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[Weekend 2e] A
of Axess is out, including an
introduction on The
Limits of Tolerance; Annika Strom Melin went to Denmark and the Netherlands to
assess the transformation of liberal dreams into the mindset of a new
nationalism; and if people cannot identify with an idea of
Europe, what can EU institutions really achieve?
France's iconic cartoon warrior, Asterix, finds himself embroiled in a dastardly sex plot featuring drugs, blackmail and prostitutes imported from eastern Europe.
There will be no place for Ankara in an enlarged European Union within the foreseeable future, predicts Geoffrey
It is not a cultural, economic or religious issue, purely geographic -- a vision of Europe extending to the borders of Iraq makes no
sense. Secular Europe's fundamental test: Islamophobia makes integration tough for the continent's 15 million Muslims.
From New Left Review, a look at how the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has been recast for an age of humanitarian warfare;
and an article on the impact of Chinese sovereignty on
Hong Kong, and Pacific Rim protests against the
WTO; and amid the complex cross-currents of the Latin American political
scene, where to situate Lula’s Brazil?
From Dollars & Sense, an essay on
microcredit and women's poverty: Granting this year's Nobel Peace Prize to microcredit guru Muhammad Yunus affirms
An article on Abandoning the World
Bank: Pitfalls When Right and Left Agree. A review of
The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good by William Easterly.
A review of
The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair.
A graphic showing the percentage of people in 11 different countries
whose view of the United States was either favorable or
unfavorable, and how that view has changed since the beginning of George W. Bush's presidency.
And while you were at war: With its attention focused on Iraq,
Bush administration has ignored other critical problems, whose windows of opportunity are slamming shut
[Weekend] From Ukraine, the political trench warfare between President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych is shattering the Ukrainian people's dreams of a new beginning and moral rebirth. From France, despite its much-hailed equal rights laws and a woman leading the presidential campaign, the realm of French politics still remains one of the most sexist in all of Europe. Redrawing the map of Europe: New measurements show that Liechtenstein has a longer border and more Alpine real estate than it previously thought. From Foreign Policy in Focus, the Lao experience since the Communist takeover in 1975 suggests real limits to a development model that combines single party rule with market economics. From Opinion Journal, an interview with Desmond Tutu, a very devout politician. Although Kofi Annan's tenure was shadowed by political catfights, he leaves the United Nations as one of its most successful secretary generals. Justice, but no reckoning: It is a great shame that Saddam Hussein will not be held accountable for all of his crimes, and a far greater tragedy that he was allowed, sometimes with American complicity, to commit them in the first place. Alexander Cockburn says so long to our tyrant. From The Independent, the review of the year: Bush's America. And what should Congressional Democrats do when the Bush administration stonewalls their efforts to undertake oversight?
[Dec 29] From India, an article on why we love to hate Arundhati Roy. From Australia, the response of Western governments to the terrorist attacks of 11 September, 2001 might be the defining characteristic of the 21 st century. From The East African Standard, an article on "tokoloshe", the disease of African presidents. From Middle East Quarterly, an essay on the Kurdish Case: Kirkuk is the Kurdish "Jerusalem", and an article on the Turkoman Case: Kirkuk's Turkoman roots must be recognized. From Alternet, despite the challenges presented by the current administration, the global justice movement has made impressive strides, and while many of the big stories in 2006 were bad news, there were hundreds of activist successes in 2006 that permanently changed the world. From Commentary, an essay on Jews, Muslims, and the Democrats; and is conservatism finished? The GOP’s poor showing at the polls does not carry anything like the ideological significance that some have assigned to it. The American Right achieved its political dominance in Washington over the past quarter century with the help of more than $3 billion spent by Korean cult leader Sun Myung Moon on a daily propaganda organ, The Washington Times, according to a 21-year veteran of the newspaper. From Foley to Frey: An article on the year in US scandals. Melting Down: Bret Stephens on how celebrities finally get what they deserve. And from The Village Voice, city rump: An ass-eye tour of New York with the editors of BUTT magazine
[Dec 28] From China, Liang Yumin killed himself, after village-level bureaucrats made his life hell. His offense? Being democratically elected to replace them. From France, Paris is alarmed at the prospect that its beloved main boulevard, the Champs Elysées, is becoming just another brand-driven shopping street. Happy Birthday: Next year marks the EU's 50th anniversary. Is liberalism dead in Central Europe? An article on the disturbing return of socialism and authoritarianism in the former Soviet bloc. From Financial Times, a look at how the US dollar bill’s standing as the world’s favourite form of cash is being usurped by the five-year-old euro. Will the dam break in 2007? Joseph Stiglitz investigates. Could 2006 go down as the year Americans began to think outside their political and economic boxes? Maybe, if a recent batch of essays and policy proposals is anything more than straws in the intellectual wind. To fully grasp the allure of Barack Obama—the Illinois Democrat and media sensation—it helps to start with his fellow senators from neighboring Indiana. Malice in the Middle: An article on Barack Hussein Obama and the history of bad middle names in politics. John Edwards begins testing his hunch that Americans, though focused now on the war in Iraq, can be won over to a campaign built on what he calls "the great moral issue of our time": Fighting poverty at home. The Washington Times gets picked up every day on C-SPAN, and by other major news organizations when it scores a big hit. But for a paper that only has a daily circulation of just 90,000 with inflated numbers, can that marvelous respectability continue? And a review of The New Bedside Playboy: A Half Century of Amusement, Diversion & Entertainment, edited by Hugh Hefner
[Dec 27] Form Médecins Sans Frontičres, do we need a world health insurance to realize the right to health? See You Annan: Leaving the United Nations, the Secretary General tells us why it's not working. Joschka Fischer on the curse of unilateralism. Did Turkmenistan’s President, Saparmurat Niyazov, really die of cardiac arrest or is he just latest victim of Bush’s "regime change" epidemic? A review of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the US. Obituary: Former president Gerald Ford. What's LA's problem? The Los Angeles Times' "Opinion" page asked various Californians about the biggest troubles Los Angeles will face in 2007. Here's what they said. Many can plausibly lay claim to stinky media performances, but only a few can win a P.U.-litzer. Is Web 2.0 another bubble? Two technology venture capitalists debate whether there is a bubble in so-called Web 2.0 companies. Giving the people what they want: The YouTube cultural clearinghouse is a gift that keeps on giving, until it is taken away. Searching E-phemera: Want to find that cool Web page again? Look to this Net archive. And ads we hate: An article on the worst commercials on television
