Lindsay Schakenbach Regele (Miami): Industrial Manifest Destiny: American Firearms Manufacturing and Antebellum Expansion. Timothy Hsiao (Grantham): The Moral Case for Gun Ownership. America’s paranoid heart is the NRA convention. Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters: Ex-prosecutor in Congress. The Second Amendment allows for more gun control than you think. The surprising way gun violence is dividing America. How America’s hunting culture shaped masculinity, environmentalism, and the NRA: Em Steck interviews Philip Dray, author of The Fair Chase: The Epic Story of Hunting in America (and more). Would an armed leftist movement finally provoke sensible gun laws in America?

Andrew L. Whitehead (Clemson), Landon Schnabel (Indiana), and Samuel L. Perry (Oklahoma): Gun Control in the Crosshairs: Christian Nationalism and Opposition to Stricter Gun Laws. Cory Doctorow on what’s at stake in the fight over printing files for guns. Erik Loomis reviews Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense by Caroline Light. How civil must America be: Americans care about being nice — how do we disagree with our neighbors about guns? The “active shooter” is the state: Moving from liberal gun reform to a truly radical movement will require us to make the connection between interpersonal violence and state violence.

America can prevent shootings like Jacksonville — but it must come to terms with its gun problem. The constitution is for white people: Why white bullets are worth more than black lives.


Valerio Capraro (Middlesex): Women Are Slightly More Cooperative than Men (in One-Shot Prisoner’s Dilemma Games Played Online). Why Trump’s role in the FBI headquarters project matters. President non grata: Trump often unwelcome and unwilling to perform basic rituals of the office. When Trump acts “nuts”, his aides should do more than whisper to the media. US bombs are killing children in Yemen — does anybody care? A year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico finally knows how many people died. Trump’s FEMA wasn't ready for last year’s record-breaking hurricane season, and it wants the public to know that it’s not ready for another one. Here they come again: “It’s fascinating, in fact, how closely spaced all of these comebacks and attempted comebacks are” (and more).


From the International Journal of Zizek Studies, a special issue on Zizek and music. The founder of Christian rock music would've hated what it’s become. What does it mean to have “good taste” in music? Skye Cleary interviews Micah Tillman on philosophy and pop music. As reggaeton goes pop, never forget the genre’s black roots. Linda Shaver-Gleason on the morality of musical men: From Victorian propriety to the era of #MeToo. Here’s why you don’t like new music any more. Not a riot grrrl band: Kitty Lindsay interviews Michelle Cruz Gonzales, author of The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band.

Yetta Howard (SDSU): The Queerness of Industrial Music. Nicholas Carr (Amsterdam): “They Have Their Music and We Have Ours”: The Political Woody Guthrie. John Lingan on why country music needs more politics, not less. Can music still save your mortal soul? Rhett Miller on the loneliness of the long distance rocker. James Wolcott reviews Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan. The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. led directly to hip-hop, an era of black American culture, politics, and art that is often contrasted with his legacy. Amanda Petrusich on the lofty optimism of Spotify and the influence of the streaming revolution.

Steve Torrance (Sussex) and Frank Schumann (Edinburgh): The Spur of the Moment: What Jazz Improvisation Tells Cognitive Science. Cherie Hu on how music generated by artificial intelligence is reshaping — not destroying — the industry. Annabelle Timsit on the case for teaching every kid to play a musical instrument — for free. Emily Bartlett Hines on politics and the American trucker song. Rock is dead, thank God: It’s time to face the reality that rock has been eclipsed by pop, hip-hop, and EDM, and accept that it might actually be a positive thing for the genre. Steve Knopper on the end of owning music: How CDs and downloads died. Latin lessons: Arwa Haider how reggaeton seduced the pop mainstream.

Emine Hande Tuna (Brown): Why Didn’t Kant Think Highly of Music? Timothy McFarlin (La Verne): Did Chuck Berry Have a Co-Writer? Todd Gitlin on the missing music of the Left. Can you measure how good a song is? Paul Grimstad reviews Music by the Numbers: From Pythagoras to Schoenberg by Eli Maor (and more). How a Cuban song became a football favourite: Originally written in the 1920s, “Guantanamera” has been adopted by fans the world over. Is drill the most controversial genre of music? Counting between measures: Elizabeth Newton on the next big thing in music theory. Rap is art — so why do some academics still feel as if they have to defend it?

Adam D. Henze and Ted Hall (Indiana): Dying of Thirst: Kendrick Lamar and the Call for a “New School” Hip-Hop Pedagogy. Why songs of the summer sound the same. How music has responded to a decade of economic inequality: Popular music has always delivered social critique — but it’s struggled to grapple with the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Paul W. Gleason reviews The Devil’s Music: How Christians Inspired, Condemned, and Embraced Rock ’n’ Roll by Randall J. Stephens. Anna North on the political and cultural impact of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”, explained. The political power of Aretha Franklin: She was America’s voice, but her blackness and womanhood made her songs transcend music.

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