Marcyliena Morgan (Harvard) and Dione Bennett (LMU): Hip-Hop and the Global Imprint of a Black Cultural Form. Unlike other hip-hop fans around the world, young Cubans had little access to the latest trends in American rap, so they had to look inward for inspiration. In comparison to other genres rap music stands out for the intensity and graphic nature of its lyrical objectification, exploitation, and victimization of women. Seriously, Bro: Frat Rap needs to stop. We live in an increasingly "me, me, me" society, and the lyrics in today's most popular music can't help reflecting it. How heavy metal is keeping us sane: Dark and disturbing, the music is honest about human nature. LCD Soundsystem: How a chubby "old" guy became king of the hipsters. Cassette owners of the world, rise up, for tapes have become trendy — even though they were never particularly trendy before. Ten years after the White Stripes "saved" it, rock is again in crisis: The death and revival of rock is an old trope — a trope that itself is undergoing a revival this very moment. A history of Christian rock: Well, sort of — more accurately, the musings of one music fan who was weaned on the stuff. Sniffing Glue: Meghan O’Gieblyn on a childhood in Christian pop. Defenders of the Faith: We live in the golden age of all-female tribute bands, from Sheagles and Blonde Jovi to AC/DShe and Cheap Chick. Hail Yankovic, or how I learned to stop worrying and love being weird. Devo's crisis of late capitalism: How the pioneers of irony sold out without selling out. From McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, what your favorite ’80s band says about you. A review of Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past by Simon Reynolds (and more and more). Does it matter if there’s no such thing as a No. 1 song anymore?

From Cosmos and History, a special issue on the Poetics of Resistance. Cecile Laborde (Princeton): The Danish Cartoon Controversy and the Challenges of Multicultural Politics: A Discussion of The Cartoons That Shook the World. John Wood (NRDC): Separation of Powers Before and After the Seventeenth Amendment. From nthposition, an article on the forgotten conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Felix Salmon on the dual-taxation meme. From The New Inquiry, Matt Pearce on Standard Gawker English: Writing to please or writing to persuade? The power that a president does and doesn't have: A president has less power than Obama's liberal critics think — but they also have more power than they realize. Why do parents hand their babies to politicians? Don't feel guilty about browsing the Internet at work — turns out it may actually improve your performance. A review of Reason's Dark Champions: Constructive Strategies of Sophistic Argument by Christopher W. Tindale. Shoplifters of the World Unite: Slavoj Zizek on the meaning of the riots. Juan Cole on the Top Ten Myths about the Libya War. Lessons of the Libyan Endgame: After seven months of war, are the rebels ready to rule and what should the West do to help? Why the US should raise taxes: Peter Bofinger on how the German example shows the way out of the debt crisis. From Boing Boing, Nathan Pensky on Twitter, epigrams, and Alexander Pope. Porn, Piracy, and BitTorrent: The film industry mounts a sketchy legal strategy in response to illegal downloads. Did the stimulus work? A review of the nine best studies on the subject. Jonathan Cohn on that "failed" stimulus. A new book discusses the power and fascination of humiliation; Scott McLemee can't look away. The first chapter from History Man: The Life of R. G. Collingwood by Fred Inglis.

From Themelios, Daniel J. Estes (Cedarville): Fiction and Truth in the Old Testament Wisdom Literature; Robert H. Gundry (Westmont): Pastoral Pensees: The Hopelessness of the Unevangelized; Carl Trueman (WTS): Know Your Limits: The Key Secret of Theological Controversy; and Daniel J. Brendsel (Wheaton): Plots, Themes, and Responsibilities: The Search for a Center of Biblical Theology Reexamined. A review of Baptists through the Centuries: A History of a Global People by David W. Bebbington. Would Easter fly on Middle Earth? A review of The Ring and the Cross: Christianity in the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. Michael Werner on why half the people joining churches choose the mega variety. A review of Creation: A Biblical Vision for the Environment by Margaret Barker. From Catapult, how do we know if our lives are too comfortable, and what's the relationship between comfort and justice? A review of The Historical Jesus: Five Views. A lot of Jesus' teaching was intentionally mysterious — was He trying to keep people away? An interview with Vern Sheridan, author of Redeeming Sociology: A God-Centered Approach. From Comment, William Whitney on why "pray more" is not counselling; and faith, work, and beards: Why Abraham Kuyper thinks we need all three. A review of Am I Really a Christian? by Mike McKinley. The Christian sexual ideal, like that of many other religions, has always required abstinence until marriage, but what should I do with my sexuality until then? From Christianity Today, geek theologian: Wired magazine founder Kevin Kelly on the Amish, heaven, and why he doesn't own a smart phone. Christianity shouldn't be cool: Why making faith the "next big thing" misses the mark. Can creedless Unitarians make it another 50 years?