[Dec 26] From Perspectives on Politics, a symposium on The Global Politics of HIV/AIDS. A review of Mandela: A Critical Life and Mandela: The Authorized Portrait. The introduction to Law, Infrastructure and Human Rights. From Foreign Policy, an interview with Ken Menkhaus on the war in Somalia. Is there a two-state solution for Iraq? From The Weekly Standard, the Peace Party vs. the Power Party: Matthew Continetti on the real divide in American politics. A look at how socialists are finding life in the US a challenge. Gary Hart reviews Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope. A review of Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate. Dont B a h8r: A list of quick text messages for the not-so-young generation. And imagine that, by one of life's more serious vicissitudes, you had to serve as someone's dog. Cheer up: you would do better than you think
[Dec 25] From Ethiopia, fighter jets hit Somali targets, declaring war, an escalation that could turn Somalia’s internal crisis into a religious conflict that engulfs the entire Horn of Africa. Since 9/11, Washington has felt the continent matters. But many Africans think America doesn’t. From Vanguardia, current citizenship laws in the European Union vary dramatically. The tension between freedom of movement and national self-determination of citizenship within the EU has the potential to create serious conflicts in the future. Quaero was supposed to be the European answer to Google, but the Franco-German project has collapsed. Now the Germans will focus on their own project, Theseus -- but the French still want to make Quaero a search engine of the future. Bigger, Better, More Expensive: It's not just high oil prices. In 2006, Russia tried to reassert its status as a cultural superpower with a cluster of high-profile events. From RAND Corporation, an article on globalization's unequal discontents. A review of Joseph Stiglitz's Making Globalization Work. Wolfowitz owes us an explanation: Accountability is one of those ideals, like justice or the triumph of right over might, that are wonderful in principle but usually disappointing in practice. If Iraq should descend into full-blown civil war, could its neighbors be drawn into a much wider conflict? In 1972, President Richard Nixon tried to use the Soviets to help solve the Vietnam problem. Will President Bush heed the lessons of his predecessor? John F. Kerry on how there's something much worse than being accused of "flip-flopping": refusing to flip when it's obvious that your course of action is a flop. Jonathan Chait on how Bush fooled the neocons. Eleanor Clift on Bush's worst lies of 2006. Reason's People of the Year: Screw Time magazine. Here's a list to ponder. And here's some last-minute holiday gifts for the dictators in your life!
[Weekend 2e] From American Political Science Review, a special issue on The Evolution of Political Science, including Benjamin Barber (Maryland): The Politics of Political Science: 'Value-free' Theory and the Wolin-Strauss Dust-Up of 1962; Andrew Bennett (Georgetown) and G. John Ikenberry (Princeton): The Review's Evolving Relevance for U.S. Foreign Policy 1906-2006; Mark Blyth (JHU): Great Punctuations: Prediction, Randomness, and the Evolution of Comparative Political Science; Bruce Bueno de Mesquita (NYU): Game Theory, Political Economy, and the Evolving Study of War and Peace; Philip E. Converse (Michigan): Researching Electoral Politics; James N. Druckman (Northwestern), Donald P. Green (Yale), James H. Kuklinski (Illinois), and Arthur Lupia (Michigan): The Growth and Development of Experimental Research in Political Science; and John S. Dryzek (ANU): Revolutions without Enemies: Transformations in Political Science pdf
[Weekend] From Eritrea, Edward Denison, author of Asmara: Africa's Secret Modernist City, reports on the architecture and politics of a nation on its knees. From South Africa, Jacob Zuma has avoided conviction in two legal proceedings. His moral standing has taken a hit, but despite all this, he still has an excellent shot at becoming president. From Monthly Review, an interview with Obi Egbuna, founder of the Pan African Liberation Organization. On the 800th anniversary of his empire's birth, China and Mongolia both claim Genghis Khan as their own. The World Bank's François Bourguignon on a prognosis on globalization: The poor will get richer. From The Economist, an article on a right royal scandal that spawned Britain's popular press. A review of London: City of disappearances. Historian Andrew Roberts on the hazards of being a Thatcherite in Britain when he has "never known the country in such an anti-American mood". Partners in an unhappy marriage: A hoax Belgian TV show tricked the public into thinking their country had been split in two last week, but the reality isn't far from the fiction. A review of Girl in the Cellar: The Natascha Kampusch Story. From Mother Jones, Harpy, Hero, Heretic: Why Hillary Clinton stokes our deepest fears and darkest hatreds. Just how screwed are the Republicans? Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson, authors of Off Center, investigate. Perhaps, just perhaps, the 2006 mid-term elections will give pause to the "long-term trend" school—industry, actually—of American politics. National politicians could take notes from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's innovative new plan to help New Yorkers work their way out of poverty. Peter Singer on pigs, calves, and American democracy. From Nerve, an interview with Jerry Oppenheimer, author of House of Hilton. And a review of The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB's: A Secret History of Jewish Punk
[Dec 22] From Turkmenistan, President Saparmurat Niyazov dies suddenly. Now the rest of the world is waiting to see what happens next, and more more on a tough season for tyrants. From Kazakhstan, an awkward anniversary: Twenty years on, Kazakhs weigh the fruits of rebellion. From Serbia, as elections approach, liberals hope that voters see their future in Europe, while the right appeals to notions of an honored but betrayed past. From Foreign Policy, here's a look at the Top Ten Stories You Missed in 2006. A year and seventy-two nominees later, Open Democracy readers vote for and against the world's primary Bad Democrat. Human rights award stirs controversy among Dominicans: The 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award was recently presented to Sonia Pierre, a Dominican-born Haitian rights advocate, for her work towards securing the human rights of Dominico-Haitians. The durability of the economic recovery in Argentina has surprised many. But is the government mortgaging the country's future? With a life story that reads like an adventure novel, Bolivian VP Alvaro Garcia is Evo Morales' Karl Rove, and one of the most interesting figures in the new Latin left. Venezuelans take their constitution seriously; indeed, some take it everywhere. Enemies' Echo: An article on the shared political stylings of George W. Bush and Hugo Chavez. In his position as the Alpha Male, leader-of-the-pack, Bush may represent the vanguard of our species' future evolutionary development. As he eyes the White House, Newt Gingrich tries to distance himself from the Bush administration, but he helped the president make his biggest mistake. Can John Edwards sell his populism at Regency Hotel? Leading by 20 in Iowa, ex-Senator schmoozes, oozes across room from Hillary. And an article on Mitt Romney's religion: A Mormon president? No way
