From the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, a special issue on Julia Kristeva. Marta Resmini (K.U.Leuven): Truth in Politics: Audience Democracy vs. Parresia. Daniel Nichanian (Chicago): Arguing with Unresponsive Institutions: Jacques Ranciere's Critique of Ontology and the Expansion of Democratic Possibilities. Colby Dickinson (Loyola): The Profanation of Revelation: On Language and Immanence in the Work of Giorgio Agamben. From Speculations, a special issue on Speculative Realism, including Adam Kotsko (Shimer): A Very Dangerous Supplement: Speculative Realism, Academic Blogging, and the Future of Philosophy; and John Mullarkey (Kingston): How to Behave Like a Non-Philosopher, or, Speculative Versus Revisionary Metaphysics. Ishay Landa reviews The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings by Alain Badiou. Continental philosophy in the pellucid register: Taylor Carman is the go-to guy on 19th and 20th century European philosophy. Daniel Coffeen how to read philosophy. Philosophy’s film: Nico Baumbach reviews Cinema by Alain Badiou. From, a look at 13 things you didn’t know about Deleuze and Guattari (and part 2); Connor Syrewicz writes in defense of obscurantism; a Redditor offers best profanity-laced explanation of Foucault ever; and a look at 5 great introductory theory and philosophy lecture series freely available online (and books).

Sarah Joseph (Monash): A Human Rights Reading of Tintin. From M/C Journal, a special issue on the remix. For the past several months, a group of Christian writers have been debating the value and meaning of dressing modestly — a conversation that is relevant even to people who aren't part of religious communities. Noreen Malone on why fashion should be a refuge for the unemployable. Jonathan Meiburg goes inside the American Museum of Natural History’s hidden masterpiece. The man who organized everything: To Robert J. Glushko, the world is one big opportunity for arrangement. John Judis on how Obama just gave his most significant foreign policy speech (and more by Isaac Chotiner). The idiocy of crowds: Felix Salmon on equity crowdfunding platforms. If there is any Wyoming left in Wyoming a Cheney isn't going to get elected in the Equality State any time soon. From Skeptic, talking to the dead: James Van Praagh tested. Writing seen, writing spoken: Thomas Larson on how e-readers, texting, book trailers, and Twitter are not only changing the possibilities for writing, but also what it means to be a writer. Should we judge people of past eras for moral failings? Peter Ludlow on the banality of systemic evil. Terrible though it may be, a default may actually be necessary to preserve the constitutional structure of American government and the rest of Obama’s presidency.

From The Atlantic Monthly, the boom towns and ghost towns of the new economy: New York, Houston, Washington, D.C. — plus college towns and the energy belt — are all up, while much of the Sun Belt is (still) down; Richard Florida maps the winners and losers since the crash. If New York is better than ever — and it is! It is! — why does it kind of suck? Choire Sicha wonders (and more at The Awl). Northern New England is dying: Too many communities are focused on keeping people from fleeing instead of attracting new and diverse talent. Neo-Nazi Craig Paul Cobb plans white supremacist town in North Dakota (and more). If the plan for a new state in Colorado is going to succeed, it will have to learn a few lessons from the 37 add-on states that preceded it. Tom Kenworthy on the untold story of Western ranchers and their epic battle against coal: From the Northern Plains to the Pacific Northwest, opposition is building to plans for exporting coal and increasing carbon pollution. Kings of the wild frontier: Clive Sinclair on the internal contradictions of Wild West myths. The American west is being overrun by wild horses. Half of the United States lives in these counties. Richey Piiparinen on what Detroit has really taught America. Sergio M. Marxuach on Puerto Rico vs. Detroit. What's keeping Puerto Rico in political limbo? No. 1 in wine and porn: Sommer Mathis on the idiocy of state rankings. Gus Lubin on 26 maps that show how ethnic groups are divided all over America.