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[Aug 31] From France, Jacques Attali
Marx was really a free-marketeer. From Sweden, a new graffiti has
the streets of Stockholm: "Men are animals". From Europe,
the exhibition 'Populism' represented an
ambitious and timely cultural intervention in an urgent political
debate. From Cafe Babel, Bernard
Girard explains "the
Europatriot tribe". Does the 21st century belong
to Canada? Maybe.
On two kinds of oddity: Americans
make better exhibitionists; Britons, better eccentrics. From Dollars &
Sense, an article outs Alan
Greenspan. Marney Cox, the San Diego Association of Governments' lead
give two-handed answers with the best of them. Jack Balkin on why
no one truly believes in a dead Constitution. After returning from the
recess, Congress intends to auction
off the public airwaves to the cell phone companies for at least $20
billion. If you read the newspapers, you
see that hardly a day goes by without someone stealing something. Business
Week ranks the companies that
best built their images--and made them stick (and the list of Top
100 Global Brands). And after Hurricane Katrina: Does this mean every
future natural disaster will be analyzed through a theological lens?
[Aug 30] On the lighter side: From The New Yorker, James Surowiecki on the politics of tipping. A scientific approach to predicting share price shifts might not be the best way forward. So much for the marketing of "cool": Are you a branded slave? Can public TV wake up? There are few more traumatic events in family life than the death of a pet. A review of books on baseball. Heckling is attempting to go respectable. How does one crack jokes about sectarian hatred, internecine violence and murder? And two articles on the politics of parking
[Aug 29] From Canada, as he leaves Harvard for Toronto, Michael Ignatieff's reputation as Mr. Nice Guy is at stake. A review of The Fate of Africa. The US government once employed a great deal of time, effort, and money to promote its image abroad. That may be necessary in the world of today. Frederick Kagan on power and persuasion. From The New York Times Magazine, Jeffrey Rosen on John Roberts and the future. Had Pat Robertson been a Democrat, he'd probably be hiring a criminal attorney, and on what the affair reveals. An interview with E. Kay Trimberger, author of The New Single Woman. More on Rip It Up and Start Again: Post-Punk 1978-84. Berlin rappers shock with obscene and gruesome lyrics: How dangerous is Hauptstadt Rap? We may have seen only a hint of hip-hop's political promise. And a review of Inside the Crips: Life Inside
[Weekend 2e] Potpourri: From Financial Times' "Arts & Weekend", Turkey’s secular state is under pressure to let a Greek Orthodox academy reopen, on Keith Windschuttle and the history wars in Australia, an article on putting parent power to the (psychometric) test, a n article on rethinking mixed-ability schooling, a look at how the discovery of a 10th planet has caused astronomical controversy, a review of The Planets, and how did Albert Einstein get so famous? On the construction of modern cities, the "other", and the meaning of melancholy. A school of poetry says the words of judges provide a more vivid record of what we see and feel than the stanzas of Shelley or Wordsworth. And the US is a nation chained to inboxes
[Weekend] From Venezuela, Hugo Chavez responds to Pat Robertson by offering cheap gas to US poor. From Australia, the critical guide to a critical guide, Robert Manne. From Germany, articles on the rise of the new German left, and on the “competence team” of the conservative opposition. Britain is the best place in the world to be a laboratory animal, but the worst place to breed one. A new issue of Eurozine Review and the latest Sign and Sight's "Magazine Roundup" are out. More on Alan Greenspan's legacy. Caught between loyalty and sedition: Patriotic politicians who have dissented during wartime. News of troops' gravestones that have Pentagon slogans. From TomPaine, on abortion, we are all relativists. Here's an article in praise of female sexuality. A study continues the debate on the nature of bisexual men. A review of The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde. A review of HomoCore: The Loud and Raucous Rise of Queer Rock. An interview with columnist Dan Savage. Here are one or two words on the sticky subject of pornography. And what? Condoms can prevent AIDS? No way!
