From Good, here's a guide to prefab construction. Pre-fab houses are greener, better built, and last longer — so why haven't they caught on in the U.S.? If biologist and entrepreneur Christoph Westphal, 40, has found a way to turn back aging, then why aren't we all getting younger? As the economy takes a spanking, many women are turning to freelance fetish work to supplement their incomes. A review of A History of the American Peace Movement from Colonial Times to the Present by Charles F. Howlett and Robbie Lieberman. An interview with Deborah Nelson, author of The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth About U.S. War Crimes. For more than two centuries, it has been a wannabe among the great world capitals — but now, Washington is finally ready for its close-up. President Obama’s pledge to embrace the capital’s social life and dine out more often may prove to be a boon for some Washington-area restaurants, but it’s come too late to save several well-known eateries. A review of How the Rich are Destroying the Earth by Herve Kempf. From In These Times, ready to rumble: Workers and Corporate America battle over the Employee Free Choice Act; and there’s a problem with journalism when a newspaper lays off a reporter like Phil Dine. A review of My Word! Plagiarism and College Culture by Susan D. Blum. 

Christian Welzel (Jacobs) and Ronald Inglehart (Michigan): The Role of Ordinary People in Democratization. From Fortune, the most wanted man on the planet: Fired as chief of Viacom, Tom Freston took off on a nonstop global adventure. Now he's helping Oprah to start a new TV network and Bono to save the world; and these days, online services and applications are sexy; hardware? Not so much. A review of Post-Foundational Political Thought: Political Difference in Nancy, Lefort, Badiou and Laclau by Oliver Marchart. A review of Alain Badiou's The Meaning of Sarkozy. A review of Exploitation and Developing Countries: The Ethics of Clinical Research. An Opec for gas? An article on Russia, Ukraine and the complex politics of natural gas pipelines. A review of The Euro: The Politics of the New Global Currency by David Marsh. An interview with Richard Lingeman on The Nation: Guide to the Nation. Isn't it ironic? An article on hipsters and the emergence of altporn. From JASSS, a review of books on neuroeconomics. Are you a profound thinker or merely a clever-clogs? Jonathan Wolff on self and text. Magazine Rack reviews Reader's Digest, Men's Journal, Swindle, Ode, Preservation, Singular, Playboy, and Inked. From Miller-McCune, research finds some recovered memories are more reliable than others; and what are American schools doing right?

From Esquire, campaign manager David Plouffe got the first black president elected — now he's moving on to something even more difficult, and potentially more important. Bryan Burrough tracks the rise and fall of the ornery, loudmouthed state of Texas (and an excerpt from The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes). From n+1, one more time: The Britney Symposium. Bored with the paparazzi's take on Spears? A three-volume self-reflection is coming. An interview with Jessica Valenti, author of PurityMyth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women. From Merkur, the witches and werewolves of post-Soviet fantasy fiction embody the morality of a society in denial about its criminal past. As an anthropologist working in Russia in the 1990s, Sigrid Rausing believed a culture of memorials would emerge to mark the Soviet past — how wrong she was. From First Principles, Paul Gottfried on understanding Nietzsche; and James V. Schall on necessarily making us “good”. Coming to America: Life as a refugee can mean putting dreams on hold, but on American campuses, a few young Iraqis are getting a second chance. Bring back the draft: Why a return to mass conscription is the only way to win the war on terror. A review of Servants of War: Private Military Corporations and the Profit of Conflict by Rolf Uesseler. 

A new issue of Common Ground is out. Abu Dhabi is bridging the gap to the west with by bringing art (and biopsies, and Econ 101 classes) to its own shores. A review of Derrida and Legal Philosophy. What happens when Larry and Sergey die? That's the question on the mind of Robert Darnton, who runs Harvard University's library system. Will Google save the news? Peter Osnos wants to know. Let's talk about sex: Some health educators today are offering teens a more grown-up lesson — sex isn't necessarily a bad thing. Environmental business is booming but the environment remains in peril — has the environmental movement lost its soul? An interview with Helen Fisher, author of Why Him? Why Her?: Finding Real Love By Understanding Your Personality Type. Is there anybody out there? An article on searching for aliens through history. An interview with astrobiologist Maggie Turnbull on the search for alien life. From Cracked, an article on 7 items you won't believe are actually legal; and a look at 5 real life soldiers who make Rambo look like a pussy. More on the weirdest accidents. Leon Wieseltier on the vast emptiness — or worse — of Obama's incessant e-mails. For all its imperfections, The New York Times is still the best we have; all those who care about the Fourth Estate should wish it well. A look at why Bush's legacy might not be as bad as you thought.