From Re-Public, a special issue on Time and Governance, including an essay on democracy in the age of neoliberal speed; an article on Kant, civil war and the folds of meaning; more on the re-engineering of time; an essay on working time flexibility as a socially questionable but politically favoured policy choice; reflections upon the relationship between space, time and governance; an article on real-time and the politics of presence; and what lies behind the notion of progress?; an interview with Bruno Latour on the end of progressivism, the limits of representation, and the irrelevance of parliaments; Richard Dawkins on time; an essay on temporality and Giorgio Agamben’s The Coming Community; and more.

From Open Letters Monthly, can a writer be objective about poverty? John Cotter thinks William T. Vollmann’s striking approach in Poor People is both beautiful and frustratingly distant. From Business Week, an interview with Robert Frank, author of The Economic Naturalist: In Search of Explanations for Everyday Enigmas. The Art of Letting Go: Mark Skousen lauds a Chinese philosopher who drove away a third of the students in a class at Columbia Business School.

Too much of a good thing? Researchers are eager to accept funding from philanthropists. Some universities are better than others: In the competitive world of higher education, the market has spoken. From the latest Phyllis Schlafly Report, a look at what colleges teach — and don't teach. The people's scientist: Kathy Sykes made a microscope from a saucepan on telly and says academics must learn to listen.

Scientists have discovered element 118, the newest block on the periodic table. But  why do scientists work so hard to create new elements that last for such a short time? The man behind the magnitude scale: A review of Richter’s Scale: Measure of an Earthquake, Measure of a Man (and more). Steve Donoghue gently debunks the anthropocentric conceits of Pulitzer Prize-winner Douglas Hofstadter’s newest book, I Am a Strange Loop.

From Natural History, the Cosmic Perspective: Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how embracing cosmic realities can give us a more enlightened view of human life; a review of The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Prehistory; and Faces of the Human Past: Science and art combine to create a new portrait gallery of our hominid heritage. Obituary: Mary Douglas. Anthropology's "Other": A review of The Anthropology of Christianity, ed. by Fenella Cannell and Christian Moderns: Freedom and Fetish in the Mission Encounter by Webb Keane.

And from The University Bookman, a review of Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense by N. T. Wright; a review of Politics and Economics. An Essay on the Genesis of Economic Development by Rocco Pezzimenti; a review of Cattolicesimo, protestantesimo e capitalismo by Paolo Zanotto; a review of Law and Revolution, II: The Impact of the Protestant Reformation on the Western Legal Tradition by Harold J. Berman; and a review of The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization by Bryan Ward-Perkins and The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians by Peter Heather


From H-Net, a review of The 'War on Terror' and the Framework of International Law. A review of Bad Men: Guantanamo Bay and the secret prisons. A review of Dangerous Nation by Robert Kagan. America, the world's arms pusher: No one is paying much attention to it, but our top export is the deadliest. The world as Shakespearean tragedy: Judging by the body count, modern global politics look headed for the bloody final act of a Bard tragedy.

A review of The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor by William Langewiesche (and more and more and more and more and more and an excerpt). From Jewcy, should we bomb Iran? Michael Freund and Justin Raimondo hash it out. Across the divide: Iran, in its effort to become a regional and global power, is reaching out across the Sunni-Shi'ite divide, exhorting Muslims worldwide to tolerate their differences — and march under one Islamic banner. David Remnick on why the Six-Day War is still being fought: A review of books. The professed goals of terrorists - - aspirations for equality or justice, for example - - may well be legitimate. However, the fact that terrorists act in isolation may actually set back their cause.

A Shining Model of Wealth Without Liberty: The Iraq war isn't over, but one thing's already clear: China won. A review of The Occupation to Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace by Ali A. Allawi. Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute of the Army will now oversee operations in Iraq and Afghanistan — the so-called war czar. But is it a title worth having? America wants progress reports. What’s lacking in Iraq is good information. Soldiers’ Stories: What fires up the journalists at Military Times is the vulnerability of the community they cover.

Online, GOP is playing catch-up, as Democrats get an edge on the Web (and more by Jeff Jarvis). Hello, I’m a Democrat: Meet the netroots activists who have moved online and into political office. A review of The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to Be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Revolution by Neftali Bendavid. A review of No Retreat, No Surrender by Tom DeLay.

