From the latest issue of International Journal of Zizek Studies, Slavoj Zizek on Badiou: Notes From an Ongoing Debate; Marc de Kesel (Radboud): Truth as Formal Catholicism - On Alain Badiou, Saint Paul: La fondation de l’universalisme; Adrian Johnston (New Mexico): The Quick and the Dead: Alain Badiou and the Split Speeds of Transformation; Ken Jackson (Wayne State): The Great Temptation of “Religion”: Why Badiou has been so important to Žižek; Levi R. Bryant (Collin): Symptomal Knots and Evental Ruptures: Žižek, Badiou, and Discerning the Indiscernible; Ed Pluth (CSU - Chico): Against Spontaneity: The Act and Overcensorship in Badiou, Lacan, and Žižek; and Socialism Reconsidered: Remarks on Žižek`s Repeating Lenin pdf. A review of Conversations with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.

From TNR, Robert M. Solow reviews Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction by Thomas K. McCraw. A review of A Theory of Secession: The Case for Political Self-Determination.

From Metapsychology Book Reviews, a review of Michel Foucault by Clare O'Farrell; a review of Foucault and the Government of Disability; and a review of My Body Politic: A Memoir by Simi Linton. A review of The Case Against Perfection by Michael Sandel. The introduction to Neuroscience and Philosophy: Brain, Mind, and Language by Maxwell Bennett, Daniel Dennett, Peter Hacker, and John Searle. A review of Signs, Mind, And Reality: A Theory of Language As the Folk Model of the World.

From National Review, a review of David Horowitz's Indoctrination U: The Left’s War Against Academic Freedom. From Campus Progress, Campus Con: The new film "Indoctrinate U" treats young conservatives as victims. From TAP, a better idea for college loans: Here's how to prevent college loans from being a straitjacket that determines graduates' career choices. Ivy League crunch brings new cachet to next tier: Second-tier colleges are becoming more selective because of the heated competition at the top. Study finds college-prep courses in high school leave many students lagging, as only a quarter of high school students who take the core courses are well prepared for college.

F for Felony: Why parents never hear about a shocking number of college campus crimes. Crime scene investigations: Academic research really matters only if it leads to social reform, says criminologist Lawrence Sherman. Why merit pay for teachers isn't such a great idea: In theory, it's a no-brainer: teachers should be paid more for teaching better. Bible curriculum dispute heats up: The spread of Bible instruction in public schools is raising questions about the separation of church and state. That is particularly true in places like Odessa, Texas, that have adopted one of two competing national curricula. Save the Catholic schools! They work miracles with inner-city kids, but without help, their own future is uncertain. And what kind of praise do kids need to hear? Emily Bazelon investigates


From Think Tank, America Quo Vadis: Max Boot and Dennis Ross debate the limits of diplomacy (and part 2). A review of Cullen Murphy's Are We Rome?

From Claremont Review of Books, a review of America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, by Mark Steyn; a review of The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11, by Dinesh D'Souza; a review of The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege, by Damon Linker; and a review of Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America—and What We Can Do About It, by Juan Williams; Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America, by John McWhorter; and White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era, by Shelby Steele.

From Salon, Alan Wolfe on how Jerry Falwell spent a career demonizing others. Upon his death, what else could he expect in return? (and more). Farewell to Falwell: A look at Jerry Falwell's nasty contributions to American political life. Don’t Believe the Hype: Jerry Falwell built a megachurch, and created a university, both laudable feats. But his influence on American politics has been vastly overstated (and here is Jerry Falwell's Hit Parade and a few Jerry Falwell quotes). The Devil and Jerry Falwell Jeffrey Goldberg chats with the late reverend about Judaism and the Antichrist. A review of Why Politics Needs Religion: The Place of Religious Arguments in the Public Square by Brendan Sweetman.

From Secular Web, a review of Sam Harris' The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason; a review of Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion; and a review of Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?, ed. Paul Kurtz. From Commonweal, can’t we all just get along? A history of religious coexistence.

From Christianity Today, a review of The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South by Philip Jenkins; a review of Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action and Saving God's Green Earth: Rediscovering the Church's Responsibility to Environmental Stewardship; and evangelicals are tempted by moralism because they've forgotten what God wants at the center. Church Militant: A review of God’s War: A New History of the Crusades, by Christopher Tyerman. More on Pope Benedict's Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration. Among the most popular religions to have flowered since the 1960s, Wicca — a form of paganism — still faces a struggle for acceptance.

And from American Sexuality, sermon with a feminist touch: An article on the kidnapping of Aimee Semple McPherson; Got a Groovey Thing Goin': An interview with Richard Croker, author of The Boomer Century 1946-2046; that ain't White: A look at the long and ugly history of "trash" talk; and a view from inside: An interview with transgender activist Jackson Bowman on the Stanton case


From TLS, characters in search of a pub: An article on the lost worlds of Patrick Hamilton. A review of Boomsday: A Novel by Christopher Buckley. A review of The Dead Fathers Club: A Novel by Matt Haig.

