From First Things, Richard John Neuhaus reviews A Republic of Mind and Spirit: A Cultural History of American Metaphysical Religion, by Catherine L. Albanese; a review of From Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authority, by Roger Lundin; a review of Mapping Paradise: A History of Heaven on Earth by Alessandro Scafi; a review of Is Nature Enough? Truth and Meaning in the Age of Science by John F. Haught; and a review of A World Beyond Politics? A Defense of the Nation-State by Pierre Manent. A review of Sacred Causes: Religion and Politics from the European Dictators to al Qaeda.

From Crisis, who are the Neoconservatives? An interview with Michael Novak; and a review of Can a Catholic Be a Democrat? How the Party I Loved Became the Enemy of My Religion by David Carlin; and an interview with Dinesh D’Souza on Islam, America, and the Left’s responsibility for 9/11.

From Boston Review, Nicholas Schmidle the Islamist challenge to secular Bangladesh; in search of the Common Good: Lew Daly on the Catholic roots of American liberalism; and Cathy Tumber on the proper place for religion in politics. A case for a libertarian Christianity: A review of The Choice Principle: The Biblical Case for Legal Toleration, by Andy G. Olree. Michelle Goldberg on The Rise of Christian Nationalism: The erosions in state/church separation and legitimization of religious supremacism would have been unthinkable even six years ago. Chris Hedges on why the Christian Right's fear of pleasure is our greatest threat to Choice. Gary Bauer on the study "Why Religion Matters Even More: The Impact of Religious Practice on Social Stability". Worse than Hell: Christopher Hitchens on the religious mind. A review of Religion and Security: The New Nexus in International Relations.

From AEI, George Priest on The Capitalist Foundations of America. A review of Savage Kingdom: The True Story of Jamestown, 1607, and the Settlement of America. The cradle of many things, but representative democracy, as we understand it today, isn't one of them. As we commemorate Jamestown's 400th anniversary, let's do so accurately. An article on reading and rereading The Mind of the South in no place Southern.

A review of Very Strange Bedfellows: The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Richard Nixon & Spiro Agnew. A review of Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power by Robert Dallek. An excerpt from Michael Bechloss' Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989. Ian Kershaw's Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-1941 analyzes ten decisions that shaped the outcome of World War II. And a review of Fleeing Hitler: France 1940 by Hanna Diamond


Susan Raine (Alberta): Flirty Fishing in the Children of God: The Sexual Body as a Site of Proselytization and Salvation. A review of Solon the Thinker: Political Thought in Archaic Athens. A review of The Cambridge Companion to Horace. A review of The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian.

From First Things, a review of Michael Polanyi: Scientist and Philosopher by William Taussig Scott and Martin X. Moleski, S.J. and Michael Polanyi: The Art of Knowing by Mark T. Mitchell. From Inside Higher Ed, Speak, Memory: Did postmodern theorist Zygmunt Bauman conceal his Stalinist past? Scott McLemee looks down the memory hole. A review of Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing by Leszek Kolakowski. Elle Woods, like, totally embodies the best of modern Jewish thought: Legally Blonde and Spiritually Buber.

From American, a review of The Chicago School: How the University of Chicago Assembled the Thinkers Who Revolutionized Economics and Business by Johan Van Overtveldt. A review of The Vanity of the Philosopher: From Equality to Hierarchy in Post-Classical Economics by Sandra Peart and David Levy. A review of Modern Liberty and the Limits of Government by Charles Fried.

A review of Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science by David Lindley. From First Science, Death of the Dinosaurs: There was a time when dinosaurs thrived on Earth. What caused their demise? Why monkeys can't recite Shakespeare: If you are a primate reading this, chances are you have a gene called KLK8, recently discovered by Chinese scientists. The British government has overturned its proposed ban on the creation of human-animal embryos. Biologist Kaj Sand-Jensen of the University of Copenhagen offers advice to other scientists. He wrote a report: "How to Write Consistently Boring Scientific Literature". Nature, the world's best-known scientific publication, is now being transformed into a multimedia platform that includes include blogs, podcasts and even a Second Life presence.

From Williams Alumni Review, blogs are becoming an increasingly popular way for scholars to share their work and insight with a wide audience. But sometimes the publicity these Web journals generate can backfire pdf. From Crisis, an essay on academic freedom and the Catholic university. A mutiny may be brewing at Ave Maria School of Law whose board has voted to pack it up and move it from Ann Arbor, Mich., to a rural community in southwest Florida. The Edge of Reason: Professor Ramani Pilla's failed climb up the ivory tower ends in accusations of a hoax.

