From Bryn Mawr Classical Review, a review of The Unity of Plato's Gorgias: Rhetoric, Justice, and the Philosophic Life, and a review of Ancient Philosophy and Everyday Life. A review of The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law. A review of Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire and the Birth of Europe.

Partying and politicking: A review of Rites of Peace: The Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna (and more). A review of Napoleon in Egypt: The Greatest Glory. A review of The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics. Joseph O'Connor's civil war novel Redemption Falls is a wonderful polyphonic monster of a book, says Terry Eagleton.

From New English Review, Hugh Fitzgerald on Karen Armstrong: The coherence of her incoherence. A review of God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (and more and more). A review of Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America by Matthew Avery Sutton. A review of Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion. Rite Turn: Can the Latin Mass make a comeback?

From Opinion Journal, will DePaul, America's largest Catholic university give tenure to anti-Semite Norman Finkelstein? Alan Dershowitz wants to know. Is there disdain for evangelicals in the classroom? From Writ, can universities take adverse actions against students based on their MySpace profiles? It depends. For the students who have always known the internet, the first place to channel grief was online. And the best online forum was facebook, where everyone had always gathered. Seeing no progress, some schools drop laptops. Is PE a waste of time?

How much energy children expend may be determined by their genes, a study suggests, implying that they find their own activity level no matter what we tell them to do. A review of The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier.

From The Hindu, monumental blend: The mural has evolved gracefully merging tradition with contemporary rhythms. There was Cool Britannia, Britpop, the dome, plus plenty of flourishings, fall-outs and full-on revolts. Stuart Jeffries asks: what did Tony Blair do for the arts? Erran Baron Cohen, brother of Sacha, has composed a 16-minute musical piece, "Zere,'' which is debuting at St. James's Church in London. Here's the kicker: It will be performed by The West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra. And this column offers a round-up of recent articles in the scholarly periodicals, and the chance to amaze your friends with your erudition


A review of An Ocean of Air by Gabrielle Walker. Skyscrapers of nature: A review of The Wild Trees: The Passion and the Daring. A review of Silence of the Songbirds: How We are Losing the World's Songbirds and What We Can Do to Save Them. A review of The Chickens Fight Back: Pandemic Panics and Deadly Diseases That Jump From Animals to Humans.

One reason it is so hard to discover anything is that it is hard to know when you have done so. Noble Laureate John Polanyi, informed by childhood experience, reflects on penicillin, the greatest discovery in medical history. A review of Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver and Penicillin: Triumph and Tragedy.

From National Journal, beyond Hillarycare: Although Hillary Clinton is the '08 candidate with the most health care policy experience, she is in no rush to come out with a comprehensive blueprint after being pummeled in 1993. From Scientific American, Canada has as good or better health care than the US: Despite spending half what the US does on health care, Canada doesn't appear to be any worse at looking after the health of its citizens.

From The New York Times Magazine, The Older–and–Wiser Hypothesis: Wisdom, long a subject for philosophers, is now being scrutinized by a cadre of scientific researchers. The trick lies not just in measuring something so fuzzy but also in defining it in the first place; are you wise? Measure your wisdom by answering a questionnaire; A Longer, Better Life: Sara Davidson talks to two medical scientists about how the body ages and the research on trying to extend our healthy life span; A video Q. and A. on the new science of longevity; how did the repetitive household tasks our parents and grandparents tried to avoid become midlife leisure activities?; an article on reinventing middle age: How old are you anyway?; and a look at how one company found the right words to tap the baby-boomer penchant for personal development.

A review of The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America. A review of The Joy of Drinking. Eat local, be happy: A review of The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year in Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver (and more and more). A review of Alice Waters and Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution. A review of Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss — and the Myths and Realities of Dieting.

A review of Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture. And a review of The Happiness Myth: Why What We Think Is Right Is Wrong: A History of What Really Makes Us Happy


From LRB, for his Nose was as sharpe as a Pen, and a Table of greene fields: A review of William Shakespeare, Complete Works: The RSC Shakespeare. A review of Shakespeare the Thinker by A.D. Nuttall. The readiness to deconstruct is all: Carlin Romano Shakespeare's Philosophy by Colin McGinn. One Family Tree's Deep Shadows: Three generations and several cataclysms later, Dostoevsky's once-communist great-grandson embraces his towering ancestor.

