From Time, an interview with Rupert Murdoch: "They're taking five billion dollars out of me and want to keep control in an industry in crisis!" The Rupert Murdoch effect: The progressive LA Weekly has gone from a well-reported newspaper to a flashy tabloid with "gotcha" articles. From n+1, a review of How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time by Kara Jesella and Marisa Meltzer. A new monthly satirical tabloid, The Levee, aims to get New Orleans residents to see the humor in their situation while at the same time holding local officials accountable for their post-Katrina misdeeds. Right now, many companies are trying to figure out cool new ways to use paper. But who is trying to figure out cool new ways to employ smart, highly trained print journalists? Prostitution is Legal: When advertising is king, media that "puts out" can be queen.

From Salon, a review of It's Not News, It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap as News. Once a novel idea, now a must: Though a technological minimalist, Marianne Wiggins, like, totally got why she needed a video for her latest book. The literary universe is bigger in the blogosphere: Literary opinions on the web do not have the same status as those in the established press, but they have a much wider scope. A review of Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages by Alex Wright.  The iCommons harvest: There's no tragedy in a digital commons where quality content is king. When public records are too public: Open records are an established tradition, but does Internet access call for a change? One of the thorniest problems of the information age: data collected for one purpose and then used for another, or "data reuse". 

From The Atlantic Monthly, Caitlin Flanagan reviews Generation Myspace: Helping Your Teen Survive Online Adolescence and To Catch a Predator: Protecting Your Kids from Online Enemies Already in Your Home. How the second-generation Internet is spawning a global youth culture. Do you prefer Facebook to MySpace? The class divide is thriving on the internet. Facebook gets help from its friends: Music, horoscopes help boost site's user base; will new offerings allow it to catch MySpace? In Your Face: How Facebook could crush MySpace, Yahoo!, and Google. Oh, that John Locke: There's a new sport on the Internet: competing to come up with the best examples of how Wikipedia, the Web's home-grown reference source, is skewed towards pop-culture topics. A review of The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet Is Killing Our Culture by Andrew Keen.


Bold gambit for disjointed UN: Launched this year in 8 countries, the One UN pilot aims to improve coordination between agencies. Don’t Kick the Inspectors Out of the U.N.: While individual governments will always track and analyze weaponry, their own national conclusions can never form a credible basis for action by the international community. From The Economist, a review of Swords and Ploughshares: Bringing Peace to the 21st Century by Paddy Ashdown. 

From Fortune, Jeffrey Sachs on how he'd fix the World Bank. Protecting the global poor: Almost all rich countries got wealthy by protecting infant industries and limiting foreign investment. But these countries are now denying poor ones the same chance to grow by forcing free-trade rules on them before they are strong enough. From New Statesman, a review of State of World Population 2007: Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth. The combined forces of population growth and urbanisation are creating a planet of slums, where the urban population will have doubled by 2030, according to a report released by the United Nations. With 4D Cities, now we can watch for ourselves the way great cities have grown upwards through time, using software that creates a virtual historical tour. Designing Cities for People: In an age where parks are sacrificed for parking lots, how can city planning benefit people — not cars? 

The FT Global 500: The annual snapshot of the world’s largest companies gives a remarkable picture of how corporate fortunes have changed in the past year; and for richer, for poorer: Income inequality within a country can make those at the bottom feel poorer, no matter how high their absolute income. A report finds the number of wealthy individuals worldwide climbed to 9.5 million in 2006, an 8.3% increase from 2005, according to the report. The combined wealth of high-net-worth individuals world-wide increased to $37.2 trillion, up 11.4% from 2005. An article on The Case for Taxing Globalization's Big Winners. The Double Edge of Globalization: An excerpt from Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors Shaped Globalization by Nayan Chanda.

From The Walrus, Alienated Cosmopolitans: Can we be world citizens yet still retain a sense of place? From Ode, an essay on the instinct to save the planet; the world grows Wiser A new global databank aims to connect good work everywhere; solutions for the problems of growing megacities can be found in their slums and shantytowns; anthropologist Jeremy Narby is bringing together indigenous knowledge and Western science to inform the search for a sustainable future; and a review of We-Think: The Power of Mass Creativity by Charles Leadbeater. Make the game, change the world: agoraXchange is an online community for designing a massive multi-player global politics game challenging the violence and inequality of our present political system.