[Dec 21] From the Maldives, waving or drowning? 1,200 islands; 600,000 tourists; 300,000 natives; two countries. From India, an article on the national interest as a flawed notion; is the opposition to the veil out of a concern for women's rights or a desire to conform to western thinking?; and a review of Debates in Indian Philosophy: Classical, Colonial, and Contemporary. The General in his Labyrinth: Tariq Ali on Pakistan, Afghanistan and the US. Thieves, murderers, rapists; and how the Pushtuns' ancient tribal code is fighting for survival against radical Islam. Faith in the market: Behind the street markets of Italy, there is a network of African Muslims offering a new response to globalisation. European Union leaders want to move on from arguing about enlargement to arguing about a revived constitution. The introduction to Nationalist Politics and Everyday Ethnicity in a Transylvanian Town. Protecting precious places: Some healthy competition could be good for UNESCO. Lifestyles of the the poor and unknown: A survey shows people living in extreme poverty still have disposable income. How to grease a palm: Corruption has its own elaborate etiquette. Kama Sutra and feral cats: To understand contemporary Russia, consider its airports. From The Economist, Middle America's soul: If you want to understand America, turn that dial to a country-music station. The introduction Diverse Communities: The Problem with Social Capital. America the creative: Can statues of killer-bees and storytelling festivals stop the country's smallest towns from withering away? A look at what the consolidation of American banking has meant for its smallest operators. Here's what Congress can do to end business domination of federal policy. The Lobbyist as Reporter: Is this the future of the business press? The Blog Mob: "Written by fools to be read by imbeciles". And there's no shortage of people playing dirty tricks, or just being plain annoying, online. Here's a taxonomy to help you sort them out
[Dec 20] From Jamaica, an article on Michael Manley and the new global politics. From Libya, a court has sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death for knowingly infecting hundreds of children with HIV in hospital in Libya (and more on the global medical disaster). From Pakistan, an article on taxation and civilisation. From India, a review of Environmentality: Technologies of Government and the Making of Subjects. US and China: Who's subsidizing whom? Morgan Stanley's Stephen Roach on Ben Bernanke. Jimmy Carter on reiterating the keys to peace. The other Israel lobby: A new alliance, including financier George Soros and former Bill Clinton advisor Jeremy Ben-Ami, aims to take on the powerful lobbyist group AIPAC, and reshape U.S. policy. EJ Dionne on The Real America, redefined. Once again, GOP candidates are pandering to the religious right. The President in the room: Hillary Clinton's biggest issue? A certain someone in her background. Is Bernie Sanders the next George Aiken? Vermont historians point to surprising similarities. Libertarians to TNR: You really need us by Brink Lindsey. Bruce Bartlett on why the Libertarian Party is worse than a waste of time. Science fiction goes political: In books out now, President Chelsea Clinton hosts Osama bin Laden while most of the country lives under Sharia law. Hollywood doesn't care as much about Christmas or Christians as it does about making a profit. But just how much money do religious films make? YouTube journalism: Foreign Policy's Moisés Naím on how the website can turn any ordinary person with a camera into a journalist, a more powerful version of the "CNN effect". Witty women out to kill: Christopher Hitchens might do well to drop by Toronto. At the Cream of Comedy Awards last month, four of the six nominees were women. And a review of I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics
[Dec 19] From Great Britain, a review of The English National Character: The History of an Idea from Edmund Burke to Tony Blair (and more); a review of Believing in Britain: The Spiritual Identity of "Britishness" and City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in 18th Century London; a review of Marking the Hours: English People and Their Prayers 1240-1570 by Eamon Duffy; and they come to Britain in their hundreds of thousands, all seeking refuge, asylum or just a better life. And for many, the first port of call is the Catholic Church. The meaning of multiculturalism can seem unclear. As a result, are we making a fetish of integration? Let's Just be Friends: The EU's tepid response to its ardent Balkan suitors would frustrate anyone. But they can't give up. From Slate, who deserves democracy? In the Palestinian territories, hypocrisy is the best policy. An interview with Rashid Khalidi on why Palestinians have failed to create a nation the grave situation in the Middle East. The Real Sunni Triangle: Christopher Hitchens on why there are only three options in Iraq. Top former State Department expert Wayne White explained to the Iraq Study Group's members why their preferred plan would most likely fail. They ignored his warning. Some autocrats are better than others. Now more than ever, choosing among them is the trick. The Banality of Evil: An article on Hussein and Eichmann on Trial. Form Newsweek, an article on the Republican Identity Crisis. From Reason, an interview with Bob Barr, Republican turned Libertarian. What do people see when they look at Barack Obama? Whatever they want to see. But what happens when he has to define himself? John Fund on why Barack Obama may not run. John Dickerson on the five best political moments of 2006. From Government Executive, as anticipated, the federal government flunked its audit for fiscal 2006, with 53% of its reported assets and 27% of net costs on the balance sheets of five agencies that could not be fully audited. Maybe we should be calling our government what it has literally become: a veritable gerontocracy. From New York, an article on reasons to love New York. Bed Bugs & Beyond: An outbreak of paranoia (and lint) sweeps New York City. And here's a list of 9 body parts you didn't know had names
