Thomas E. Doyle (UC-Irvine): The Moral Implications of the Subversion of the Nonproliferation Treaty Regime. Charles Costanzo (ACSC): What's Wrong with Zero? From the Department of State's eJournal USA, a special issue on nuclear weapons. A New Start: Tara McKelvey on prospects for Obama’s “Global Zero”. From The Bulletin, Yousaf Butt on the myth of missile defense as a deterrent (and from NYRM, a profile of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists). From Conversations with History, an interview with Siegfried S.Hecker on science diplomacy and nuclear threats; and an interview with Gregory L. Schulte on nuclear proliferation. From NYRB, is nuclear deterrence obsolete? Jeremy Bernstein wants to know (and responses). China is about to break important international rules designed to prevent nuclear proliferation — can Beijing be stopped? A review of Apocalypse Never: Forging the Path to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World by Tad Daley (and more). Can a dazzling long-term mission — the abolition of nuclear weapons — be achieved through a series of small victories, like those of the last 19 months? A review of The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy by David Hoffman. Russ Wellen on how money sets our nuclear weapons agenda. Robert Jensen on how the abolition of nuclear weapons requires the end of the US empire. A review of Red Cloud at Dawn: Truman, Stalin, and the End of the Atomic Monopoly by Michael Gordin. A review of Peddling Peril: How the Secret Nuclear Trade Arms America’s Enemies by David Albright. Two cheers for multilateralism: Why the nuclear review conference was a minor triumph for Obama. The Birth of a Bomb: A history of Iran's nuclear ambitions. Suppose a terrorist succeeds in setting off a nuclear attack — what then?
From Kyoto Journal, a special issue on The Power of an Ideal: Japan’s Article 9 and the Imagination. From the Journal of Sustainable Development, Don Clifton (South Australia): Representing A Sustainable World — A Typology Approach and Security and a Sustainable World; and Nguyen Chi Nghia (Tohoku): Management Research about Solutions for the Eradication of Global Poverty: A Literature Review. A review of My Life with Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz. What an epistemologically conscious "scientific" history (of nation) would have needed: A review of Narrating the Nation: Representations in History, Media, and the Arts. A review of Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success by Matthew Syed. Smarter than you think: An I.B.M.'s supercomputer will challenge Jeopardy! champions. An excerpt from Outnumbered: Incredible Stories of History's Most Surprising Battlefield Upsets by Cormac O'Brien. Once a reliable Western ally, Turkey is now going its own way in the Middle East — and nobody in Washington or Brussels knows what to do about it. A look at 5 horrible diseases that changed the world (for the better). Beware of Deficit Hawks: Is it too soon for governments to cut spending? “Suddenly hot prefix” isn’t a phrase you utter in everyday conversation, but if you’ve noticed the rise of geo- lately, you might be tempted. A review of American Sovereigns: The People and America's Constitutional Tradition Before the Civil War by Christian G. Fritz. A look at how subtitles in movies scrape out their own fictitious space. An excerpt from Caribbean Middlebrow: Leisure Culture and the Middle Class by Belinda Edmondson. A review of Love, Friendship, and the Self: Intimacy, Identification, and the Social Nature of Persons by Bennett W. Helm.
Wade C. Mackey (JSU) and Ronald Immerman (Case): Cultural Evolution and the Nuclear Family: Whither Cleavage of the Father? The myth of the tyrannical dad: The cuddly, hands-on, sentimental dads we know today are by no means a modern-day creation. Why do dads lie on surveys about fatherhood? An interview with Kermyt Anderson, co-author of Fatherhood: Evolution and Human Paternal Behavior (and more and more and more). New studies show that fathers now struggle just as much — and sometimes even more — than mothers in trying to balance work and family life. Are fathers necessary? A paternal contribution may not be as essential as we think. Social science may suggest that kids drain their parents' happiness, but there's evidence that good parenting is less work and more fun than people think; the case for having more children. From Bitch, an interview Ada Calhoun, author of Instinctive Parenting: Trusting Ourselves to Raise Good Kids. An interview with Margaret Nelson, author of Parenting Out of Control: Anxious Parents in Uncertain Times (and more). Darren Allen on how to brainwash your children: Persuade the infant that the external world is more alluring than the inner world. Why teenagers can't concentrate: too much grey matter. Get off Facebook and do something: How to motivate an inert child. A review of The Evolution of Childhood by Melvin Konner. Laurence Steinberg’s research is changing the way we think about teenagers. From Evolutionary Psychology, an article on handgrip strength and socially dominant behavior in male adolescents. A review of The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw Emotional World of Male Teens by Malina Saval. How to raise men: One father's hilarious test of nine virtues that matter in young men, and which parenting tricks are overrated.
