindead Megaphone by George Saunders.
A review of Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear by Dan Gardner and Panicology by Simon Briscoe and Hugh Aldersey-Williams. How do you make a terrorist talk? An interview with Jack Cloonan on how to break a terrorist. Bernard-Henri LÚvy on what George W. Bush has that Nicolas Sarkozy does not. Foreign Policy surveys more than 3,400 active and retired officers at the highest levels of command about the state of the U.S. military. Some doctors suggest that the modern definition of death is wrong — and that the mistake is costing lives. More on Susan Jacoby's The Age of American Unreason. A review of God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre by Richard Grant. Philip Jenkins on home-grown terrorism: Current political conditions are conducive to violent domestic extremism. An article on how a tiny West African country became the world's first narco state. A review of Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization by Nicholson Baker. A review of The Founding Act of Modern Ethical Life: Hegel's Critique of Kant's Moral and Political Philosophy by Ido Geiger. More on Paul Krugman's The Conscience of a Liberal. From The Spectator, Martin Rowson just doesn’t buy the ideology that comes with God — even a personal appearance by the Almighty wouldn’t do the trick.
From Al-Ahram, Europe, with its history of conflict, has embraced unity while the Arab world, despite its cultural homogeneity, remains divided — why? In light of recent scandals, we will now require arrest records and stool samples from all autobiographers — and can someone fact-check the Gospels? A review of Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography by Alberto Manguel. A review of Propitious Esculent: The Potato in World History by John Reader. An interview with Karli Cerankowski, member of the Asexual Visibility and Education Network. From American Heritage, an article on the miserable life, death and immortality of Hank Williams. A review of Guilty Robots, Happy Dogs: The Question of Alien Minds by David McFarland. From The Observer, meet Brian, Master of the Omniverse. From Cafe Babel, a special issue on European arts and the city. An affair of states: Managing government isn't sexy, but it can get results. A review of This Is Civilisation by Matthew Collings. A review of The Magical Chorus: A History of Russian Culture from Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn by Solomon Volkov. It is one of the most seismic changes the world has ever seen; across the globe there is an unstoppable march to the cities, powered by new economic realities — but what kind of lives are we creating? An article on celebrating the semicolon in a most unlikely location.