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[Dec 31] From Turkmenistan, on the erosion of its national political institutions. From Taiwan, High Court rrejects efforts to overturn controversial election. From Uganda, a cease-fire between northern fighters and the government is expected to be signed. From Turkey, on the affinity of civilizations. From the United States, the choice between back-breaking human labor and efficient fruit-harvesting machines is approaching fast. From Counterpunch, is the US stingy? It's all relative. How the Bush administration's assault on the Geneva Conventions has caused collateral damage to the legal offices of the executive branch and the military. An op-ed on why international courts are about politics, not law. And an article on the rise and fall of Fannie Mae's Franklin Raines

[Dec 30] From the Andaman Islands, after tsunami, Stone Age tribes' fate hangs in balance. On China and Latin America: Magic, or realism? How England became the country that dare not speak its name. An article on George W. Bush’s Crusade and American Fundamentalism. These are bright days for "community" in general, the term if not the concept. A review of Bicycle: The History. Internet use is said to cut into TV viewing and socializing. And on how the Anonymous Lawyer blog has struck a nerve

[Dec 29] From Europe, Muslims may be headed where the Marxists went before. A review of The Life and Times of Mexico. From National Catholic Reporter, a series on Latin America Today, in 10 parts. IMF's Rodrigo Rato on the outlook for 2005. Ron Suskind on the Cabinet of Incuriosities. Michael Kinsley on how Social Security privatization theories don't hold up. From TNR, how Dubya is bad, but his father was worse. More on Dick Morris' Because He Could. More on Hard News (and an excerpt). On the year that wasn't: An alternative history of the 2004 presidential race. 2004 was The Year of (Your Catchphrase Here). From Alternet, on the top news stories of 2004, and things to forget. Here's a test of how much trivia you accumulated during this year. From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on The Lives They Lived. And Susan Sontag dies, with an appreciation (and more)

[Dec 28] From Hungary, parliament ratifies EU Constitution. From India, take a relook at kitsch. From Switzerland, dissecting democracy, artist stirs debate. From PINR, an article on democracy in the former Soviet Union: 1991-2004. Abraham Foxman on hate music as a new recruitment tool for white supremacists. An op-ed on why some politicians need their prisons to stay full. David Brooks on the Hookie Awards, part 2. To understand how polarized politics became in 2004, just glance at a columnist's e-mail. And can we please agree on what era it is we're living in?

[Dec 27] From Argentina, the national economic rally defies forecasts. From Mexico, Subcomandante Marcos is a rebel without a cause and a knack for prose. From South Korea, elitist ideas have a long history. From the United States, New York City subway mosaic turns riders into underground philosophers, and get used to it: Suburbia is not going away, no matter what critics say or do. Has a runaway greenhouse effect begun? Thomas Friedman on a Sunday news quiz. From OJR, how religion became big news on the net, and 2004 was the year of the little people in online journalism. And a look back on a year of political and cultural let-downs

[Weekend 2e] From the United Arab Emirates, national prosperity tempers desire for democratic reform. From Pakistan, on how starving people cannot be held together by promises of paradise in the hereafter. From India, PM Manmohan Singh remembers former prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao. From the International Crisis Group, a report: What can the US do in Iraq? A French journalist held hostage in Iraq says his captors wanted Bush re-elected. David Brooks publishes his own Hookie Awards, named after Sidney Hook. The King William's College quiz is devised for the intellectual torture of the school's pupils, and this is your chance to suffer with them. Obituary: Richard Barnet (and more). And from The Globalist, what surprises could next year hold? Here are seven possibilities

[Weekend] From Sierra Leone, filmmaker Sorious Samura writes a letter to Jesse Jackson. From Italy, politics without God? George Weigel on Europe's Malaise. From the United States, signs of the Confederacy are vanishing in the South. From The Globalist, on The State of the Globe 2004/05: Toward equity in development? From Writ, a look at the most important legal developments of 2004. Here are the top 20 reasons why 2005 may be the most interesting year in Washington--but can it top 2004, The Year of Puppet Sex? And here's a look at the economics of gift-giving

