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In an Underground Bar With America's First Bohemians
Rebel Souls tells how Walt Whitman and a cast of colorful characters helped define American culture from a dark, 19th century basement bar in Manhattan. [25.Nov.14]
Is 'Gimme Indie Rock' Another One of Those Essential Guidebooks?
At its best, Gimme Indie Rock shows enough joy to remind its readers why books like these are made in the first place. [25.Nov.14]
I Sacrifice, Therefore I Am Good: Young Adult Fiction Heroines and Self-Destruction
By Katja Huru
Veronica Roth's Divergent series undermines all that we try to teach our young women about self-worth and the importance of maintaining autonomy and control over one’s body and mind. [24.Nov.14]
Žižek Continues His Love Affair With Hegel in 'Absolute Recoil'
Absolute Recoil is less a "major philosophical intervention" and more a natural continuation of Žižek's decades-long project of interpreting the world through Hegelian and Lacanian analysis. [24.Nov.14]
Can's Impossible Music
German rock band Can's masterpiece album is the subject of yet another thinly-veiled memoir in the 33 1/3 series, but the approach fits the enigmatic subject better than expected. [24.Nov.14]
Reviews
Rebel Souls tells how Walt Whitman and a cast of colorful characters helped define American culture from a dark, 19th century basement bar in Manhattan. [25.Nov.14]
At its best, Gimme Indie Rock shows enough joy to remind its readers why books like these are made in the first place. [24.Nov.14]
Absolute Recoil is less a "major philosophical intervention" and more a natural continuation of Žižek's decades-long project of interpreting the world through Hegelian and Lacanian analysis. [24.Nov.14]
German rock band Can's masterpiece album is the subject of yet another thinly-veiled memoir in the 33 1/3 series, but the approach fits the enigmatic subject better than expected. [23.Nov.14]
This tale takes pains to emphasise the difference between the crass newly-rich mainland Chinese (yay!) and the rich-for-like-forever distinguished Chinese families (boo!). [23.Nov.14]
If trying to grasp screen presence is like reaching for the stars, James Harvey shows noble reach in his book, Watching Them Be. [22.Nov.14]
As the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide approaches, a new generation struggles to understand its meaning, and role, in their lives [21.Nov.14]
A line in one of the stories here neatly summarizes Oates’ works: “In private, a nervous collapse is an illness. In public, it can be a career.” [20.Nov.14]
Mixed Media
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Features
By Katja Huru
Veronica Roth's Divergent series undermines all that we try to teach our young women about self-worth and the importance of maintaining autonomy and control over one’s body and mind. [23.Nov.14]
By Robert Beachy
Robert Beachy's study of gay life in pre-Weimar Berlin reveals just how much influence that subculture had on our current understandings of sexuality. [20.Nov.14]
Columns
Re:Print
The prison correspondence of Tolokonnikova and Zizek might not change the world, but it ought to be required reading for those with such aspirations. [16.Nov.14]
Re:Print
The remarkable author of How to Build a Girl wasn’t seeking controversy; she just wanted to change the world. [11.Nov.14]
From The Blogs
Ovenly's recipes are hip, exciting, and accessible. If only they worked. [12.Nov.14]
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