From CRB, Charles R. Kesler on Iraq and the Neoconservatives: Beyond the Bush Doctrine; a review of At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA by George Tenet and Safe For Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA by John Prados; and an essay on Taming Big Government: Congress won't and the president can't; the Greatness and Decline of American Oratory: A review of American Speeches: Political Oratory from the Revolution to the Civil War and American Speeches: Political Oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton edited by Ted Widmer. From Naked Punch, an interview with Noam Chomsky on hegemony and counter-hegemony (and part 2 and part 3); and Artemy Kalinovsky on understanding empire. Will to win: Why do big, powerful countries with strong militaries sometimes lose wars to small countries with weak ones?

Cass R. Sunstein on Minimalists vs. Visionaries: The real divide on the Supreme Court is between two kinds of conservatives (and more from TNR). Geoffrey R. Stone on Roberts, Alito and the rule of law. Erwin Chemerinsky on how Roberts and Alito delivered high court ideology and Ellen Goodman on the transformation of Justice Ginsburg. Blinded by the Law: Teen sex case shows that focusing on the letter of the law doesn't always spell justice. Linda Kimball wants to know. 

From PopMatters, a review of Courting Equality: A Documentary History of America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages by Patricia A. Gozemba and Karen Kahn; and I'm Comin' with the U-Haul, Baby: Society as a whole is relatively indifferent to the lesbian community, whether through acceptance, titillation, or oblivion. Out and proud parents: As tolerance spreads, gay life is becoming more suburban, contented and even dull. An interview with Mike Jones, author of I Had to Say Something: The Art of Ted Haggard's Fall

From GQ, Hail Mary, U.S.A.: Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan has built a town in southern Florida dedicated to hard-core Catholic living. James O’Brien walks among the blessed. From Christianity Today, I Love, Therefore You Are: A look at why the modern search for self ends in despair. Sam Harris writes In Defense of Witchcraft. Am I a dwarf or a horseman? Christopher Hitchens wants to know: "It's an honour to be mentioned in the same breath as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris. We could become known as the Four Horsemen of the Counter-Apocalypse". A camp they can believe in Ohio's Camp Quest lets young atheists enjoy summer fun with like-minded children.


From the latest issue of The Commoner, Massimiliano Tomba (Padova): Differentials of surplus-value in the contemporary forms of exploitation; Ferruccio Gambino (Padova): A critique of Fordism and the Regulation School; and Mariarosa Dalla Costa (Padova): Reruralizing the World.

A new issue of Colloquy is out, including David Lane (Monash): On Truth and Lie in a Rhetorical Sense; Semantic Perils in Nietzschean Thought; and a review of Paul Celan and Martin Heidegger. An Unresolved Conversation, 1951 - 1970 by James K. Lyon. From Naked Punch, an interview with Richard Shusterman, author of Surface and Depth: Dialectics of Criticism and Culture. From Radical Society, Aristotle in America: Joseph Lough reclaims a classic.

Peter A. Hall (Harvard): The Dilemmas of Contemporary Social Science. A review of Freedom and Determinism. A review of The Evolution of Cooperation by Robert Axelrod. Chimpanzees, as well as 18-month-old children, will assist strangers even when getting no personal reward, suggesting that human altruism has deep evolutionary roots. Ain't misbehaving: Adultery yields benefits to females as well as males. Recent studies suggest that labeling and talking about it — literally, just getting it out in the open — can help us deal with intense emotional experiences. 

From the latest issue of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, a review of Applied Evolutionary Economics and the Knowledge-Based Economy by Andreas Pyka and Horst Hanusch; a review of Innovation, Evolution and Complexity Theory by Koen Frenken; and a review of I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter.

The first chapter from The Pythagorean Theorem: A 4,000-Year History by Eli Maor. A Golden Sales Pitch: A design incorporating the golden ratio makes blue jeans aesthetically pleasing, or so the manufacturer claims. What are the top 10 science pop songs? From the threat of nuclear war to the wonder of heterosexual love the pop song reaches places other science fears to tread – namely, the intimate headspace of a brooding teen.

From Harvard Magazine, A Scholar in the House: A profile of President Drew Gilpin Faust. Who killed Antioch? Womyn: The college went from liberal bastion to PC laughingstock with its sex and dating policy. An article on how law schools are also ranked by blogs now.