[Dec 24] From Mauritius, does gender matter in political representation? From Egypt, economic development was not only the problem of our generation but the sole inspiration of the Third World. The Democratic Party is locked in an internal struggle over whether to redefine its position on abortion. The Washington Post buys Slate. From CJR, an article on saving journalism: How to nurse the good stuff until it pays. From LA Weekly, a special issue on its annual Zeitlist, including some essential reading provided by the US government. Why being a Santa today can be a drain. And The Guardian profiles Saint Nicholas

[Dec 23] From Portugal, on the beginning of an uncertain time that will either precede a reconsolidation or will signal a chronic state of weakness. From Great Britain, a writer is in hiding as violence closes Sikh play. From South Africa, a letter to the editor on Hegel and the state. From Freedom House, a new issue of the Freedom in the World report is out. From the Population Council, a special report on Growing Up Global: The Changing Transitions to Adulthood in Developing Countries. Beyond cheap labor: Lessons for developing economies. Ahmad Chalabi on the future Iraq deserves. Franklin Foer on neocon vs. neocon on Iran. Here's an open letter to Jose Saramago. Jeff Madrick on the bottom line on overhauling Social Security. From The New York Observer, an article on RudyWorld/HilWorld, and on Hillary '08: Don't ask if--it's a go! Jeffrey Friedman on the problem with the media. Seventeen is the perfect age according to a study on consumer attitudes and values. And want to improve your life? Have more sex

[Dec 22] From Uzbekistan, the upcoming staged elections will not be good news for the country nor for Russia and the West. From Malaysia, Mahathir urges Muslims to focus on modern sciences. From India, to be a somebody, remain a nobody. From Australia, Elizabeth Farrelly is thinking of starting a movement called Pagans for Proper Churches. From Europe, behind the wheel, the Finns are the most obedient souls. From Eurozine, the Ukraine is in a tug between East and West. From The Globalist, on soybeans: The new king of the crop? Fannie Mae forces out its chairman and chief executive, Franklin Raines. From Slate, on the president's don't-ask, don't-tell press conference, and on how President Bush gets to believe what he does about Social Security. Let’s say that again: There is no Social Security crisis. And presents are for primitives: Those who donate gifts are not always being altruistic, but are often being self-centred

[Dec 21] From Paraguay, Lino Oviedo, former army chief, is a man of muscle and mystery. From Germany, a snappy slogan? In German? Don't smile. Try English. From Bosnia, international sanctions precipitate a constitutional crisis. From Europe, EU leaders decide Croatia will start entry talks next year, but what should the EU do with its poor and eager neighbors? From Pravda, how did America arrive at this sordid state? Nearly half of all Americans surveyed said they think the US government should restrict the civil liberties of Muslim Americans. Republican privatization plans are more than a threat to Social Security -- they're a threat to national security. Jonathan Chait on why Bush's tax cut didn't work--and won't work. From The Brookings Institution, a report Toward a New Metropolis: The Opportunity To Rebuild America. And here's a survivor's guide for presidential nominees

[Dec 20] From Bhutan, on a new economic measure: Happiness. From Ghana, does the left still exist in national politics? From Great Britain, a popular intellectual is on fast track to No 10. From the United States, are New Englanders as cheap as the Generosity Index makes them out to be? A review of books on Putin's Russia. Enrique Dussel on China's New Latin Beat, and why Europe means fair play. A new outbreak of optimism about the European Union—from across the Atlantic, no less. Richard Sennett reviews 2004: The Guardian Year. Why 2005 could be a big year in the fight against poverty. Michael Lind on the Red State Sneer. From TCS, is Google God? The Net has made us bigger, but not necessarily better. An article on the pursuit of knowledge, from Genesis to Google (and more). A look at the Florida political bloggers who matter -- and one who broke news. And Jeffrey Rosen on blogging and privacy

