From ResetDOC, the “dream” of Helem: Beirut’s gay community has "come out" and started to make its voice heard; the West and the Orientalism of sexuality: An interview with Joseph Massad, author of Desiring Arabs; an article on Lot’s sin and that “extreme solitude”; and an interview with Hossein Alizadeh, spokesman for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. From FP, an article on Uganda's outrageous new sex law, which outlaws homosexuality and prescribes the death penalty for having sex while HIV positive. From Public Eye, a special report on the U.S. Christian Right and the attack on gays in Africa. Michelle Goldberg on Uganda’s radical anti-gay measure and the American religious right. An interview with Lisa Darden, who helped to alert Pastor Rick Warren to the dangers of remaining silent. From Episcopal Life, what will it take for the cries of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folks in Uganda to be heard? From Christianity Today, is Handel another gay Anglican?: Why the question matters. A review of When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage by M.V. Lee Badgett. A review of The Greeks and Greek Love: A Bold New Exploration of the Ancient World by James Davidson (and more and more). Queer Theory's heist of our history: Larry Kramer on historians and academics, including many gay ones, who refuse to believe that homosexuality has been pretty much the same since the beginning of human history. From New Scientist, an article on homosexual selection and the power of same-sex liaisons.

Frank Schipper (TUE): Unravelling hieroglyphs: Urban traffic signs and the League of Nations. An article on Bob Ross, teacher, painter, optimist. An interview with Martha Nussbaum on Gross National Politics. The Dominion of Cute: Singh, Deng and Gromyko manage to combine cuteness with a gentle power. What makes a must read?: A "zeitgeist" book isn't necessarily a good book — few essential bestsellers stand the test of time. George Scialabba reviews Facing Unpleasant Facts: Narrative Essays and All Art is Propaganda: Critical Essays by George Orwell. That’s so aughties: What will the decade that began with Y2K panic and ended with recessionistas yield in terms of funny and embarrassing nostalgia? Nobody ever asks the real question that lurks behind all the scandals: If marriage is so great, why doesn't it work better? Flintoff and friends: How this year's Ashes have exposed the differences between cricketers and journalists. New Scientist goes in depth into psychiatry's civil war. From Forbes, a special report on the world's most powerful people. An interview with David Pan, translator of Carl Schmitt's Hamlet or Hecuba: The Intrusion of the Time into the Play. Here's the latest The New York Times Magazine annual Ideas issue. The joys of print publishing: From the cover story on Tiger Woods and Obama in the just-released January issue of Golf Digest — “Woods is a good role model... Woods never does anything that would make himself look ridiculous.” The Missing: Where have all the Sakharovs gone? Moises Naim wants to know. Berlin's history res-erected: Giant penis sparks bizarre media war.

From The Nation, a review of The Poetry of Rilke: Bilingual Edition. From LRB, a review of The Letters of T.S. Eliot, Vol. II: 1923-25. Who killed John Keats? A letter by Keats's old friend makes clear how much "sensative-bitterness" the poet felt after attacks on him by critics. Why do poets die young? They do, you know — younger than most other people, and significantly younger than other writers. Dr. Jacopo Annese and his compatriots are, in effect, plunging into the greatest poetic mystery of all time. From Poetry, a review of Names by Marilyn Hacker and Upgraded to Serious by Heather McHugh. Unacknowledged Legislators Impeached: Why isn’t the United States doing more for its poets laureate? True romantics wore horns: Robert Ferguson on the softer, poetic side of Vikings. Always with the complaining: Meet Ben Jonson and Robert Herrick, poetry's most artful kvetches. After his death at age 67, the late poems of Mahmoud Darwish have found new life in translation. Oxford University to reform voting rules for poetry professor post. The rise of poetry in advertising: More companies, including McDonald's, are being moved to verse to advertise their products. Why I never became a poet: As a Welshman, poetry was in Jonathan Jones's soul - until the editor of a poetry magazine poured cold water on his efforts. Goodbye, sweet Calliope, farewell Erato?: In a consumerist world where speed and image rule, poetry's emotional meanings are being lost. Flarf, the poetry of Googled search terms: Professors debate value of Internet's raw material.

Nicole Rogers (SCU): Law and Liberty in a Time of Climate Change. From The Economist, a special report on climate change and the carbon economy. From Slate, an interview with Al Gore (and more). The physics of Copenhagen: Bill McKibben on why politics-as-usual may mean the end of civilization. Second-order procrastination: Another inconvenient truth related to climate change. As the US and other nations negotiate a climate deal, they're also positioning to avoid fault if the talks fail. What would success look like?: There won't be a binding treaty, but here's what the climate summit could achieve. Martin Wolf on why Copenhagen must be the end of the beginning. From New Scientist, an article on the research that might save us after Copenhagen. One hot mess: Hesitance from the United States to join the rest of the world in the fight against climate change could have far-reaching consequences. Prescriptions for saving the planet: How to halt the catastrophe. What’s the best way to handle future climate change? Ronald Bailey investigates. You don’t need to ask what you need to do for the world, you already know: Stop having children (and part 2). The real inconvenient truth: The whole world needs to adopt China's one-child policy. Do our children deserve to live?: Copenhagen won’t be enough — only a "human movement" can save civilization from the climate crisis. The last refuge of prejudice: Discounting the interests of future people is the one remaining prejudice. From Red Pepper, there is no environmental crisis: the crisis is democracy. This is our choice: We can make history — or we can commit suicide.