From Americana, John Ryder (SUNY): Prospects for a Thick Democracy; Ashis Sengupta (UNB): The Hyphenated Identity in Contemporary Multiethnic American Drama; and a review of Pragmatism as Post-Postmodernism: Lessons from Dewey by Larry A. Hickman. An article on Foucault on intellectuals. From The Nation, a review of The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS by Elizabeth Pisani and Sizwe's Test: A Young Man's Journey Through Africa's AIDS Epidemic by Jonny Steinberg. An interview with John Cacioppo on how loneliness is a threat to your health. With high school newspapers disappearing, the future of journalism is at risk. From TED, Marvin Minsky on health, population and the human mind. From NYRB, more on The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker by Steven Greenhouse. Voters don’t know much about the European Union; what’s more, they don’t want to learn. Did Kosovo open up Pandora’s Box? If the international community intends to keep the floodgates to secessionist movements closed, it would do well to learn from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Ian Buruma on the wrong lesson of Munich. From Earth First! Journal, here's a closer look at two snitches. Turning a blind eye: An image said to reveal an "unknown" tribe instead exposes a history of our ignorance and greed.

From First Things, Avery Cardinal Dulles on The Freedom of Theology; an exchange on the ethics of immigration; a review of Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of Elites by Mitchell L. Stevens; a review of Arts of Darkness: American Noir and the Quest for Redemption by Thomas S. Hibbs; a review of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Michael Ward; and more on Charles Taylor's A Secular Age. An interview with Adriano Prosperi, Professor of Reform and Counter-reform Era History at the Scuola Normale in Pisa, on immigration: “There was greater solidarity during the Middle Ages”. An excerpt from The Triumph of the Therapeutic: Uses of Faith after Freud by Philip Rieff. From Taki's Magazine, we will Berry you: An article on the flaky socialism of the Crunchy Cons. The Hip Shall Inherit the Earth: James Poulos on a post-apocalyptic vision of America’s future. A review of Ancient Board Games in Perspective. From Big Think, Muhammad Yunus on the ideal international regulatory body. Recent literary debates in Sweden have dwelled on authors' love lives and penchant for designer handbags, yet there is more edifying material out there. A review of American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau. From Cracked, a look at the stages of a human life: 408 years ago vs. today.

From Air Force Magazine, the Air Force says goodbye to 50 years of tranquil, undisturbed operations "up there" in space; and an article on protracted nuclear war: The Reagan Pentagon wanted to plan for it — then, all hell broke loose. From Kyoto Journal, in Mandalay, Franz Kafka meets Lenny Bruce. From Secular Culture and Ideas, an essay on Jews and Native Americans, and an article on Jews and sports. From Label France, special issues on French politics in action; the new French music scene; and a feature on a Tour de France of towns. From PUP, the introduction to Sans-Culottes: An Eighteenth-Century Emblem in the French Revolution by Michael Sonenscher. A look at why bad journalism is to blame for marijuana prohibition. We know what we like but our tastes are swayed by price, packaging and other social psychological factors in ways we're often unaware of. Here are six "uniquely" human traits now found in animals. A review of Bill Bright & Campus Crusade for Christ: The Renewal of Evangelicalism in Postwar America by John G. Turner. From New York, one man’s vandalism is another’s political art — just ask Poster Boy, the Matisse of subway-ad mash-ups. Banksy Unwrapped: A counter current to modern artistry. From Intelligent Life, can a loner, rational economist find a mythic sense of community?

From American Political Science Review, a series of articles on American elections. From The New Yorker, a special issue on politics, including an editorial endorsing Barack Obama, George Packer on The Hardest Vote: The disaffection of Ohio’s working class; James Wood on the Republican war on words; an article on the many lives of Arianna Huffington; and Lipstick on a Pig: A 2008 campaign quiz. From The Hedgehog Review, a review of Laughing Matters: Humor and American Politics in the Media Age; and a review essay on books on American political cartoons. From New York, how McCain lost his brand: From maverick to crank in an instant; why Mayor Bloomberg’s push for a third term may be the riskiest thing he’s ever done; things look grim at the moment, but where will we be a year from now? That depends on who’s president; and which is more important to a 25-year-old Ochs-Sulzberger heir: the sense of honor that comes with owning the New York Times, or enough money to do whatever he wants for the rest of his life? A review of The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006–2008 by Bob Woodward. The Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America celebrates its creator's centennial this month, but why do we still need field guides? To feel or not: Are we just being used when we are kind and compassionate?