[Weekend] From Russia, Putin's efforts at home falter on world stage. From Pakistan, why the general begs to differ. Self-obsessed despots are out of fashion in most places, but not in North Korea, Turkmenistan and Togo. An interview with author Lesley Gill on the School for the Americas, From Slate, on who's to blame for the UN oil-for-food scandal, how the global economy thrives without the United States, an interview with Admiral Bob Inman on intelligence, and must we spend another $80 billion before we admit missile defense doesn't work? Political Memo: How good will reserves run low on Social Security. Some of Michael Kinsley's best friends are bloggers. From TNR, MoveOn's founders respond to Peter Beinart (and more and more on liberal People Power). From Salon, how Abelard and Heloise uncannily anticipate today's battles over sex and religion, and 2004 was a year of monumentally bad sex. A review of Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show. Long silent, the oldest profession gets vocal and organized. And have yourself a wonderful Mangaian night

[Dec 17] From Puerto Rico, a disputed election hangs on the balance. From India, the Manmohan Singh government gets kudos from Amartya Sen (and more on Sen). From South Africa, why the jury's still out on Fukuyama's thesis. From Great Britain, why there is no such thing as the state, and society is dumbing down? Don't blame the media. From India, on how a prerequisite of democracy is the democratization of communication. From Russia, young women from small towns still dream of the flashy life of the capital’s “gentlemen’s” clubs. From Eastern Europe, some quirky news from around the region. From The Guardian, a special report on What is Europe? Timothy Garton Ash on the Great Powers of Europe, Redefined. Why "American influence" is the great white whale of the 21st century. Peter Beinart on the danger that, in the wake of Iraq, liberals will turn inward, as many did after Vietnam. Christopher Hitchens on Bush's secularist triumph. Michael Kinsley on why it's inspiring to see gay rights heading for official approval. An article on the real goal of tort reform. From Reason, on Zell Miller’s un-American view of the armed forces. A new Military Channel will be launched. Blue voters are now urged to buy blue. And as the year draws to a close, here are some of psychic predictions for 2004

[Dec 16] From PINR, an essay on Testing the Currents of Multipolarity. The UN replaces Andrew Thompson, author of Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures: A True Story from Hell on Earth. A review of The Emperor's Beard: Dom Pedro II and the Tropical Monarchy of Brazil. From the IMF, why credible policies will break the dollar's fall. From The Weekly Standard, a lobbyist progress: Jack Abramoff and the end of the Republican Revolution. Fred Bergsten on why Bush needs a decisive change of course. And from Slate, why decisions made by the Bush White House are dumber than the people who work there, a look at the greatest Wall Street danger of all, and who nailed the election results?
[Dec 31] Marxist Perspectives: From International Viewpoint, an attempt to track the theoretical challenges faced by Marxism today, and a discussion on the building of the anti-capitalist left in Europe. From Monthly Review, John Bellamy Foster on the Empire of Barbarism, an article on The New Israel, a review of books on Black Radicals, a review of The Perverse Economy: The Impact of Markets on People and the Environment, and a look at the Mayhem in the Medical Marketplace. From Multinational Monitor, a special issue on medicine and markets. From Political Affairs, clearing the air on health care, and an article on how capitalism stays afloat. And from Socialist Review, on the role played by bourgeois revolutions in the formation of the modern world, and an interview with Robert Fisk

[Dec 30] From The Economist, Tony Blair on the challenges facing the G-8. From NYRB, Sister Helen Prejean on Death in Texas. How can religious people explain something like this? From Counterpunch, verily, we are all children of sex. A review of Heloise and Abelard: A Twelfth-Century Love Story. Christopher Hirtchens remembers Susan Sontag, and more on The Hitch's Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays. From The Los Angeles Times, on the birth of a 'Latino Race'. And the consequences of the 1960s race riots come into view