[Dec 18] IR, American foreign policy, and the law: From CUP, the introduction to Agents, Structures and International Relations: Politics as Ontology; the introduction to Delegation and Agency in International Organizations; and the introduction to Law as a Means to an End: Threat to the Rule of Law. In his last speech as UN secretary general, Kofi Annan took a parting shot at George Bush's policies, accusing the US of committing human rights abuses in the name of fighting terror. For Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, being compared to Adolf Hitler is better than being asked about civil liberties in Iran. Negotiating with Iran and Syria can pay off, but only if we know what we're doing; and negotiating with adversaries can be useful, but this time we'd have to give up too much. The war in Iraq has produced many casualties. One lesser-noticed one may be the death of an idea -- the idea that the culture of a nation or region can be transformed quickly by well-intentioned foreigners. Tyranny, realism and Jeane Kirkpatrick: David Rieff on how liberals today sound an awful lot like the neoconservative realists of the Reagan era. Daniel Drezner on the Grandest Strategy of Them All: Two major public statements, coming less than a week apart, nicely capture the confusion besetting US foreign policy these days. The capital awaits a masterstroke on Iraq, and even a radical proposal of Darwinian proportion is part of the buzz; but can US foreign policy in the Middle East ever be successful if members of Congress fail to recognize the fundamental nature of the region’s religious terrain? Rarely win at Trivial Pursuit? The State Department is overhauling the Foreign Service exam, but will modernizing how it builds the nation’s diplomatic ranks come at a cost to applicant quality? (and try the Foreign Service Exam). The Vanishing: Christopher Caldwell on why hardly anyone mourns the collapse of George Bush’s authority. A review of Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power. A review of Way By Other Means: An Insider’s Account of the War on Terror by John Yoo and Before the Next Attack: Preserving Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism by Bruce Ackerman. And the introduction to The Constitution of Law: Legality in a Time of Emergency
[Weekend 2e] From PINR, an article on current geostrategy in the South Caucasus. From The National Interest, J-Curve Economics: Robert VerBruggen on a theoretical argument for development, not democracy, in Iraq. Choosing Victory: Frederick Kagan has a plan for success in Iraq. Spencer Ackerman on Fred Kagan's disastrous plan for "victory" in Iraq. A review of Confronting Iran: The Failure of American Foreign Policy and the Next Great Conflict in the Middle East; Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic; and Iran's Nuclear Ambitions. From Time, an interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Why they deny the Holocaust: On top of nearly constant anti-Semitic propaganda, much of the Muslim world hasn't even heard of it. Many Israelis and their American allies are sleeping through the rise of the virulently anti-Arab Avigdor Lieberman. How likely is a nuclear attack on the United States by a rogue state or a non-state actor, i.e., terrorists? How likely does it have to be? D.C.'s Achilles' heel: Bruce Ackerman on how all government branches need succession plans in case of a catastrophic terrorist attack. From TAP, excess baggage: The conservative attack on government has left a major mess for Democrats to clean up. From National Journal, House Democrats are racing the clock to be in a position to deliver on their promises when they take charge on Jan. 4. They still have formidable legislative and organizational challenges to overcome. John Dean on refocusing the impeachment movement on administration officials below the president and vice-president: Why not have a realistic debate, with charges that could actually result in convictions? A review of Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency by Lou DuBose. From Human Events, Richard Viguerie, author of Conservatives Betrayed, on what Karl Rove didn't want to hear. From TNR, social conservatives rain on Mitt Romney's parade, and watch the macho men of 1994 weep like babies. Barackwater: For now, Obama's scandal is too small to hurt. Barack's ready: Look beyond Obama's two years in the Senate and you'll see that he's well prepared to run for president. The Hippie Era Just Won't Die: More than 36 years after the '60s ended, that decade remains at the center of the political divide. An article on who Americans are and what they do, in census data
[Weekend] From the United Arab Emirates, political analysts expressed cautious optimism over the prospects for greater democracy ahead of the country's first parliamentary elections. From CUP, the introduction to Ethics in Action: The Ethical Challenges of International Human Rights Nongovernmental Organizations; and the introduction to Who Believes in Human Rights? An interview with Rebiya Kadeer, the Uighur Dalai Lama. From the North American Congress on Latin America, an article on the death of the defense of dictators. The Economist and the Dictator: Just what is the connection between Milton Friedman and Augusto Pinochet? The introduction to Antitrust and Global Capitalism, 1930–2004. From The Dissident Voice, an article on libertarianism, the public interest and the limits of volunteerism. From Rolling Stone, Paul Krugman on The Great Wealth Transfer: It's the biggest untold economic story of our time: more of the nation's bounty held in fewer and fewer hands. And Bush's tax cuts are only making the problem worse. From Truthout, George Lakoff on building on the progressive victory. Sen. John McCain launches an assault against the independent blogosphere. From American Heritage, an article on how NASCAR conquered America. A Very Ecumenical Christmas: Why conservatives despise the phrase happy holidays. From CJR, and it's that time of year again for the newsweeklies: Christ as Cover Boy time; and a review of The Race Beat The Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation. Fa La La La La: It's about that time of year for the blues to set in, and although they're obviously besetting the world of journalism, the media should realize that things are not quite as bad as they seem. Perez Hilton's gay witch hunt: The MSM's favorite "gossip gangsta" claims he outs celebrities in the name of civil rights. But to his detractors, he's a self-serving lowlife. And you’ll work in this town again: How low does a human being have to sink before Hollywood shoos him away and he can’t get an Oscar?
[Weekend 2e] From
The Intercollegiate Review, Daniel
Mahoney (Assumption): Conservatism, Democracy, and Foreign Policy; James Kurth
(Swarthmore): The U.S. Victory in Vietnam: Lost and Found; Bradley C. S. Watson
(Saint Vincent): Creed & Culture in the American Founding;
a review of
A World Beyond Politics? A Defense of the Nation-State by Pierre
a review of
Return to Greatness: How America Lost its Sense of Purpose and What it Needs to Do to Recover It by Alan Wolfe;
and a review of
Look Homeward, America: In Search of Reactionary Radicals and Front-Porch Anarchists by Bill
A review of
The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success by Rodney Stark.
Damon Linker reviews
What Paul Meant by Garry Wills. A religion professor buys a sailboat and visits every location that Paul the Apostle
visited: A review
of Sailing Acts : Following an Ancient Journey.
From Dissent, essays on George W. Bush and the Latest Evangelical Menace;
and on Beyond the 'M' Word: The Tangled Web of Politics and Marriage.
From New Politics, Deanne Bonnar (BU): The Wages of Care: Change and Resistance in Support of Caregiving Work;
Helen Lachs Ginsburg (Brooklyn) and Marguerite G. Rosenthal
(Salem State): The Ups and Downs of the Swedish Welfare State: General Trends, Benefits and Caregiving;
an essay on Empowering People with Disabilities;
an article on Foster
Care; and an essay on The
Political Economy of Psychotherapy. A review of
When Affirmative Action Was White by Ira
A review of
Caught in the Crossfire: Kids, Politics, and America’s Future.
