Time for Earth's 7-billion-person checkup: We practice preventive maintenance on our cars and our health — why not apply it to our natural resources? A review of The Human Right to a Green Future: Environmental Rights and Intergenerational Justice by Richard P. Hiskes (and more). An interview with Stewart Brand, author of Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto. An excerpt from Tree Spiker: From Earth First! to Lowbagging: My Struggles in Radical Environmental Action by Mike Roselle. The Ungreening of America: Why are people caring less and less about the environment? The mental roadblocks to climate change: Social psychology finds a thread linking opposition to health care reform and climate change — and a possible way around the problem. Just how toxic is the term "tax"?: A newly published study suggests its use decreases support for climate change initiatives. Talk about a climate catastrophe: David Roberts on what went wrong — and what Obama has to do next (and more). China wrecked the Copenhagen deal: As recriminations fly post-Copenhagen, one writer offers a fly-on-the-wall account of how talks failed. Some climate experts seek alternative to U.N. process. Meet the man who could end global warming: Eric Loewen is the evangelist of the sodium fast reactor, which burns nuclear waste, emits no CO2, and might just save the world. Save the world, keep tittle-tattling: The gossip industry is too big, but satisfying our inquisitive nature is a better way of wasting carbon than importing water. If only some incredibly common rock would just sit around and suck up carbon dioxide all day; oh, there is one — why aren't we excited about it?

A new issue of Finance & Development is out, including William White (OECD): Modern Macroeconomics Is on the Wrong Track. Mason Gaffney (UC-Riverside): A new framework for macroeconomics: achieving full employment by increasing capital turnover. From TNR, why can't Americans make things? Two words: business school (and why do German and Japanese manufacturers innovate more?) Finance minister: Hedge fund executive and ordained clergyman Mark Hostetter weighs the morality of the financial system. A review of How Markets Fail by John Cassidy (and more and more and more). Harold James on the cycles of economic discontent. Global Finance’s state of nature: Ambitions for a new world order are no match for national interest. Globalization with a human face: An interview with Jagdish Bhagwati on protectionism, climate change, and why NAFTA was bad for free trade. A review of Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World by Tyler Cowen (and an interview). A look at nine myths (and realities) about socially responsible investing. Deglobalization: Daniel Gross on the surprisingly steep decline in world trade. Christianity caused the Crash?: Changing economic attitudes among Christians did contribute to the problem — just not in the way the Atlantic believes. From New Statesman, a review of The Trouble With Markets: Saving Capitalism From Itself by Roger Bootle. The first chapter from Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Why Public Efforts to Boost Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Have Failed — and What to Do About It by Josh Lerner. Four years after his death, Peter Drucker remains the king of the management guru.

From Dark Matter, a special issue on Pirates and Piracy: Material Realities and Cultural Myths. From First Monday, an article on the self-Googling phenomenon: Investigating the performance of personalized information resources. How will 2009 rank among history's important years? Carlos Lozada wants to know. A look at how the Nazis ruined condoms, too: A review of Fromm's: How Julius Fromm's Condom Empire Fell To The Nazis by Gotz Aly and Michael Sontheimer. A conspiracy-theory theory: David Aaronovitch on how to fend off the people who insist they know the "real story" behind everything. From The Curator, Lars Miller on the disintegration of the music industry and the road to distributism. A review of Jane Fonda's War: A Political Biography of an Antiwar Icon by Mary Hershberger. An article on Bambi and the Disney way of death. Stuff it: The story of Web sensation Annie Leonard merges piles of trash, Glenn Beck and underrated field trips. From Archeology, a look at the top 10 discoveries of 2009. A review of Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Galeano. Non-Profit in New York: Non-profit news isn't entirely a new phenomenon — the Gotham Gazette has been at it for over a decade. God has all the best art: Were the old masters good because of God, or is it merely coincidence? A review of Beauty by Roger Scruton (and more). Christmas was a riot: Ever long for a traditional New England Christmas? Be careful what you wish for. Lost in the Filth Simulacrum: Is 4chan the future of human consciousness? The People’s Poll: Leigh Kamping-Carder on a new way to gauge public opinion.