From In These Times, a special report on Cuba. A review essay on the myths and costs of the Cuban Revolution. Exorcising the ghost of Che Guevara: Nick Gillespie on how his violent life undercuts his mythic image. A review of Without Fidel: A Death Foretold in Miami, Havana, and Washington by Ann Louise Bardach. An interview with Tom Miller, author of Trading with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro’s Cuba. If you want to know where to buy chicken or diapers or cellphones in Cuba, hop into one of its collective taxis. Cuba, a red and green utopia: Whether the lights will shine brightly over Havana again is not only a political question, but an environmental one. An interview with Ann Louise Bardach, the Western journalist who's probably spent more time with the Castro family than any other. Cuba's Hiatus: Aaron Wiener on the Raul Interlude. This year, almost 100 students from the United States are studying abroad in Cuba — what they’re learning in classrooms and bread lines will probably surprise you. A review of Guantanamo: A Working-Class History between Empire and Revolution by Jana Lipman. A review of To Change the World: My Years in Cuba by Margaret Randall. Chris Lewis on how to think about Cuba. From NYRB, Daniel Wilkinson and Nik Steinberg on Cuba, a way forward. Castroland: An article on the beauty and despair of modern-day Cuba. Travels by taxi: Cuban novelist Jose Manuel Prieto reflects on the consequences of his country's revolution. Catholic Church plays politics in Cuba: The church's role has changed abruptly — will it help facilitate the release of political prisoners? A review of My Brothers Fidel and Raul: The Secret History by Juanita Castro. An article on saving Cuba's forests. Life after oil: Cuba can teach us how to live without our dirty fossil fuel addiction.
Cecil E. Bohanon and W. Allen Hutson (Ball State): The Economics of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Salih Yucel (Monash): Fethullah Gulen: Spiritual Leader in a Global Islamic Context. A review of No Culture, No Future by Simon Brault. iHuman: In what ways is immersion in digital technologies changing us as humans? A review of books on the Indian wars. The polite Islamophobia of the intellectual: A review of The Flight of the Intellectuals by Paul Berman and Islamophobia / Islamophilia: Beyond the Politics of Enemy and Friend. If you’re familiar with the phenomenon of the so-called “fuck-yeah” tumblelog, you will not be surprised to know of the existence of Fuck Yeah Cartography (and more). Mr. Mimic: John H. McWhorter on the extraordinary gifts and fleeting legacy of Sammy Davis, Jr. How times have changed, ex-Playboy Bunnies say. Wasn’t the fall of the Berlin Wall supposed to set the world free and end history? In the 20 years since, communities worldwide have voluntarily retreated behind walls and security cameras. The Western is dead; long live the Western. Intelligent Life has a mini-series on classics that might not get a green light today. From The Scoop Deck, a look at the civilized way to go to sea. Good or bad, baby names have long-lasting effects. A review of Understanding Nationalism: On Narrative, Cognitive Science, and Identity by Patrick Colm Hogan. Move over US soaps, telenovelas seduce the globe. The ruins of modern Greece: Facilities built for Olympics go unused; a preference for smoking over sport? From Humanities, an article on Napoleon, Britain, and the Siege of Cadiz. Ministry of Silly Wars: Lawrence Osborne on Britain in Central Asia. UC-Berkeley wants students to take DNA tests for their health and education — what's wrong with that?