[Dec 29] From First Things, Princeton's Patrick Deneen on Christopher Lasch and the Limits of Hope, an article on Orwell for Christians, a review of Larry Kramer's The People Themselves, and RJN on internationalisms. How the Catholic church has been slow to grasp a historic phenomenon. A review of With God on Their Side. Has the Religious Right peaked? From The Remnant, Cardinal Ratzinger discovers America, and part 3 of a short critique of Austro-Libertarianism. From The Free Market, a review of books: Marx Lite. An excerpt from Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It (part 2 and part 3). Gregg Easterbrook on why we cannot, under any circumstances, imagine any conflict in which democracy is not successful. More and more on The Case for Democracy. More on The War for Muslim Minds, and more on Globalized Islam. And Fred Kaplan on how China expands, Europe rises, and the United States...

[Dec 28]  From Open Democracy, introducing a major new debate on democracy and terrorism, and Mary Kaldor suggests an agenda. A review of Jared Diamond's Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. A review of An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World. From Open Democracy, introducing a major new debate on democracy and terrorism, and Mary Kaldor suggests an agenda. From Mother Jones, an interview with Daniel Altman, author of Neoconomy, and the Gay Old Party Award honors Republicans whose relationship with homosexuality is conflicted at best. And Jonathan Rauch on why we need a cooling off period on gay marriage

[Dec 27]  From Navigator, how well does America do in its pursuit of freedom, when compared with other countries? From World & I, the fox is in the henhouse and economic democracy will not be realized until the fox is thrown out; and some excerpts from EO Wilson's Sociobiology on science and art. From Zeek, an article on secularism, Kabbalah and radical poetics, and a review of three Jewish books on sadness. From World Press Review, an article on the controversial moves by the Romanian president before exiting, a look at Chile's tortured past, how the crisis in the Ivory Coast bears a striking resemblance to events in Rwanda ten years ago, and on Chechnya: who holds the key?

[Weekend 2e] From The Weekly Standard, Tony Blair on choosing sides in Iraq, and Reuel Marc Gerecht on Iraq, Iran, and democracy. From Open Democracy, why we should never underestimate the centrality of moralism to the foreign policy of the US, and could Iraq’s insurgency deal the US missile defense program a fatal blow? Michael Albert on why moving left is always better. Joseph Stiglitz on interpreting facts the Bush way. From The Village Voice, on the new economics of being young (part 2 and part 3). From Better Humans, more on the trouble with "Transhumanism". An excerpt from Human-Built World: How to Think about Technology and Culture, and an excerpt from Promethean Ambitions: Alchemy and the Quest to Perfect Nature. And a purple patch on how you are what you eat

[Weekend] A new issue of Legal Affairs is out, including Alex Kozinski on why the real ethical issues facing judges are hidden from view; Richard Epstein on why two high-profile attacks on big drug companies flunk the test of basic economics; a group of four economists has proven that a country's legal history greatly affects its economy; an article on the Amish; why it's time to start thinking about how we might grant legal rights to computers; and an article on Originalist Sin. Should the attorney general be the president's yes man? Why freedom of speech is the right to be downright offensive. And inside the prison walls, books can set the mind free

[Dec 24] Liberal Perspectives: From Green Anarchy, John Zerzan on The Modern Anti-World. From Left Hook, civilization versus barbarism? An interview with Noam Chomsky. From RISQ, a review of Noreena Hertz's I.O.U. From Salon, an interview with Kenneth Pollack, author of The Persian Puzzle. From The Nation, Tony Judt on why we can never "normalize" the European history of anti-Semitism, nor should we, and an article on Wal-Mart: Down and out in Discount America. And from New Statesman, why China's Third Way could collapse if it goes wrong, and an essay on the principles of freedom

