Susan Raine (Alberta): Flirty Fishing in the Children of God: The Sexual Body as a Site of Proselytization and Salvation. A review of Solon the Thinker: Political Thought in Archaic Athens. A review of The Cambridge Companion to Horace. A review of The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian.

From First Things, a review of Michael Polanyi: Scientist and Philosopher by William Taussig Scott and Martin X. Moleski, S.J. and Michael Polanyi: The Art of Knowing by Mark T. Mitchell. From Inside Higher Ed, Speak, Memory: Did postmodern theorist Zygmunt Bauman conceal his Stalinist past? Scott McLemee looks down the memory hole. A review of Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing by Leszek Kolakowski. Elle Woods, like, totally embodies the best of modern Jewish thought: Legally Blonde and Spiritually Buber.

From American, a review of The Chicago School: How the University of Chicago Assembled the Thinkers Who Revolutionized Economics and Business by Johan Van Overtveldt. A review of The Vanity of the Philosopher: From Equality to Hierarchy in Post-Classical Economics by Sandra Peart and David Levy. A review of Modern Liberty and the Limits of Government by Charles Fried.

A review of Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science by David Lindley. From First Science, Death of the Dinosaurs: There was a time when dinosaurs thrived on Earth. What caused their demise? Why monkeys can't recite Shakespeare: If you are a primate reading this, chances are you have a gene called KLK8, recently discovered by Chinese scientists. The British government has overturned its proposed ban on the creation of human-animal embryos. Biologist Kaj Sand-Jensen of the University of Copenhagen offers advice to other scientists. He wrote a report: "How to Write Consistently Boring Scientific Literature". Nature, the world's best-known scientific publication, is now being transformed into a multimedia platform that includes include blogs, podcasts and even a Second Life presence.

From Williams Alumni Review, blogs are becoming an increasingly popular way for scholars to share their work and insight with a wide audience. But sometimes the publicity these Web journals generate can backfire pdf. From Crisis, an essay on academic freedom and the Catholic university. A mutiny may be brewing at Ave Maria School of Law whose board has voted to pack it up and move it from Ann Arbor, Mich., to a rural community in southwest Florida. The Edge of Reason: Professor Ramani Pilla's failed climb up the ivory tower ends in accusations of a hoax.

From Education Review, a review of The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children by E. D. Hirsch, Jr. And experts answer what they know. The Non-Expert answers anything. This week, Erik Bryan fashions a taxonomy of American athletes to help a reader get in touch with his jock-dom


From Anthropoetics, although the coming and passing of the postmodern era has posed challenges to the market system, it has not put an end to the modern political dichotomy of Left and Right. A review of Wolves In Sheep's Clothing: The New Liberal Menace in America by Stephen Marshall. From The Freeman, a review of Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America by Robert Reich. A review of Leviathan on the Right: How Big-Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution by Michael D. Tanner. From National Review, against the Porkbusters: Ramesh Ponnuru on why conservatives should find another crusade.

Clive Crook on the baffling politics of immigration. An interview with Philippe Legrain, author of Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them. Evolution, Immigration and Trade: America's success in lowering its barriers to outsiders shows that we can and do learn. But like reading, we must teach each generation anew. From TNR, an interview with Charles Barkley on xenophobes, Al Sharpton, and the rich. After all but banning the word from New Haven, the N-word is back—big-time. A review of The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't, and Why by Jabari Asim.

From The Black Commentator, an article on The Real Truth About Snitching. How do they figure the payouts for people who were wrongly convicted? 18 years in prison? Priceless. The case for the prosecution: Prison may not deter or rehabilitate but, for the length of incarceration, it does keep criminals off the streets, says Richard Tomkins. America's Imprisoned Kids: The US is an outlier in the world when it comes to detaining and sentencing juvenile offenders as adults. But there are finally signs of change. Reconnecting childhood and society: A review of Idolising Children: Why We Should Respect, Not Revere, Our Children.

Manners and moral authority: Good manners don't occur naturally - they are about rules. From PopMatters, we've grown accustomed to the planned obsolescence of our products; we assuage the continual threat of obsolescence of our personalities by continually changing, refreshing ourselves like an email inbox.

A new wave of young entrepreneurs is using our passion for healthy lifestyles as a way of promoting global economic and social justice. An epidemic of meddling: Jacob Sullum on the totalitarian implications of public health. What's wrong with American medicine? A review of How Doctors Think and Better: A Surgeon's Note on Performance. Is the smoking ban a good idea? Christopher Hitchens and Simon Hoggart put forward their arguments.

