Now what?

Tyler Viale (Boston College): Gabriel Marcel: Hope and Love in Time of Death. Joseph Taylor Halford and Scott H. C. Hsu (Wisconsin): Beauty is Wealth: CEO Appearance and Shareholder Value. Sandra Saenz-Lopez Perez (SNRC): Marginalia in cARTography. From The Economist, what’s gone wrong with democracy: Democracy was the most successful political idea of the 20th century — why has it run into trouble, and what can be done to revive it? Imaginary Jews: Michael Walzer reviews Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition by David Nirenberg. Ezekiel J. Emanuel on how insurance companies as we know them are about to die: Thanks to Obamacare, your much-hated insurance firm probably won't be around much longer — but the companies that will replace them might not be much better. The skinny on skin colour: Homo sapiens became black to beat cancer. Congratulations, America, you're (almost) energy independent — now what? A call for help: Nicholas Lemann on what the Kitty Genovese story really means. Your fate? Thank your ancestors. Glenn Greenwald on the meaning of journalistic independence. From VoegelinView, James Greenway on the priority of existence in medieval political thought (and part 2 and part 3). "Religious freedom" bills get Rightbloggers dreaming of a discrimination-friendly America. Somewhere out there, at the crossroads of Narnia, Galt's Gulch, and the Floating City, there's a world where the dream will never die. Here’s a flowchart to figure out if you should Google that person. Can a single book sum up a nation? Michael Dirda reviews The Dream of the Great American Novel by Lawrence Buell.