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A review of Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 by Gordon Wood (and more and more). Atlantic Orientalism: A look at how language in Jefferson’s America defeated the Barbary Pirates. An interview with Thomas Fleming, author of The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers. A review of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles. A review of A Government Out of Sight: The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth-Century America by Brian Balog. A review of Modernizing a Slave Economy: The Economic Vision of the Confederate Nation by John Majewski. More and more and more and more on The American Civil War: A Military History by John Keegan. A review of books on Abraham Lincoln. A review of Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching by Crystal Feimster. A review of The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War by James Bradley. The New Deal made them "Right": Damon Root on remembering FDR's principled liberal opponents. A review of Playboy and the Making of the Good Life in Modern America by Elizabeth Fraterrigo (and more). Permissiveness wasn’t born in the ’60s: A review of The Permissive Society: America, 1941–1965 by Alan Petigny. An interview with Jonathan Leaf, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties. Filling an infamous gap: The deleted 18 1/2  minutes on the Watergate tapes could soon be restored thanks to a low-fi discovery. An excerpt from The World Turned Inside Out: American Thought and Culture at the End of the 20th Century by James Livingston. Michael Novak on the truths Americans used to hold (and part 2 and part 3).

F. Charles Sherman (Osgoode): Law and Development Today: The New Developmentalism. Jennifer Wheary (Demos): The Global Middle Class is Here: Now What? In 1965 Jamaica and Singapore were equal in wealth, but four decades later, their standing was dramatically different — what accounts for the difference? From The Economist, a special report on telecoms in emerging markets: Mobile phones have transformed lives in the poor world — mobile money could have just as big an impact. Fearing food shortages, investors from wealthy countries are snapping up land in poor countries to grow food there — is this development or exploitation? How can we help the world’s poor?: Humanitarians are fiercely divided about what helps poor people. The downside of "smart power": USAID's new chief Rajiv Shah is stepping into a fierce struggle about the right role of humanitarian aid in foreign policy. A review of The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights by Irene Khan with David Petrasek. Is democracy a dirty word?: Advocates hated Bush's attempts to impose freedom at gunpoint but worry Obama's approach isn't much better. Michael Ross (UCLA): Is Democracy Good for the Poor? A review of Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places by Paul Collier (and 5 myths about the beauty of the ballot box). Gangs in the global city: Global cities linking global economic circuits are also home to transnational criminals. The power of positive deviants: A promising new tactic for changing communities from the inside. A review of The Politics of the Governed: Reflections on Popular Politics in Most of the World by Partha Chatterjee.

Speak no evil: John Judis on the problem with Obama's much-lauded Nobel speech. Beer consumption and the "beer belly": scientific basis or common belief? From Psychology Today, "I hope nobody finds out": An article on imposter syndrome, survivor guilt, and the bane of progressive political organizations; here's a field guide to the self-doubter; and why do so many women experience the “Imposter Syndrome”? (and more) Loved to be Hated: Twenty-five years after Andy Kaufman's death, Mike Edison ponders whether the comedian was the greatest wrestler of all time. What will it take for the Senate to abolish the filibuster? Just a little Rawlsian magic. An interview with Chelsea Haywood the alpha males, the money, and the peculiar conversations in Japanese men’s clubs. Why exactly are Jackson Pollock’s paintings shielded by the First Amendment? Fear Factor: When evangelical organizations use homophobia and political dishonesty to get members to contribute. A review of Gahan Wilson: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons by Gahan Wilson. The French Revolution: How Strasbourg gave up the car (and why midsized American cities can too). Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson emerges as the next Ron Paul. From Brazil to Bayreuth: Joseph Chandler meets the man who raised Wagner’s ghost. Matthew Yglesias on Harry Reid, Politician of the Year. Do you know what's good for you?: A series of articles on the maths of infectious diseases. From Regret the Error, a look at the year in media errors and corrections. The Gawker Decade: Robert Quigley on how Gawker Media defined the 2000s. There is a touch of sensuality in the pink tentacles, scarlet flowers, and protruding ship masts.

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After a decade of fear, we're connected to writing in new ways: Our relationship to the written word changes and evolves but it doesn't go away. Will e-books spell the end of great writing?: This Christmas could be the moment when our idea of curling up with a fat novel are transformed for ever. Slang does not make literature "relevant": Particularly when wielded by those who don't really understand it, it's an insultingly cheap bid to get down with the kids. Author learns to write her wrongs: Savannah Knoop fooled the world, and many celebrity fans, into thinking she was a man. What is a “classic”? Is it simply an old book that we still read, or is there something a bit more sinister to the whole idea? End of Kirkus Reviews brings anguish and relief: It churned out nearly 5,000 reliably cantankerous reviews a year, which many librarians and booksellers used when deciding how to stock their shelves — and Kirkus may have been annoying, but its successors are inane. Using literature written by Thomas Hardy, DH Lawrence and Herman Melville, physicists in Sweden have developed a formula to detect different authors' literary "fingerprints". How Hollywood destroyed our classical legends: It took a millennium for western civilisation to create a canon of classical literature, but just 10 years for Hollywood to destroy it. Welcome to the future: A review of Twitterature: The World’s Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less (and more). Speed-reading might be useful for commercial documents, but when it comes to serious writing, it blurs out all the really interesting stuff.

