Knowing about climate science isn't enough

Rebecca M. Bratspies (CUNY): Do We Need a Human Right to a Healthy Environment? Augustin Fragniere (Lausanne): Climate Change, Neutrality and the Harm Principle. Michael P. Vandenbergh (Vanderbilt) and Benjamin K. Sovacool (Vermont): Individual Behavior, the Social Sciences, and Climate Change. Obama seeks psychological help with climate change: The social sciences could help combat global warming. This is your brain on climate change: Lise Van Susteren has focused on the psychological risks

Paper Trail

Best-selling Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, who created the character of Kurt Wallander, died yesterday at sixty-seven. The Guardian noted that he “took the existing Swedish tradition of crime writing as a form of leftwing social criticism and gave it international recognition,” and the Los Angeles Times looked back at its own reviews of Mankell


Sex and Hysteria in the 1980s

Richard BeckIn the 1980s, an idea took hold throughout the US that very young children existed in a near-constant state of sexual danger. A moral panic ensued, in which many day-care workers were wrongly accused

Daily Review

City on Fire

Your soul mate is emotionally unavailable. He’s a bastard! He’s a narcissist. (So are you.) He’s great in bed, but he’s a workaholic. He’s an alcoholic. He’s a junkie. In strictly mechanical terms, your apartment is literally too small to have sex in. Let’s not talk


Sylvère Lotringer

Few people can be said to have singlehandedly introduced a new body of thought to a foreign country, but that is precisely what the critic, professor, and Semiotext(e) founder Sylvère Lotringer did throughout the 1970s and '80s.


The Banality of Optimism

Terry Eagleton

Nations, like political creeds, can be upbeat or downbeat. Along with North Korea, the United States is one of the few countries on earth in which optimism is almost a state ideology. For large sectors of the nation, to be bullish is to be patriotic, while negativity is a species of thought crime.