Shahila Zafar and Zaved Ahmed Khan (VIT): The Images of White Womanhood in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Bridget J. Crawford (Pace): The Currency of White Women's Hair in a Down Economy. Truly fat women don’t make it in Hollywood — unless they are black, that is. An interview with Shayne Lee, author of Erotic Revolutionaries: Black Women, Sexuality and Popular Culture. The importance of being cool in African-American culture: Is being cool a survival technique or just another drug in the 'hood? Racial segregation remains Chicago's most fundamental problem — why isn't it an issue in the mayor's race? A look at how white suburbanisation facilitated black homeownership in the mid-20th century. An interview with Clarence Lusane, author of The Black History of the White House. Jean Toomer's conflicted racial identity: He probably wanted to live as he pleased, outside the strictures of segregation; to be judged as a writer for his talents alone — and who can blame him? Let's stop being angry at biracial people: As black people, we can finally get away from the racist "one drop of blood" rule and celebrate our diversity. Opponents of the Education Department's new mixed-race categories say they are discriminatory — are they? An interview with Daniel J. Sharfstein, author of The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White. Whenever people protest that a child is "biracial", not Black, not only are they denying the impact that being classified as "non-white" has on the life of a child, but they are also teaching that child to embrace "whiteness" as an ideal.

The inaugural issue of the Ramon Llull Journal of Applied Ethics is out. Edward Peter Stringham (Fayetteville State) and Todd J. Zywicki (George Mason): Hayekian Anarchism. It would be easy to look at the images coming out of Cairo over the last few weeks and think of Egypt as a highly urbanized society — it would also be wrong. From PopMatters, Andrew Howe on a brief functional and aesthetic history of the urinal. A citizen's guide to a government shutdown: A budget showdown could grind the federal government to a halt next week — how exactly would that play out? In a high-tech kitchen laboratory in Seattle, Nathan Myhrvold is putting the finishing touches on Modernist Cuisine, his obsessive 2,438-page cookbook documenting the future of food. The Fact Checker senses a campaign theme emerging: Obama the apologist. The diminishing dominance of the American MBA: While the U.S. has long dominated the world of business education, European and Asian schools are ratcheting up the competition. An interview with Jamie Galbraith: "The government is not, by any means, a pure representative of the working population". For some, a list of 1001 books you "must" read is no mere suggestion; Jeremy Dauber explains his addiction to lists. Why budget cuts don’t bring prosperity: Germany’s austerity has failed, yet many American lawmakers insist that cuts are the path to prosperity. Peter Beinart on the Right's hypocrisy on freedom in the Middle East: The supposedly idealistic American right turns out to be pretty pessimistic. In Praise of Literary Reports: Have we already lost interest in the Gulf oil spill, or is it possible that the report itself is to blame for our fading interest? Arab Regimes and the Dictator Protection Plan: How Mideast despots have stayed in power so long.

Sebastian Von Engelhardt (Jena): What Economists Know About Open Source Software: Its Basic Principles and Research Results. Digital Inflections: An interview with Alan Dunning and Paul Woodrow on The Einstein's Brain Project, which explored human consciousness as a contributing participant in the development of our technological future. Who are the world's leading thinkers on technology? The top ten minds whose ideas are helping to shape our future. More and more and more and more on The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu. Auto(in)correct: How smartphones are making us look dumb. A review of Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle (and more and more and more and more and more). A review of The Comingled Code: Open Source and Economic Development by Josh Lerner and Mark Schankerman. The Triumph of Hacker Culture: Ron Rosenbaum on Stuxnet and the iconic, pioneering hacker Captain Crunch. So it turns out technology really does empower us. A look at how technology drives history, but it just doesn’t drive it very far. A review of The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick. The Numbers Guy goes behind the information overload hype (and more). In case you didn’t get the memo/text/call/e-mail/tweet, this just in: The world is drowning in information (and more). Is it time to welcome our new computer overlords? IBM's Watson computer's sense of language isn't as human as it might seem.