Louis Kaplan (Toronto): Unknowing Susan Sontag's Regarding: Recutting with Georges Bataille. Nora Ruck (Vienna): Some Historical Dimensions of the "Dialogical Body": From Bakhtin’s Dialogical Grotesque Body to the Monological Body of Modernity (and a response). From Politics and Culture, Theo Jung (Bielefeld): The Shadow of Cultural Criticism; Rob Leurs (Utrecht): The "Chain of Equivalence": Cultural Studies and Laclau and Mouffe’s Discourse Theory; a review of Social Philosophy after Adorno by Lambert Zuidervaart; and a special issue on intellectual biographies. From Not Bored!, a special issue on Guy Debord: Dead and Loving It (1994-2009). From Rhizomes, a special section on posthumography, including Richard Burt (Florida): Putting Your Papers in Order: The Matter of Kierkegaard's Writing Desk, Goethe's Files, and Derrida's Paper Machine, Or, the Philology and Philosophy of Publishing After Death; Julian Yates (Delaware): The Briefcase of Walter Benjamin/Benjamin Walter's Briefcase: An Invent/Story; and a review of Posthumography: A Collection of Dead Writings. From Rain Taxi, a review of The Fall of Sleep by Jean-Luc Nancy. Axiomatic equality: Jacques Ranciere's "utopian rationalism" invokes the possibility of a radically de-institutionalized autodidacticism, but it may be that the modern university is antithetical to any possibility of establishing true equality among its players.
From Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, a special issue on Fields of Remembrance. From TED, Naif Al-Mutawa on superheroes inspired by Islam. From The Activist, an interview with Stanislao Pugliese on Italian-American culture and identity and contemporary Italian politics. Abigail Deutsch reviews Death Is Not an Option by Suzanne Rivecca. From Rain Taxi, a review of Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom by Bell Hooks; a review of Modernism After Wagner by Juliet Koss; a review of Technologized Desire: Selfhood and the Body in Postcapitalist Science Fiction by D. Harlan Wilson; and a review of The Birth and Death of the Cool by Ted Gioia. In thirty-eight years, The Price is Right never had a contestant guess the exact value of prizes in the Showcase showdown until Terry Kniess outsmarted everyone — and changed everything. In a desertifying world short of water, the utilitarian camel, and the ancient cultures that depend on it, offer a way to use land too poor to sustain anything else. Can the Sunlight Foundation's efforts during the financial-reform battle teach us lessons for the impending regulatory phase? One of the main things you’ll have to learn about in the world of Sovereign Citizenship is the importance of magic, such as the magical qualities of Capital Letters. A review of No Dig, No Fly, No Go: How Maps Restrict and Control by Mark Monmonier.
From Politics and Culture, a special issue on learning to learn from the food crisis, including Max Haiven (McMaster): Food, Finance, Crisis, Catalyst: Global Capitalism and the Revolutionary Value of Food Sovereignty; and an interview with Silvia Federici on capitalism, colonialism, women and food politics. Simon Schama on the language of food. From Oxford American, a special issue on Southern Food. From The New Atlantis, a review essay on the science of food and the culture of cooking. A review of Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg (and more and more and more and more and more and more). Hot on the Trail: Thomas A. P. Van Leeuwen on the culinary genius of Alexis Soyer. Bacon lovers vs. soy huggers: Jonathan Safran Foer, farmer Joel Salatin, and more experts debate the merits of vegetariansim with readers. Is gluttony destroying the world? Why over-consumption is a huge problem — and what we can do to stop it. A review of Stirring the Pot: A History of African Cuisine by James C. McCann. Are we running out of seafood? Convenience foods for the end of the world: From canned sandwiches to sushi popsicles to canned elephant, a tour through the pleasures of food technology. Which Hollywood mega-star ate cockroaches? An interview with Mark Jacob, author of What the Great Ate. Grow and Behold: A new line of kosher chicken launches a conversation around Jewish food ethics. A review of Au Revoir to All That: The Rise and Fall of French Cuisine by Michael Steinberger.
A new issue of the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology is out. Ronald R. Garet (USC): To Secure the Blessings. From Policy Review, Henry Sokolski on the high and hidden costs of nuclear power: An industry hooked on subsidies from governments; and Justin Muzinich on the nuke in the cargo hold: A reconsideration of flag-state sovereignty. From Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens on the Topic of Cancer. From Archeology, an interview with Marc Van De Mieroop on a long-neglected cuneiform collection. A review of Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light by Jane Brox (and more and more and more and more). Conference of Cool: The TED conferences are billed as a talking shop for the world’s most dynamic thinkers. From Dark Roasted Blend, a look at the world’s strongest drinks and strange liquor. You can download the full standard version of the book Speculations I. A review of The Animal: Prose Poetry by Louis Bourgeois. He made his fortune in Russia and then returned to live in his home village, he is rarely seen but his generosity is boundless — who is the secret Georgian billionaire? People spend lifetimes quietly amassing proud collections of clocks, beer steins, whatever — they die and those collections get dumped in antique shops. Every year is the year everything changed — we just haven’t written a book about each one, yet. Looking for a thrill on your next vacation? Here are seven resort destinations that are anything but tame.
From the latest issue of ACRWSA Journal, Melanie E.L. Bush (Adelphi): White World Supremacy and the Creation of Nation: "American Dream" or Global Nightmare?; and Justine Toh (Macquarie): The White Fireman and the American Heartland in the Memory of 9/11. Steve Martinot on his book The Machinery of Whiteness: Studies in the Structure of Racialization. A review of Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream by Leonard Zeskind. James Webb on diversity and the myth of white privilege: America still owes a debt to its black citizens, but government programs to help all "people of color" are unfair — they should end (and a response). Guilt by association: The most influential anti-immigration network in America tries to convert liberals to its cause. Frank Salter on misguided arguments for immigration — secession is the solution. John Derbyshire on white racism: The cold truth. Scare tactics: What we're seeing now isn't racism, it's race-baiting. A review of Normans and Saxons: Southern Race Mythology and the Intellectual History of the American Civil War by Ritchie Devon Watson Jr. Gregory Rodriguez on the roots of Redneck Pride. We're still haunted by Angry White Males: There's something about a Democratic White House and Congress that brings out this ugliness. Why fearmongering about a white minority in America is wrong, wrong, wrong.