[Aug 26] From Malaysia, an article on race and positive discrimination. From Sweden, at the local library you can borrow books--and a lesbian. From Macedonia, not all citizens are celebrating four years of peace under the Ohrid Agreement. An article on Eastern Europe's communist past: History lessons, passed and failed. Why have Israeli-Palestinian peace talks ignored the importance of good mapmaking? Martin Peretz on the philosophy of disengagement. An article on the Malacca Straits and the threat of maritime terrorism. An essay on nuclear modernity and identity in Iran. In the drive to avert nuclear catastrophe, is anybody listening? From The Economist, an article on oil and the global economy. Did Pat Robertson violate the law by calling for the assassination of Hugo Chavez? President Hillary: can she do it? New Jersey is the quintessential purple state and a gem--no, really! And who says comedy is dead? "The Wall Street Journal has continued as the world's most credible news source"
[Aug 25] From Solomon Islands, an article on intellectuals as nation builders. From Nepal, Maoists take fight into the classroom. From India, an article on the economics of tiger conservation. From Mexico, on turtle eggs, sex and flirty ads. From Venezuela, what is Marxist Socialist Revolution? From Great Britain, an article on the crisis of intelligence (and a quiz), and an excerpt from Peregrine Worsthrone's Secrets of the Press. From Canada, don't call me white: It is time we rethought the words that we use to describe ourselves. What, exactly, makes someone a Native American? Aloha, 50th state: When affirmative reparations clash with minority rights, maybe it's time to cut the federal cord. From The Wall Street Journal, a review of Justice Stephen Breyer's Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution. A look at how abortion battles are waged mostly at the edges. Alexander Cockburn responds to a letter by Christopher Hitchens on Cindy Sheehan, while she responds to President Bush. Mark Kurlansky hopes Bush likes his book, Salt: A World History. And an op-ed on the un-empirical presidency
[Aug 24] From Venezuela, Hugo Chavez sparks a debate on socialism, and Pat Robertson calls for his assassination. From Iraq, what Iraq's vague Articles of Confederation means to the rest of the Arab world, or better yet, ask Ayatollah Sistani! From Prospect, the politics of Muslim grievance must receive more critical scrutiny; Pakistan plays a dual role in the war on terror; and a review of The State They're In. An intelligence brief: Rumsfeld visits Paraguay and Peru. From Financial Times, a look at the creative evolution of world trade. Steve Forbes on the flat tax and economic booms. From Rolling Stone, Four Amendments and a Funeral: A month inside the house of horrors that is Congress. Does anyone believe in a "living Constitution" anymore? Dahlia Lithwick wants to know. Christopher Hitchens on tax-exempt status for churches and pro-evolution propaganda. The Committee for Pagan Fun calls for the creation of "religion-free zones". And how do you want to go?
[Aug 23] International Affairs: From Azerbaijan, how important is the religious factor in the parliamentary election campaign? From Great Britain, an article on on multiculturalism's many challenges. From the Netherlands, Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Europe's Islam problem. An op-ed on money, morals and Islam. A sample chapter from We Are Iran: The Persian Blogs. A review of Hizbullah. The Gaza disengagement makes plain the distance between a dream and its reality. A look at why the Bush administration defends Guatanamo. From Asia Times, a series on the coming trade wars (in 6 parts). An article on why global capitalism is in danger. Could a new vision for the Black Sea area yield new ideas about how to promote democracy on Russia’s fringes? From Perspectives, articles on China. A review of books on China. A review of The Venezuelan Revolution: a Marxist Perspective. A review of Edge of Empire: Conquest and Collecting on the Eastern Frontiers of the British Empire, 1750-1850. And more on Why Geography Matters
[Aug 22] From Cambodia, the country is slowly recovering from the Khmer Rouge. From India, how the country reconciles Hindu values and biotech. From Liberia, former soccer star George Weah is running for the presidency. From Ghana, an article on chaos and complexity theory in practice. From The Washington Post, a series of book reviews of Africa. Wole Soyinka on Africa's press: Missing in action. Joseph Stiglitz on intellectual property rights and wrongs. From TNR, an article on fixing the Democratic primaries. Between Illinois and Missouri you get a pretty good picture of what is going on in the country as a whole. Matt Bai on America Coming Together's demise as a kind of political version of 'Titanic'. Alan Greenspan retires soon. How will history judge him? Alterman, Keller and Moyers respond to Richard Posner's review essay "Bad News". From The Village Voice, an article on the new movement against Wal-Mart. Bring back the gusto: Why let a defunct beer company ruin one of the language's greatest words? And a review of Fury's Hour: a (sort-of) punk manifesto
[Weekend] From Tonga, public servants’ strike deepens political crisis. From the Philippines, a new round of scandal has brought democracy to breaking point. On Niue and Tokelau, the paradise islands which the locals are desperate to desert. An article on the myth of Britishness. A review of Selling the Australian Government: Politics and Propaganda From Whitlam to Howard. Elie Wiesel on the dispossessed of the Gaza Strip. From TNR, here's a guide to diplomatic poking. Christopher Hitchens on what Cindy Sheehan really wants. A look at the most popular loneliest person on the planet. And here is one strikingly non-conservative conservation idea: Safari trip to Texas, anyone?