From World Policy, Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Brysac on Kerala, India: Communism Lite and God’s Own Country. A review of The Hindus: An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger (and an interview and more). From The Hindu, to be a Muslim in India today: To be a member of the largest religious minority in India is to live with a mounting disillusionment and a sense of fear that never goes away. A review of Partition, Bengal and After: The Great Tragedy of India by Kali Prasad Mukhopadhyay. The introduction to Islamism and Democracy in India: The Transformation of Jamaat-e-Islami by Irfan Ahmad. The first chapter from Islam in South Asia in Practice. Joel Robbins reviews The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland South Asia by James C. Scott. Buddha’s savage peace: Sri Lanka’s civil war is finally over — can Buddhists and Hindus coexist there once again? What does it look like to win a war on terror? In Sri Lanka, it's fewer suicide bombers, a real estate boom, and hundreds of thousands of Tamils still packed into overcrowded camps. Ian MacKinnon examines the fractious politics of Nepal, where Maoists compete with monarchists and supporters of the president and prime minister. Last year, after a decade of violence, Maoist rebels drove through the abolition of Nepal’s monarchy, but all too quickly they themselves fell from power — what chance now for peace and democracy? Back to the brink: The spread of violence in Nepal is not just the Maoists’ fault. Women fighters in Nepal: Three years after the end of the civil war, former female rebels are still fighting for equality as the government struggles to integrate them into the national army. An article on why Nepal matters.

What’s the X factor that will bridge design with social change?: A new website says it’s journalism. Katie and Diane: Why can’t the print press treat TV news as news? Fading Print: Greg Beato on how we will survive without newspapers. From The Nation, John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney on how to save journalism. The two have gone together for so long, it seems like they’ve always been a couple: Death and newspapers. An interview with Nicholas Lemann on the newspaper crisis: "Journalism isn't going away". Paper Hangers: Newspapers aren't doing as badly as you think (and a response). Journalism is dying, journalism is thriving, the end of the world is nigh — there’s a lot to be excited about; Leah Finnegan reports on the newspapers that prevailed by hook or crook in 2009. What it means when a city loses its paper: Quite simply job losses, and increasingly unwatched local government, and rising cultural illiteracy. Newsrooms don't need more conservatives: What's important is the willingness to hold power accountable. David Carr on how The Wall Street Journal is tilting rightward under Rupert Murdoch. A review of Restless Genius: Barney Kilgore, the Wall Street Journal, and the Invention of Modern Journalism by Richard J. Tofel. A review of My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times by Harold Evans (and more and more and more and more and more and more). An interview with Carl Hartman, the longest serving AP writer. An interview with Todd Gitlin on books about the media. Michael X. Delli Carpini on the inherent arbitrariness of the "news" versus "entertainment" distinction. From CJR, Craig Silverman on the New Great American Pastime: It’s fact checking.

From TNR, Adam Thirwell reviews Charles Dickens by Michael Slater. Does late night still matter?: Michael Brett on Jon Stewart, Will Rogers and Mark Twain. Sceptics expected a whitewash, but Britain’s Iraq war inquiry has fatally wounded the case for liberal interventions past and future. The Mona Lisa and Abraham Lincoln: What do the famous portrait and the former U.S. president have in common? Let us now praise jingles: Insidious, annoying, and — just maybe — tiny works of art. The novel is dead: I’m writing an essay! A look at how the Wikileaks website offers promising outlet for fighting corruption. Online support group Women Against Fantasy Sports is a hit with dispossessed wives and girlfriends. A review of A Literary Bible by David Rosenberg. Peter Preston is that rarest of all big media breeds: the expert who can’t decide. The inside man: Can every aspect of our personality be explained on the basis of our upbringing? The 1960s, Refracted: While published decades ago, the works of writers like Stanley Crouch and Lisa Jones are still ferociously in the present. From Vanity Fair, Darrell Hartman on fashion’s game changers: Are athletes out to conquer Seventh Avenue? Being "overtly gay" is still a liability (i.e. Adam Lambert's maligned AMAs performance), but if you're a hot, seemingly harmless female (Tila Tequila, Rihanna, and even Britney and Madge), playing gay can pay off big-time. The wake-up call: A dream about Bartok brought Malcolm Gillies his conceptual breakthrough, although it would take him another five years to finish writing it down.

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