From The Politico, here a user's guide to Gore fever. Another book, another slide show, another global rock concert — another run? Al Gore has big plans. Where are you, Dream Candidate? Dream candidates always look, well, dreamy. Until they decide to run. Nader Redux: Should Dems fear Mike Gravel? Thirty years ago, he put the Pentagon Papers into the Senate record. Now he's back with a presidential campaign—and a bid to end the war before the election.

Should the libertarian Republican Ron Paul be kept out of the presidential debates? What Ron Paul said in this week's debate is utterly uncontroversial and true. If he was "blaming the victim" then he is in the company of many, many conservative pundits and intellectuals. And Land of the Giants: In the race for president, do the little people still matter?


Amis, boozer. Tynan, cold. Beckett, rubbish: A review of The Angry Years: the Rise and Fall of the Angry Young Men by Colin Wilson. A review of Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk (and more). Dave Eggers's What Is the What shows he has recovered from irony overload to tell a truly heartbreaking tale of a young man's journey from Africa to America.

A review of books by doctors who wield the pen to heal the profession. A thriller suggests Isaac Newton was murderously ambitious: A review of Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott. A geoscientific page-turner: German thriller Der Schwarm plants one foot firmly in real science, the other gets chewed by clairvoyant, needle-toothed methane worms. The (Other) Secret: The inverse square law trumps the law of attraction. The Secret's Success Micki McGee puts a progressive spin on the self-help bestseller. Think Negative!: Oprah, it's time to come clean about The Secret.

Safety and love first: An article on the politics of children’s literature and Barbara McClintock. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was Education Secretary Alan Johnson's favourite book at the age of 11. And it's on a list of the top 160 books for teenage boys. But is Mark Twain's tale relevant today? How his down-and-out Central Valley days gave Mark Twain his voice—and made him famous. The invention of America: Two books, Walt Disney: The Biography by Neal Gabler and The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney, illustrate how scenes from the life of Walt Disney have shaped how we all see Main Street, USA (and more).

Rhett, Scarlett and friends prepare for yet another encore: The second sequel to Gone With the Wind will be published this fall after years of setbacks. The Southernness of the South: An interview with Roy Blount, Jr., author of Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South.

From The Nation, over eighteen seasons and three presidential eras, The Simpsons has paid badly animated homage to all that sucks in America. Simon Maxwell Apter measures their impact; and Calvin Trillin pays tribute to Studs Terkel, a Chicago icon whose curiosity and generosity of spirit embraces everyone, without regard to rank or station. From PopMatters, an article on America's Most Policed Art Form: The rise of the informal mixtape economy. Roll Over, iPod: There's nothing like a genuine jukebox.

From Smithsonian, Blues Alley: How Chicago became the blues capital of the world. Billy Taylor has made a career of trying to prove that jazz still has an audience. But does it? An interview with T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, author of Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women. A review of Third Coast: Outkast, Timbaland & How Hip-Hop Became a Southern Thing. When the sounds were a-changin': A review of White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s by Joe Boyd. The life and loves of a he-devil: Marilyn Manson talks sex, death and make-up. And Sex, Drugs and Updating Your Blog: How the rock ‘n’ roll life became a desk job


From The New Yorker, Angels and Ages: Adam Gopnik on Lincoln’s language and its legacy; and O Lucky Man! Nicholas Lemann reviews The Reagan Diaries. A review of Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989 by Michael Beschloss (and an excerpt). Gay in D.C. during the height of McCarthyism: A review of Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon (and more). Alan Brinkley reviews Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years by David Talbot (and more). A review of Vincent Bugliosi's Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. An interview with R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., author of The Clinton Crack-Up: The Boy President's Life After the White House.

From The Texas Observer, Being Warren Chisum: Inside the mind of the state's most powerful fundamentalist. The death of the Rev. Jerry Falwell highlighted the evangelical Christian movement’s recent evolution. Down, but Maybe Not Out: Seeing the persistence of the conservative movement through two of its most recent fallen — Paul Wolfowitz and Jerry Falwell. Church and State: Frances FitzGerald on how Jerry Falwell shaped American society. Frank Rich on the Reverend Falwell's heavenly timing. A review of Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion.

A review of On Conscience and more and more on Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI. A review of The Power and the Glory: Inside the Dark Heart of John Paul II's Vatican. What does a girl have to do to get excommunicated? Catholic officials keep threatening to excommunicate pro-choice politicians and activists like Frances Kissling. She thinks they're bluffing, and canon law is on her side.