[Aug 19] From Germany, Peter Fuchs says the mass spectacle at the Catholic World Youth Day in Cologne is worthy of Leni Riefenstahl. From Great Britain, a profile of Amr Khaled, Crescent star. From Canada, is multiculturalism on deathbed? From Der Spiegel, an interview with Alain Touraine on Poland's Solidarity movement, and an interview with Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore. From The Economist, capital markets are hindering, not helping, global economic adjustment. Kelo has set off a fierce backlash that may yet be as potent as the anti-abortion movement. Richard Rodriguez examines the Hawaiianization of the United States. Bowling (and living) alone: What impact will 27 million Americans living alone have on the culture? Just how deep is the problem of meth? From New Statesman, a cover story on how political satire is making a big comeback, and a review of books on pop music. A conservative's love for rock and roll -- because it's conservative. Heavy metal has made an unexpected crossover into the realm of hipsterdom. The woman who coined the word 'metrosexual' explains how men can reclaim their masculinity. And on Dr. M & the women: An article on designer vaginas
[Aug 18] From Business Week, a special series on A New World Economy, with an emphasis on China and India. Stanford's James Fishkin on putting all of Europe in one room. From The Globalist, Jeremy Rifkin on the American Dream vs. the European Dream, and an article on US conservatism and UN bashing. From Writ, why some of the critique of "Justice Sunday II" rings true, regardless of one's politics. Eye of Newt: Looking into the contradictory cauldron of conservatism. From The Village Voice, a look at the Rise of Fareed Zakaria: Muslim, Heartthrob, Super-Pundit; and New Yorkers are great at leaving something extra. Tourists suck. And from Slate, on the cumulative genius of Overheard in New York
[Aug 17] From Germany, Jutta Limbach defends the idea of multiculturalism and suggests how its constitutional protection could reduce the terrorist threat. From Israel, Shlomo Avineri on the unilateral road to peace. From Egypt, an article on the fate of ideology. From Nigeria, an article on making sense of disempowerment. The concept of "Sovereignty as Responsibility" moves up a notch at the UN despite opposition. A report on the Pentagon's bid to militarize space. More on Irresistible Empire. From Time, an article on the rise of Hispanics, and from Newsweek, an article on Latina Liftoff. A review of The New Mainstream: How the Buying Habits of Ethnic Groups Are Creating a New American Identity. E Pluribus Unum? Not in Hawaii. Edmund Morris on Cindy Sheehan and conservative compassion. Improper Advances: Talking dream jobs with the judge out of court, and is John Roberts The Manchurian Candidate? From Watergate villain to evangelical convert: More on Chuck Colson. On prostituting the constitution: Porn magnate Phil Harvey takes on foreign aid prudery. And a review of The Playboy Book: Fifty Years
[Aug 16] From Canada, on how `normal folk' can kill: We are both averse to it and predisposed. From Europe, governments have become conspicuously tougher with radicals in their midst. Here's the latest Magazine Roundup from Sign and Sight. A look at the Muslim Council of Britain, and what is most British about the Brits? A look at why 'Greater Israel' never came to be. Is modernity a Jewish creation? A review of The Jewish Century. Researchers find Haiti's Toussaint Louverture is an icon of modern times. A review of I Didn't Do It for You: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation. From Financial Times, the world is heading for an oil shock. An article on why the US should ditch its tyrant friends. From The American Prospect, Benjamin Barber on how what happened to the EU treaty looks a lot like what happened in America last year, and Bruce Ackerman on High Court, High Stakes. From Slate, Dahlia Lithwick on how John Roberts is too nice to be crazy, and why are conservatives still trying to tie the Supreme Court's hands? Those who extol the virtues of laziness are actually terribly busy. Where do words like 'bling' and 'nang' come from? And on the legacy of the world's first modern pop star, John Lennon
[Aug 31] Science - technology - politics:
a special issue on
Postmodern Science, including an editorial,
essays on Portals
to Knowledge and on Chaos
Theory, and a review
of Concepts of the Self. An interview with Barry
Mazur, author of Imagining Numbers (particularly the square root
of minus fifteen). Peter Turchin
formulae for history's grandest narratives: the rise and fall of
great civilisations. Carl Zimmer on how the
history of chromosomes may shape the future of diseases. Some of
science's biggest names have not only dabbled in, but
been entirely convinced by, the world of the seance. From First
Monday, an article on the
unacknowledged convergence of open source, open access, and open science.
