From Virginia Quarterly Review, a special series of Dispatches from Afghanistan. A review of Simon Critchley's Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance. What are we thinking when we (try to) solve problems? A review of The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World by Owen J. Flanagan. From Philament, Julian Pinder (Sydney): The Codex Unbound: The (Failed?) Promise of the Hypertext Novel. This Magazine goes behind the rise of investigative cartooning. From Zeek, against mourning: Jews are not the only people ravaged by memory; for African Americans, it is the long arm of slavery that holds back the living.  How will technology change the way we shop, learn and entertain ourselves? A look ahead 10 years, and imagine a whole different world. AC Grayling reviews Counterknowledge: How We Surrendered to Conspiracy Theories, Quack Medicine, Bogus Science and Fake History by Damian Thompson (and more and more and more). The Science Adviser: Chris Mooney on how the top science post in the White House needs to be pulled from the shadows of the Cold War and reestablished as a cornerstone of crucial, rational advice for the US presidency. A review of Democratic Faith by Patrick J. Deneen. A review of The Monopoly of Violence: Why Europeans Hate Going to War by James J. Sheehan (and more and more).

From Portfolio, the Britney Economy: A back-of-the-napkin calculation of just how much the scandal-plagued star is worth to the multitudes who make money off her; and five years after he stepped down as chairman of AOL Time Warner, Steve Case is trying to rewrite the rules of health care, real estate, and personal finance — what's taking so long? From TNR, a panel of eggheads and eminences announces its votes. The death of nations: An article on a powerful modern myth: Free markets are either attainable or desirable. From Outskirts, a special issue on feminist engagements in other places. From Women's Review of Books, the stay-at-home pushmepullyou: A review of Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home by Pamela Stone and Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success by Sylvia Ann Hewlett. A review of Playing With My Dog Katie: An Ethnomethodological Study of Dog – Human Interaction by David Goode. Death in Georgia: Jeffrey Toobin on the high price of trying to save an infamous killer’s life. From Theandros, a review of Christianity and the Transformation of the Book by Anthony Grafton and Megan Williams. John Allen Paulos on God, science and an unbeliever's Utopia. An interview with David Frum on Comeback: Conservatism.

From The Public Eye, Heritage is hip to culture: The think tank turns to family values; an article on the ideal and the reality of the Christian Right family; and a review of Pledging Allegiance: The Politics of Patriotism in America's Schools. From The Quarterly Conversation, a special issue on Hispanic literature. From The Walrus, half of the world’s population now lives in cities; how do they make it work? A review of Forgotten Continent: the Battle for Latin America’s Soul by Michael Reid (and more and more and more). Do Wall Street wheeler-dealers ever create jobs? Could lessons learned from Mother Nature help airport security screening checkpoints better protect us from terror threat? A legend with teeth: A new film updates an age old male fear. An excerpt from Sex, Time and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution by Leonard Shlain. A review of Sex, Paranoia and Modern Masculinity by Kenneth Paradis. How do you learn a dead language? If you can't find a word, just borrow one. A review of Heaven's Fractal Net: Retrieving Lost Visions in the Humanities by William J. Jackson. The man who glimpsed utopia: A modern Moscow stage is a dangerous place for Russia's great 19th-century exiles, which is exactly why Alexei Borodin puts them there. An interview with Jerry Kellman, the man who gave Obama his first job in community organizing.