Generation Joshua aims to get young people working to "help America return to her Judeo-Christian foundations". An article on the Constitution Party: Delusional religious fanatics pushing for Christian tyranny. Chris Hedges on how the Christian fascists are growing stronger. Is Sarah Palin the new leader of the Christian Right? Benyamin Cohen on S.E. Cupp, the Right's favorite atheist. Paleo Wacko: Jason Zengerle on the roots of Rand Paul’s radicalism. The SPLC profiles 10 of the deeply troubled individuals leading the Right-wing, government-hating crusade (and more). Presidential hopeful Gary Johnson is a libertarian among the Republicans. Why do libertarians produce better literature than conservatives? Remembering the New Right: Richard Meagher on political strategy and the building of the GOP. Republicans dismissed Mike Huckabee in 2008; does the Party need him now? A look at 10 things that terrify Right-wingers. From National Affairs, Henry Olsen on populism, American style. Matthew Continetti on the Two Faces of the Tea Party: Rick Santelli, Glenn Beck, and the future of the populist insurgency. From Playboy, an article on Rogues of K Street: Confessions of a Tea Party Consultant. Flag daze: What is the Tea Party waving, exactly? The Two Conservatisms: The Tea Party is more flagrant, but the austerity movement is more insidious. Wilfred McClay on the sources of American renewal. Conservatism and the spirit of reform: Republicans squandered their hard-won reputation as the party of ideas — it's time to reclaim it. From The Economist, what's wrong with America's right: Too much anger and too few ideas — America needs a better alternative to Obama; and the tea-party movement is pushing the Republicans to the right — that may make it harder to recapture the White House.
Brian J. Sudlow (Reading): Violence and Non-Violence: French Catholic Writers between the Mimetic Crisis and the Crucified. From Minerva, Pauline O’Flynn (MIC): The Creation of Meaning: Simone de Beauvoir’s Existentialist Ethics; and Brian Lightbody (Brock): Death and Liberation: A Critical Investigation of Death in Sartre’s Being and Nothingness. From Rolling Stone, the Runaway General: Stanley McChrystal, Obama’s top commander in Afghanistan, has seized control of the war by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House. A review of Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization by Richard Miles. A review of Fly Fishing with Darth Vader: And Other Adventures with Evangelical Wrestlers, Political Hitmen, and Jewish Cowboys by Matt Labash. Psychologists’ research on the power of movement is giving us insight into why we first danced and how cultures built on that ancient impulse. From Law, Social Justice & Global Development, Raza Saeed on Conceptualising Success and Failure for Social Movements. “Aryanism” is a strictly modern, anti-democratic political ideology, as are the politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran. A review of The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898 by Evan Thomas. From Vice, an interview with Helen Thomas. What went wrong: Why did Iran's pro-democracy movement stall? From GQ, lost in the catastrophic aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the gripping tale of the rig workers and the Coast Guard crewmen who rescued them; Sean Flynn re-creates their long, harrowing, heart-pounding night. Why does the government still allow suspected terrorists to buy guns? The 10 least sexy World Cup players: Sexy is, truly, in the eye of the beholder. Think gas is too pricey? Think again.
And check out an interview with Henry Roth biographer Steven Kellman over at Paper Trail, Bookforum's blog on publishing, literature, and our favorite authors.