From Post-Autistic Economics Review, Arjo Klamer (Erasums), Deirdre McCloskey (UIC), and and Stephen Ziliak (Roosevelt): Is There Life after Samuelson’s Economics? Changing the Textbooks; Edward Fullbrook (UWE): Narrative Pluralism; and should countries aspire to a high score for “economic freedom”? pdf.

A review of The Origin of the History of Science in Classical Antiquity. A review of Eriugena, Berkeley, and the Idealist Tradition. From Kritika & Kontext, no translator can translate equally well. A lot gets lost in translation. Some languages don't translate well. These are just some of the translator's dirty secrets.

From Sign and Sight, the press is a public resource: Philosopher Jürgen Habermas argues for state support for quality newspapers. The intellectual ties that bind: Lisa Jardine on the history of shared intellectual activity between the US and Europe. A tale of scholarly pugilists: An Oxford Blue recognises the pleasure of thumping Cambridge boys in Blue Blood, a film about boxing at Oxford University.

Christian law schools springing up: With an explicitly Christian worldview, these students want to leave their mark on the law. Don’t Be Afraid of Committees: Graduate students have much to learn by getting involved in academic governance. The Closing of the University Commons: Lewis F. Powell and his followers knew that tightening the financial screws on the universities would serve to make the higher education fall into line. Battling Term-Paper Cheats: As more students turn to online paper mills for help, schools are fighting back with their own high-tech methods of detecting cheats. Are they overreacting?

From HNN, an article on rediscovering American conservatism again. From Wired, why famous counterfactual historian Niall Ferguson loves making history with games. A gentlemanly game that became a monster: A review of Why Beauty Is Truth by Ian Stewart.

From Scientific American, Going beyond X and Y: Babies born with mixed sex organs often get immediate surgery. New genetic studies should force a rethinking about sex assignment and gender identity; The Traveler's Dilemma When playing this simple game, people consistently reject the rational choice. In fact, by acting illogically, they end up reaping a larger reward—an outcome that demands a new kind of formal reasoning; a look at 10 animals that may go extinct in the next 10 years; and so what do you make of an idea like Pleistocene rewilding? The man who lost himself: Jeff Ingram rebuilt his life after suffering total amnesia. Then it happened again. The no-frills thrill: How value engineering governs your life more than you know


From Canada, the agony of the executioner: How a Parkdale man became the country's first official hangman – and was destroyed by it; and how come this great product is so hard to brand? Spacing magazine's Leah Sandals weighs in on slogans for selling Toronto.

Though Hackney is officially the worst place to live in Britain, the people of Albion Drive are riding a property rollercoaster. A review of Littlejohn's Britain by Richard Littlejohnm and more on Loudmouth with an instinct for the jugular, and home truths.

From LRB, Andrew O’Hagan on the garbage of England and the things we throw away. As the Labour party prepares to change leaders, David Kynaston traces its evolution from post-second world war austerity and alleged disconnection with ’ordinary people’ to the populism of Tony Blair. A review of Austerity Britain 1945-51 (and more). In his new book, A History of Modern Britain, Andrew Marr turns his own idiosyncratic eye on the quests and quirks that have shaped the nation (and more and more).

Paul Johnson on London as the epicenter of capitalism. From CJR, Superiority Complex: An article on why the Brits think they’re better. For Better or Worse: Eric Rauchway on the special relationship, reconsidered. A review of By Hook or by Crook: a journey in search of English, by David Crystal.

¡Viva el español! The Spanish language may soon have more native speakers than English. A review of Mixed Signals: U.S. Human Rights Policy and Latin America. How concrete channelled the American dream: A review of Panama Fever by Matthew Parker. Tourism or cocaine? Caribbean economies depend on tourism. So why aren't the nations to the north encouraging an honest way to make a buck?

From The Nation, if we are ever to solve the Israel/Palestinian conflict, learning each other's historical narratives is surely the place to begin. Israel is facing a challenge it never expected when it captured East Jerusalem and reunited the city in the 1967 war: each year, Jerusalem’s population is becoming more Arab and less Jewish. An excerpt from Dark Hope Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine by David Shulman. Whose Israel question?

A review of My Israel Question by Antony Loewenstein. The writing cure Living in a war zone, Israeli writer David Grossman turned away from recording the conflict in his work. But after his son was killed in the army, he found it was the only way to come to terms with his grief.

