A new issue of Ducts is out. The mess he made: A life-long slob decides it's time to get organized. From The Hindu, a review of Bazaars, Conversations and Freedom: For a Market Culture Beyond Greed and Fear by Rajni Bakshi. Life after death, in digital form: When you’re gone, what happens to your Web estate? Ladies gotta get some: A book battle between The Surrender by Toni Bentley and The Sexual Life of Catherine M. by Catherine Millet. Oh, that Seventies feeling: Historians are finally starting to show that there was a lot more to the “Me Decade” than we might have thought. How language reflects the balance of good and bad in the world. A review of books on Iran. How sweet it wasn't: Hershey’s W. Jeffrey Hurst explains the difference between Maya chocolate and the stuff in the brown can. A review of Quentin Tarantino: Life at the Extremes by Aaron Barlow. Is the daytime talk-show dead? Tyra Banks seems to think so. Apparently the Gods of Google have descended from Cybertopia Mountain to issue a new commandment, inscribed in search engine optimized stone: “Thou shalt not be a cougar”. Why a good memory is bad for you: The counterintuitive finding that too good a memory makes foragers inefficient reveals a glimpse of the forces that govern the evolution of intelligence. Hegel at Georgetown and the Master-Slave Dialectic: An excerpt from Thomas Chatterton Williams’s Losing My Cool. Here are 6 famous explorers who shaped the world (with insane lies). A review of Osama Van Halen by Michael Muhammad Knight. These days, there's a good chance that a young mom or dad will point at Peter Yarrow and tell the kids, “That's Puff the magic dragon's daddy”. Brendan Boyle reviews The Thief of Time: Philosophical Essays on Procrastination.
From TLS, a review of Scandal on Stage: European Theater as Moral Trial by Theodore Ziolkowski. From Arion, a review of The Necessity of Theater: The Art of Watching and Being Watched by Paul Woodruff (and more). From Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, an essay on the theatre and civilisation; a review of Memory in Play: From Aeschylus to Sam Shepard by Attilio Favorini; and a review of Stage Fright, Animals, and Other Theatrical Problems by Nicolas Ridout. Young Jean Lee wants to banish Disney from America's stages — the result is exciting and unnerving. Mere fact, mere fiction: In an impassioned riposte to his critics, David Hare argues why good theatre should never be confused with journalism. A review of The American Stage: Writing on Theater From Washington Irving to Tony Kushner (from the Library of America). Measuring theatre success: The play's a hit but how can you tell? Backers of a new system claim audience reaction is the best indication of effectiveness. From Bookforum, Deborah Jowitt reviews The New Music Theater: Seeing the Voice, Hearing the Body by Eric Salzman and Thomas Desi. The new face of Yiddish theater: An article on the magic of Shane Baker. Enter God, stage left: Sex and politics permeate the theatre, but religion rarely gets a look in — and it's time for a comeback. From The New Yorker, a look at David Mamet on his methods as a director and writer. Are plays proper literature? The collaborative and transient nature of theatre clearly spooks the gatekeepers of "real literature" — it shouldn't. Are we in an age of globalized theatre? Dan Rebellato investigates. Benjamin Radford on the theatre haunted by a doughnut-eating poltergeist. Check out PlayBlog for Broadway news and theatre information by the staff of Playbill.com.
Michael Betancourt (SCAD): Immaterial Value and Scarcity in Digital Capitalism. From Law and Contemporary Problems, a special issue on making markets in forbidden exchange, with articles on human blood, organ procurement, egg and sperm donation, surrogate motherhood, and parenthood. Catholics are accustomed to hearing about miracles and people being cured through the intercession of the saints, but today's materialistic culture often looks on this with scepticism. To become a Catholic saint today, it takes money, a medical miracle, and a compelling vita. A review of Pineapple Culture: A History of the Tropical and Temperate Zones by Gary Y. Okihiro. More on The Pathologies of Individual Freedom: Hegel's Social Theory by Axel Honneth. Is leading one’s own troops to slaughter ever justified?: Christopher Hitchens reviews The Somme: The Darkest Hour on the Western Front by Peter Hart. The War Over the War on Terror: Can the Obama administration successfully divorce terrorism from religion? Blame Hitler: Why Europe is responding so timidly to its economic crisis. A review of The Authenticity Hoax: How We Got Lost Finding Ourselves by Andrew Potter and More Money Than Brains: Why Schools Suck, College Is Crap and Idiots Think They’re Right by Laura Penny (and more). "It’s interesting how there does seem to be a kind of morality of reading": Sonya Chung on breaking up with books. From Lapham's Quarterly, James Franco on acting and the limits of control. Commie Girl in the OC: Laurie Penny interviews Rebecca Schoenkopf about politics, life, and feminism. Brian Dillon on hypochondria and books written by or about inventive malingerers, providing firsthand testimony from the world of the worried well.
