In thrall to something so shallow

From the latest issue of continent, A. Staley Groves on the return of Walter Benjamin’s storyteller: Ronald Reagan as the incorruptible saint of political media; Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei on a critical analysis of Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer; Tim Morton on objects as Temporary Autonomous Zones; and Graham Harman on how object-oriented ontology (OOO) differentiates itself from other branches of speculative realism. Violent unrest has swept Europe and the Middle East — is America next? Permanent Record: Help Paul Lukas find more students who attended the Manhattan Trade School for Girls. Jobs and the GOP: Why obstruction won’t hurt the Republicans. Salvation for civilians: John Lingan on porn as a way of life. Can we afford anything less? Why only a single-payer system can solve America’s health-care mess. That’s Interesting: Curiosity drives discovery, but what, exactly, makes us curious? A review of Thinking About Leadership by Nannerl O. Keohane. A look at 17 figures of speech as understood by a five year old. Why the Antichrist matters in politics: Apocalyptic fears helped fuel the antigovernment movements of the 1930s and ’40s and could play a role in the 2012 elections, too. Teratocracy Rises: It's the business of the future to be dangerous; apparently, it's the business of the futurist to be depressed. From The Public Eye, Arun Gupta on the Tea Party and the New Populism. A review of Columbus: The Four Voyages by Laurence Bergreen. PoMo, everybody's doing it: The tag of postmodernism gets attached to buildings, art, food, even the way we communicate — Jay Merrick asks why we're in thrall to something so shallow (and more). From The Toronto Review of Books, a review essay on violence. The Education of Steve Jobs: Why do so many talented entrepreneurs drop out of school?