The introduction to On Suicide Bombing by Talal Asad.  More on Buda's Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb. Are we likely to get terrorism betting markets anytime soon? If we really wanted to know the score on terrorism, we’d listen to the experts. And regicide's risk: Killing a leader doesn't always work


The Los Angeles legacy of Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht and many other German exiles: A review of Weimar on the Pacific : German Exile Culture in Los Angeles and the Crisis of Modernism (and more). Most educated people know three things about Cecil Day-Lewis: that he was Poet Laureate; that he joined the Communist Party; and that he was the father of the actor Daniel Day-Lewis: A review of C Day-Lewis: a Life by Peter Stanford.; and when she wed the future poet laureate C Day-Lewis her parents disowned her, wary of his reputation as a womaniser. The actress has rarely talked about her marriage, but she tells Rachel Cooke about their love, their children Daniel and Tamasin, and the hurt she still suffers.

Presence, Arthur Miller's final collection of stories, is an important reminder that artists can do accomplished work right up to the end of life. More and more on Cultural Amnesia by Clive James. Carlin Romano reviews The Case for Literature by Gao Xingjian.

This month, Orion Books will publish a set of pared-down classics. Seven authors on what books they would put on the chopping block. Simon & Schuster is proposing a change in the way it defines when a book is out of print. Literary festivals used to be humble gatherings of authors and fans. But now they are undergoing a boom, with new events opening and everyone from politicians to pop stars getting in on the act. A word to the wise on co-ordinating literary festivals: avoid double bookings. If what you're reading happens to give you that dizzy fizz, you know you're in for the ride of your life.

Not everybody's a critic: Sure, anyone with a blog can express an opinion about a book, but true criticism is more than just an opinion. Iraq War blogger Colby Buzzell wins online publisher's inaugural book award. Personal computers and the Internet's ability to fling information far and wide have further exacerbated the idea of Everyday Shakespeares. Before the terror: As a precocious teenager, Stalin had a surprising talent for romantic poetry, a passion that endured throughout his life. Simon Sebag Montefiore asks how the youthful scribbler became a ruthless tyrant. Many leading American and British novelists felt compelled to confront the implications of September 11. Have they succeeded in capturing the new world order, asks Pankaj Mishra.

As professional politics becomes ever more remote, the most fraught controversies of our time are migrating into art. Point of Order: Robert’s Rules, brainchild of an obscure general, has survived 130 years, 10 editions — even use by 1960s radicals. And cartoons deemed unfit for print: Did these rejected editorial cartoons go over the line? Draw your own conclusion


From Environment, "Dry": Three stories of adaptation to Life Without Water. From New Internationalist, a special issue of The State of the World's Ocean. From The Hindu, an empty sea, a silver beach: Following the tsunami, the artisanal fishermen of Alappuzha face many threats that affect their traditional livelihood. Ocean Blues: America’s once-bountiful seafood supply has been decimated. Can the president say kapu?

As latest research confirms the effect of climate change on the coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia is gearing to deal with the threat to its greatest natural resource. Stopping the loggers is the fastest and cheapest solution to climate change. So why are global leaders turning a blind eye to this crisis? From Technology Review, planning for a climate-changed world: As the global picture grows grimmer, states and cities are searching for the fine-scale predictions they need to prepare for emergencies—and to keep the faucets running (and part 2).  What would Rachel Carson have thought of the Bush era? Elizabeth Kolbert wants to know.

From Monthly Review, an article on the imperative of an International Guaranteed Income. Thomas E. Woods on Plunder or Enterprise: The World's Choice. From Financial Times, an article on Robert Merton and the appliance of financial science. An interview is the first publicity event for Alan Greenspan's forthcoming book, The Age of Turbulence.

From TAP, Beyond "Card Check": What a comprehensive labor agenda would look like — and why the Democratic presidential candidates should be put on record with their stances on it. Time Off for the Overworked American: A growing movement seeks to ensure that all workers have paid time off — and feel free to take advantage of it. Why is income inequality in America so pronounced? Consider education. A review of Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole by Benjamin R. Barber. The Next Social Contract: The candidate best able to articulate a new set of mutual obligations between America's citizens, employers, and government may be the one to lead us into the 21st century.

From The Economist, greed is still good: But who is Gordon Gekko now? A review of Age of Betrayal: The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900. A review of The Money Lawyers: The No-Holds-Barred World of Today's Richest and Most Powerful Lawyers.

