Andrew McKenna (Loyola): Art and Incarnation: Oscillating Views. From American Arts Quarterly, James F. Cooper on sculptors of the American Renaissance: Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French; and on the legacy of Philippe de Montebello. Brick Master: Is it possible to create art out of Legos? Cave painting: An article on video games as art. For decades Baghdad was the cultural capital of the Arab world; war changed all that and it is only now that the Iraqi art scene is slowly blossoming again. From Artforum, Mira Schor on her new book A Decade of Negative Thinking: Essays on Art, Politics, and Daily Life. Between play and politics: Marie-Laure Ryan on dysfunctionality in digital art. The Weak Universalism: In these times, we know that everything can be an artwork. What makes a film become cult? A review essay on German art’s current enhanced status. Coaxing the soul of America back to life: Roger Kennedy on how the New Deal sustained, and was sustained by, artists. A review of The Conman: How One Man Fooled the Modern Art Establishment by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo. Tyler Cowen reviews the letters of Vincent Van Gogh. The rise in pseudo-intellectual nonsense is the result of a growing art world, not necessarily a function of the art market. Attack of the Hipsters: A review of The Pop Revolution by Alice Goldfarb. American colleagues urge their friends who are interested in architecture to get to Havana soon, “before it changes”; but to suggest that change in Cuba is something to be dreaded seems insensitive at best. A review of Classical Greece and the Birth of Western Art by Andrew Stewart. A review of Art Without Borders: A Philosophical Exploration of Art and Humanity by Ben-Ami Scharfstein. Dalia Judovitz on her book Drawing on Art: Duchamp and Company.
Adam Katz (Quinnipiac): From Habit to Maxim: Eccentric Models of Reality and Presence in the Writing of Gertrude Stein. From Jezebel, a look at how American Apparel lies about its "Real People" models. From MediaWeek, a look at how women’s service magazines are far sexier online than in print; and is U.S. News’ web success a model for newsweeklies? From Failure, Jason Zasky on the shopping mall: Suburban mecca, consumer paradise, and sociocultural disaster. What can a new forensic analysis reveal about the richly illustrated and deeply mysterious Voynich Manuscript? It used to be that women, to paraphrase Virginia Woolf, needed to have a room of their own; mentschen.org provides those with a Y chromosome a safe place to explore important issues in their lives. An excerpt from Rage and Time: A Psychopolitical Investigation by Peter Sloterdijk. From The Globalist, an article on Goldman Sachs and the Vatican, two cultures of infallibility. Andrew Martin reviews A Good Fall by Ha Jin. It's no small irony that the famous-for-being-famous generation has made a hero of Sam Halpern, a media-shy Garbo of Internet letters. Clouds, when determined by context: Jeff Sharlet on the sci-fi roots of modern fundamentalism. Like the slow-food movement, slow travel offers an antidote to today’s fast-paced lifestyle — travelers enjoy the journey as much as the destination. Border rudeness: Maybe the jerk method doesn’t work. Simplicity: We know it when we see it — but what is it, exactly? Michelle Goldberg on why "anti-gay" Christians keep getting outed. As a form of literacy, listening might be considered an impostor: While it is often assumed we can all listen if we want to, how good are our ears as critics? A few words before I go: RosettaStone brings gravestones into the technology age.
Immigration places America at the centre of a web of global networks — so why not make it easier? America’s Chinese restaurants represent the cultural divide of the East and West as Chinese immigrants struggle for survival. Mark Engler on the immigrant rights movement after Arizona. A review of Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong by Paul Chaat Smith. Doris Meissner on five myths about immigration. Since the last push for reform in 2006, America has become a much harder place to be an immigrant. Days after the US elected the first president of color, seven high school boys set out looking for Hispanics to beat up in a Long Island village; spotting Marcelo, they surrounded him, punching and kicking, then stabbed him. A review of Mixing Cultural Identities Through Transracial Adoption by Susan Harness. Why so few blacks join immigration rallies: African immigrants don’t see the plight of Latinos and others as their struggle. The introduction to New Faces, New Voices: The Hispanic Electorate in America by Marisa Abrajano and R. Michael Alvarez. An interview with David Levering Lewis on how black historians need to seize control of our history. A review of Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America by Rich Benjamin. Kevin Sieff on the profitable game of including immigrants in the census, then deporting them. A review of Homeland Insecurity: The Arab American and Muslim American Experience After 9/11 by Louise Cainkar. Will Julian Castro, the 35-year-old mayor of San Antonio, be the next great Latino hope on the national stage? Boca Raton is quintessentially American today, but 100 years ago it was a hotbed of Japanese know-how. In 1892, Annie Moore was the first foreigner to arrive at Ellis Island; by 1893, she was an American mystery.
From Doublethink, the Bushies strike back: John McCormack on the administration’s alumni two years on; Elizabeth Nolan Brown on how pickup artists and social conservatives hook up; and Alexandra Squitieri on our fascination with super-sized families. From The Atlantic Monthly, Google knows that its search function is only as valuable as the information it helps you find, a principal source of which is the beleaguered news business; that’s why the company assigned some of its top thinkers to the puzzle of how to make journalism pay — their answers may revolutionize the media. Putting a price on words: When news is search-driven, audience-targeted and everywhere, what’s a story worth? The Authentic and the Absurd: Andrew Potter on the case of Banksy. From Lapham's Quarterly, Salman Rushdie on The Composite Artist. Archaeologists have disproved the fifty-year-old theory underpinning our understanding of how the famous stone statues were moved around Easter Island. Chris Jones on the Tea Party attack on Roger Ebert on Twitter. Trinie Dalton reviews The Tanners by Robert Walser. After the Xinjiang protests: Nick Holdstock on too many cops, not enough Internet. An article on Martin Amis and Christopher Hitchens, authors and friends. Hillary Happy: She has lived the most extraordinary American life; now she lives in extraordinary exile — from the two men she is most loyal to, from politics, from controversy, and it has freed her. From Prospect, Big brother’s getting bigger: “Intelligent” software is making CCTV more effective, but would you want it watching you?; George Orwell, patron saint of hacks: No argument can fail to be enhanced by an Orwell quote — that's why he's become the authority of first resort for people who don't know what they're talking about.
From The Family of America, a review of The Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today by Andrew Cherlin; Allan Carlson on the family in America; and has the American family court system become totalitarian? Grandchildren as political props: What are our real obligations to future generations? A review of Childhood, Well-Being and a Therapeutic Ethos. The moral life of babies: Can they really tell right from wrong? Rediscovering and reshaping a world in which husbands were house-bound and families were free, what are the skills and virtues needed for a life of radical voluntary domestic simplicity? Invasion of the Baby-Snatchers: Our irrational fear of infant abduction could be causing real harm. Choosing the sex of an unborn child is illegal, but would it harm society if it wasn’t? Here are new insights on what makes a family stick together. Celebrities aren't the only ones giving their babies unusual names; compared with decades ago, parents are choosing less common names for kids. A review of The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion (and more). A review of Nurtureshock: New Thinking about Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. Professional fathers are downing tools to play with their children. A review of We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication by Judith Warner. A look at why bribing your child doesn't work. A review of The War Between the State and the Family: How Government Divides and Impoverishes by Patricia Morgan. Many people cannot be the child of the man they know as their father; now they can get a paternity test over the counter. A review of The Evolution of Childhood by Melvin Konner (and more). An excerpt from Fatherhood: Evolution and Human Paternal Behavior by Peter Gray and Kermyt Anderson.