Among your qualifications, an MBA at Household
U.: Returning to the work force after raising a child requires sales skills.
UCLA's Joel Handler on welfare reform's hollow victory.
A review of
In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State by Charles Murray.
And that extra $10 million from Wall Street burning a hole in your pocket?
The bad news is that not everything is for
sale, or readily available, plug-and-play or cash-and-carry
John Ishiyama (TSU), Marijke Breuning (TSU), and Linda Lopez (NSF): A Century of Continuity and Change in the Undergraduate Political Science
Curriculum. A review of
Nature and History in American Political Development: A Debate by James W.
Ceaser, with responses by Jack N. Rakove, Nancy L. Rosenblum, and Rogers M. Smith.
From the latest
issue of Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly,
essays on Rethinking the American Constitution
by Robert H. Nelson; Philanthropy and its Uneasy Relation to Equality
by Rob Reich; and The Diversity Rationale: The Intellectual Roots of an Ideal
by Michele S. Moses pdf.
William Galston on the
reemergence of political pluralism. Wayne
State's Ronald Aronson on The
Soul of Socialism. A review
of Modern Liberty: And the Limits of
Government by Charles Fried. From The
Economist, wealth and the pursuit of happiness:
It seems people spend so much time building a better standard of
living, they become inured to its pleasures.
From Daedalus, a special
issue on the mind and the body, including William
Connolly (JHU): Experience & experiment; Mark
Antonio Damasio (USC): Minding the body;
Ray Dolan (Wellcome): The
body in the brain; Gerald Edelman (SRI): The
embodiment of mind; Jerry Fodor (Rutgers): How the mind works: what we still don't know;
Carol Gilligan (NYU): When the mind leaves the body and returns;
Mark Johnson (Oregon): Mind incarnate: from Dewey to
and Arne Öhman (Karolinska): Making sense of emotion: evolution, reason & the brain.
from From Complexity to Life: On the Emergence of Life and Meaning.
Encouraging Science: New research suggests that
elimination of the "stereotype threat" can level the mathematical playing field for men and
women. But does it all add up outside the experimental lab?
pdf. And from International
Socialism, a review of
Reflections on the Marxist Theory of History
by Paul Blackledge and Marxism and History
by Matt Perry; and a review of Michael
Mann's Fascists and Robert Paxton's The Anatomy of Fascism
[Weekend] A new issue of The Geonomist is out. From Inhabitat, an essay on Greening the Ivory Tower: Sustainability in design schools. An ancient ice shelf has cracked off northern Ellesmere Island, creating an enormous, 66-square-kilometre ice island and leaving a trail of icy blocks in its wake. Wave goodbye to 2006. Oh, and with it the white-fin dolphin. It's gone, too. Another year, another species. What will our descendants make of a political and media culture that devotes little attention to the global warming threat when compared with sports, consumer goods, leisure and a threat from terrorism that is puny by comparison? Will they remember us as great paragon of human progress and freedom? They are more likely to spit on our graves. From Discover, a look at the top archaeology, biology, earth science, environment, genetics, medicine, mind & brains, paleontology, space, and technology stories of 2006. When scientists wrote in a recent issue of the journal Nature that they could induce phantom effects — the sensation of being haunted by a shadowy figure — by stimulating the brain with electricity, it made perfect neurological sense. From Pakistan, an article on gender segregation and the madrassa. How chess and mess define the meaning of life: Stephen Poole previews cultural studies titles in 2007. And a review of The Form of Things: Essays on Life, Ideas and Liberty in the Twenty-First Century by A.C. Grayling
[Dec 29] Disa Bergnéhr (Linköping): Love and Family: Discussions Between Swedish Men and Women Concerning the Transition to Parenthood. A review of City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth-Century London. From Annual Review of Critical Psychology, an essay on Critical Psychology in the Belly of the Beast: Notes from North America doc. A review of Perceptual Experience. The introduction to The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why It Matters. A review of The Trouble With Diversity by Walter Benn Michaels. Graying of US academia stirs debate: Some cite brilliance; others see lost opportunity in hiring. As minds age, what’s next? Brain calisthenics: Brain health programs are offering the possibility of a cognitive fountain of youth. Research finds that a single gene could lead to a long life and a better mental function. The latest issue of Edge is out, where Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris show off their Christmas trees. Napster in 1999. MySpace in 2004. YouTube in 2006. Experts from the tech community look ahead to the innovations that will change how we work, play and communicate in 2007. Google and Microsoft are racing to provide computer users with a virtual world tour. Who will be the first to offer its readers a 3-D map of the globe? Pull back the red curtain and dim the lights. It's the 9th annual presentation of the Wired News Vaporware Awards, an ode to the year's top technology products promised, hyped and scheduled, but not delivered. And a look at the reason why video games are hard to give up
[Dec 28] From the inaugural issue of International Journal of Žižek Studies, David J. Gunkel (UNI): Why Žižek? - Why Online?; Bülent Somay ( Bilgi): This is it?; Jodi Dean (HWSC): Why Žižek for Political Theory?; Robert Pfaller (Linz): Why Žižek? Interpassivity and Misdemeanours: The Analysis of Ideology and the Žižekian Toolbox; Glyn Daly (Northampton): Sympathy for the Inhuman; Todd McGowan (Vermont): Serious Theory; Marc de Kesel (Radboud): Truth as Formal Catholicism - On Alain Badiou, Saint Paul: La Fondation de l'universalisme; Adrian Johnston (UNM): The Quick and the Dead: Alain Badiou and the Split Speeds of Transformation; Slavoj Žižek (Ljubljana): Badiou: Notes From an Ongoing Debate; some brief remarks on and responses to Žižek’s Badiou; and a series of interviews on the theme of Žižek and Cinema. From a new issue of International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, Oğuz Adanir ( Dokuz Eylul): Jean Baudrillard and Our Different Worlds: Thinking Beyond The Metaphysical and Pataphysical Divide; Jean Baudrillard on The Structural Limits of Marxism: Separation from Nature Under The Sign of Production – Marxist Anthropology and The Domination of Nature; a review of Arguing with Anthropology: an introduction to critical theories of the gift; a review of Toward a Political Economy of Culture: Capitalism and Communication in the Twenty-First Century; a review essay on Baudrillard's Radical Media Theory and William Merrin’s Baudrillard and the Media; and a review of Traversing the Fantasy: Critical Responses to Slavoj Žižek. And from Herodotus to hip-hop: An article on St. John's College, the Great Books curriculum and what's cooking in hip-hop academe