[Dec 23] From In These Times, an article on turning strangers into political friends. From TAP, a review of books on the trail from the New Deal to Kingman Brewster to Gene McCarthy, and Robert Kuttner on why noting prejudice is not a form of condescension. From Salon, Senator Russ Feingold on how radical conservatives are robbing hardworking people of the American dream; here's some practical advice for the Democrats from the grassroots; and on the perfect holiday gift idea for all the Condi-worshiping, feminist-hating, gun-toting females on your list. From Mother Jones, Michael Kazin on the life of the party. A comment on the limits of liberalism. A new issue of The New York Review of Books is out, including a review of books on terrorism. From TCS, Stephen Schwartz on a turning point in Islamic and world history. From Reason, is the Free State Project a revolutionary plan or a pipe dream? (and more) From the Acton Institute, a comment on peace, social harmony and enterprise. And from the John Birch Society's The New American, an article on secularism, religion, and human progress

[Dec 22] A new issue of The Public Interest is out, including Nicholas Eberstat on Russia, the Sick Man of Europe, a review of books on children and consumer culture, and what do women really want? Linda Scott, author of Fresh Lipstick: Redressing Fashion and Feminism, on why feminism has suffered because of its view on beauty and fashion. From The New Yorker, James Surowiecki on the logic of the pull strategy in vaccine development. From Media Matters, religious conservatives tout "intelligent design" as a "secular," "scientific" alternative to evolution. From CT, why secularism is a religion. A review of The Morality of Everyday Life: Rediscovering an Ancient Alternative to the Liberal Tradition. From Reason, an interview with magician and novelist Penn Jillette, a review of Michelle Malkin's In Defense of Internment, and on how the hunt for ideology becomes and ideology. And here's a collection of Senator Ernest Hollings' best lines

[Dec 21] From Foreign Affairs, John Lewis Gaddis on the Grand Strategy in the Second Term; Mahmood Mamdani reviews books on Islam; a review of books on the next nuclear wave; a review of books on postwar state reconstruction; and an article on Iraq: Winning the Unwinnable War. From Asia Times, a series of articles on Kashmir (and part 2 and part 3). Berkeley's Sarah Williams on sovereignty vs. self-determination in Kashmir (and part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, and part 7). From HNN, on the late unpleasantness in Idaho: Southern slavery and the Culture Wars; on what military recruiters are doing to fill the ranks; and an interview with Yale's Jon Butler: Was America founded as a Christian nation? A review of George Weigel's Letters to a Young Catholic. A review of John Paul II's Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way. More on Cornel West's Democracy Matters. And readers of The Economist are invited to nominate the wisest fool of the past 50 years

[Dec 20] Milton Friedman on how the battle for free-market agenda is only half won. Jonathan Rauch on how the the story of Thatcher's Britain has more than a little relevance for America's Republicans today. More on An Empire of Wealth. Christopher Caldwell on how many of the rules from the era of money continue to apply in the era of fame. Christopher Hitchens reviews books on the Age of Aquarius. A review of Arthur Schlesinger's War and the American Presidency. A review of American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies (and an excerpt). A review of The Welfare State We're In, and a review of Pol Pot: The History of a Nightmare. A review of books on Benjamin Disraeli, and more on Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. A review of A History of Preaching. A column on atheism, Christianity and tolerance. Truth, it seems, is gaining a global toehold. A new issue of IMPACT Press is out. And a look at the history of the chess queen

[Weekend] From Infoshop, an essay on the Concept of the Riot (version 1.0). John Dean reviews works on conservatism. From The Weekly Standard, a review of books on how Europe sees the USA. A look back at Whittaker Chambers' Witness. Is George Bush too religious? The Economist wants to know. Why Christianity was the historic ground on which the democratic constitutional state could prosper. A review of Violent Democracy. A review of Looking in the Distance: The Human Search for Meaning. A review of Richard Wollhiem's Germs: A Memoir of Childhood.  On the trouble with transhumanism: The term "transhumanist" may give people an identity at the cost of achieving their goals. William Saletan on the creature genetic engineers fear most. The Hitch on how the drug war is undermining the war on terrorism. From Reason, making a federal case out of almost anything. A review of Liberty and Freedom. An interview with author Thomas Keck on judicial activism. And from Counterpunch, an interview with Mickey Z, and Trent's Michael Neumann on how we became barbarians