From LRB, Nothing for Ever and Ever: Frank Kermode reviews The Letters of A.E. Housman. From The Common Review, "Coin of the Realm": Daniel Born on writing about money; Michael Berube on Harry Potter and the power of narrative; and Kevin Mattson on movies as history. A review of Orwell Subverted: The CIA and the Filming of Animal Farm by Daniel Leab. If The Da Vinci Code came out of a chapter in Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum, and if Mr. Eco's other best seller, The Name of the Rose, itself came out of an eightpage Borges story, might each Borges story be no more than a thriller in kernel? A review of Diary of Indignities by Patrick Hughes, a book that started out as a blog by the name of Bad News Hughes and written with brutal honesty. Pith and Pen: A review of The New Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes.

France is world-famous for being protective of its language but have you ever wondered who is the guarde rapproche (body guard) of the French language? A literary fraud who is not a fake: How a writer's value has plummeted just because its author wasn't actually pimped out as a child. Sarah's Antidote: Is the J.T. Leroy scandal what you think it is? Parents, beware: Beloved childhood classics such as Winnie the Pooh may be teaching kids false facts about the world — like tigers are bouncy and donkeys are chronically depressed. 

Publishing? It’s an art form: When mainstream publishers rejected his novel as too literary, Tom McCarthy turned to the art world. It took success in the US to make them come running. The joys of not being published: Every aspiring writer dreams of getting a publishing contract - but there are lots of other equally satisfying ways to get your writing into the world. Jack Kerouac biographer Gerald Nicosia says publisher is part of a vendetta against him. Is the internet killing proper research? Time was, preparing a novel meant months in libraries; websites now offer instant insights. How profound they are is another matter.

An article on the state of the magazine industry. Getting rid of books creates tension for many, although it is often one of the first things people have to do when downsizing or simply trying to organize their lives. The library fix: When politics gets mean and dumb, you can cheer yourself up by walking into a public library


From The Nation, a review of L'Iran : Naissance d'une république islamique by Yann Richard; Iran: A People Interrupted by Hamid Dabashi; Britain and the Iranian Constitutional Revolution of 1906-1911 by Mansour Bonakdarian; Conversations in Tehran by Jean-Daniel Lafond and Fred A. Reed; and Reading 'Legitimation Crisis' in Tehran: Iran and the Future of Liberalism by Danny Postel; and a review of Hollow Land: Israel's Architecture of Occupation by Eyal Weizman. Our second biggest mistake in the Middle East: A review of Hamas: Unwritten Chapters by Azzam Tamimi; Where Now for Palestine: The Demise of the Two-State Solution; and Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict by Sara Roy. A review of Everyday Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam Among Palestinians in Lebanon by Bernard Rougier. Islam's authority deficit: Don't count on state-sponsored greybeards to silence all awkward voices.

From Radar, Baghdad Déjà Vu: A vintage military guide shows that America has been lost in Iraq since World War II. Its troubles in Iraq have much weakened it; but America is likely to remain the dominant superpower. Still No.1: Wounded, tetchy and less effective than it should be, America is still the power that counts. 

From GQ, Dan Bartlett—the president's most trusted aide—has been a true believer ever since he signed onto George W. Bush's gubernatorial campaign back in 1993. So why's he leaving now? The first Bush mistake? Choosing Cheney over Danforth. If you think the Vice President's abuse of power is scary now, consider what might happen when he counts Electoral College votes in a divisive 2008 election. Mount Broder erupts: Washington's leading political columnist discovers that Dick Cheney does bad stuff. This is much more important than it sounds.

For progressives, Gore's the One in 2008: The 44th American presidency is his for the taking. And it's time for the left to get busy asking. A look at how fringe politician Ron Paul took over the Web. Michael Bloomberg doesn't actually have to run for President to tilt the race his way. The rise of the $2 billion presidency: A review of The Buying of the President 2008. Cleaning up a candidate’s act: How to get special interest money out of elections. How to lose your inner Redneck: To help folks transition into the new world of Northern elite dominance (which includes, generally, the left coast as well), The Politico has a few suggestions. Candidates are forced to present two different faces to two different audiences — the plugged and the unplugged, the hip and the un-hip. How to deal with a noxious but prominent commentator like Ann Coulter? Confront her bigoted remarks and outright falsehoods? Or ignore her in hopes of dimming her spotlight?


