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Do We Already Know the Answer to the Question, 'Are Men Animals?'

Matthew Gutmann's Are Men Animals is and interesting but flawed, rushed look at masculinity that suffers from digressions and an unwillingness to be as political as it could have been.

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Hello Kitty's Silent March toward World Domination: 'Pink Globalization'

For all of her meticulous research and personal communications with fans, Sanrio employees, authors, and others, Christine Yano does an exceptional job of mining the Hello Kitty multiverse.

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Viewing the World at the Level of the Snail’s Lowly Trail

"... I have crawled most of the way through life. I have crawled downward into holes without a bottom, and upward, wedged into crevices where the wind and the birds scream at you until the sound of a falling pebble is enough to make the sick heart lurch."

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We Are Fueled by the Fat of Their Land

The "monstrous steel molochs" of industrialized civilization are fueled by petroleum and not literally by the "fat of the natives", though for the Achuar people, the subject of this classic narrative, that might be a distinction without a difference.

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The Human Touch: Our Part in the Creation of a Universe by Michael Frayn

The Human Touch is the latest in a series of blockbuster volumes in which writers from whom you might expect something different have taken on the cosmos, whether conceived physically or in intellectual terms.

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