From TNR, Jonathan Cohn on why Clinton and Obama should get specific on health care (and a response by Mark Schmitt), and a review of Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis — And the People Who Pay the Price. And a review of Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande


From Slate, The Cult of the Pink Tower: Montessori turns 100—what the hell is it? Leaving a big mess on campus: As school ends, students abandon clothes, fridges, ramen and more. Activists collect them for charities. Why do Mount Holyoke, Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Smith, and Wellesley — and dozens of other women's colleges — stubbornly carry on as single-sex institutions? Some colleges want to curb flow of data to magazine: Annual rankings by U.S. News called misleading; "peer reputation" survey particularly criticized.

Iraq's Universities Near Collapse: Hundreds of professors and students have been killed or kidnapped, hundreds more have fled, and those who remain face daily threats of violence. Africa’s storied colleges, jammed and crumbling: Far from being a repository of the continent’s hopes for the future, Africa’s decrepit universities have become hotbeds of discontent. British, French and German universities will be overtaken by those in China and India within a decade unless they improve quality and access. Purple patches on nation and state and democracy and populism by John Lukacs.

From The New York Times, Tick-Tock and Other Pulses of the West: What do inventions like clocks say about Western culture? Edward Rothstein investigates. A review of Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fiction by Fredric Jameson. Even as NASA prepares again to go to the moon, Dark Side of the Moon seeks to dispel some of the received myths from that earlier escapade.

A review of Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson and Einstein: A Biography by Jürgen Neffe. A review of The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier. A review of The Poincaré Conjecture: in Search of the Shape of the Universe by Donal O'Shea. A review of Unknown Quantity: a Real and Imagined History of Algebra by John Derbyshire. A review of Flat Earth: The History of an Infamous Idea by Christine Garwood. The Darwin Correspondence Project put 5,000 letters to and from the father of evolution online last week. Now the public can track the evolution of the eponymous evolutionist.

A body of impressive empirical evidence reveals that the roots of prosocial behavior, including moral sentiments like empathy, precede the evolution of culture. An unspoken assumption is that accountability is always a good thing. A growing body of psychological experiments, however, shows that this assumption is wrong. From First Science, an article on the science of sleepwalking. And what is it that makes Superman Super? And is there any basis in real science for the man of steel?


From Frontline, a review of Masks of Empire. Is imperial liquidation possible for America? Chalmers Johnson on the Evil Empire. From National Journal, is the American era over? The sun hasn't set on the American era, but a surprising number of foreign affairs experts see the United States in a fading light; and Jonathan Rauch on how President Bush is resolute about the war, but he's delusional about how long America is willing to wait for that outcome.

From Harper's, an interview with Marc Lynch on Iraq, the surge, and Al Qaeda. There is no insurgency in Iraq: The United States has been trying to win the hearts and minds of Iraqis. Iraq expert Stephen Biddle says that is the wrong strategy. There is no insurgency, he says. Instead, we need to focus on ending the civil war. A review of Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Iraq. If Iraq has taught us anything, it is that facts are slippery little creatures, even when published in The New York Times. From Foreign Service Journal, many in the Foreign Service may hope that things will get back to "normal" once the Iraq War is over. Don't count on it.

What do Dick Cheney and Jimmy Carter have in common? Redeeming Cheney: How can Vice President Dick Cheney salvage his historical legacy? From Slate, the Icing is Iglesias: His firing is reason alone for Congress to impeach Gonzales. When special interests talk, politicians listen and the rest of us suffer. But why do politicians listen? "Special-interest" legislation is popular. Was Henry Kissinger right when he said, “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac”? Dems are bringing sexy back. Thomas Schaller on why single women a sleeping giant for Democratic Party.

Could an independent Bloomberg-Hagel presidential ticket have a chance? Would such a pairing pull more from Democrats or Republicans? Charlie Cook investigates. Rudy Giuliani has the potential to split the social and economic conservatives who have constituted the Republican Party's base since Ronald Reagan united them a quarter-century ago. The Sane Fringe Candidate: Meet John Cox, Republican candidate for president. John Dickerson on the stupid GOP effort to silence Ron Paul. From McSweeney's, here are the pros and cons of the top 20 Republican presidential candidates. The Fraudulent Fraud Squad: An article on the incredible, disappearing American Center for Voting Rights.

From First Monday, an essay on election bloggers and the methods for determining political influence. Battle of the Blogosphere: Which blogs deliver politics as unusual? Cavanaugh vs. Gillespie debate. The Internet has turned campaign news more and more into one-liners, weird exchanges, jaw-dropping flubs and other arresting moments. And from The Politico, an article on Politics 2.0: The rise of the netizen

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