From Southern Spaces, Anthony E. Kaye (PSU): "In the Neighborhood": Towards a Human Geography of U.S. Slave Society. From Too Much, an article on Detroit's "underpaid" top auto execs; and why have-it-alls don't know it all: More on Gar Alperovitz and Lew Daly's Unjust Deserts. From n+1, Nikil Saval on how Bombay became Mumbai. From Guernica, in the Sri Lankan city of Batticaloa, an American peace worker watches one woman bravely face the worst the world can offer; and the inhabitants of the Marshall Islands have endured waves of immigration, exploitation, and America’s nuclear testing; now under threat from rising sea levels, their storytelling culture offers us a cautionary tale. William Easterly reviews The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier. A review of From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and American Comic Books by Arie Kaplan. The irony of American politics: A reissued Reinhold Niebuhr classic sheds light on current follies. More on Claude Levi-Strauss turning 100. From Print, it’s BabyMod time! From swanky strollers to haute couture high chairs, modernism — or a version of it — has conquered the kids’ market; a guide to 40 years of standards and practices in presidential campaign design; and have fake news graphics taken over the role of the political cartoon?

From Strategic Studies Quarterly, Colin S. Gray (Reading): Understanding Airpower: Bonfire of the Fallacies. From Air & Space Power Journal, a review of Uneasy Balance: Civil-Military Relations in Peacetime America since 1783 by Thomas S. Langston; and a review of Who Guards the Guardians and How: Democratic Civil-Military Relations. A review of Constructing America's War Culture: Iraq, Media, and Images at Home. A look at why Americans are reluctant to admit their presidents are kings. Where were they ever?: The 40 greatest lost icons in pop culture history, from Kato Kaelin to Joey Buttafuoco. From Ducts, an essay on how to fail at being a lesbian. From Books & Culture, a review of books on happiness — given, lost, regained. A review of The Constitution's Text in Foreign Affairs by Michael D. Ramsey. From Dissent, an essay on the three lefts of Latin America. From Commentary, Jon Levenson on Chosenness and its Enemies: Few religious doctrines have attracted more virulent criticism than the idea of the chosen people; and Paul R. McHugh on Hysteria in Four Acts: A little history, medical and otherwise, helps in understanding such contemporary epidemics as multiple-personality disorder and reports of childhood sexual abuse. The remains of an ancient gate have pinpointed the location of the David and Goliath city of Sha'arayim.

From Cato Unbound, a special issue on What Happened? Anatomies of the Financial Crisis. From The New York Times, economic experts write on the challenges facing Barack Obama when he takes office. From International Viewpoint, a crash course in capitalism: The comparison with the fall of the Berlin Wall gives some indication of this historical dimension. Was Marx right? An article on the auto industry and the bailout. Help Wanted: In trying times, the turn to advice books can be a dangerous one. Where is the world's safest place? With all the panic going on in the world, the survivalism movement is making a comeback. An interview with SNL's Amy Poehler: "Smart girls have more fun". From E&P, Obama owes it all to Stephen Colbert. The sector formerly known as private: How Obama intends to use corporations to effect social change. Learning from the Bush legacy: Conservatives sold their soul to back George W. Bush — can they get it back? An article on George W. Bush as multilateralism’s greatest booster? Spreading the Gospel: The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights has opened its doors in Washington DC — its founder ruminates. From Wishtank, here's an exchange of savants: Kim Peek compliments Daniel Tammet. Who's the world's worst banker? Daniel Gross wonders. An interview with Philip Plait, author of Death from the Skies! These Are the Ways the World Will End.  

From The New York Observer, what makes moguls believe they belong in the book business?; and the New Little Miss Missbehave: Editor Lesley Arfin wants to make the Williamsburg women’s quarterly less Vice, more Teen Vogue. How would Kerouac cope with Word? (and from Bookforum, fifty years after the publication of On the Road, the question remains: Where was Kerouac going?)  From Cracked, a look at the 13 most baffling book titles. To toss or not to toss? Laura Miller on the well-tended bookshelf. From Folio, an article on community publishing: The next new hope? Laid off recently? Come to Tina, darling! Jason Earls on his submission to Weird Tales magazine. From TAP, the 2008 election was defined as much by things that didn't happen — from racism denying Obama the presidency to working-class men finding him too elitist — as things that did; and after three decades of devolution, there's no turning back from the reality that states, their governors, legislators, and parties will play a central role in our country's political future. Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger on Getting Real on Climate Change: We'll never succeed in making dirty energy too expensive — let's make clean energy cheap; and on A New Inconvenient Truth: Al Gore just updated his prescription for fighting climate change — now other environmentalists have to follow his lead.