From Doublethink, what college bubble? Andrianes Pinantoan on whether students forgo college out of fear of being caught in the same kind of economic crunch caused by the sub-prime mortgage bubble. A buyer’s guide to American colleges: Rare is the college graduate who’s attended more than one school — but when you’ve attended four very different types of university, it’s incumbent upon you to share what you’ve learned. Miami University is a sick, sick campus in desperate need of the largest group therapy session ever recorded. Academics, on average, lean to the left; a survey being released today suggests that they are moving even more in that direction. Who knows what: For decades the sciences and the humanities have fought for knowledge supremacy — both sides are wrong-headed. Fearless symmetries: Sciences and the arts are re-entering each other's orbits in a burst of boundary-blurring creativity, Arthur I. Miller observes. How to avoid a bonfire of the humanities: “English majors are exactly the people I'm looking for”, one successful Silicon-Valley entrepreneur recently said. My norm is more normal than yours: Aaron Bady on academic tweeting and loose fish.

Antonios E. Platsas (Derby): The Enigmatic But Unique Nature of the Israeli Legal System. Top 10 books with maps: From Winnie the Pooh to Grayson Perry, Simon Garfield charts the best writing about the indispensable tools for reading the world. The visitor: Solitude is enlightening but if it does not lead us back to society, it can become a spiritual dead end. Sarah Burton reviews The Invention of Heterosexual Culture by Louis-Georges Tin. Should we be as dumb as trees? Jag Bhalla on what competition in nature should teach us about markets. Robert Capps on why things fail: From tires to helicopter blades, everything breaks eventually. Is the rise of secularism behind the general malaise in the fine arts? Why Camille Paglia is alarmed about the future of art. Busy and busier: Productivity expert David Allen talks with James Fallows about the future of getting things done. From GQ, Vanessa Veselka returns to the scenes of her fugitive youth looking for clues to the Truck Stop Killer terror — and the girls who lost their lives to it. How does identity affect ideas (and what to do if it doesn't)? Lauren Kientz Anderson investigates.

Nele Noesselt (DUI): Is There a “Chinese School” of IR? From the inaugural issue of Bridges: Conversations in Global Politics, a special section on Conversations in International Relations, including Felix Grenier (Ottawa): Conversations in and on IR: Labeling, Framing and Delimiting IR Discipline; and Philippe Fournier (UQAM): Michel Foucault's Considerable Sway on International Relations Theory. From the Yale Journal of International Affairs, a special issue: “From the Ivory Tower to Washington: What can IR scholarship teach us about policy-making?”, including Robert Jervis on psychology and security; Stephen Walt on theory and policy in international relations; Francis Gavin on international affairs of the heart; John Owen on the ideas-power nexus; Marc Trachtenberg on how history teaches; and an interview with Alexander Evans on bridging the gap between policy-making and academia. Mika Luoma-aho on his book God and International Relations: Christian Theology and World Politics. From FPRI, Walter A. McDougall on nightmares of an I.R. professor. Is modern media — the Internet, YouTube, Twitter, and all that other stuff — making realism obsolete? Stephen Walt wonders.

Amnon Lehavi (Radzyner): Why Philosophers, Social Scientists, and Lawyers Think Differently about Property Rights. Beatriz Revelles Benavente (UOC): The Creation of Epistemological-Empirical Knowledge, with Hillary Clinton's Political Speech as an Example. Andrew J. Martin reviews Winning: Reflections on an American Obsession by Francesco Duina. From Vice’s “Question of the Day”, would you rather live in a fascist nation or complete anarchy?; and would you stay with your partner if they could never have sex again? My 6,128 favorite books: Joe Queenan on how a harmless juvenile pastime turned into a lifelong personality disorder. Martha Newman reviews The Cistercians in the Middle Ages by Janet Burton and Julie Kerr. From TLS, Neil Forsyth reviews Milton and the Post-Secular Present: Ethics, Politics, Terrorism by Feisal G. Mohamed. From Swans, Manuel Garcia, Jr. on the esoteric J. Robert Oppenheimer. Don’t like your body? Don’t blame the models. Earth's last unexplored wilderness: Biologists are starting to explore the woolly ecosystems in our homes and hospitals, and figuring out how they can make us sick or keep us healthy.

From M/C Journal, Gerard Michael Goggin (Sydney): List Media: The Telephone Directory and the Arranging of Names; and Jean Burgess and Axel Bruns (QUT): Twitter Archives and the Challenges of "Big Social Data" for Media and Communication Research. Gil Press on 10 Big Data sites to watch: The websites that are changing the way we understand everything from higher education to climate patterns. PJ Ray on how the fetishization of low-tech is about the illusion of agency; it provides affirmation for the hipster whose identity is defined by the post-Modern imperative to be an individual, to be unique (and a response). Could someone really destroy the whole Internet? George Dvorsky wants to know. Evgeny Morozov discusses the relationship between technology and authoritarianism — and says "philosophers of technology completely missed the train on the internet". Jaron Lanier on unmasking the Great and Powerful Oz of Technology. Google’s data centers: On Where the Internet Lives, a new site featuring beautiful photographs by Connie Zhou, you’ll get a never-before-seen look at the technology, the people and the places that keep Google running.