A review of Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan by Kim Phillips-Fein. Right Makes Might: How did Conservatives overtake the American political scene? Standing athwart history: Lee Edwards on the political thought of William F. Buckley Jr (and more and more on William F. Buckley Jr.: The Maker of a Movement). The heir to Buckley, Kristol and Neuhaus, Robert George is the new leader of American intellectual conservatism. Lee Haddigan (Delaware): The Importance of Christian Thought for the American Libertarian Movement: Christian Libertarianism, 1950–71. Walter Block (Loyola): Is Milton Friedman a Libertarian? From Liberty, intellectual property has no place in any truly libertarian definition of property rights; serving up minarchy, with a cup of hot coffee on the side — that's what Don Crawford found in a private service organization; if we drop our self-righteousness, we might make some friends for liberty; and bridging the two libertarianisms: What is an impure moral consequentialist? An interview with Jeffrey A. Miron, author of Libertarianism, from A to Z. Escape from America: Mark Ames on the strange and scary billionaires behind the libertarian-inspired sea castles. From The Tablet, a review of Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement by Justin Vaisse (and more). James Kirchick on why "neoconservative" is not a Jewish word. A review of Running Commentary: The Contentious Magazine that Transformed the Jewish Left into the Neoconservative Right by Benjamin Balint (and more and more). From NYRM, a profile of The American Conservative. From the Acton Institute, a review of Reappraising the Right by George Nash; and will Tea Parties awaken America’s moral culture?
Armando Galarraga and the Perfect Asterisk: Baseball is as much art as science — that’s the real lesson in an egregious and, yes, wonderful botched call at first base (and more and more). A new camera system takes the guesswork out of baseball stats. The latest frontier of statistical research in baseball — and the newest front in the Yankees vs. Red Sox arms race — is defense, and it’s yielding some surprising insights about which players are worth their salaries. A review of After Many a Summer: The Passing of the Giants and Dodgers and a Golden Age in New York Baseball by Robert Murphy. A review of Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball by Bill Madden. A home-run record you don't want: The Phillies' Jamie Moyer is about to pass Robin Roberts in giving up the most long balls. If they build it, you will pay: When the rich owners of baseball clubs want a new stadium, they strong-arm politicians for tax dollars — why aren't taxpayers more outraged? A review of Satch, Dizzy, and Rapid Robert: The Wild Saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson by Timothy M. Gay (and more). Babe Ruth's whores, Pete Rose's pills, and other stuff you never read about your favorite players when you were a kid. An interview with Mark Kurlansky, author of The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris. Can the Blue Jays survive in Toronto? A review of High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time by Tim Wendel (and more). From Forbes, an article on the holy grails of baseball collecting. Jonathan Goldwater on George Will’s Marxist theory of baseball. Game on: Creditors go to bat against the rules of baseball, a hallowed American sport. A review of The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant (and more).
From the Graduate Journal of Social Science, a special issue on translation and the social sciences. Is Afghanistan "medieval"? Afghans shouldn't be insulted when Westerners say the country reminds them of the Middle Ages. An interview with Paul Johnson: "After 70 you begin to mellow". From FT, a look at how gambling moved into the mainstream. An interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali why Christians should try to convert Muslims. Robert Brockway on the U.S. Army’s Weed Weapon: A paranoid but true conspiracy. A mindful beauty: Joel Cohen on what poetry and applied mathematics have in common. Protecting fashion with copyright would only stifle the natural order of copying, remixing and referencing that produces enduring style. Dan Ariely on how to commit the perfect crime. Julian Baggini on how there is no one either good or bad, but circumstances make them so. These books by artists — mostly painters — read like diaries; they reveal the successes and failures, highs and lows, of working in the late 1960s up through the '80s. Cartoonist Scott Adams's personal road to riches: Put your money on the companies that you hate the most. More surprises from this pope: An interview with Ramiro Pellitero, author of The Theme of a Pontificate: The Great "Yes" of God. Dominant theory says that desertification is caused by overgrazing; Operation Hope has upended this idea, restoring degraded African grasslands into lush, green pasture. Government bad, corporations good: Casey Mulligan's “economic” analysis is so perverse it barely passes the snicker test. A review of The Uses of Pessimism and the Danger of False Hope by Roger Scruton (and more). From Dissent, young writers who belong to the next generation to govern America speak about themselves in the first person.
From Reason, an interview with Virginia Postrel on the economics of health care and the intersection of glamour and politics. The Obama Avatar: What do Barack Obama and James Cameron have in common? A review of A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama’s Promise, Wall Street’s Power, and the Struggle to Control Our Economic Future by Robert Kuttner. It’s time for the president to realize he is the one we’ve been waiting for, but it’s not clear he cares all that deeply about leading his party — that’s the real wild card in the midterm elections. Peter Ferrara predicts President Obama will resign in discredited disgrace before the fall of 2012. Obamasfailures.com is a miserable failure. John Sides on explaining the origins of the Tea Party: A rebuttal of Mark Lilla (and more by the New School's JM Bernstein and more at the Mises Institute). Frances Fox Piven on how she ended up in Glenn Beck’s line-of-fire and why it matters. Why conservatives hate you: Our politics relies on creating disgust for opponents. Saint Sarah: To white evangelical women, Sarah Palin is a modern-day prophet, preaching God, flag, and family — while remaking the religious right in her own image. Laissez-Faire meets the oil spill: Sarah Palin is trying to outflank Obama to the left. Suddenly, Republicans want an active federal government. If Americans don’t want the dubious comforts of a full-fledged nanny state, then they can’t come running for comprehensive succor when some milk, or oil, spills. From militias to white supremacists, right-wing groups are using social networking to organize and spread propaganda — should the government do something? A review of Beyond the Echo Chamber: How a Networked Progressive Media Can Reshape American Politics by Jessica Clark and Tracy Van Slyke.
