Thursday, July 24 2014
The debate about sex work is usually about the spectacle that accompanies “sex”, rather than about the sex workers and the work of sex. That needs to change.
Sunday, April 29 2012
Stranger Magic is an exhaustive compendium of the various tales in the Arabian Nights collection, as well as a robust and energetic investigation into how these stories of “Oriental” myth and folklore have seeped into the European imagination from the 18th century onward.
Sunday, June 5 2011
All the expertise in the world doesn’t prepare a parent to face the vagaries of American culture that lays itself pink, shiny, and bejewelled at the feet of a young girl.
Thursday, February 17 2011
The essays included in this fine, wide-ranging, thought-provoking volume take pains to remind the reader how every instance of urban dystopia – whether in Mexico, India, Africa or the United States – is shadowed by the particular history and legacy of its geography, culture, and society.
Monday, April 28 2014
Jonathan Faiers explores the "negative cinematic wardrobe" through a detailed reading of classic and mainstream films of American and British cinema.
Thursday, February 20 2014
This is an elegant, concise book on the entanglement of feminism with imperialism by a foremost anthropologist in her field.
Monday, November 25 2013
It doesn’t seem enough that our conversations about pop culture only take one of two opposing poles: how it corrupts people totally and leads to “moral problems” and solipsism, or how it provides means of “agency” and “empowerment” and new ways of envisioning freedom.
Thursday, November 21 2013
The madwoman, whether in the attic or the ancestral house, is always a spectacle. I find Miss Havisham to be a troubling enigma.
Wednesday, November 13 2013
Donna Tartt's third novel, The Goldfinch, asks "What do you do when you're saddled with a self you do not want?"