Fever Pitch: Do drugs ads make us sick?  As Prozac reaches its 20th birthday, Anna Moore presents 20 things you need to know about the most widely used antidepressant in the world. Race and economic factors play a role in the party drugs teens choose. So are pain pills really the new pot? And a review of The Art of Aging: A Doctor’s Prescription for Well-Being by Sherwin B. Nuland


From New Statesman, a review of You Don't Love Me Yet by Jonathan Lethem. The seven stories that comprise Walk the Blue Fields explore the abyss that separates men and women. From Financial Times, the stereotyping of Japanese women is rife but Kickboxing Geishas, a compelling collection of interviews, reveals the true picture.

From Forward, juggler of the moral and the aesthetic: A review of At the Same Time: Essays & Speeches by Susan Sontag; and an interview with Hungarian writer György Konrád, oracle of humanism's survival. Slavoj Zizek on how The Lives of Others fails to capture the true horror of the GDR. The god of war is my muse: The Nobel Prize-winning writer Wole Soyinka tells Helen Oyeyemi why literature must struggle against injustice. Scathing and scurrilous opinions are the stock in trade of author Gore Vidal. Serve lunch and stand well back.

A review of Chaucer's Queer Poetics: Rereading the Dream Trio. Boris Akunin spent 20 years translating novels before deciding to write his own. What's the point? An article on summer reading on the arts. From Salon, a review of Where's My Jetpack? A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived by Daniel H. Wilson. From The Chronicle, can one Rudolf Steiner fan be wrong? Particularly if it's Saul Bellow? Carlin Romano investigates. A post-office box in Fayette, West Virginia, is the backdrop for Famous Writers School, a hugely enjoyable satire on writers and writing. Dear Book Doctor, I keep saying that I’m only going to stay one more year, but I never leave. Is there any escape?

An interview with Howard Zinn on American newspapers’ winnowing down of book reviews. The Bookish Set: LA Weekly goes inside the indie booksellers. Mental floss? More like mental fluff. This magazine is full of trivia, and while most of it is far from useless, the stuff nevertheless gets wadded into the back of your mind, only to be pulled out for special occasions. Small Magazines, Big Ideas: An impending rate hike could silence small independent magazines of all political stripes that make a key contribution to the conversation of democracy. The price of cast iron: Few people notice Reuters, but it is a very big player in global news and its independence matters. An interview with Joseph Farah, author of Stop the Presses!: The Inside Story of the New Media Revolution.

From First Monday, what is popular on Wikipedia and why? Philip Rosedale, the founder of the virtual world Second Life, believes that his company, Linden Lab, is at the forefront of the internet's next big revolution: The 3D web. The first comprehensive global survey of Internet filtering shows that online repression is on the rise worldwide.


From Canada, the glass house is getting crowded: Why are so many MPs so fond of Neville Chamberlain?; an interview with Preston Manning, the former Reform leader, on what he thinks of Canada's new government; behind the razzle-dazzle, Expo '67 was a prototype for the kind of society Canada wanted to become, and by some measures it got there; a reviews Holding the Bully's Coat: Canada and the U.S. Empire; and civility and other such nonsense: In praise of well-meaning politicians saying increasingly crazy things. From Australia, a review of Detainee 002: The case of David Hicks, and a review of Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader’s Quest for Justice. An article on Fiji, 1987-2007: The story of four coups for 20 years.

From Seven Oaks, a review of books on various Africas. African leaders recently chose Zimbabwe to chair the UN Commission on Sustainable Development: Why Africa won't rein in Mugabe. Economic freedom in Africa: Where has all the progress gone? A review of The Invisible Cure: AIDS in Africa by Helen Epstein (and more). Why Ethiopia parties like it's 1999: Well, because it is still 1999 according to the Julian calendar. The standoff between Anjouan's local authorities and the Comoros Union government remains unresolved. Upcoming elections and Comoran unity hang in the balance.

An article on ideology in China: Confucius makes a comeback. Declassified Documents on the Malaysian riots of 1969 presents the view that 1969 race riots were instigated by ambitious Malay politicians. Now it seems the book will be banned by the government.  From Radical Notes, an article on the growing revolt against disposability: New dimensions of resistance to corporate globalization in India. A review of In Quest of Jinnah, Jinnah: Creator of Pakistan, M. A. Jinnah and In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War.

From Boston Review, a special section on Nukes, Democracy and Iran, including The View from Tehran: Akbar Ganji on changing Iran from within;  Nuclear Freeze Hans Blix on the Middle East and global arms control; Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns on carrots and sticks; and Michael McFaul and Abbas Milani on how normalizing relations will help both sides. From Asia Times, an appeal for empire: A review of Theology of Discontent: The Ideological Foundation of the Islamic Revolution in Iran by Hamid Dabashi; and who will be the 21st century equivalent of Saladin, the greatest warrior of Islam? An interview with Augustus Richard Norton, author of Hezbollah: A Short History. An interview with Olivier Roy, author of Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Umma.

From Open Democracy, a developed view of multiculturalism can complement democratic citizenship and nation-building. And darn it, and face up to the global village: Ever-more global communities are making increasingly strong claims on our lives over our immediate surroundings

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