[Dec 17] From Financial Times, an essay on the power and the glory. From Open Democracy, on the United Nations as a second superpower, Gilles Kepel on Turkey's European problem, Fred Halliday on Turkey and the hypocrisies of Europe, and on multiculturalism and medieval Islam. Columbia's Lisa Anderson on how democracy and Islam share home in Mali. A review of Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World. A new issue of Le Monde diplomatique is out, including an article on why Africa needs a Marshall Plan. From Ode, why child labor shouldn't be banned, and an article on hunger: Does anyone still give a damn? A review of Gasp! The Swift and Terrible Beauty of Air. A review of It's All for Sale. From In These Times, thoughts about maps and spatial logic in the global present. From CT, a review of C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church, and a review of books on the Mormons. Cardinal Ratzinger seeks a bridge with nonbelievers. Christian advocates are pushing ahead state and local initiatives on thorny issues. James Carroll on why we should be modest in the claims we make on the absolute. On how religiosity is common among mothers who kill children. A review of Loving Life: The Morality Of Self-Interest And The Facts That Support It. And a review of Intellectual Morons: How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas

[Dec 16] From National Journal, Bush could have a remarkable Supreme Court legacy. An article on why the Rehnquist Court has done so little damage, so far. Liberals should take a moment to regret what they're about to lose when Rehnquist retires. What's new in the legal world? A growing campaign to undo the New Deal. From Writ, on the constitutional doctrines that won't change, even if the Supreme Court does (and more), on life tenure for federal judges, and on the 2008 Election: Could it be a repeat of 2000? The legal problems that still persist. Why Justice Thomas' philosophy on God-given rights is the last hope for the Constitution. And an article on the validity of "constitutional" coups



[Dec 31] From Quodlibet, Francisco Benzoni (Duke): An Augustinian Understanding of Love in an Ecological Context. An excerpt from The Power of Productivity: Wealth, Poverty, and the Threat to Global Stability. From Foundations of Political Theory, a review of Foundations of Economic Analysis of Law. From TNR, Cass Sunstein reviews Mark Tushnet's A Court Divided: The Rehnquist Court and the Future of Constitutional Law. More on Cornel West's Democracy Matters. A review of The Jewish Century. Does commercialization cause discrimination at museums? It's happened to a lot of good Christians: Be careful not to get too much education. A review of Stress: A Brief History. And the work-till-you-die ethic is out of control. It's time to drop the lie and start living

[Dec 30]  From Nature, how natural selection acts on the quantum world. An article on nanotechnology. A look at the life of an intellectual colossus whose ideas pulled the rug from under reality (and more on Albert Einstein). Why some are calling Thomas Barnett our age's George Kennan? A review of books on the Mau Mau uprising. A review of Stealing History: Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of the Ancient World. And tests are history at this high school, but its success catches the attention of education reformers

[Dec 29] Kevin Johnson (UC-Davis): Roll Over Beethoven: 'A Critical Examination of Recent Writing about Race'. A review of Brainwashing. A review of The Deceivers. A review of The Dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia. A review of Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945. More on Richard Wollheim's Germs. From Scientific American, a look at the Top Science Stories of 2004. A new study finds evidence that human brain evolution was a special event. A review of Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior (and an excerpt). A review of 13: the World's Most Popular Superstition. From Ideas, on the Library of Babel: Google goes in search of the neverending book; and what would Orestes Brownson do? Julian Baggini on modern manners. And 2005 is already shaping up to be a memorable year in publishing

[Dec 28] From New Left Review, an article on The Case for Chechnya; does a too Anglophone reading of the origins of Cultural Studies risk reproducing a resistance to the foreign in the discipline itself?; and more on Thomas Frank's What's the Matter With Kansas? From The New Yorker, how one man revolutionized psychiatry. A review of The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker. From The Ethical Spectacle, an article on sex and the science of disrespect. And on eEggheads' naughty word games: A look at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association