From FT, compared with their forebears, modern literary heroines are spoiled for choice. But when it comes to a good story, is love the only thing that matters? Women taking wheel from men on noir's dark streets: A review of books. In his debut novel Lost City Radio , Daniel Alarcón reminds us that one man's freedom fighter is probably another woman's husband, another boy's father. Beautiful boy's boredom leads to rabies scare: A review of Rant by Chuck Palahniuk. Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road has not only been a best seller. It has also won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. It's even an Oprah's Book Club pick. Not bad, considering what a lousy book it is.

Why Not the Worst? Bad books are an essential weapon in the struggle against the tyranny of good taste. Sick of the country and its dream The best American fiction reveals a nation intent on sincere soul-searching in Granta 97: Best of Young American Novelists 2, and Sam Leith explains why Granta's new editor is the envy of the book world. Lionel Shriver explains why reviewing is a dangerous game for a novelist - and why she continues to land-mine her literary future.

The 17th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair was more than just a book fair. It is a part of a larger plan to position the Emirate as the hub of global culture in the Arab World. Considering so many of us spend our days toiling in offices, where are the great novels of working life? D J Taylor surveys over a century of fiction and finds a disturbing reality gap  Urgent message to publishers: Enough already with the endless procession of memoirs. Just because they're dead easy to churn out doesn't mean the world is waiting.

File under other: How do libraries — institutions that by nature require a strict, stately style of micromanagement — assimilate these self-published and occasionally category-defying dispatches from the cultural hinterlands? A review of The Iron Whim: A Fragmented History of Typewriting. And taxing times: A desk piled high with paperwork is a fearful thing – mountains of official letters with mind-numbing questions demanding an answer


Form Cafe Babel, three decades after the "Movida Madrileña", Spain remembers how post-Franco society was transformed by ten years of punk rebellion in Madrid. In Spain, where public drinking is banned in many areas, police spark a violent riot by attempting to clear a Madrid square of drinkers on the country's May 2 holiday. When the earth moves: One of the most ambitious town-relocation exercises in history will see the capital of Swedish Lapland, Kiruna, move 4km.

Farewell to the cargo cult: The current stand-off in the Ukraine is a result of "incomplete revolution". The failure to establish democratic structures has allowed the mechanisms of authoritarianism back into Ukrainian politics; the Orange Revolution, a fairy tale that wasn't. Now the evil prince has bounced back and his chances don't look bad. The people are learning that there's no such thing as good princes and princesses. A review of The Litvinenko File: the True Story of a Death Foretold (and more). A review of The New Cold War: Revolutions, Rigged Elections and Pipeline Politics in the Former Soviet Union. A review of The Gun That Changed the World by Mikhail Kalashnikov.

A review of The Khyber Pass: A history of Empire and invasion. From NPQ, an article on the Turkish crisis: The limits of democracy, or the seizure of the state from within. The leaders of Saudi Arabia are caught between a desire to compete globally and a demand that they guard tradition. Israel's 1967 attack on Egypt lasted only six days, but the repercussions have been bloodier and far longer reaching than anyone could have imagined. A review of Jerusalem 1913: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. For a quarter-century, Lebanon has been the graveyard of Israeli politicians reckless enough to venture there.

A review of Buda’s Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb by Mike Davis. The illiberal hour: A review of The Big Lie: On Terror, Antisemitism, and Identity by David Solway. An article on the rise of low-tech terrorism, and war costs money. Why can't politicians say so?

A review of Rumsfeld: An American Disaster and Washington's War: From Independence to Iraq. John J. DiIulio Jr on Spiritualpolitique: Religion matters more than ever in global affairs. But don't count on the experts to know that. The author examines history, philosophy and politics, but sides with biology as the motivation for human attainment by force: A review of War in Human Civilization by Azar Gat. A review of Are We Rome? The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America by Cullen Murphy. And the long view of civilization: A review of The Americanist by Daniel Aaron

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