[Dec 27] Brian Leiter (UT-Austin): Morality Critics. From Monthly Review, the phenomenal form of contemporary social movements: An interview with Georgy Katsiaficas, author of The Subversion of Politics: European Autonomous Social Movements and the Decolonization of Everyday Life. A review of Jean-Paul Sartre by Andrew Leak. From Sign and Sight, German philosopher Ernst Tugendhat on religion as a need and the difficulty of satisfying it. Science vs. Religion: Who'd win in a fight between Superman and Jesus? From Wired, the perfect human Dean Karnazes ran 50 marathons in 50 days. He does 200 miles just for fun. He'll race in 120-degree heat. 12 secrets to his success. From Economic Principals, a review of Adam's Fallacy: A Guide to Economic Theology by Duncan Foley; and a look at why it is the nonrivalry of knowledge that is behind globalization, not some mysterious flattening of the earth. From Slate, prosecutorial Indiscretion: Just when you thought DA Mike Nifong couldn't make a worse mess of the Duke rape case. And from Counterpunch, Ralph Nader on the BCS: College football's monopoly
[Dec 26] From CUP, the introduction to The Cambridge Companion to Tocqueville. In Culture in America, Frédéric Martel challenges the view that (French) culture financed by the government is good and that (American) culture shaped by market forces is bad. A review of La Dame D’esprit: A Biography of the Marquise Du Châtelet. How did a rustic village foster a "genius cluster"? A review of American Bloomsbury. A review of William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism. A review of Freeman Dyson's The Scientist as Rebel. Richard John Neuhaus on how, since religion is not going to go away, religious tolerance must itself be grounded in religion. From Canada, a look at The Year in Bad Ideas. And The New York Times Week in Review presents a roundup of the choicest of syllables and the catchiest of phrases to emerge in 2006
[Dec 25] Jacob Levy (McGill): Federalism, Liberalism, and the Separation of Loyalties. A review of The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean and Sea of Faith: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World. A review of Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science and Art From the Cults of Catholic Europe by Thomas Cahill. A review of Evil Incarnate: Rumors of Demonic Conspiracy and Ritual Abuse in History. Michael Dirda reviews Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media into the Twenty-First Century. A review of Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind. A review of Putnam Camp: Sigmund Freud, James Jackson Putnam, and the Purpose of American Psychology. A review of How Language Works: How Babies Babble, Words Change Meaning, and Languages Live or Die. The persistent hunter within us all: Recent research shows hunters in the Kalahari have more success running down their prey than they do when using snares or bows and poisoned arrows. A review of History's Locomotives: Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World. The rejection bin of history: Forty-seven years ago, two of the greatest names in American historiography, C. Vann Woodward and Richard Hofstadter, laid out a plan for a grand, multivolume summation of American history. Why is it still only half finished? From McSweeney's, dispatches from adjunct faculty at a Large State University Oronte Churm is offered a bucket of money to write a blog, and lives to tell about it. There are moments that make you question your fundamental assumptions about the world. One of them took place a few days ago, when news emerged that Monica Lewinsky had just graduated from the London School of Economics. A review of The Trouble With Diversity by Walter Benn Michaels. And Santa can bring me anything... as long as I don't have to read it
[Weekend 2e] More from American Political Science Review: Michael Kenny (Sheffield): History and Dissent: Bernard Crick's The American Science of Politics; David Kettler (Bard): The Political Theory Question in Political Science, 1956-1965; Kathleen Knight (Barnard): Transformations of the Concept of Ideology in the Twentieth Century; Gerhard Loewenberg (Iowa): The Influence of European Emigre Scholars on Comparative Politics; Michael Parenti on Patricians, Professionals, and Political Science; Howard L. Reiter (Connecticut): The Study of Political Parties, 1906-2005: The View from the Journals; Sue Tolleson-Rinehart (UNC) and Susan J. Carroll (Rutgers): 'Far from Ideal': The Gender Politics of Political Science; Peter N. Ubertaccio (Stonehill) and Brian J. Cook (Clark): Wilson's Failure: Roots of Contention about the Meaning of a Science of Politics; and Kenneth D. Wald (Florida) and Clyde Wilcox (Georgetown): Getting Religion: Has Political Science Rediscovered the Faith Factor? pdf
[Weekend] Dennis Patterson (Rutgers): Wittgenstein and Constitutional Theory. From The Symptom, Alain Badiou (ENS): Philosophy as Creative Repetition; Adrian Johnston (SUNY-Stony Brook): Lightening Ontology; Jacques-Alain Miller (Paris VIII): Suture (Elements of the Logic of the Signifier); an essay on The Future of Another Illusion; and Slavoj Zizek (Ljubljana): Mel Gibson at the Serbsky Institute. From the Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Psychology, the entry on Moral Judgment pdf. From CUP, the introduction to Human Goodness: Pragmatic Variations on Platonic Themes; and the introduction to Moral Repair: Reconstructing Moral Relations after Wrongdoing. H. Allen Orr reviews The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins; Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief by Lewis Wolpert; and Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist by Joan Roughgarden. From The New York Inquirer, blogs, beef, and babyshambles: An interview with n+1’s Keith Gessenan. From Great Britain, the government is asking schools to do a lot more than simply educate our children—but schools are not the answer to every social need. Opening The Ivy Doors: A new Yale center for study of anti-Semitism is latest sign of elite school’s changing, and growing, Jewish presence. A review of Tikkun Reader: Twentieth Anniversary. From Tikkun, Monogamy, Polyamory, and Beyond: Every world tradition teaches the importance of embracing joy. How intimate relationships allow us the opportunity to truly experience it. From Comment, living with liberalism: An article on understanding regimes of tolerance. And from Scientific American, why the Cavs' Mark Price couldn't break the free throw record: Repeated motions differ slightly because of the brain's planning mechanism and muscle contractions
