The irresistible urge to be contrary

From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue of the dilemmas of debt. From World Hum, here are Eight Great Stories of the Shrinking Planet (and Pico Ayer on why we travel). A look at how a Supreme Court Case tore the Republican Party in two. A review of Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness by Willard Spiegelman. An article on Freeman Dyson and the irresistible urge to be contrary about climate change. A review of Digital Barbarism: A Writer's Manifesto by Mark Helprin (and an excerpt). From Edge, lord of the cloud: John Markoff and Clay Shirky talk to David Gelernter. First Lady, Mom-in-chief, role model, fashion icon, dinner lady, serial hugger: Twelve top female writers celebrate the many faces of Michelle Obama. He told us so: An article on “Moynihan Redux: Legacies and Lessons”. A review of My Word!: Plagiarism and College Culture by Susan D. Blum. A review of Zapatismo Beyond Borders: New Imaginations of Political Possibility by Alex Khasnabish. An interview with Thomas Kostigen, author of You Are Here: The Surprising Link Between What We Do and What That Does to Our Planet. A prom divided: Outside the classroom at Montgomery County High School in Georgia, segregation endures. Anyone who thinks that the Magna Carta is an infallible guide to our current liberties has another thing coming.