From Annual Review of Critical Psychology, a special issue on migration and asylum. An interview with Ambassador James P. Cain, who seems to have conquered the hearts of Danes one town at a time for the past year on a cross country bike tour. Compilations of terror groups are meant to stifle violence, but do they actually put the U.S. in danger? But my neighbor has a cell phone: Finally, a sensible way to measure poverty. An article on love letters of great men — for real. Holocaust denier David Irving hits Manhattan (and hearts Hitchens). After Russian artist Anna Alchuk was discovered drowned in the Spree her husband, the philospher Michail Ryklin looks to her diaries to help him approximate the causes of her death. Wondrousgames of logic: Mathematician Robin Wilson's enthusiasm for Lewis Carroll stems from a shared delight in the brain-teasing and magical world of numbers. Obama is Lincoln! No, He’s Carter! No, He's Reagan! On the meaninglessness of political analogies. An article on why academics are dipping their toes in the genre of self-help, despite its lack of scholarly kudos. From Comment, an article on John Lennon, Josh Hamilton, and the postmodern F word. Why play a losing game? Study uncovers why low-income people buy lottery tickets. Malcolm Kerr, the president of the American University of Beirut, was killed in 1984; his killers have never been caught.
From Reason, Ron Bailey on the end of humanity: Nukes, nanotech, or God-like artificial intelligences? An interview with futurist Vernor Vinge on techno-human superbeings. From Scientific American, a special report on confronting a world freshwater crisis; and looking for a sign?: An article on the most accurate horoscope a science magazine could ever hope to publish. From CJR, what does it mean to “tell someone’s story”? The scarcity of time and the quality of decisions: Why you shouldn’t worry about the price of gas. A review of Does Feminism Discriminate against Men? A Debate by Warren Farrell, J. Steven Svoboda and James P. Sterba. From Smart Set, rich or poor, young or old, Romans loved raising a glass to the god of wine; and plants, wind, and sunlight make good energy; oil, coal, and the atom make good exhibits. From Jewcy, an introduction to "The Protocols". Kids are coming out younger, but are schools ready to handle the complex issues of identity and sexuality? For Larry King, the question had tragic implications. Win Free Sex! An article on the never-ending charm of sexual revolution nostalgia. The infertility paradox: Why making babies is so hard. Babies for Sale: Teaching Brangelina and other celebrities how to be better economists. From IHE, a major new study of the political correctness of faculty members may challenge assumptions all around.
From ResetDOC, an interview with Seyla Benhabib on the public sphere, deliberation, journalism and dignity; and Carl Schmitt was right in saying that politics needs an enemy — must this enemy necessarily be the "other", and hence a political opponent or someone who is diverse? Exposing Bush's historic abuse of power: Salon has uncovered new evidence of post-9/11 spying on Americans; obtained documents point to a potential investigation of the White House that could rival Watergate. An interview with David Iglesias, author of In Justice: Inside the Scandal That Rocked the Bush Administration. Investigate now, pardon later: It's not quite time to let bygones be bygones. Bin Laden's soft support: How the next president can win over the world's most alienated Muslims. From Wired, can the $11,000 clover machine save Starbucks? How much does John McCain really know about foreign policy? Fred Kaplan wants to know. Defamation and the Internet: How the law effectively allows bloggers to take risks big media companies can't. From New Humanist, an interview with Lisa Jardine on doubt, precision and uncertainty; Natalie Haynes goes in search of spiritual enlightenment; Caspar Melville unravels the rise and fall of dreadlocks; from philosophy to fart jokes George Carlin always got there first; and is Woody Allen a loser, a kvetcher, a fatalist or a comic genius?