From Great Britain, publishers
make last stand against open access, and the government is dealing in
it allows public money to be wasted on alternative remedies. A study
published research findings may be false. Scientists at the EPA and
other agencies find
their work questioned not only by industry, but by their own
government. Republicans accused of witch-hunt
against climate change scientists. A look at why Intelligent
Design has no place in the science curriculum. And is there Intelligent
Spaghetti out there?
[Aug 31] From Postmodern Culture,
a special issue on Jacques
Derrida is out, including an introduction,
and Jan Mieszkowski (Reed): Derrida,
Hegel, and the Language of Finitude; Michael Marder (New School): Sure
Thing? On Things and Objects in the Philosophy of Jacques Derrida;
Alex Thomson (Glasgow): What's
to Become of "Democracy to Come"?; David Wills (Albany): Full
Dorsal: Derrida's Politics of Friendship; a review
of Rogues: Two Essays on Reason; a review
of Philosophy in a Time of Terror; a review
of Without Alibi; and a review
of Reading Derrida/Thinking Paul: On Justice.
of Gilles Deleuze: An Introduction. A review
of Deflating Existential Consequence: A Case for Nominalism. A review
of Unprincipled Virtue: An Inquiry Into Moral Agency. A review
of Crimes Against Humanity: A Normative Account. From The Chronicle,
the academic market in economics is unusual in that it
functions as a command economy. Men, women and Darwin: Can
evolutionary psychology take the mystery out of how we meet and
on Edmund Wilson. More
on The Book of Lost Books. So many books, so
little time. And what's in a name? Ask
[Aug 30] Books: From the Brookings Institution, an excerpt from Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation, and What We Can Do About It, edited by Stephen Macedo. An excerpt from The Idea of a European Superstate: Public Justification and European Integration. A review of Cass Sunstein's Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle. A review of Elders on Trial: Age and Ageism in the American Legal System. And here's a page on constitutional law case book reviews
[Aug 29] Potpourri: On the charges leveled by a damning article in the latest issue of the American Historical Review. More and more on Ira Katznelson's When Affirmative Action Was White. The defense of academic freedom is never easy: If the law is an ass, the law professor is a donkey, and on how liberal professors prove the critics' case. O.K., freshmen, it's time to study the real world. The Guardian profiles Robert Trivers. Daniel Dennett on the non-science behind Intelligent Design. An essay on why looks do matter, and a baby study suggests beauty is not in the eye of the beholder. A review of Edmund Wilson: A Life in Literature. A review of K (on Franz Kafka). The number 1888081808881 is interesting on several counts. Martin Rees reviews books on space. An article on confounding machines: How the future looked. And the end of the world is inevitable and it's going to be our fault
[Weekend 2e] From Portal, a special issue "Strange Localities: Utopias, Intellectuals and Identities in the 21st Century", including an introduction, and Ali Behdad (UCLA): Nation and Immigration; Vijay Mishra (Murdoch): What was Multiculturalism?; Sina Va'ai (Samoa): Pacific Utopias and National Identities in the Twenty-first Century; Chongyi Feng (UT-Sydney): The Death of the Concerned Intellectual?; and Erich Steiner (Saarlandes): Some Thoughts on the Role of the Critical Intellectual in Contemporary Germany. And from Poroi, John Nelson (Iowa): Emotions as Reasons in Public Arguments; and Bruce Gronbeck (Iowa): The Sentimentalization of American Political Rhetoric
[Weekend] Michelle Anderson (Villanova): Negotiating Sex. Robert Justin Lipkin (Widener): The Harm of Same-Sex Marriage: Real or Imagined? An excerpt from Philosophical Myths of the Fall. An excerpt from The Modern Art of Dying: A History of Euthanasia in the United States. A review of Perspectives on Health and Human Rights. A review of Bodily Matters: The Anti-Vaccination Movement in England, 1853-1907. Body politics: why are we obsessed with our flesh? An interview with Chris Mooney on his new book, The Republican War on Science. Does neuroscience refute ethics? A study finds Chinese and Americans truly see differently, while another finds cultural norms are not unique to human societies. The Village Voice interviews Albert Ellis, world-renowned anti-Freud therapist. Call it the Econ 101 smackdown: Hubbard, Krugman and Mankiw are on a textbook case of competition. Here's a list of the real fears that administrators have about the unionization of graduate students. And an article on finding things to do in your spare time