From Education Review, a review of The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children by E. D. Hirsch, Jr. And experts answer what they know. The Non-Expert answers anything. This week, Erik Bryan fashions a taxonomy of American athletes to help a reader get in touch with his jock-dom


From Anthropoetics, although the coming and passing of the postmodern era has posed challenges to the market system, it has not put an end to the modern political dichotomy of Left and Right. A review of Wolves In Sheep's Clothing: The New Liberal Menace in America by Stephen Marshall. From The Freeman, a review of Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America by Robert Reich. A review of Leviathan on the Right: How Big-Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution by Michael D. Tanner. From National Review, against the Porkbusters: Ramesh Ponnuru on why conservatives should find another crusade.

Clive Crook on the baffling politics of immigration. An interview with Philippe Legrain, author of Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them. Evolution, Immigration and Trade: America's success in lowering its barriers to outsiders shows that we can and do learn. But like reading, we must teach each generation anew. From TNR, an interview with Charles Barkley on xenophobes, Al Sharpton, and the rich. After all but banning the word from New Haven, the N-word is back—big-time. A review of The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't, and Why by Jabari Asim.

From The Black Commentator, an article on The Real Truth About Snitching. How do they figure the payouts for people who were wrongly convicted? 18 years in prison? Priceless. The case for the prosecution: Prison may not deter or rehabilitate but, for the length of incarceration, it does keep criminals off the streets, says Richard Tomkins. America's Imprisoned Kids: The US is an outlier in the world when it comes to detaining and sentencing juvenile offenders as adults. But there are finally signs of change. Reconnecting childhood and society: A review of Idolising Children: Why We Should Respect, Not Revere, Our Children.

Manners and moral authority: Good manners don't occur naturally - they are about rules. From PopMatters, we've grown accustomed to the planned obsolescence of our products; we assuage the continual threat of obsolescence of our personalities by continually changing, refreshing ourselves like an email inbox.

A new wave of young entrepreneurs is using our passion for healthy lifestyles as a way of promoting global economic and social justice. An epidemic of meddling: Jacob Sullum on the totalitarian implications of public health. What's wrong with American medicine? A review of How Doctors Think and Better: A Surgeon's Note on Performance. Is the smoking ban a good idea? Christopher Hitchens and Simon Hoggart put forward their arguments.

Fever Pitch: Do drugs ads make us sick?  As Prozac reaches its 20th birthday, Anna Moore presents 20 things you need to know about the most widely used antidepressant in the world. Race and economic factors play a role in the party drugs teens choose. So are pain pills really the new pot? And a review of The Art of Aging: A Doctor’s Prescription for Well-Being by Sherwin B. Nuland


From New Statesman, a review of You Don't Love Me Yet by Jonathan Lethem. The seven stories that comprise Walk the Blue Fields explore the abyss that separates men and women. From Financial Times, the stereotyping of Japanese women is rife but Kickboxing Geishas, a compelling collection of interviews, reveals the true picture.

From Forward, juggler of the moral and the aesthetic: A review of At the Same Time: Essays & Speeches by Susan Sontag; and an interview with Hungarian writer György Konrád, oracle of humanism's survival. Slavoj Zizek on how The Lives of Others fails to capture the true horror of the GDR. The god of war is my muse: The Nobel Prize-winning writer Wole Soyinka tells Helen Oyeyemi why literature must struggle against injustice. Scathing and scurrilous opinions are the stock in trade of author Gore Vidal. Serve lunch and stand well back.

A review of Chaucer's Queer Poetics: Rereading the Dream Trio. Boris Akunin spent 20 years translating novels before deciding to write his own. What's the point? An article on summer reading on the arts. From Salon, a review of Where's My Jetpack? A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived by Daniel H. Wilson. From The Chronicle, can one Rudolf Steiner fan be wrong? Particularly if it's Saul Bellow? Carlin Romano investigates. A post-office box in Fayette, West Virginia, is the backdrop for Famous Writers School, a hugely enjoyable satire on writers and writing. Dear Book Doctor, I keep saying that I’m only going to stay one more year, but I never leave. Is there any escape?