From Agni, an interview with Jane Hirshfield, author of six books of poetry, most recently After, which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, and Given Sugar, Given Salt, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and here are aphorisms regarding impatience.

From Radiant, Pulled together from Luci Shaw’s lifetime of writing about art and faith, Breath for the Bones provides an intelligent look at the intersection of two worlds that, to the modern mind, often seem far apart.  Now comes Lon Milo DuQuette's Accidental Christ, a story told by Jesus' elderly Uncle Clopas, and a gripping tale it is. From Nextbook, Asch's Passion: A popular Yiddish novelist strove for immortality by taking on Jesus, but it cost him his core audience and made him a marked man; Immediate Identification: Thoman Mann's protagonist knew he wasn't like the other boys. So did Marco Roth; and firmly in the fold: Haim Watzman looks back on the life of Israeli writer S. Yizhar, a trenchant critic of the country he loved.

From 3:AM Magazine, Andrew Gallix talks to Jon Savage about Teenage and the birth of youth culture; Richard O’Brien talks literature with John Darnielle of Mountain Goats fame; and Pete Carvill reviews Michael Muhammad Knight’s The Taqwacores.

From Chronicles, a review of Winter’s Bone: A Novel, by Daniel Woodrell. The Little Magazine That Could: On the 25th anniversary and the publication of Counterpoints: 25 Years of The New Criterion on Culture & the Arts. Newspapers need book reviews: In their enthusiasm for the web, editors should remember all the readers who still like a little ink on their fingers.

The closest most of us get to our favourite authors is reading their books. But some people insist on stalking their idols to their front doors... and beyond. Alan Taylor explores our fascination with the homes of the famous, while Rob Fletcher and Ajay Close recount their experiences of living with literary ghosts. Writing Under the Influence: Jonathan Lethem ponders a good side to plagiarism.

Second Lives and online utopias: A review of Second Lives by Tim Guest. Not sure if you're aware of this, but the Internet has changed everything: A review of Who Controls the Internet? by Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu. Digital information has a shorter lifespan than you think — and federal budget cuts may make it even shorter. From Electronic Book Review, NINES is an initiative at the University of Virginia to "establish a coordinated network of peer-reviewed content and tools"; a review of an experiment in visual textuality, Only Revolutions: A Novel by Mark Z. Danielewski; and Mark Amerika on The Sounds of the Artificial Intelligentsia. And Steve Krug's Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability is to web design what Strunk & White's Elements of Style is to formal writing


William Langewiesche’s The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor insightfully examines the perils created by the illicit and unstoppable spread of nuclear weapons to some of the world’s most volatile nations. From CRB, an article on China as a rising nuclear power.

A look at why China relaxed blogger crackdown. How far can China remain inside the world and outside it, embrace the west's market economy, while rejecting its political ideas? What's your China fantasy: A debate between James Mann and David M. Lampton on the uncertain political future of the world’s most populous country. Did it really help to be a Japanese colony? An article on East Asian economic performance in historical perspective. A push to legally enshrine Buddhism as Thailand's official creed could inflame sectarian discord. A review of The Khyber Pass: A history of Empire and invasion by Paddy Docherty.

The United States has spent $2bn creating an Afghan army that it hopes will prove an effective anti-Taliban force. Some of its members seem keen to fight, but it is not easy to get any of them out of bed in the morning. Her son's death on 9/11 spurred Sally Goodrich to do the one thing she knows best: educate. The beneficiaries of her grief became young girls in war-ravaged Afghanistan. The uses and limits of soft power: A review of Charm Offensive by Joshua Kurlantzick.

Sunnis break with Al Qaeda: A split among the Sunni insurgency in Iraq is creating new allies for the Shiite-led government.  When you look at the history of human warfare, civil wars always stand out: Wariness, not hatred, keeps civil wars raging.  Sometimes in war, you can put a price on life: When soldiers at war run amok, prosecution is only the first step toward justice. Legitimate compensation and a real show of contrition must also be offered. It's our cage, too: Assertions that "torture works" may reassure a fearful public, but it is a false security. If the United States spreads its Middle Eastern disaster into Iran, it won't be the fault of George W. Bush alone – a Democratic Congress will share some of the blame. Fortunately, the legislative branch has effective options for stopping war before it starts.

From Slate, Bushies Behaving Badly: An illustrated guide to GOP scandals. The Enterprising American: A look at Bush policy guru Karl Zinsmeister's dicy past. From ePluribus Media, an article on the GOP, GeorgeWBush.com and the line that jumped the Congressional firewall; and resurrecting Jim Crow: The erratic resume of the voting section chief, and more on dismantling voting rights enforcement. With Election Day registration, all qualified voters can participate in the vital American tradition of voting without finding themselves hampered by arbitrary registration deadlines. A red state in 2004, Florida's in play once again.

From LA Weekly, a special issue on LA People 2007. And Los Angeles’ many cultures are testing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa—and his style of politics

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