[Aug 26] Craig Calhoun (NYU): The Visions and Divisions of Sociology; and The Promise of Public Sociology pdf. A review of Cultural Revolutions: Reason versus Culture in Philosophy, Politics, and Jihad. A review of Susan Hurley's Justice, Luck, and Knowledge. From The Philosophers' Magazine, an article on language and mathematics, on the state of relations between philosophy and anthropology, why hubris is the enemy of philosophy, there can be no sacred cows in philosophy, more on understanding epistemology, and a review of Bernard Williams' Descartes: The Project of Pure Enquiry. A review of books by conservative philosophers Roger Scruton and... David Horowitz? An article on conservative colleges: Cream of the crop. A look at America's Top 10 Green Schools. A review of books on college life. What Really Happened to the Class of '65? Appreciate the apostrophe? Then happy Punctuation Day! And till Derrida do us part: On Austin's How to Do Things With Words as wedding prop
[Aug 25] Here's some information about the upcoming APSA conference on Sept. 1-4, in Washington, DC. A new issue of the Graduate Journal of Social Science is out, including an editorial, Jason Cons (Cornell): What's the Good of Mercators? Cartography and the Political Ecology of Place pdf; and a review of books. Linda Gordon reviews Historians in Trouble: Plagiarism, Fraud and Politics in the Ivory Tower; and Corey Robin reviews books on fascism. From Counterpunch, a look at how the Federalist Society and young college Republicans operate. An essay on Indestructible Student Relationships. Insuring inequality: The privatization of public education in the U.S. Students read less. Should we care? A new movement is increasingly grabbing attention: democratic schools. What happens when children get a say in their own education? Efforts to stop children's intimidation of other children appear to pay off... outside the U.S. Here's a child's primer of Intelligent Design. Just how big is 600 trillion? And where are the interplanetary wonders we read about when we were kids?
[Aug 24] From Dissent, Rosalind Barnett (Brandeis) and Caryl Rivers (BU): Biology, Destiny, and Bad Science. A review of The Ethics of Assistance: Morality and the Distant Needy. More on Michael S. Gazzaniga's The Ethical Brain. From Great Britain, a new radio series sets out to show maths can be interesting. On why computer students must also be renaissance geeks. An MIT-British alliance looks at how colleges help drive economies. On CERN and smashing open the universe. The evolution of space is not so cut and dry. From The New York Times, more and more on the battle between evolution and intelligent design. A look at the strange redemption of Connie Morris, high school slut turned Kansas Board of Education anti-evolutionist. From FrontPage, more on URI's Michael Vocino, the professor who "likes dick". The Washington Monthly tries to transform the way we judge our nation’s universities. And a look at the rankings colleges hate the most
[Aug 23] International Affairs: From the inaugural issue of the Journal of Global Ethics, Des Gasper (ISS): Beyond the inter-national relations framework: an essay in descriptive ethics. From the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, Robin Cohen (Warwick): The free movement of money and people: debates before and after ‘9/11’; and Catherine Hoskyns and Shirin Rai (Warwick): Gendering International Political Economy pdf. From the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, here are the papers to be published from the conference "The Future of Globalization" (October 2003). From Scientific American, a series of articles on "Crossroads of Planet Earth", including an introduction on The Climax of Humanity and Jeffrey Sachs: can extreme poverty be eliminated? A new issue of Human Rights & Human Welfare is out. From the Harvard Human Rights Journal, a special issue on UN reform and human rights. And an essay on Giorgio Agamben and the Current State of Affairs in Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Policy
[Aug 22] Katherine Stone (UCLA): Flexibilization, Globalization, and Privatization: Three Challenges to Labor Rights in Our Time. A review of The Origins of Value. A review of Leszek Kolakowski's My Correct Views on Everything. An article on the incredible lightness of Salman Rushdie. A review of The First Psychic: The Peculiar Mystery of a Victorian Wizard. More on The Orientalist. A review of Francis Wheen's How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World. A review of The Wisdom Paradox (and more). An article on the promises of green nanotechnology. A review of Before the Fall-Out. Science and technology periodicals are often a lot more eccentric and whimsical than one might expect. On books as enemies: If you treated a human like a book, they'd take you to court. When did bookstores turn into flophouses? Boston College establishes an undergraduate journal for research, Elements. Promoting students' social and emotional skills plays a critical role in improving their academic performance. And a look at readin', writin' and ... philosophy?