An interview with Howard Zinn on American newspapers’ winnowing down of book reviews. The Bookish Set: LA Weekly goes inside the indie booksellers. Mental floss? More like mental fluff. This magazine is full of trivia, and while most of it is far from useless, the stuff nevertheless gets wadded into the back of your mind, only to be pulled out for special occasions. Small Magazines, Big Ideas: An impending rate hike could silence small independent magazines of all political stripes that make a key contribution to the conversation of democracy. The price of cast iron: Few people notice Reuters, but it is a very big player in global news and its independence matters. An interview with Joseph Farah, author of Stop the Presses!: The Inside Story of the New Media Revolution.

From First Monday, what is popular on Wikipedia and why? Philip Rosedale, the founder of the virtual world Second Life, believes that his company, Linden Lab, is at the forefront of the internet's next big revolution: The 3D web. The first comprehensive global survey of Internet filtering shows that online repression is on the rise worldwide.


From Canada, the glass house is getting crowded: Why are so many MPs so fond of Neville Chamberlain?; an interview with Preston Manning, the former Reform leader, on what he thinks of Canada's new government; behind the razzle-dazzle, Expo '67 was a prototype for the kind of society Canada wanted to become, and by some measures it got there; a reviews Holding the Bully's Coat: Canada and the U.S. Empire; and civility and other such nonsense: In praise of well-meaning politicians saying increasingly crazy things. From Australia, a review of Detainee 002: The case of David Hicks, and a review of Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader’s Quest for Justice. An article on Fiji, 1987-2007: The story of four coups for 20 years.

From Seven Oaks, a review of books on various Africas. African leaders recently chose Zimbabwe to chair the UN Commission on Sustainable Development: Why Africa won't rein in Mugabe. Economic freedom in Africa: Where has all the progress gone? A review of The Invisible Cure: AIDS in Africa by Helen Epstein (and more). Why Ethiopia parties like it's 1999: Well, because it is still 1999 according to the Julian calendar. The standoff between Anjouan's local authorities and the Comoros Union government remains unresolved. Upcoming elections and Comoran unity hang in the balance.

An article on ideology in China: Confucius makes a comeback. Declassified Documents on the Malaysian riots of 1969 presents the view that 1969 race riots were instigated by ambitious Malay politicians. Now it seems the book will be banned by the government.  From Radical Notes, an article on the growing revolt against disposability: New dimensions of resistance to corporate globalization in India. A review of In Quest of Jinnah, Jinnah: Creator of Pakistan, M. A. Jinnah and In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War.

From Boston Review, a special section on Nukes, Democracy and Iran, including The View from Tehran: Akbar Ganji on changing Iran from within;  Nuclear Freeze Hans Blix on the Middle East and global arms control; Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns on carrots and sticks; and Michael McFaul and Abbas Milani on how normalizing relations will help both sides. From Asia Times, an appeal for empire: A review of Theology of Discontent: The Ideological Foundation of the Islamic Revolution in Iran by Hamid Dabashi; and who will be the 21st century equivalent of Saladin, the greatest warrior of Islam? An interview with Augustus Richard Norton, author of Hezbollah: A Short History. An interview with Olivier Roy, author of Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Umma.

From Open Democracy, a developed view of multiculturalism can complement democratic citizenship and nation-building. And darn it, and face up to the global village: Ever-more global communities are making increasingly strong claims on our lives over our immediate surroundings


Jack Balkin (Yale): Original Meaning and Constitutional Redemption. Seth Barrett Tillman on Noncontemporaneous Lawmaking: Can the 110th Senate Enact a Bill Passed By the 109th House?; Aaron-Andrew P.Bruhl on Against Mix-and-Match Lawmaking; and a reply. An interview with Brian Leiter on Legal Philosophy: 5 Questions.

From Global Law Books, a review of Towards World Constitutionalism: Issues in the Legal Ordering of the World Community, a review of The Limits of International Law, and a review of War, Aggression and Self-Defence. A review of The Philosophy of War and Peace by Jenny Teichman. A review of Why Not Kill Them All? The Logic and Prevention of Mass Political Murder by Daniel Chirot and Clark McCauley. A review of Idealist Political Philosophy: Pluralism and Conflict in the Absolute Idealist Tradition. A review of Pierre Gassendi and the Birth of Early Modern Philosophy. An interview with Harvard's Elizabeth Warren on law, politics and the coming collapse of the middle class.

From Econ Journal Watch, Daron Acemoglu says the economic analysis of constitutions and political structure has been revolutionized by Torsten Persson and Guido Tabellini. But Charles Blankart and Gerrit Koester argue that the new political economics is not that new, and might be a step backwards; development economics has discovered important truths about trade, aid, property, and planning. Ian Vasquez recounts how the truths were pioneered in the work of Peter Bauer, and how the late-comers often neglect that learning; Dan D’Amico and Dan Klein examine the websites of Harvard and George Mason economists, and ask whether the differences speak of differences in character type; and where would Adam Smith publish today? Daniel Sutter and Rex Pjesky show that almost no math-free research appears in top economics journals pdf.

