From NYRB blog, Michael Chabon on Wes Anderson’s Worlds. Hal Stucker recalls the eight years he decided to carry a concealed gun in New York City during the crime-ridden 1980s. When did Roma leave India? Asya Pereltsvaig investigates. Carmel U. Chiswick reviews The Chosen Few: How Education Shaped Jewish History, 70-1492 by Maristella Botticini and Zvi Eckstein. From Ethical Technology blog, Rick Searle on Pinker, Foucault and progress. Alastair Gee on the Soviet Union’s ambiguously gay hare: One of the country's most beloved cartoon characters was delightfully camp — don't tell the Russian parliament. Noam Chomsky on the gravest threat to world peace: Not everyone agrees it’s a nuclear Iran. From The Chronicle, Justin E.H. Smith on the delights of disgust. J.F. Sargent on 5 so-called signs of genius that any idiot can learn.