Out of sight and out

A new issue of Bearing Witness: Joyce Carol Oates Studies is out. Thora Tenbrink (Bangor) and Holly A. Taylor (Tufts): Conceptual Transformation and Cognitive Processes in Origami Paper Folding. John Cassidy on the good (and bad) news about poverty and global trade. Ed Kilgore on the cult of the Second Amendment. Joe Veix visits the NRA’s crappy gun propaganda museum. Jared Keller on America’s long history of hiding airstrikes: We prefer our death from above, where it’s out of sight and out of

Paper Trail

Two of Svetlana Alexievich’s translators responded in the Guardian to yesterday’s announcement that she had won the Nobel Prize in Literature: Bela Shayevich, who’s at work on an English version of Second-hand Time, her “collection of oral histories from the dissolution of the Soviet Union to the anti-Putin protests of 2012,” quoted from Alexievich’s introduction:


Sex and Hysteria in the 1980s

Richard BeckIn the 1980s, an idea took hold throughout the US that very young children existed in a near-constant state of sexual danger. A moral panic ensued, in which many day-care workers were wrongly accused

Daily Review

Design for Living Dangerously: On the Situationist Text ‘Mémoires’

The sun is shining, angry birds are tweeting, bees are dropping like flies: ’Tis a good day for a picnic in the graveyard of honor and humanity. Let us go and pay our disrespects at the tomb of 1959. A bygone age, suffused with the cologne of the quaint. Underneath lies an anarchic spirit waiting


Sylvère Lotringer

Few people can be said to have singlehandedly introduced a new body of thought to a foreign country, but that is precisely what the critic, professor, and Semiotext(e) founder Sylvère Lotringer did throughout the 1970s and '80s.


The Banality of Optimism

Terry Eagleton

Nations, like political creeds, can be upbeat or downbeat. Along with North Korea, the United States is one of the few countries on earth in which optimism is almost a state ideology. For large sectors of the nation, to be bullish is to be patriotic, while negativity is a species of thought crime.