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Can Queer Studies Rescue American Universities?

Matt Brim's Poor Queer Studies underscores the impact of poorer disciplines and institutions, which often do more to translate and apply transformative intellectual ideas in the world than do their ivory-tower counterparts.

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The Eternal Snow of Frozen Tears: Saving Melting Landscapes

Zürich's Institute of Landscape Architecture explores the fragile connection between mankind and nature in a multimedia project that merges science with art, turning sounds and images of a changing alpine glacier into a moving call to action.

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On Epistemological Anxieties and Irony in 'Who's Who When Everyone Is Someone Else'

C.D. Rose's novel is as striking for its achievements as it is for its failures, but ultimately the whole exercise feels rather inessential.

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Is 'Lissa' a Trailblazer in Bridging Academia and Comics?

What a graphic narrative like Lissa achieves in terms of conceptual and communicative clarity should be valued equally alongside what a journal article written in academic prose achieves in terms of terminological precision and density of data.

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Therese Bohman's Works Are Grounded Deep in the Souls of the Women She Portrays

Eventide is a compelling psychological portrait of a successful academic woman starting her personal life anew in her 40s.

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Why Aren't Safe Spaces and Brave Spaces Working in Academia?

University campuses are seething. But telling people to get along with each other is not the answer.

Culture

What Happens When Academics Essay the "Wang Dang Doodle" of Life?

Flippancy of postmodern rhetorical parkour (iƒ.e., “jargon"), when wielded indiscriminately, draws boundaries between the insiders who know it and the outsiders who don't.

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'Middle C' A Minor Story in a Major Key

In William H. Gass’s latest novel, a man who fears being remembered as a Nazi raises a son who fears living at all.

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In Search of Lost Time: André Aciman's 'Harvard Square'

André Aciman's enjoyable, beautifully written novel tells about the highs and lows of academic life and adjusting to the rhythms of America as a foreigner.

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It Will Come to Me by Emily Fox Gordon

Deadly funny, this is immensely enjoyable, a welcome addition to a genre some of us cannot get enough of.

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The Zerg Through the Eyes of Marx

In this week's edition of Banana Pepper Martinis, L.B. Jeffries takes a look at the use of academia in the discussion of video games.

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