From LRB, Jerry Fodor reviews Consciousness and Its Place in Nature: Does Physicalism Entail Panpsychism? by Galen Strawson and et al. A review of Hours with the Mystics by Robert Alfred Vaughan. A review of Flock of Dodos: Behind Modern Creationism, Intelligent Design, and the Easter Bunny. A database of his letters reveal Darwin's caring, comic side - - in between agonising about his theory. Scientists are reaching a new consensus on the origins and mechanisms of morality, and evolutionary, neurological and social psychological insights are being synthesized in support of three principles. Security check: Why conservatives had happy childhoods but liberals have more sex. Whether it be a hand on the shoulder or a warm embrace, physical contact matters to us all.

Silicon Brains: Computer chips designed to mimic how the brain works could shed light on our cognitive abilities. A look at how fruit flies have displayed rudimentary free will. Fathoming out evolution: A survey of the Weddell Sea uncovers extraordinary biological diversity. Hail Linnaeus: Conservationists—and polar bears—should heed the lessons of economics. From Edge, an interview with Neil Turok on the cyclic universe. A set of results from the Hubble space telescope suggest that dark matter may finally have been “seen”. An interview with Marc Abrahams of the Annals of Improbable Research.

From Slate, You U: How do you start your own university? Man creates online Virginia Tech game, lets the player become the killer. And what's wrong with Arabic-language public schools? Amity Shlaes wants to know


From Conversations With History, an interview with Chalmers Johnson, author of Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic, an interview with Niall Ferguson, author of The War of the World: Twentieth Century Conflict and the Descent of the West, and an interview with John Micklethwait on globalization and the conservative movement in the US.

"When we get big, you can expect that from the other side": Harmon Leon infiltrates a right wing protest group. Theocons of the World, Unite! A review of The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11 by Dinesh D'Souza.

From Eureka Street, why militant anti-theism is a God-send. Michael Novak on why Christopher Hitchens is a treasure. Jerry Falwell, whose foul rantings prove you can get away with anything if you have "Reverend" in front of your name, is best known for crusading against abortion and homosexuality. But early on, he skillfully used race to galvanize the Christian right, though his successors in the Christian right learned the lesson he never did: how to brand and commodify faith for pop cultural consumption. God without the godfather: How will the religious right get on without Falwell? The Accidental Modernist: An article on the real legacy of Jerry Falwell. A review of The Culturally Savvy Christian: A Manifesto for Deepening Faith and Enriching Popular Culture in an Age of Christianity-Lite.

Tribal Relations: How Americans really sort out on cultural and religious issues—and what it means for our politics. How to be a hippy fascist: An interview with James Delingpole, author How To Be Right: The Essential Guide to Making Lefty Liberals History. Do Republicans still care about social issues? Ramesh Ponnuru and Thomas B. Edsall debate. The Scorecard: There isn't a scorecard of social injustice that makes one group more worthy of equality than others.

How to run against a woman: Thanks to a certain New York senator's presidential candidacy, the battle for the hearts, minds, and votes of America's women has never been trickier. Why are baying men still telling women what to do with their bodies? Ian Bell wants to know. Porn Again: Garance Franke-Ruta on how the new pornographers are exploiting young women, and why liberals should care. A review of Adolescent Sexuality: A Historical Handbook and Guide. Porn for the People: Each day, thousands of suburban sybarites videotape themselves doing the nasty, then post their efforts on the Web.

Lily, Wills and the rest of the world: Our sense of what is private and what is public has change since the advent of MySpace, and other social networking sites. The Decline and Fall of the Private Self: Today's tell-all bloggers and MySpace denizens have made the notion of a guarded personal life feel obsolete. What effect does such exposure have on the psyche? The Therapeutic Culture: Yale Kramer on how we coddle the mentally ill (and responses). The fact is simple: happiness cannot be taught, any more than loyalty can, or truthfulness. How to lose friends and influence politics: A review of Friendship and Betrayal: Ambition and the Limits of Loyalty. A review of A Crowd of One: The Future of Individual Identity (and more).

