From Law and Contemporary Problems, special issues on the law and politics of international delegation; and odious debts and state corruption (and more). From LRB, a review of Franz Kafka: The Office Writings; and a review of The House of Wittgenstein: A Family at War by Alexander Waugh. A look at why the French maid is about to clean up — and save her nation from economic ruin. An article on Angelina Jolie: Lady Madonna or manipulator? AC Grayling on the hard truth about animal research. From Doublethink, we’re on a bus, and it’s 6:45 in the morning — just another day on Foothill Transit, Line 187: the Murder Bus. Should judges be elected or appointed? In the case of international courts, this age-old conundrum has a new twist. Is crime contagious? Experiments vindicate the broken windows theory of how disorder spreads (and more). From TNR, more on Drew Faust's This Republic of Suffering (and more from Bookforum). How secular is America?: Will Barack Obama's presidency usher a new age of tolerance in a country that has seen religious discrimination rise after September 11, 2001? A review of The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death and Happiness by Mark Rowlands. More and more and more on Andrew Bacevich's The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism

From FT, an interview with Tom Peters, the world’s most famous management guru. Vegetables are the new meat: Real men eat rutabega! Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy takes over from Richard Dawkins as Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science; is he bothered by comparisons with his fearsome predecessor? A review of Obsession: A History by Lennard J. Davis (and more). Stars and Stripes has announced the US Army is about to invest $50m in videogame development over the next 5 years in what is both a PR and recruitment drive. From The Daily Beast, Ana Marie Cox on five ways Obama has already changed Washington. Defining Barack Down: Jonathan Chait on separating the mandates from the boy-dates. Still drawn to comics: Master of the medium Art Spiegelman had it right when he called it an art form (and more from Slate and more from Bookforum). The White Dacha: The Yalta home in which Anton Chekhov spent his last years is filled with treasures but has lately fallen into a dire state. A review of Mrs. Woolf and the Servants: An Intimate History of Domestic Life in Bloomsbury by Alison Light. A review of Lady Worsley's Whim: An Eighteenth-Century Tale of Sex, Scandal and Divorce by Hallie Rubenhold. A review of John Milton: Life, Work and Thought by Gordon Campbell and Thomas N. Corns.

Jonathan Matusitz and Gerald-Mark Breen (UCF): Unethical Consequences of Pack Journalism. From Index on Censorship, civil disobedience is sometimes the only way of making a democratic point, says Leo Murray of Plane Stupid. A review of Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East by Gilles Kepel (and an interview). From Intelligent Life, how thriftily can you drive? You'll need to ape the hypermilers, writes Paul Markillie; and mining William Faulkner's work and biography for inspiration, the Coens have managed to grant the Southern bard the popular acceptance that always eluded him. Researchers found that more male drivers stopped to pick up women hitchhikers with bigger breasts. Let's call John Kerry's loss in 2004 what it is: the luckiest thing to happen to Democrats in 40 years. From Think Tank, are we are what we eat? An interview with Gary Taubs, author of Good Calories/Bad Calories (and an excerpt). From Discover, a look at the 10 most influential people in science; and what if time really exists? Sean Carroll wonders. We have survived as a species and even thrived sufficiently to create credit default swaps that possibly will do what the Soviet nuclear targeters failed to do: bring us to our knees. Why it's time to give the UN some teeth. An interview with Hans Kochler of the International Progress Organization.

From Esquire, a look at how Dean Kamen's Magical Water Machine could save the world; and the American Way of Justice: As his client, Salim Hamdan, is released from Guantanamo Bay, revisit one bold JAG lawyer's inside accounting of how he convinced the Supreme Court that President Bush had breached the Constitution. A review of And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks by William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Is America’s new declinism for real? Gideon Rachman wants to know. The bad news for Tyrannasaurus Republicans lies in the tens of millions of voters who have yet to make it to the rolls and why, when they do, they are likely to register as Democrats. Recession Realities: A look at why the worst is yet to come. Don't get depressed, it's not 1929: Why all those Great Depression analogies are wrong. It turns out money really does buy happiness — uh-oh. From Cafe Babel, why boo the French national anthem at a football stadium? A look at 5 astounding advances in the science of getting drunk. Here's the latest issue of Sexual Intelligence. From New Scientist, a look at the dizzying diversity of human sexual strategies. From Scientific American, why do men buy sex? Some researchers say johns seek intimacy on demand; others believe they typically want to dominate women. Balls and brain: The quality of a man’s sperm depends on how intelligent he is, and vice versa.