From Rhizomes, a review of Materializing New Media: Embodiment in Information Aesthetics by Anna Munster; a review of The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation by Thomas Lamarre; a review of The Rhetorical Nature of XML: Constructing Knowledge in Networked Environments by J. D. Applen and Rudy McDaniel; a review of Edited Clean Version: Technology and the Culture of Control by Raiford Guins; a review of Electronic Elsewheres: Media, Technology, and the Experience of Social Space; a review of Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology by Andre Nusselder. From Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, and a review of Capitalism and the Dialectic: The Uno-Sekine Approach to Marxian Political Economy by John R. Bell; a review of Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? by Mark Fisher; a review of Pocket Pantheon: Figures of Postwar Philosophy by Alain Badiou and Badiou’s Being and Event: A Reader’s Guide by Christopher Norris; and a review of Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics by Jacques Ranciere (and more). From the latest issue of The Symptom, Alain Badiou on the courage of the present and contemporary obscurantism; Slavoj Zizek on Deleuze and the Lacanian Real and the neighbor in burka; Marina Lusa on a very natural woman; Pierre-Gilles Gueguen on women and the phallus; and Eric Laurent on disparity in love.

Fleur Gabriel (Monash): Presumed Innocent: The Paradox of "Coming of Age" and the Problem of Youth Sexuality in Lolita and Thirteen. Obama, appeasement and the race baiters: It's no secret why this White House flees from racial controversy, but for his sake and ours, Obama must confront the appeals to America's worst instincts. From The Public Sphere, Breanne Fahs on lifestyle drugs and the new wave of pharmaceutical personality sculpting; and James Walker on Le Parkour: The body as politics. Mexico’s Squid Sweatshops: The squid in our stores is often processed in horrendous conditions in Mexico. Will gender exist 100 years from now, or does it already not exist? The problem of illegal immigration has been left to fester for decades — it is time, nonetheless, to try to finally bring millions of men, women, and children in from the dark. What’s ours will stay that way: A look at how rich countries set intellectual property rules in secret. What happened to the NAACP? It’s odd to think that the venerable and historic National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been reduced to a talking point in the national media cycle this week. Tom Brown’s Schooldays, published in 1857, may be the most influential book about sports and games published in modern times. Elsadig Elsheikh on Haiti and the broken promises (and more on Haiti at six months after earthquake). A review of Hegel, Haiti and Universal History by Susan Buck-Morss.

Kathleen Vandenberg (BU): Twentieth Century American Advertising and the Sacred. Minutemen groups, a surge in Border Patrol agents, and a tough new immigration law aren't enough for Jason "J.T." Ready, a reputed neo-Nazi who's now leading a militia in the Arizona desert. A review of The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows by Gabor Borritt. Where has all the greatness gone? Some Americans want to feel exceptional again — better not to talk about it. From International Socialist Review, a review of How Race Survived US History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon by David Roediger; and a review of The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene V. Debs by Ray Ginger. Exceptional down to the bone: James Bennett on anatomizing the origins of the American character. Tracking "go-getters" across America: Where do young workers want to live? A review of American Caesars: Lives of the US Presidents — from Franklin D Roosevelt to George W Bush by Nigel Hamilton. Peter Schrag on why strengthening the U.S.-Mexican border leads to more illegal immigration. Mark Hulliung on his book The American Liberal Tradition Reconsidered. The introduction to Heavenly Merchandize: How Religion Shaped Commerce in Puritan America by Mark Valeri. More on Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character by Claude Fischer. A plague on this house: Anti-immigrant sentiment is sabotaging America’s future — and it’s your fault.

The inaugural issue of Studies in Sociology of Science is out. Steven Horwitz (St. Lawrence): Fascism: Italian, German, and American. From Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly, Evan Selinger (RIT): Ethics and Poverty Tours; and Scott Wisor (Colorado): Is There a Moral Obligation to Limit Family Size? You grow out of candy as you grow out of childhood, then you taste it in middle age and...WHOA. When you read a book, it is a story within the story. The French call this mise-en-abim: the condition of being between two mirrors with an abyss of yous staring back. Just as Hispanics were giving up on him, Obama stood up for what he believes on Arizona and immigration — and passion is good politics. Culinary Resolution: TAP talks to an arts group that tries to bring residents of warring nations together over dinner. What follows is just a beginning, an introduction to some of the mental pollutants, information viruses and psychic shocks we have to deal with daily — a survey of the threats to our “ecology of mind.” Think you're operating on free will? Think again. Humans have survived ice ages and deadly pandemics to become the dominant species on Earth, but can humans survive? In an austere climate for publishing, one innovation is booming: brief studies of single films or TV shows — Diane Negra considers the commercial and scholarly implications. A look at 5 bizarre real life gangs that put The Warriors to shame. Vetting the Regulators: Regulatory appointees deserve the same scrutiny and public attention as Supreme Court justices. The reactionary: A review of Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers by Arundhati Roy.