On the Origin of Grandmas: They pinch your cheeks, knit you sweaters and feed you mountains of mashed potatoes. Is that why you're still alive? Joseph Epstein on Death Benefits: That lives have strikingly different beginnings and wildly various middles, but all have the same ending has a calming effect. And recovering the Disappeared: How do you memorialize people who vanish?


From Spiked, the "disorganised apartheid" of cultural diversity: A review of The Nature of the Beast: Cultural Diversity and the Visual Arts Sector. Fright fans love to praise the visionary efforts of their favorite horror directors. But behind every great terror auteur is usually an unsung macabre master.

From Outlook India, a review of Bollywood: A History. Singapore's Undiscovered Virtuoso: Could a barroom singer-guitarist in Singapore be music's next great discovery? Seattle's Best (and Worst): What happens when architecture pays attention to its surroundings (and when it doesn't). A review of Early Medieval Architecture as Bearer of Meaning. A review of Robert Bevan's The Destruction of Memory: Architecture at War.

From Asian Review of Books, two recent novels pose very different answers to the same question: how does a writer attempt to make sense out of an act of senseless violence? Form Mute, the Dutch are weeping in four universal pictorial languages at least: Marina Vishmidt assesses Otto Neurath's attempt to bridge the world between art and non-art in the terms of current debate and draws a materialist line under any positivistic expectations of the exhibition as research. In Praise of Pageantry: Art and activism together facilitate a larger discussion of politics and theory while reinspiring activists who are tired of the same old marches.

A 1920s Russian literary movement celebrating experimental narratives and absurdism never survived Stalin's reign: A review of The Last Soviet Avant-Garde: OBERIU—Fact, Fiction, Metafiction and OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism. The double Prussia: Volker Ullrich is full of praise for Christopher Clark's masterpiece on the Hohenzollern state of Prussia. Czech Book: A retrospective volume summarizes the dark genius of Josef Koudelka. The origins of magic symbols in the highlands of the Caucasus: A review of Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan: Magic medicine symbols in silk, stone, wood and flesh.

From TNR, James Wood reviews The Road by Cormac McCarthy. When the Sixties were stifling rather than Swinging: A review of Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach. A review of The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx. An interview with Janine Latus, author of If I am Missing or Dead: A Sister’s Story of Love, Murder and Liberation. From LRB, a review of Can Any Mother Help Me: Fifty Years of Friendship through a Secret Magazine by Jenna Bailey.

The editor of US Vogue Anna Wintour has long attracted opprobrium, but this is ridiculous. An interview with Lewis Lapham, former editor of Harper's. After more than 50 years American Heritage, the magazine that furnished not just the minds but the dens of generations of American history buffs, is suspending publication. As long as the country's media barons enjoy public capital, the public should have a voice—and a vote. The Bancrofts and their ilk have too long espoused democracy everywhere but at home. A review of Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair's End Times: The Death of the Fourth Estate.

Improving on Wikipedia? A new project called Digital Universe aims to make information on the Web better organized and more authoritative. Digg, Reddit, Netscape: Are they the wisdom of crowds or mob rule? And should publishers outsource journalism? A California Web publisher's plan to outsource his site's newswriting to India illustrates a too-common attitude infecting journalism today. And after living in her car for nine months, Anya Peters went from homeless blogger to published author in the blink of an eye


The Teflon Taoiseach: Bertie Ahern took office within weeks of Tony Blair and after 10 years toil, the pair have finally seen peace in Northern Ireland. Mr Blair is stepping down, but his opposite number in Dublin hopes for a second decade in power. What should Gordon Brown do to maximize the chances of Labour achieving a fourth term? Anthony Giddens has some ideas. How much is left of the left? Despite the lack of opposition to Gordon Brown, New Labour's roots are still shallow. A review of The Radical Right in Britain: Social Imperialism to the BNP.

The super judge: Powerful French anti-terrorism judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere believes his country's tough justice system has much to offer other nations in fighting the war on terror. Sex, lies and politics, the French way: They're less prone to adultery than Americans but more forgiving when their politicians philander. A malaise-ridden France just elected the most pro-American president in its history. But Nicolas Sarkozy’s victory doesn’t mean the French are eager to see their socialist perks disappear in a flurry of Anglo-Saxon reforms. Friend or Faux? Olivier Roy on how Nicolas Sarkozy may not be what the French call a “libéral,” but he’s no neocon, either. Immanuel Wallerstein on France and the end of Gaullism.

