From The Washingtonian, Joe Biden is now a heartbeat away from the presidency — his life has been full of surprising highs and extraordinary lows; how social networks, bloggers, “macaca moments,” and other products of the new technology are changing politics — and presidential campaigns; a look at what happens when you call 911 in Washington, DC; and an article on journalists' secret lives. The cancer drug Herceptin saved Virginia Postrel’s life; it also cost $60,000 — would health-care reform put it, and other expensive new drugs, out of reach? More on The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul by Patrick French (and more from Bookforum). A review of The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization by Jonathan Lyons (and more). An interview with James Boyle, author of The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind. Entwined contemplations of author Chris Hedges (War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning) and former ad-man Bruce Bauman, and their respective relationships to the essay’s author (a ne’er-do-well novelist and ex-soldier). Casualty and other war statistics suggest that despite terrorism’s terrible toll, the New World Order really has created a more secure world. When did the Great Depression receive its name? (and who named it?) More on Stefan Collini's Absent Minds.

From The Nation, sallow, queer, sagacious: A review of The Lincoln Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Legacy From 1860 to Now; and Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic Era: History and Memory in Late Twentieth-Century America by Barry Schwartz; and a review of The Politics of Truth: Selected Writings of C. Wright Mills. From H-Net, a review of Creating the National Security State: A History of the Law That Transformed America by Douglas Stuart; and a a review of Philosophical Perspectives on the "War on Terrorism". Paul Pillar on how to discourage the speaking of truth to power: The damage done by the Chas Freeman saga. Will George Bush’s presidential center be for scholars or for the pursuit of the former president’s policies? The final mystery of a tantalisingly incomplete novel by Charles Dickens, both a global celebrity and the epitome of an era, continues to move our hearts nearly two centuries after his birth. Are we ready to use Wikipedia? The popular online encyclopedia — much derided by many professors — can provide guidance that no instructor alone can offer. President Obama has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape Americans' attitudes about their government, though Obama's job is harder than FDR's (and more). You, only different: Why do girlfriends and wives keep trying to change their men? 

From the International Journal on Multicultural Societies, a special issue on Citizenship Tests in a Post-National Era. John W. Stickels (UTA): The Victim Satisfaction Model of the Criminal Justice System. A review of The Apology Ritual: A Philosophical Theory of Punishment by Christopher Bennett. A deeper look at “justice” takes us to the hearts of deeply opposed philosophies: Are you a retributivist? A utilitarian? Neither position provides a perfect defense of our desire to punish people. From Cato Unbound, Glenn Loury on A Nation of Jailers. From FT, an article on the case for a Glass-Steagall "lite". From Plus, an article on understanding uncertainty: 2845 ways of spinning risk. "This Week at War" is a weekly feature at Foreign Policy, reviewing what's hot in small wars, and at Small Wars Journal; and criminal activity is spreading to some surprising places and groups — here are five crime waves that authorities never saw coming. To Kindle or not to Kindle? Scott McLemee thinks that's not really the question. Matthew Yglesias reviews Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. Ross Douthat, the college years: A look at the newest New York Times columnist’s undergrad writing. From Bookforum, a roundtable on The New Geography by Jeffrey Kastner, Tom McCarthy, Nato Thompson, and Eyal Weizman. 

From FT, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged is the book that’s in and out of fashion (and more from Portfolio); and Paul Kennedy on reading the big four — Smith, Marx, Schumpeter, and Keynes — to know capital’s fate. Alan Wolfe on Obama vs. Marx (Hint: One of them's not a socialist). From NPR, is capitalism dead? Yes, no, maybe (though worldwide, there are hardly any socialists in positions of power). Is this really the end of neoliberalism? David Harvey investigates (and more and more). From International Socialism, Marxism and ethics; and where is the radical left going? Alex Callinicos investigates. From Canadian Dimension, if twenty-first century socialism differs from yesterday’s, what is it? From Green Left Weekly, a review of The Challenge and Burden of Historical Time: Socialism in the Twenty-First Century by Istvan Meszaros; an essay on the rise of "socialism for the 21st century"; an interview with John Bellamy Foster on capitalism’s burning house; a review of Meltdown! A Socialist View of the Capitalist Crisis; a look at Karl Marx the ecologist (and more); and a review of Hell & High Water: Climate Change, Hope & the Human Condition by Alastair McIntosh. Does Malthus or Marx have the best solution for global population growth? Al Gore did not invent the Internet, but with the advent of his .eco domain, he could lay claim to inventing a "green Internet" (and more).