From the NCSF, a report on What Psychology Professionals Should Know About Polyamory. McSweeney's takes a look at the conflicted existence of a female porn writer. How the Internet porn business works: Researchers set up adult Web sites to study how the industry makes its money and spreads malware. From Arena, Alison Caddick questions the mainstreaming of porn. Safe Words: How the prevention message disappeared from the public conversation about sex. A review of Sexual Coercion in Primates and Humans: An Evolutionary Perspective on Male Aggression Against Females. Sex Book Throwdown: A book battle between Andrea Dworkin’s Pornography: Men Possessing Women and Nadine Strossen’s Defending Pornography. Why the T in GLBT? To understand the answer is to understand much of what animates the sexual Left. Remember the most convulsive, brain-ripping climax you ever had? Sexbots will electrocute our flesh with climaxes twice as gigantic because they'll be more desirable, patient, eager, and altruistic than their meat-bag competition. A look at 6 famous geniuses you didn't know were perverts. Why do women have sex? The answers are more diverse and abundant than you may think. Why it’s interesting why women have sex: A review of Cindy M. Meston and David M. Buss's Why Women Have Sex: The Psychology of Sex in Women’s Own Voices. God, sex and love on American campuses: The sex is hot, but the heart is cold — undergraduate men today have more "fuck buddies" than dates. Have the Feds gone soft on porn? Activists urge members of Congress to take a stand against online smut. A review of Hooking Up: Sex, Dating and Relationships by Kathleen Bogle. Jon Sobel on the Great Masturbation Debate: Do I touch myself? Very well then I touch myself.
From the inaugural issue of Culture Unbound, a special section on the use of cultural research. A lament for the humanities: Once upon a time the humanities were celebrated, the sciences largely shrugged off, writes Michael Ruse — that was unfortunate, but so is the current reversal of that situation. From Liberal Education, a special issue on the humanities; and a special issue on liberal education and the disciplines, including economics, history, religious studies, English/foreign language, the classics, and biochemistry and molecular biology. From The Minnesota Review, a special section on critical credos, including contributions by Michael Berube, Rita Felski, Diana Fuss, Andrew Ross, and more; an interview with UC-Irvine's Hillis Miller, bellwether of academic literary criticism for the past fifty years; an interview with Stephen J. Greenblatt on the new historicism; an interview with Amanda Anderson, author of The Way We Argue Now: A Study in the Cultures of Theory; and a review of Bad Modernisms. The global turn in postcolonial literary studies: A review of The Postcolonial and the Global by Revathi Krishnaswamy and John C. Hawley; Mongrel Nation: Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain by Ashley Dawson; Postcolonial Writers in the Global Literary Marketplace by Sarah Brouillette; and Reading the Global: Troubling Perspectives on Britain's Empire in Asia by Sanjay Krishnan. From Arcade, William Egginton on linguistic relativism and grammar conservatism; Andrew Goldstone on a "positivist" style of literary scholarship and other terms of praise; and why have the revolutions that Theory enacted become an embarrassment? In praise of tough criticism: An epidemic of faint praise and anonymous reviews threatens to enervate the free flow of ideas in academe.
David E. Bernstein (GMU) and Thomas C. Leonard (Princeton): Excluding Unfit Workers: Social Control Versus Social Justice in the Age of Economic Reform. From Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, a special issue on work and well-being, including Rachel Morrison and Terry Nolan (AUT): I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends at Work; and Barbara Plester (Auckland): Healthy Humour: Using Humour to Cope at Work. A review of The Provocative Joan Robinson: The Making of a Cambridge Economist by Nahid Aslanbeigui and Guy Oakes. A review of Woodrow Wilson: A Biography by John Milton Cooper Jr. Hail the 21st-century Enlightenment — ideas don't come much bigger. Dan Ariely on the 7 habits of highly ineffective people. From The Objective Standard, Alan Germani on the recent New Criterion article “Ayn Rand: Engineer of Souls” by Theodore Dalrymple. Martin Gardner was a polymath with a sense of humor; Scott McLemee pays tribute. A review of Edward Said: The Charisma of Criticism by H. Aram Veeser. A review of Stefan Klein's Leonardo's Legacy: How Da Vinci Reimagined the World. How to prevent deepwater spills: Safety upgrades are critical but could mean higher prices for oil and gas. Actress, prostitute and empress of Rome, Theodora's life is perfect for fiction. Johann Hari on the super-rich CEO scam — and how to stop it. An interview with David Remnick on President Obama, magazine publishing, and American Idol. From Sociology.org, is there room for a Functionalism 2.0 in the theoretical spaces of sociology? A review of At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean by Steve Mentz. Upside-Down Bailout: When the U.S. Treasury faced insolvency in 1895, Wall Street colossus J.P. Morgan was the only man who could save the day.