[Dec 22] John Stewart (FUB): The Future Evolution of Consciousness. Christopher Holvenstot (Columbia): The Next New World: an Introduction to Contextual Division (and part 2 and part 3). From Sign and Sight, 21st century nationalism is linked to appearances and emblems; not ethics, but aesthetics, says Bulgarian cultural anthropologist Ivaylo Ditchev. A review of Receptions of Descartes: Cartesianism and anti-Cartesianism in Early Modern Europe. The introduction to The Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Philosophy. The introduction to Pierre Gassendi and the Birth of Early Modern Philosophy. From TNR, a review of Mapping Paradise: A History of Heaven on Earth. From The Economist, fire from heaven: Meteorites are made up of evidence about how the solar system was born; and the Argus eyes of stargazing: Ever larger telescopes are planned to study the heavens in ever more detail, but with a twist. Tabling Science: The Union of Concerned Scientists charts the Bush administration's suppression of information. From Opinion Journal, mighty pens: An article on the art (and literature) of war. From LRB, what’s got into Martin Amis? A review of House of Meetings; and was it a supernova? Frank Kermode reviews The Nativity: History and Legend. This year’s prize for best long-titled left communist analysis of an American literary classic goes hands down to Loren Goldner’s Herman Melville: Between Charlemagne and the Antemosaic Cosmic Man – Race, Class and the Crisis of Bourgeois Ideology in an American Renaissance Writer. The Critic as Pugilist, Champion of High Art: A review of Falling Upwards: Essays in Defense of the Imagination by Lee Siegel. Chattering classes: A look at how the rules for verbal exchanges are surprisingly enduring. And BuzzWhack, a website and a dictionary, has compiled a list of the "most fun" buzzwords, as chosen by the site's users
[Dec 21] From LRB, Corey Robin reviews Why Arendt Matters by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl; Hannah Arendt: The Jewish Writings; and Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. From The Nation, a review of Hitler's Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State; and a review of Fritz Stern's Five Germanys I Have Known. From Germany, Jürgen Habermas praises Ronald Dworkin: " Bearing in mind how exasperated I can get with politics in such fiercely-fought situations..." From Austria, Holocaust denier David Irving is free after 13 months in jail. From Turkey, four publishers are acquitted of insulting "Turkishness" in their translation of a book by Noam Chomsky. From Transitions, judging from their history classes, you might think Albanian and Serbian students in Kosovo lived through two different wars. In a speech delivered at the conference "A Soul for Europe," Wim Wenders says Europeans must believe in the power of their own imagery. A review of Dark Feelings, Grim Thoughts: Experience and Reflection in Camus and Sartre. Who do you think you are? Modern neuroscience is groping towards the answer to the oldest question of all: who am I? There's a bigger genetic jump between humans and chimps than previously believed. Buying babies, bit by bit: Here's an international guide to baby-making. From TLS, the carbon and the Christian: A review of God's Universe; The Language of God; Minds and Gods: The cognitive foundations of religion; and Alone in the World? Human uniqueness in science and theology (The Gifford lectures). From The Mises Institute, why be an economist? To be happy, that's why. Happiness and economics: Economics discovers its feelings, not quite as dismal as it was (and it isn't all in Adam Smith). A review of Inside the Economist's Mind: Conversations with Eminent Economists. And Economic Principals is journalism, too, but it is committed by a journalist. What’s the difference?
[Dec 20] Ran Hirschl (Toronto): The New Constitutionalism and the Judicialization of Pure Politics Worldwide. A review of The Relationship Rights of Children. A review of The New Civil Rights Research: A Constitutive Approach. From Technology Review, are drugs that seek to serve a specific population changing our concept of race? A review of Reasoning in Biological Discoveries: Essays on Mechanisms, Interfield Relations, and Anomaly Resolution. A review of Whose Body Is It Anyway? Justice and the Integrity of the Person. A review of Thinking With Animals: New Perspectives on Anthropomorphism. From Inside Higher Ed, Scott McLemee is packing for MLA, but first gets an earful about the report of the task force on tenure; and when Carol Gilligan was alerted that James Dobson referenced her work in a Time magazine column, she denounced his interpretation of her research — posting her views in a video on YouTube. An interview with Miriam Grossman, author of Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student. And the truthiness shall set you free: "Feeling" the truth might be as good as thinking it. From In These Times, a review of Steven Johnson’s The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Terrifying Epidemic-and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World. To sketch a thief: How one young scholar is trying to combine the tools of art history and criminal pathology to help the police solve some of the world’s most puzzling heists. Web guru Jaron Lanier worries that, in the world of the Web, individual creativity is being replaced by dangerous groupthink. A hilarious collection of self-deprecating personals from the London Review of Books illustrates the gulf between Brits and Americans looking for love. And a review of U2 & Philosophy: How to Decipher an Atomic Band
[Dec 19] Jonathan Yovel (Haifa) and Elizabeth Ellen Mertz (ABF): The Role of Social Science in Legal Decisions. Brian Tamanaha (St. John's): How an Instrumental View of Law Corrodes the Rule of Law. A review of Good Courts: The Case for Problem Solving Justice. A review of Doubt and the Demands of Democratic Citizenship. A review of Essays on the Philosophy of Immanuel Kant: Reason, Morality and Beauty; and Terror, Peace, and Universalism. Can social scientists redefine the "war on terror"? George Packer investigates. From Campus Progress, an interview with Harry Frankfurt on On Truth. A review of How Language Works: How Babies Babble, Words Change Meaning, and Languages Live or Die. A review of The Emotion Machine: Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind by Marvin Minsky. From The Scientist, an article on the future of the FDA: As the agency celebrates its 100th anniversary, what do Congress and others have in store? From PopMatters, a review of E. O. Wilson's The Creation. A review of The Old Way: A Story of the First People. A review of The Cave Painters: Probing the Mysteries of the World's First Artists. From The New Yorker, Prince of Saint-Germain: How Boris Vian brought cool to Paris; and My Father's Suitcase: Here's Orhan Pamuk's Nobel Lecture. From TNR, Ruth Franklin on the Israeli novel in the time of the suicide bomb. A purple patch on the decline and fall of literature by Andrew Delbanco. A review of The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature. From National Review, three cheers for the patriarchy: An interview with Elizabeth Kantor, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature. From American Heritage, whatever happened to ebonics? Colleges around the country are devoting more time, money and staff power to students who can't decide on a major, concerned that many of them will leave school without graduating or will prolong their college careers. School of Hard Knocks: Former grad student Christian DeJohn sues Temple over academic freedom. A review of Academic Freedom After September 11 by Beshara Doumani. And a review of Contested Words: Legal Restrictions on Freedom of Speech in Liberal Democracies