From Stars & Stripes, a series of articles on Heroes. The Marine flack who starred in Control Room has been called a hero and a traitor for joining an Arabic news network: A review of Mission Al Jazeera: From Jarhead to Journalist by Josh Rushing. Breaking Rank: Meet Iraq veteran Adam Kokesh, the new mouthpiece of the anti-war movement. Armed & Dangerous: A look at how extremists are infiltrating the military

The Great Pseudo-Debate: We only pretend to talk seriously about Iraq. The politics of the war are Kabuki theater, punctuated by moments of Democratic jujitsu. Overvaluing American Values: The trouble with putting "values" at the center of our foreign policy. Bob Hormats talks about his book, The Price of Liberty: Paying for America's Wars. A review of The Pentagon: A History by Steve Vogel.

The End of the Journey: Is George W. Bush's conservatism the fulfillment of his movement or the betrayal of it? Sam Tanenhaus looks back at Whittaker Chambers, one of the founders of contemporary conservatism, who might not be so proud of our president. The introduction to The Right Talk: How Conservatives Transformed the Great Society into the Economic Society by Mark A. Smith. The Aquarians and the Evangelicals: How left-wing hippies and right-wing fundamentalists created a libertarian America. There are two kinds of responses to hypocrisy: cynicism and outrage. Watch “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” for evidence of the former and Fox News for examples of the latter. And while the parallel isn’t exact, we might think of misdirected Rortian ironists as favoring cynicism and misdirected Rortian metaphysicians as tending toward outrage. Politics, People and the Spectacle: The rules of democratic politics as a rational discourse do not seem to apply. 

From Fronesis, in Richard Florida's "creative city", the creative class dissolves the classical division between the productive bourgeoisie and the bohemian. But creativity strategies have been crafted to co-exist with urban socio-economic problems, not to solve them. From Business Week, The New Rich Are Building Bigger: Amid subprime woes, today's ultra-wealthy continue to build enormous trophy homes as testaments to their success. From Hoover Digest, an interview with Edward Lazear, chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers. Dean Baker on undoing Bush on the economy. SEIU President Andy Stern heads one of the strongest unions in the country. Why is he so cozy with corporations? A review of Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don’t by John R. Lott, Jr.


Michael Salter and Susan Twist (Central Lancashire): The Micro-Sovereignty of Discretion in Legal Decision-Making: Carl Schmitt’s Critique of Liberal Principles of Legality; and a review of Questioning Sovereignty: Law, State, and Nation in the European Commonwealth by Neil MacCormick. From TNR, Mark Lilla reviews Alexis de Tocqueville: A Life by Hugh Brogan. From Telos, Russell Berman on Intellectuals and Power, and an article on the inspiring power of the shy thinker: Richard Rorty. From Forward, a look at What Rorty Wrought. A review of The Parallax View by Slavoj Zizek. An interview with Gerald J. Russello, author of The Postmodern Imagination of Russell Kirk.

From New Statesman, a review of Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia by John Gray. From Ovi, an essay on Teihlard De Chardin on the evolution of Man (and part 2). We will never explain the cosmos by taking on faith either divinity or physical laws. True meaning is to be found within nature. Are we alone in the vastness of space? Or is the universe filled with life? After thousands of years of guesswork, humankind may soon know for sure. Cosmic mood-swings: Why human psychology will make sending people to Mars hard. The Asteroid Hunters: Backyard astronomers keep watch against Armageddon.

From CRB, Ramesh Ponnuru reviews Challenging Nature: The Clash of Science and Spirituality at the New Frontiers of Life by Lee M. Silver. Scientists could create the first new form of artificial life within months after a landmark breakthrough in which they turned one bacterium into another, and create embryonic stem cells by stimulating unfertilized eggs, a significant step toward producing transplant tissue that's genetically matched to women. It's not all the parent's fault: Delinquency in children now linked to biology. Brain Boosters: Enter the new world of neuroenhancers and have your brain zapped with electricity and dosed with chemicals.

David Weisbach (Chicago): What Does Happiness Research Tell Us About Happiness? Clive James on how there are lots of reasons to be cheerful about the world, many the result of human creativity - the difficulty is remembering not to be miserable. Darrin McMahon on Nanoseconds of Happiness: You're going to love your iPhone, until the next gizmo calls. Can happiness be quantified? An article on number-crunching satisfaction and desire. Michael Dirda reviews Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours by Noga Arikha (and more).