A new issue of Quadrant is out. From Slate, here's an interactive guide to Bush-administration lawbreaking; and Dahlia Lithwick on why our torture policy has deeper roots in Fox television than the Constitution and on the best new reads about law and the war on terror. How should the next president deal with the Bush White House's crimes? Cass Sunstein and Glenn Greenwald debate. Tudor terror: John Guy is on a mission to bring history to the masses. From Wired, a special section on NASA: 50 years of towering achievement. Economics does not lie: The dismal science is at last a science—and the world is the beneficiary. Here’s a challenge for the economics profession: to think up something suitable to commemorate the contribution of Martin S. Feldstein. Meet the art lovers who are defying the critics — and proud of it. An article on the sex scenes JK Rowling never wrote: Who knew? Robert Skidelsky on re-thinking the Iranian nuclear threat: Would it be a great disaster if Iran had nuclear weapons? Art as statement: As more and more people begin to have access to art, it is increasingly becoming a lifestyle statement. Has a surfer/snowboarder who lives in a van rewritten physics? Cass Sunstein reviews Scott McClennan's What Happened. From Business Week, should oil be cheap? Expensive oil hurts, but there's a business case to be made for a floor under the price of crude.
From The Nation, a cover story on MoveOn at Ten: It's given voice to a new silent majority—and made a few enemies. Now what? From NYRB, Ronald Dworkin on why Boumediene v. Bush is one of the most important Supreme Court decisions in recent years; an excerpt from Jane Meyer's The Dark Side (and more); Samantha Power reviews Us vs. Them by J. Peter Scoblic and Heads in the Sand by Matthew Yglesias (and more and more and more); a review of books on the devastation of Iraq's past; Geoffrey Wheatcroft reviews On For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond by Ben Macintyre and four other books; and who will digitize the world's books? An interview with Will Kymlicka on multiculturalism and liberal democracy. Some books are so dear, so essential, that if a potential partner finds it risible, any meeting of the minds (or body) is impossible. From Vanity Fair, Douglas Feith recently testified that his views had been distorted by author Philippe Sands — oh really? A look at what University of Chicago conservatives think of Barack Obama. The handshake may always have a firm grip on business, but the fist bump is making inroads. Blue sky thinking: Here are 10 ideas that changed the course of history. From Slate, meet the interest groups that will decide the fate of medical insurance. From Portfolio, an interview with Naomi Klein.
From New Statesman, when Marx met Mill: People just don't want to be told — personal political responsibility, like virtue, is notoriously difficult to teach; Richard Thaler, Cameron's free-market guru, simply gives Friedman a makeover; and an article on the enduring appeal of Nazi chic. An interview with Richard Holbrooke on Radovan Karadzic: "He would have made a good Nazi". From TLS, a review of The Modernist Papers by Fredric Jameson. From LRB, Stefan Collini reviews Raymond Williams: A Warrior’s Tale by Dai Smith. A review of Bleached Faith: The Tragic Cost When Religion Is Forced into the Public Square by Steven Goldberg. From National Journal, depending on who wins the presidency, the Supreme Court could turn sharply to the right or see its first crusading liberal justice in many years (and a look at possible nominees from Obama and McCain). From "Ideas", how to contain radical Islam: The best global strategy for the US may be the one that won the Cold War (and more); and the culture of corruption: Once rule-breaking becomes ingrained, there are some surprising ways to stop it. More on Political Hypocrisy by David Runciman. A review of Vets Under Siege: How America Deceives and Dishonors Those Who Fight Our Battles by Martin Schram. From The Guardian, a special section on ebooks. Literacy debate: Online, R U really reading?
From The Symptom, Alain Badiou on Philosophy as Biography; Jacques-Alain Miller on Elements of Epistemology; Slavoj Zizek on The Lacanian Real: Television; and Richard Kostelanetz on a Theory of the Tenured Class. From Prospect, Fethullah Gulen and his beliefs represent nothing new in Islamic thought; instead Gulenism is essentially a cult. Yeah, philosophy professors Ken Taylor and John Perry will give it some thought. Creative writing is as popular today as critical theory was a decade ago; why the change and how does it fit in with the study of English literature? A review of Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism by Sheldon S. Wolin. For McCain and Obama, games of chance have been not just a hobby but also a fundamental feature in their development as people and politicians. Does human culture evolve via natural selection, as our genes do? Paul Ehrlich investigates. From Harper's, what is poetry, and does it pay? Jake Silverstein investigates. The United Nations suggests globalization requires a safety net. Is the British Museum the greatest museum on earth? Incentivized birth: How Russia's baby-boosting policies are hurting the population. Finding the answers to today’s environmental problems: Axess meets with Elinor Ostrom. From Inkling, an article on the ultimate problemsolver: Computer + Evolution = Genius.