We want our Europe back! A comparison between the Berlin and the Rome Declarations. The burden of history: Its newest members offer the European Union some history lessons. America and Europe confront a new freeze in their relationship with Russia. Russia memorialized the victory over Nazi Germany, and Vladimir Putin raised his insults to the United States to a new level. Central Asia has long been squabbled over by outsiders. The latest manifestation of this old imperial “Great Game” is a proposed gas pipeline linking Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan with Russia.

An article on the Asian giants' game of chess in Indian Ocean. An article on The Pat Buchanan of India. A map that does justice to the strangeness of the Cooch Behar enclave complex risks either to be too big or too small to show the intricacies of enclaves and counter-enclaves on both side of the Indian-Bangladeshi border. Did Pakistan's president provoke an ethnic war last weekend? A general state of disarray: A slaughter in Karachi, and a vengeful judge, are signs that Pervez Musharraf is struggling to remain in power. Anatol Lieven on why Pakistan must seek unity in the face of extremism.

From Commentary, Norman Podhoretz on The Case for Bombing Iran. A look back at the day Iraq attacked America (accidentally?) twenty years ago. The Army's plan to professionalize Iraq's police could backfire, as militia-infiltrated squads become more effective killers. A truly national army? Iraq's Kurdish soldiers have been welcomed in parts of Baghdad. The Powder Keg Up North: Why Iraqi Kurdistan may be heading for deadly trouble — and Kirkuk may be the flash point. An article on the risk of Turkish intervention in northern Iraq.

Gangs of Iraq: Desperate to shore up its flagging ranks, the military is quietly enlisting thousands of active gang members and shipping them to Iraq. Will a brutal murder finally wake up the Pentagon. It's patriotic to criticize: Fred Kaplan on how our generals got so mediocre. Our government doesn't take care of its veterans. Steve Robinson does. And from TAC, this letter was sent to George Tenet by a group of former intelligence officers. Tenet reportedly received a $4 million advance for his new tell-all


From the latest issue of International Journal of Zizek Studies, Slavoj Zizek on Badiou: Notes From an Ongoing Debate; Marc de Kesel (Radboud): Truth as Formal Catholicism - On Alain Badiou, Saint Paul: La fondation de l’universalisme; Adrian Johnston (New Mexico): The Quick and the Dead: Alain Badiou and the Split Speeds of Transformation; Ken Jackson (Wayne State): The Great Temptation of “Religion”: Why Badiou has been so important to Žižek; Levi R. Bryant (Collin): Symptomal Knots and Evental Ruptures: Žižek, Badiou, and Discerning the Indiscernible; Ed Pluth (CSU - Chico): Against Spontaneity: The Act and Overcensorship in Badiou, Lacan, and Žižek; and Socialism Reconsidered: Remarks on Žižek`s Repeating Lenin pdf. A review of Conversations with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.

From TNR, Robert M. Solow reviews Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction by Thomas K. McCraw. A review of A Theory of Secession: The Case for Political Self-Determination.

From Metapsychology Book Reviews, a review of Michel Foucault by Clare O'Farrell; a review of Foucault and the Government of Disability; and a review of My Body Politic: A Memoir by Simi Linton. A review of The Case Against Perfection by Michael Sandel. The introduction to Neuroscience and Philosophy: Brain, Mind, and Language by Maxwell Bennett, Daniel Dennett, Peter Hacker, and John Searle. A review of Signs, Mind, And Reality: A Theory of Language As the Folk Model of the World.

From National Review, a review of David Horowitz's Indoctrination U: The Left’s War Against Academic Freedom. From Campus Progress, Campus Con: The new film "Indoctrinate U" treats young conservatives as victims. From TAP, a better idea for college loans: Here's how to prevent college loans from being a straitjacket that determines graduates' career choices. Ivy League crunch brings new cachet to next tier: Second-tier colleges are becoming more selective because of the heated competition at the top. Study finds college-prep courses in high school leave many students lagging, as only a quarter of high school students who take the core courses are well prepared for college.

F for Felony: Why parents never hear about a shocking number of college campus crimes. Crime scene investigations: Academic research really matters only if it leads to social reform, says criminologist Lawrence Sherman. Why merit pay for teachers isn't such a great idea: In theory, it's a no-brainer: teachers should be paid more for teaching better. Bible curriculum dispute heats up: The spread of Bible instruction in public schools is raising questions about the separation of church and state. That is particularly true in places like Odessa, Texas, that have adopted one of two competing national curricula. Save the Catholic schools! They work miracles with inner-city kids, but without help, their own future is uncertain. And what kind of praise do kids need to hear? Emily Bazelon investigates

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