A new issue of Lost is out. e-flux is in search of the postcapitalist self. From Lyceum, Rebecca Carhart (Taylor): Pacifism and Virtue Ethics. From TNR, Michael Walzer on trying political leaders. From The Atlantic Monthly, a special section on the 14 3/4 Biggest Ideas of the Year (and a blog), including Hanna Rosin on the End of Men (and more); Walter Kirn on why boredom is extinct; Michael Kinsley on the power of no; Walter Issacson on how information wants to be paid for; and David Brooks on why teachers are fair game. From Inside Catholic, Deal Hudson on Glee and the search for postmodern innocence. Conversations with literary websites: An interview with Scott Esposito, editor of the Quarterly Conversation. Is Darth Vader mentally ill, or are the crazy ones the French psychiatrists who set out to "psychoanalyze" Anakin Skywalker? An interview with Eric Davidson, author of We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988-2001. Scott Bradfield reviews Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend by Joshua Blu Buhs and Anatomy of a Beast: Obsession and Myth on the Trail of Bigfoot by Michael McLeod. Is there sex in heaven? Peter Kreeft wants to know. Why South Africa cannot fail: There is no reason to think this is a country on the brink of chaos — but when the World Cup is over, the same urgent problems will remain in the world’s most unequal country. Regulators are watching Google over antitrust concerns. Changing the course at Newsweek: It’s easy to throw rocks at an industry dealing with a digital competition and a fractured culture — here are a few (helpful) ideas. The twilight of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is nigh — this is a good thing for heterosexuals. A review of Moral Combat: A History of World War II by Michael Burleigh (and more and more and more and more and more).
From The Journal of Markets & Morality, Guido Hulsmann (Ardens): The Production of Business Ethics. Lidija Polutnik (Babson): The Case for Economic Reasoning in MBA Education Revisited. Managers are made, not born — but can an MBA program teach a person to be a good one? From Business Week, a look at how business schools lost their way; and former active-duty soldiers are learning a lot from B-school — maybe it's time for B-schools to learn a thing or two from the military. A review of Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads. Floated on the ideas market: Julian Baggini meets Melbourne Business School’s philosopher-in-residence, John Armstrong. Changing the world, one MBA at a time: Groups like MBAs Without Borders give B-school graduates experience in the developing world, and just maybe a new career. Courses and curriculums are being revised to avoid building silos in business schools and students’ minds. A review of The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won’t Learn in Business School by Selena Rezvani. Berkeley's is the latest business school to shake up its MBA courses. Here are 10 predictions for the future of B-schools. From Forbes, a look at why more women are heading to business school. Producing the highest-quality MBAs is the unabashed aim of "sausage factory" BPP; Katie Best is proud to see it deliver. How to Build a B-School: Johns Hopkins is creating an MBA program that plays off its strengths. Can an "MBA oath" fix what’s wrong with business? A review of The MBA Oath: Setting a Higher Standard for Business Leaders by Max Anderson and Peter Escher (and more). In India, demand for high-quality business education is outstripping supply; for some North American business schools, India may be the new promised land.
A review of The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine by Simon Price and Peter Thonemann. Lessons from Venus: A review of La Pensee Francaise a l’Epreuve de l’Europe by Justine Lacroix. From H-Net, can anyone understand the EU? It takes a crisis to make a continent: Addressing the Greek crisis has brought the members of the European Union closer together as a political unit. Clive Crook on Europe's missing foundations. Europe's crisis is political: German politics is now the crucible in which the future of the EU will be formed. Etienne Balibar on how Europe is a dead political project — unless the EU can find the capacity to start again on radically new bases. Safe European Currency: With the Eurozone, it's integrate — or bust (and more). From the Centre for European Studies in Romania, a series of articles on European integration. Xenophobia is not contained to Europe's extremist fringes but part of the political mainstream; quick-fix political solutions appealing to a mythical Europe of homogenous communities must be replaced by a politics of hospitality, fairness and solidarity. Western fears about an upsurge of ultra-nationalism in eastern Europe suggests the era of democratic idealism has come to an end. Rise of the Eurocons: Why the continent's conservative moment won't last. Sweden, Germany and other European countries are proof that you can have it all — but only if you have the right institutions. Monkeyshines in Monkey Country: Why Europeans despise American lawyers. Should the US and Europe bring back the visa? Because “visa-free travel” to America no longer exists. A review of The Narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe are Alike by Peter Baldwin.