From Pacific Journalism Review, what price freedom? Chris Cramer on global reporting trends and journalistic integrity; and a review of All News is Local: The Failure of the Media to Reflect World Events in a Globalized Age by Richard C. Stanton. From AJR, despite the danger, the Dallas Morning NewsAlfredo Corchado investigates violence and corruption along the border between the US and Mexico; and cappuccino and citizen journalism: A New Jersey news blog moves its newsroom into a coffee shop. One school of thought says that news organizations are best equipped to cover small neighborhoods, so if you really want to attract readers go local. Mark Potts last hyperlocal effort stalled after losing three million dollars — here's why he thinks his next one is poised to succeed. Jennifer Rubin on how the mainstream media misses the news. From CJR, Chrystia Freeland on the rise of private news: A niche model can make a lot of money — what are the costs? Arianna’s Answer: The Huffington Post may have figured out the future of journalism — but it’s going to be a very difficult future. This new media age could bring with it a better, more rigorous kind of journalism. When it comes to online content, do newspapers know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em? There's a substantial online audience for compelling, in-depth journalism — and that's a good thing. A look at how Slate is making a case for long-form on the web.


From NPQ, a special section on Twenty Years After the End of History. From One Country, a review of The Forgotten Schools: The Bahá'ís and Modern Education in Iran 1899-1934 by Soli Shahvar; and a review of Gate of the Heart: Understanding the Writings of the Bab by Nader Saiedi. A review of A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy by Jonathan Israel (and more). A review of High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg by Niall Ferguson (and more and more). From CEO to Senate: Why some executives make better politicians than others (reg. req.). Jenny Hendrix reviews Elegies for the Brokenhearted by Christie Hodgen. Not so sleepy any more: Alex Ellgee explores Mae Sot, the once dusty border town in Burma that is now a thriving hub of NGO and business activity. Who are you calling a fanatic? Rationalists should think twice about using a term which has, in its day, been used to condemn those who struggle for freedom and equality. Oregon Humanities wants you to look away from stuff. Punk will never diet: Curran Nault on Beth Ditto and the (queer) revaluation of fat. A review of books on yoga. We have the French Revolution’s tradition to digest, and the Bolshevik Revolution to come to terms with; the flags from both are with the masses — lift both, and walk forward, take up the Withered State and bring it back to order.


Zhao Juan (BTBU): A Comparison of Tennessee Williams and Anton Chekhov. From The New Atlantis, a special section on scientific progress and the American literary genius. Franco Moretti on Ibsen and the spirit of capitalism. Daniel Wood on peering beneath the surface of Ernest Hemingway's six-word story. From the forthcoming The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, Benjamin Kunkel says goodbye to the graphosphere; and Marco Roth on the outskirts of progress. Long before Elizabeth Gilbert, Somerset Maugham turned the ashram experience into a monster best seller, The Razor’s Edge. A review of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg: The Letters, and The Typewriter is Holy: The Complete, Uncensored History of the Beat Generation by Bill Morgan (and more and more and more and more). Lindsay Eanet on eight literary works that deserve a graphic-novel treatment. Stephen Burt reviews On Whitman by C.K. Williams. Why fiction may be twice as true as fact: Keith Oatley on fiction as cognitive and emotional simulation. From NPQ, an interview with Orhan Pamuk, caressing the world with words; and an interview with Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio: "The world has no center". Novelist Jonathan Safran Foer discusses fiction and how to teach it. John Gray reviews Politics and the Novel During the Cold War by David Caute. Author Photo Smackdown: As usual, The L Magazine comes up with ever classier ways to engage with contemporary literature.


The last two issues of Lobster magazine is online. From Big Think, August is the month of thinking dangerously: one new radical idea a day. From Travel and Leisure, a look at the world's most delicious street foods — from New York to Saigon, here are the can’t-miss options. From n+1, Nick Holdstock on Pynchon in Poland. A man belonging to the Ayoreo-Totobiegosode Indians, the only uncontacted tribe in South America outside the Amazon basin, was sighted near a region targeted for deforestation by Brazilian cattle-ranchers. From Law & Politics Book Review, a review of Reasons of Identity: A Normative Guide to the Political and Legal Assessment of Identity Claims by Avigail Eisenberg; and a review of The Regulation of Organised Civil Society by Jonathan Garton. From Low-tech Magazine, the freshly launched "International Traditional Knowledge Institute" (ITKI) is an ambitious effort by UNESCO to preserve, restore and promote the re-use of traditional skills and inventions from all over the world; and an article on ropes and knots, fast on their way to become an obsolete technology (and more). On the defense of planet Earth from asteroidal or cometary impact: Why has this been ignored or sidestepped in favor of amorphous and ad hoc justifications for building rocket ships? A review of H G Wells: Another Kind of Life by Michael Sherborne (and more).


From The New Yorker, George Packer on The Empty Chamber: Just how broken is the Senate? Matthew Yglesias on the case for getting rid of the filibuster — even if you're the minority party. On the 75th anniversary of the law creating the Federal Register, the compilers of that bureaucratic bible celebrated with the launch of Federal Register 2.0, billed as a more user-friendly online prototype. Toward an i-Welfare State: When will all the benefits of e-commerce come to e-government? When policy solutions don't work, America turns to foreign investment and homegrown ingenuity. Leviathan's spyglass: The traditional census is dying, and a good thing too. From the Mises Institute, Thomas DiLorenzo on our totalitarian regulatory bureaucracy. Jonathan Cohn writes in defense of "unelected bureaucrats" and a lesson about the future of American health care. Social Security in perspective: An interview with Ted Marmor, author of The Politics of Medicare and America’s Misunderstood Welfare State. American Hypocrites: The only thing Americans hate more than big government is the absence of government protection. Our current system of government rests on faulty assumptions about how people think and vote; to deal with the world's most challenging problems — present and future — it needs fundamental change. Alec MacGillis on the case for breaking up Washington — and scattering government across America.

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