From Eurozine, Slovenian novelists are finding highly original ways to record the experience of transitional society, writes poet and critic Ales Steger. While male novelists take a hyper-realist, socially critical approach, their equally successful female counterparts are creating fictions only loosely connected to contemporary time and space. Is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie the heir to Nigerian literature as traced from Olaudah Equiano through Christopher Okigbo, Chinua Achebe, and Wole Soyinka? From TLS, South Africa's Ripper pimp? A review of The Fox and the Flies: The world of Joseph Silver - racketeer and psychopath by Charles van Onselen; and Borges finds his Boswell: A review of Borges by Adolfo Bioy Casares.

From Prospect, the problem with assessing much modern art is that it's hard to tell the difference between a banal work and one whose theme is banality. So, how might we make a case against Damien Hirst? A review of Beyond Belief. From Newsweek, which is the most influential work of art of the last 100 years? A review of Stealing the Scream: The Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece by Edward Dolnick. A review of Francis Bacon in the 1950s by Michael Peppiatt.

Writing on the Wall: The Graffiti Archaeology Project challenges the definition of archaeology. The maxim of beauty being in the eye of the beholder is no more true than in people's estimations of modern buildings. BBC Magazine takes some of Britain's most controversial buildings to task. Building Democracy: A review of Architecture of Democracy: American Architecture and the Legacy of the Revolution by Allan Greenberg. Builder in Chief: FDR shaped the Pentagon. Why haven't more presidents taken an interest in architecture? 

A review Chasing the Rising Sun: The Journey of an American Song by Ted Anthony. Bruceville is New Jersey, as it can be reconstructed out of Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics. Radio Days: Even college radio stations are subject to corporate pressures and playlists. 

From Time, a look at the life and work of movie critic Roger Ebert. Why did the hot-shot film producer call upon the humble novelist? Find out in this short story by Woody Allen. A review of Hollywood and the Mob: Movies, Mafia, Sex & Death by Tim Adler. Why should cinemagoers have to endure the narcissistic display of endless opening credits? They're distracting, artistically unacceptable mood-killers. From Slate, a series on summer movies, including The Original Tarantino: How Sergio Leone ushered in our borderless pop culture; The Surf Also Rises: How macho movies get misread as homoerotic; Leisure and Innocence: The eternal appeal of the stoner movie; and make it a large for a quarter more? A short history of movie theater concession stands.


From In These Times, a review of Iran Oil: The New Middle East Challenge to America by Roger Howard and Iran: A People Interrupted by Hamid Dabashi. The Walter Duranty of Saudi Arabia: An article on Commentary's clueless love letter to the land of the Wahhabis. Tony Blair is the wrong man for the job: Bringing peace to the Middle East is a noble goal, but he wants to do too much, and David Rieff on The Last Interventionist. Tony Blair would do well to listen to Akbar Ahmed when he takes up his new role as Middle East envoy in earnest. Frank Luntz on how Gordon Brown is about to realise the second most important adage of politics: you cannot be all things to all people.

From Prospect, an intellectual in power: Intensive study has made Gordon Brown into one of the best-read politicians of recent times. But what is his intellectual formation and style? And how will they inform his premiership? Intellectuals have had a mixed record in British politics. Let's hope that Gordon Brown is in the tradition of Gladstone rather than of Balfour; Brown's thinking is neither cosmopolitan nor sophisticated, and he is a loner with few strong links to leading intellectual contemporaries; Brown is less of an intellectual "magpie" than he seems. He draws on both liberal and conservative Americans for good reason; Brown's new book Courage is a response to the death of his first child. He has transformed his suffering into a lesson; and recent Labour leaders have kept quiet about their religious beliefs. As premier, will Brown allow his faith to leech into his politics

From The Washington Monthly, The New Vision: Theodore C. Sorensen on the speech he wants the Democratic nominee to give. Election '08: A look at how each candidate will blow it. What do the Washington Post — and the rest of the mainstream media — have against Al Gore? Eric Alterman wants to know. Has Jonah Goldberg gone soft on Hillary? Her name's been removed from his forthcoming book's subtitle. 

From TAP, Life After the GOP: Congress Santorum, Allen, Weldon, Burns, Pombo — Where are they now? Checking up on the '06 Republican losers. An interview with Matt Margolis and Mark Noonan, authors of Caucus of Corruption: The Truth about the New Democratic Majority. Down With Plutocrats and Fat Cat Donors: Bruce Ackerman and Ian Ayres on giving the rest of us money to spend on campaign contributions.

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