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A manhood problem

The inaugural issue of Violence and Gender is out. Ryan Schacht, Kristin Liv Rauch, and Monique Borgerhoff Mulder (UC-Davis): Too Many Men: The Violence Problem? Ying Jie Chen (NTU): Surplus Males and Societal Implications. Deniese Kennedy-Kollar (Molloy) and Christopher A. D. Charles (West Indies): Hegemonic Masculinity and Mass Murderers in the United States. Luke A. Boso (Savannah): Policing Masculinity in Small-Town America. Ann McGinley (UNLV) and William S. Boyd (Suffolk): How Masculinities


Paper Trail

At the New Republic Paul Berman remembers Gabriel García Márquez, celebrating the “lordly grandeur” of the Nobel-winning author’s work. The Paris Review has posted a conversation with Austin fiction writer Bill Cotter about his new novel, The Parallel Apartments, and the brutish and short violence it contains: “I wanted to prod the reader through an

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Great Book/Great Movie

Willie OsterweilWhat does it mean for a movie adaptation to be "true to the book"? Many movies based on novels unimaginatively transcribe plot and dialogue, as if the difference between literature and cinema were

Daily Review

Painted Cities

The moving, energetic short story collection Painted Cities describes a Chicago neighborhood that is unmoored, and forever straying into violence. It's not the first book to describe how brutally the City of Big Shoulders can smothered its inhabitants. But Galaviz-Budziszewski upsets expectation, relaying hardships at once bruising and yet life-giving.

Interviews

Arundhati Roy

"Capitalism: A Ghost Story," Arundhati Roy's most recent book, describes in impassioned detail the consequences of India's economic and political choices over the past few decades. A few Indians have benefited; many, many more have suffered. In late March, Roy spoke with Siddhartha Deb about the increasing wealth divide, the expectations of the "brash new middle class," the impending elections, and the Naxalite protests in the forest.

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"Coming Down Again: After the Age of Excess"

Ellen Willis

Here, in an essay originally published in 1989 in the Village Voice and reprinted in the new book The Essential Ellen Willis, Willis dwells on feminism, the concept of excess (sex and drugs), abstinence, gay rights, parenthood, and AIDS. Willis often finds her stride in complexity, and in this piece she intricately examines and interrogates the notions of freedom she holds dear.

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