From The Economist, a look at how America's own intelligence services have brought international policy on Iran to the edge of collapse (and more). From The Chronicle, why we still need academic freedom: Ominous new threats looming over the academy endanger not just higher education, but the very pursuit of knowledge; and academe is the Land of No — but at least it's consistent. Great literature? Depends whodunit: Today’s novelists feel as if they have to choose either pedestal or plot. A review of The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change the World by John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan. From Public Culture, Brian T. Edwards on American Studies in Tehran. Michael Chabon on Obama vs. the Phobocracy and Erica Jong on Hillary vs. the Patriarchy. From TLS, a review of books on cancer. The rise and rise of brand McSweeney’s: Is Dave Eggers now the most influential man in literary circles? Hispanic anti-Semitism: Latin America has a history of prejudice that's little known and increasingly worrisome. Wither MySpace: Could this mark the beginning of the end for the social networking behemoth? Where is your money? In our all-digital economy, only the computer knows. Sprinting down the evolutionary highway: Far from having stopped, the pace of "advantageous mutation" is moving much faster than we thought.

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