[Weekend] On science: The New York Times profiles the politicized scholars of the Discovery Institute. From American Scientist, Lewis Wolpert reviews Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom, a review of Roger Penrose's The Road to Reality. From Inside Higher Ed, research centers could potentially serve as a leveling field for male and female academic researchers”; an article on women and science, post-Summers; and in the hallowed halls of academia, Sexism no longer swaggers about in a wife beater with a Camel no-filter hanging from its defiant lip. And despite gains, women still face bias in science careers (and on what to do about it)
[Aug 19] Potpourri: An interview with Tzvetan Todorov about his book Mémoire du Mal, Tentation du bien. A review of Evidence and Faith: Philosophy and Religion since the Seventeenth Century. From The Nation, an interview with Arthur Danto on the philosophy of art. Scholarship and newspapers don’t often mix well. Can the situation be changed? A look at a unique project to interview and photograph the world's leading scientists. Engineering ain't what it used to be-it's much more fun. Sir John Templeton's born-again son takes control of the famous foundation, but there are strings attached. Philosophers are set to consider box-office hits such as The Matrix at a seminar in Belfast. To do or not to do - that is the question. Here's a better way to evaluate colleges. We rarely talk about sexual attraction between professors and students. A review of Binge: What Your College Student Won't Tell You. More on Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers. An article on the Seven Deadly Sins of Government-Funded Schools. So why did the upstart conservative think tank Pioneer Institute run out of gas? And "Look, Ma, No Schoolbooks"
[Aug 18] From Ctheory, Dion Dennis (Bridgewater State): The Christo-Terminator; and an essay on The Lacanian Conspiracy. From TLS, an essay on the Apocalypse and its aftermath, and a review of books on Shakespeare. A review of Roger Scruton's Gentle Regrets: thoughts from a life. Richard Dawkins on God's gift to Kansas. Some theologians already fear that the new pope may not be sympathetic to American standards of academic freedom. An expert deconstructs the media's coverage of Media Studies. Why should you feel in the least bit bothered if you don't polish off a serious novel a week? Here are 10 things students can do to save money buying textbooks. And more on My Freshman Year
[Aug 17] From Soft Skull Press, a sample chapter of Paul Berman's Power and the Idealists: Or, The Passion of Joschka Fischer, and its Aftermath. An excerpt from Claims of Knowledge, by Lawrence Hazelrigg. A review of Reconstructing Reason and Representation. Philosopher of Optimism Colin Wilson endures negative deluge. More on Amartya Sen's The Argumentative Indian. More on John Kenneth Galbraith. A look back at The Calculus of Consent, by James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock. Here's a battle plan for Austrians in academia. Universities need to do more to rescue academic economists from their ivory towers. An article on how to learn to love economics. Here's some advice to first year law students. From China, here's an Academic Ranking of World Universities based on research; world-known mathematician Shing-Tung Yau warns of academic corruption; and can the country fix its backward rural schools? Just when academics were beginning to get to grips with blogging, along came podcasting. And Buddhabot, the Robot Philosopher, is interviewed on TV for the first time
[Aug 16] David Kretzmer (HUJ): Targeted Killing of Suspected Terrorists: Extra-Judicial Executions or Legitimate Means of Defence? A sociologist traces the evolution of the execution on "The Return of the Spectacle? The Modern Execution Event in the United States." Who is William T. Vollman and why did the NY Times invite him to write about Nietzsche? Carlin Romano on why there is nothing like a (great 18th century) dame, and a report from a conference of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. China confers an honorary professorship on Robert Mugabe. A review of The Book of Lost Books. A look at life when buried in books. A look at how evolutionary psychology gets evolution wrong. Scientists are learning why some people can't control the betting urge. A look at the pleasures of literary hoaxing. An article on The Metaphorically Correct Artist and other Romanticist Mutations. A review of a new edition of Theodor Adorno's In Search of Wagner. And from Inside Higher Ed, sociologists consider how to cover hot-button topics without losing control or civility, and Scott McLemee profiles Political Theory Daily Review, which "may be the best-kept secret of the academic blogosphere"