Kal Raustiala (UCLA) and Christopher Jon Sprigman (NYU): How Can Brands Flourish in the Knockoff Kingdom? What China Tells Us about the Bad — and Good — Effects of Luxury Goods Counterfeiting. Toby Stuart (UC-Berkeley) and Yanbo Wang (BU): Who Cooks the Books in China, and Does it Pay? Davide Cantoni (Munich), Yuyu Chen (Peking), David Yufan Yang (Stanford), Noam Yuchtman (UC-Berkeley), and Y. Jane Zhang (UST): Curriculum and Ideology (“We study the causal effect of school curricula on students’ stated beliefs and attitudes”.) Tom Rendall (Macau): “What About Their Parents?”: Teaching the Western Classics to Students in China. Manuel Perez Garcia (RUC): From Eurocentrism to Sinocentrism: The New Challenges in Global History. Solving China’s schools: Ian Johnson interviews Jiang Xueqin. How bad is China's moral crisis? Even China's 2-year-olds are manipulative nihilists. Ross Perlin reviews Heart of Buddha, Heart of China: The Life of Tanxu, a Twentieth Century Monk by James Carter; Ecclesiastical Colony: China’s Catholic Church and the French Religious Protectorate by Ernest P. Young and The Missionary's Curse and Other Tales from a Chinese Catholic Village by Henrietta Harrison. Can stand-up comedy succeed in China? Some of the country's top comics are experimenting with a new brand of edgy, boundary-testing humor. James Andrew Lewis on five myths about Chinese hackers. From China Daily Show, a look at how to review a book on China. From TNR, when 0748 means “go die": Christopher Beam in the secret messages inside Chinese URLs; and meet China's Tony Robbins: The predatory gospel of China's most popular motivational speaker.

From Meta, a special issue on the New Realism and Phenomenology. Amanda Rees (York): Exploring Nature: Geographies of Science’s History. Lt. General Daniel Bolger writes the first after-action report on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: Why we lost. Inside the secret world of pro wrestling: Garrett Martin on the media’s complicated relationship with a controversial sport. The real, shameful story behind “Don’t give up the ship!”: Tom Halsted goes behind the iconic American slogan, a military loss—and a PR win. From NYRB, Sue Halpern reviews No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the US Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald; The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding; and The NSA Report: Liberty and Security in a Changing World by the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies: Richard A. Clarke, Michael J. Morell, Geoffrey R. Stone, Cass R. Sunstein, and Peter Swire. Attention Democrats: Stop promising not to raise middle class taxes. Simon Ings reviews The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers by Joanna Bourke (and more: “the history of pain is racist, sexist, and classist”). The shape of things: Maps are no longer simply pieces of paper pointing us in the right direction but a visual framework for our ideas about the world and about ourselves. Republicans finally admit why they really hate Obamacare. Elizabeth Drew on how the time has come to talk about “the Beltway”. That story about Irish babies buried in a septic tank was shocking — it also wasn't entirely true.

From CJR, Dean Starkman on the Great Story: In the run-up to the Great Recession, accountability journalism saw the story that access journalism missed. The Front Page 2.0: In most hand-wringing debates about the future of newspapers, high-quality journalism is seen as doomed by the Internet; Michael Kinsley begs to disagree. Who cares if it’s true? Modern-day newsrooms reconsider their values. Derek Thompson on why audiences hate hard news — and love pretending otherwise. Marc Anderssen thinks the news business is about to grow 1,000 percent. Optimism is the only option: The Washington Post’s Marty Baron on the state of the news media. Journalism and the CNBC Effect: Steven Waldman reviews The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism by Dean Starkman. Felix Salmon is against beautiful journalism. Nine weeks to launch Vox — it’s easier to go downhill than up. Rebecca Onion on newspapers, a brief interlude in a multimedia world: History shows that today’s information free-for-all is the norm. Madder than hell: James Parker on how Network anticipated contemporary media. Matthew Yglesias on how The New York Times lost the internet, and how it plans to win it back. As financial pressures force newspapers to close or make cuts, college journalism students are picking up the slack in many communities. David Carr: Anyone trying to predict the future of journalism “is going to get clobbered”. Will John Henry save the Boston Globe? Maybe, but his ambitions are much grander. Justin Fox on a new golden age for media: An era of investment in the news business is upon us — will it last?