[Dec 27] Cass Sunstein (Chicago): Minimalism at War. A review of Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity. A review of Stalin and His Hangmen: The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him. An excerpt from Robert Conquest's The Dragons of Expectations. From Wired, a special issue on The New Age of Exploration, including film director James Cameron on how the drive to discover is in our DNA. Why nerds are popular: If you're too cool for school, you're probably not very smart. Google a term you remember from sociology class and here's how your attention span goes hopscotching. And believe it or not, they're all the same species

[Weekend 2e] From Seed, Jared Diamond on a threat more serious than emerging diseases or nuclear war, how life at the molecular level is fraught with chaos and chance, more on Richard Dawkins' The Ancestor’s Tale, and what are the rules for nonlethal weapons? From News & Letters, a fresh look at Marcuse's 'Ontology'. Tom Nairn has some comments on Eric Hobsbawm. From American Scientist, an article on an emerging technology that will help to uncover land mines and terrorist bombs, and here's a story of a most unusual intersection of science and popular culture in Brazil. A review of The Wild Region in Life-History. It's not just names that are scarce; we're even running out of numbers. And Bill Thompson thinks the web sucks, wants to cure the addiction to HTML, and do online publishing properly

[Weekend] From Salmagundi, here's a letter to a psychoanalyst. UCLA's James Q. Wilson on why religion remains a mainstay of American culture. Many religious leaders find themselves at odds with science, but the head of Tibetan Buddhism is a notable exception. Archaeologists have traced the development of religion in one location over a 7,000-year period. A review of The Last of the Celts. From The Weekly Standard, a review of books: How the past became fair game for detective stories. And from Los Alamos, community philosopher Roy Michael Moore is told to get off land

[Dec 24] From The Economists' Voice, Ronald I. McKinnon (Stanford): Government Deficits and The Deindustrialization of America; and John Quiggin Queensland): The Unsustainability of U.S. Trade Deficits. A review of Arthur Schopenhauer's The Art of Always Being Right. A review of Lawlessness and Economics: Alternative Modes of Governance. A review of Aged by Culture. Do Columbia professors abuse free inquiry when they intimidate disagreeing students? A UC-Davis professor sues the CIA for President's Daily Briefs. And how and when did civilization emerge in the New World?

[Dec 23] From a conference on Religion, Economics and Culture, papers are posted online. A review of Ancient Anger: Perspectives from Homer to Galen. From The Nation, are students red or blue? From Writ, why it's unconstitutional to teach "Intelligent Design" in the public schools, as an alternative to evolution. Three dozen new galaxies are found in nearby space.  Brain activity reflects complexity of responses to other-race faces, and minority teens' views of drug use differ from reality. On a new study into how African-Americans exhibit political and ideological beliefs through shopping, and on new research into how past experience affects consumer choice.  Demands for equal treatment between divorced parents may not be fair for the children. Men are more likely to want to marry women who are their assistants at work rather than their colleagues or bosses. And the thing about groupie stories, and this is especially true of the salacious ones, is that they always seem to feature men in the starring roles

[Dec 22] Lawrence Solum (San Diego): Procedural Justice. A review of The Philosophical Foundations of Early German Romanticism. A review of The Social History of the Unconscious: A Psychoanalysis of Society, a review of Connected, or What It Means to Live in the Network Society, and a review of Passing: When People Can't Be Who They Are. Tariq Ramadan on his fight against American phantoms. Denied tenure at Harvard, Marcyliena Morgan leaves critics behind and takes hip-hop scholarship to Stanford. Who should tell history, the tribes or the museums? Nature publishes a study in which scientists made ferrets watch the movie "The Matrix", while Hans Moravec begins the journey from warehouse drones to robo sapiens. Research finds impulsive behavior may be relict of hunter-gatherer past. And on why we strive so much for pleasurable experiences - and why, when we have it all, we risk everything for more excitement

