From LiveScience, a look at the top ten disruptive technologies. Here are six ways that the Obama administration can improve the political appointment process (and more). From TNR, John McWhorter on how it wasn't just what Obama said — it's how he said it, like a black man; and a look at how Harvard beat Yale in the Democratic Party. Why are so many oligarchs, royal families, and special-interest groups giving money to the Clinton Foundation? A review of Bush v. Gore: Exposing the Hidden Crisis in American Democracy by Charles L. Zelden. A review of Sarah Palin: the Rise of a Political Star by Kaylene Johnson. Flying Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: How did Marxist class warriors end up fighting for the bosses’ right to fly?  A review of The Case for Big Government by Jeff Madrick. People in Africa, India and China are beginning to die of the same things that kill westerners: heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory illnesses and diabetes. Flat N All That: Matt Taibbi takes on porn-stached New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s greenish ways. From typewriter to bookstore: An inside expose of the publishing industry with all its gory secrets. A review of The Price We Pay: Economic and Social Consequences of Inadequate Education. Touring the Library of Congress: Jefferson’s Library and (almost) all the books fit to print. A review of On Criticism by Noel Carroll.

From Socialist Register, Samir Amin on why the defence of humanity requires the radicalisation of popular struggles. From Harper's, an article on Zizek on Chomsky: Black, white, and red all over; and Colson Whitehead on how fiction works. From TLS, a review of Ennemis Publics by Michel Houellebecq and Bernard-Henri Levy; and a review of Hysterical Men: The Hidden History of Male Nervous Illness by Mark S. Micale. Eternal Damnation of the Spotless Mind: BHL on the dangers of forgetting. Why are movie critics disappearing from traditional media at an alarming rate? Roger Ebert won the first Pulitzer Prize for film criticism, but 33 years later, is he part of the problem? A review of So Damn Much Money: The Triumph of Lobbying and the Corrosion of American Government by Robert G. Kaiser (and more). Our capitalist government: Economic crises force government to find entirely new ways to fix problems — these improvisations then live on as tools of policy. How's business: Americans believe Wall Street’s contributions to the economy are essential, but its leaders rank poorly. "Now I understand why they hate us": How a middle-class white guy came to accept the evil embedded in American political and military might. An article on writers' email accounts of themselves. Dahlia Lithwick on how the Susan Crawford interview changes everything we know about torture.

From The Forum, a special issue on Election 2008. From Wishtank, here are 10 reasons not to drink the hope Kool Aid. Alan Wofe on why Obama shouldn't bother reaching across the aisle. Here’s a look at four once-average people who epitomize the changing profile of the terrorists we fear most. More on The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution by Denis Dutton (and an interview; and more from Bookforum). A review of Countdown to Valkyrie: the July Plot to Assassinate Hitler by Nigel Jones. From The New York Observer, a review of Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life by Adam Gopnik and Banquet at Delmonico’s: Great Minds, the Gilded Age, and the Triumph of Evolution in America by Barry Werth (and more). From FLYP, in the decades to come, the ability to understand the genetic code of life will change the global balance of power; Ray Kurzweil on how humans will soon become one with computers; and welcome to the future: We are witnessing profound changes in how our world works — are you ready? Saving Easter Island: Nine hundred years ago the residents of Easter Island committed ecocide; now an unlikely trio are banding together to stop history from repeating itself. A review of On Tarzan by Alex Vernon. But what is it for: Philosopher Roberto Mangabeira Unger redesigns the Brazilian army.

From New Statesman, a special report on what the world expects from Obama. Obamalot: Jed Perl on how the new president can boost high culture. From TNR, exit, pursued by history: How Bush treated Clinton and how Obama should handle Bush. A review of Citizen-in-Chief: The Second Lives of the American Presidents by Leonard Benardo and Jennifer Weiss. Jacob Weisberg on the top 25 Bushisms of all time. How to rate the Bush years? (Seriously) An article on how Bush should spin his legacy. From CQPolitics, Richard Connor on how history may see Lincoln-like greatness in George W. Bush. Patrick Keller & Dustin Dehez on how Bush got the big things right: History will be kind to the forty-third president. Andrew Roberts on why history will show that George W Bush was right. Here's a list of the the 43 who helped make Bush the worst ever. Here are 10 times the Doomsday Clock time has been adjusted. Ralph Gamelli on how he survived the various apocalypses. A review of L'Apocalypse dans l'Islam by Jean-Pierre Filiu. From Mind the Campus, Ward Connerly on market-based universities; and an essay on the campus and the Nanny State. Are the Army's days of the future past? A look at what went on at the 26th Army Science Conference. A look at how novels help drive social evolution. An article on Edgar Allan Poe at 200: Eerie after all these years.