[Dec 18] From Theoretical Inquiries in Law (a special kind of registration is required), a special issue on Critical Modernities: Politics and law beyond the liberal imagination, including Martti Koskenniemi (Helsinki): Constitutionalism as Mindset: Reflections on Kantian Themes About International Law and Globalization; Jill Frank (South Carolina): Aristotle on Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law; Marianne Constable (UC-Berkeley): The Shuffle of Things: Law and Knowledge in "Modern Society"; Roger Berkowitz (Bard): Democratic Legitimacy and the Scientific Foundation of Modern Law; Peter Fitzpatrick (Birkbeck): "What Are the Gods to Us Now?": Secular Theology and the Modernity of Law; Lior Barshack (HUJ): Transformations of Kinship and the Acceleration of History Thesis; Mark Antaki (McGill): The Critical Modernism of Hannah Arendt; and Jose Brunner (Tel Aviv): Modern Times: Law, Temporality and Happiness in Hobbes, Locke and Bentham. An interview with Jonathan Wolff, author of An Introduction to Political Philosophy. Check out Political Theory Graduate Programs, an online resource. Two books of philosophy that aren't really books of philosophy: A review of Colin McGinn's Shakespeare Philosophy and Michael Gregorio's Critique of Criminal Reason. A review of William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism (and more). A review of Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism. A review of How to Read a Novel: A User’s Guide. A book and its cover: An article on the work of fiction in the age of blockbuster publishing. What's going on here? Why the sudden interest in Charles Baudelaire, a 19th-century French poet? From Harvard, the African and African American Studies Department continues to try to undo what transpired during the Larry Summers era, making a tenured job offer to a Stanford hip-hop scholar, Marcyliena Morgan. From The Boston Globe's "Ideas", caught in the swarm: How Hanoi's chaotic traffic system fascinated, and almost killed, MIT computer-science guru Seymour Papert; and picture yourself on a typical morning commute. You start out with a few suburban streets, then some arterial roads, a few miles of open interstate, and finish off with a nice refreshing bumper to bumper crawl to the office
[Weekend 2e] From the inaugural issue of Shibboleths, O. Nigel Bolland ( Colgate): Reconsidering Creolisation and Creole Societies; E. P. Brandon (UWI): Creolisation, Syncreticism and Multiculturalism; Lewis R. Gordon ( Temple): Theorising Race and Racism in an Age of Disciplinary Decadence; Richard L. W. Clarke (UWI): From Dialectic to Différance: Rethinking Creolisation in the Later Work of Stuart Hall; and Edward Baugh (UWI): Literary Theory and the Caribbean: Theory, Belief and Desire, or Designing Theory pdf. Maxine Eichner (UNC): Civic Education and the Liberal Democratic Polity. From Gringoes, an article on universities in Brazil and the USA: a comparison. Liberal education, then and now: Peter Berkowitz on J.S. Mill's idea of a university, and our own. Walter Benn Michaels on why identity politics distracts us from economic inequalities. Does this debase debate? College forensics once stuck strictly to words. Now it can come off the page -- way off. Is there any merit to being emeritus? Should we think of "emeritus status" as an oxymoron? Carlin Romano on the "E" word. Wasting energy on standby mode: The freedom of doctoral life has its drawbacks. How dumb do they think we are? To be really good at plagiarism, you need precisely the reading and writing skills that ought to render it unnecessary. From HNN, an article about those tests indicating students have low history IQ's. A purple patch on Thucydides and the Epochal War by Philip Bobbitt. The introduction to Thucydides and the Philosophical Origins of History. Was Troy real—and was the author of The Iliad a woman? A review of Rediscovering Homer. Scientists are mystified by the Antikythera Mechanism, a 2,100-year-old device that may be world's first known analog computer. From The Progressive, think globally, eat locally: A review of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. Voting with your trolley: Can you really change the world just by buying certain foods? The cookbook as literature: An excerpt from Aguecheek’s Beef, Belch’s Hiccup, and Other Gastronomic Interjections: Literature, Culture, and Food Among the Early Moderns. Check this out: A study of supermarket staff explains the effect of hard-working colleagues. And from PopMatters, take this and you'll feel better. Today's branded products work just like the patent medicines of old
[Weekend] Potpourri: From UCLA, Peter Singer critiques President Bush's ethics. From The Philosophers' Magazine, is there in fact a way to decide or is philosophy doomed to eternal debate, always travelling, never reaching the finish line, except in those rare cases when it is helped across the line by science? Subliminal messages drive the mind to distraction: What you don't "see" may distract you anyway. A review of Responsibility and Punishment. A Conspiracy of Dunces: Will John Kennedy Toole's comic masterpiece ever reach the big screen? What's old is made new again with this New York Review Books reprint series. Research suggests that we can remember more faces than other objects and that faces "stick" the best in our short-term memory. A review of Liberty & Learning: Milton Friedman’s Voucher Idea at Fifty. More on Michael Crichton's "literary hit and run" of Michael Crowley. A review of The Go Point: When It’s Time to Decide — Knowing What to Do and When to Do It. Rankings, tournaments, and playoffs: College football ranking systems are fundamentally flawed. A review of The Sale of the Late King's Goods: Charles I and His Art Collection. Meet the keystone kops of criticism: Editorial fears over book reviewers' potential biases are exaggerated. It's been shown that the left side of the brain processes language and the right side processes music; but what about a language like Mandarin Chinese, which is musical in nature with wide tonal ranges? Fine-Tuned Deception: Say hello to the new stealth creationism. A review of Legal Feminism: Activism, Lawyering and Legal Theory. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you: Why the brain just can't help itself. A University of Glasgow lecturer's podcast on the opaque German philosopher Immanuel Kant has been the surprise hit among educational downloads this term. Julian Baggini talks to Mylo about his transformation from swotty student to dance floor hero. And a look at how, with subtle reminders, stereotypes can become self-fulfilling