From Slate, have corporate-sponsored Internet pranks gone too far? A review of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power by Jeff Sharlet (and more from Bookforum). An excerpt from The Moral Force of Indigenous Politics: Critical Liberalism and the Zapatistas by Courtney Jung. An excerpt from Daring to Look: Dorothea Lange’s Photographs and Reports from the Field by Anne Whiston Spirn. A review of The Knowledge Book: Key Concepts in Philosophy by Steve Fuller. From The Philosophers' Magazine, James Garvey argues that climate change is bad — for you; and Kenan Malik on genetics and the politics of ignorance (and more). From Philosophy Now, a review of Ancient Philosophy and Everyday Life by Trevor Curnow; and Raymond Tallis asserts the truth about the truth. When Barack Obama and John McCain vow to be reformers, what do they mean? A declaration of identity was once a declaration of responsibility; what does that mean in an age of mass anonymity? Think you're not part of the military-industrial complex? Think again. The nature of design: Biophilic concepts are gradually working their way into the design mainstream, helping humans thrive by bringing the outdoors in. Universal patterns within cultural diversity: Robert Jensen on how patriarchy makes men crazy and stupid.
From Cogito, an article on Coriolanus' Oedipal curse and the question of tragic redemption. From Alternet, an article on the science of happiness: Is it all bullshit? Modern angst: The new guise of a word we love to fret over. Partying with Pablo: He was a genius in painting, less so in party planning. A review of In Search of the Black Fantastic: Politics & Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era by Richard Iton. An interview with Lauri Lebo, author of The Devil in Dover: An Insider’s Story of Dogma v. Darwin in Small-town America (and a review). From Mao to Wow! Just as many of New York City’s most iconic landmarks rose in breathtakingly brief succession a century ago, Beijing has been re-inventing itself since 2001 with a rush of showstopping buildings by internationally renowned architects. A review of The Age of Oprah: Cultural Icon for the Neoliberal Era by Janice Peck. An excerpt from Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland by Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank. More and more on Richard Sennett's The Craftsman. A review of This Is Our Music: Free Jazz, the Sixties, and American Culture by Iain Anderson. Why is the flag so important? Rick Shenkman wants to know. Can TV shows tackle sex without being blandly moralizing or porno-lite? Julian Baggini on how on why the art of having a moan is essential to public life.
From Borderlands, Nick Mansfield (Macquarie): "There is a Spectre Haunting": Ghosts, Their Bodies, Some Philosophers, a Novel and the Cultural Politics of Climate Change; Samuel A. Chambers (JHU) and Alan Finlayson (Swansea): Ann Coulter and the Problem of Pluralism: From Values to Politics; Debora Halbert (Otterbein): A Political Geography of Geneva: Mapping Globalization and its Discontents; Michele Acuto (ANU): Edges of the Conflict: A Three-Fold Conceptualization of National Borders; and Anthony Burke (UNSW): Life, in the hall of smashed mirrors: Biopolitics and terror today. BookLamp.org is a system for matching readers to books through an analysis of writing styles, similar to the way that Pandora.com matches music lovers to new music. More and more on The Book of Dead Philosophers by Simon Critchley. From Catapult, John D. Roth on why believers might conscientiously abstain from voting; and Denise Frame Harlan ponders the humaneness of democratic high school government elections. From The Global Spiral, a special issue on the subject, self, and soul. The pre-eminent need today is not an exclusive club of democracies, but renewal of the world’s global architecture, write Anne-Marie Slaughter and John Ikenberry. From LRB, Jeremy Harding on the dangers of intervention; and a review of New Labour’s terrible memoirs.