[Dec 21]  A conference honoring the work of Susan Moller Okin will take place at Stanford on February 3-5, 2005. A new issue of Critique: a worldwide student journal of politics is out. An essay on welfare between equality and responsibility pdf. A review of Peter Lombard. From Edge.org, a talk with mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot. From LRB, a review of a Impacts of a Warming Arctic: Arctic Climate Impact Assessment. Evidence that evolutionary change is not always a smooth process. A review of The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense. The only good intellectual, it seems, was a dead intellectual. Obituary: Paul Edwards. From Scientific American, an article explodes the self-esteem myth, and on the rise and fall of Montana, Maya and other societies. Virtual libraries are cool, but where's the soul, the serendipity? And what is Wikipedia... and how does it treat history?

[Dec 20] From the Journal of Economic Issues, an article on operationalisms and economics, and a review of The Theory of the Individual in Economics: Identity and Value. A review of Setting the Moral Compass: Essays by Women Philosophers. A review of John Searle's Mind: A Brief Introduction. From Ideas, a group of psychologists claim a test can measure prejudices we harbor without even knowing it (and on how the IAT works), an article goes deep in the heart of (liberal) Texas, on Foreign Affairs, Chile, and the case of the purloined letter, and how did smart trump all other scholarly qualities? Anthropologists act to revoke a 1919 censure of Franz Boas. The thing about groupie stories is that they always seem to feature men in the starring roles. Why conflict about infringements -- both real and perceived -- on free expression bodes well for free expression. And why computers do not make the best readers

[Weekend] Something on arts and letters: From The Minnesota Review, an interview with Michael Hardt, an interview with Willis Regier in defense of academic publishing, and an interview with John Guillory, author of Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation. An essay on The Metacurriculum: Guarding the Golden Apples of University Culture. From Greece, on a proposal to teach ancient Greek in the school curriculum. From Spain, Don Quixote's home village is found. A review of The World Republic of Letters. A review of The Seven Basic Plots. A review of Harold Bloom's Where Shall Wisdom Be Found? Why artists are not the only people who are -or could be- creative. From ZMag, a few notes on the Literary Establishment and the urgent conjunction of art and politics. An article on science and narrative. An author embarks on a scientific journey in pursuit of her memory. An essay on narrating through the non-fiction. From LA Weekly, an essay on the perilous life of a novelist. And more on The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood

[Dec 17] The next APT Conference will take place in St. Louis, Missouri, 21-23 October 2005. See the Call for Papers. A new issue of Ephemera is out, including a review on Academic Work: Is it worth the trouble? pdf A review of A Critical Introduction to Law. A review of Genetic Prospects: Essays on Biotechnology, Ethics, and Public Policy, a review of The Turing Test: Verbal Behavior as the Hallmark of Intelligence, a review of The Subjective Self: A Portrait Inside Logical Space, and a review of Faking It. From TLS, a review of books on atheism and religion. From The Economist, why do end-of-time beliefs endure? From The Chronicle, an article on Gödel and Einstein: Friendship and Relativity. The ability to directly alter subjective and emotional experience will make mental manipulation an art form. Here's a profile of Amitai Etzioni. Tariq Ramadan resigns from Notre Dame. An interview with Thomas Woods, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. Google removes one more brick in the library wall. Here's some advice about converting your CV into a résumé. "Now, while you're here, I don't want you getting any ideas". Mathematicians suggest you crochet your very own model of chaos. And from Useless Knowledge, on Christmas Day, take a moment to honor Willard Van Orman Quine

[Dec 16] An article on Statistical Inference and Aristotle's Rhetoric. A review of Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, and Other Sex Offenders: Who They Are, How They Operate, and How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children. A review of Why Life Speeds Up as You Get Older: How Memory Shapes Our Past. More on Cornel West's Democracy Matters. From The Chronicle, here's the problem with being so 'smart'. Frank Furedi on how the language of the heart can be cut off by the cold analyses of the “expert", an article on why the philosopher has as much to offer as the therapist, and here are nine amusing ways to stay out of the therapist’s office. And when was the last time you used algebra?