Books

The Emancipationist Century
David Brion Davis's trilogy was fifty years in the making, and the final volume was worth the wait
May 09, 2014

David Brion Davis's book on American slavery and American freedom was 50 years in the making—and worth the wait.

Politics Is Made Personal in Michael Cunningham's New Novel
May 08, 2014

In Michael Cunningham’s luminous new novel, The Snow Queen, politics is backdrop.

This Remarkable Collection Retells Classic Short Stories With a Feminist Twist
May 06, 2014

Typically it takes bribery to get me to read straight through a short story collection.

Against the Tyranny of Natural-Childbirth Elitists
Doulas and hot tubs aren't better than doctors and hospitals
May 04, 2014

And hot tubs aren't better than hospitals.

Technology Is Taking Over English Departments
The false promise of the digital humanities
May 02, 2014

Humanists should critique the digital humanities, not embrace it, unless they want to sell their birthright for a mess of apps. 

'Atlas Shrugged' No Longer Ranks Among Americans' Top Ten Favorite Books
April 29, 2014

Ayn Rand is off; but F. Scott Fitzgerald is on; and Harper Lee moves up. 

These Two Women Have Been to 17 Weddings and Interviewed 80 Bridesmaids
Here's what they learned about the wedding-industrial complex.
April 28, 2014

Here's what they learned about the wedding-industrial complex.

Slut-Shaming Helen of Troy
If we blame her for the Trojan War, what does it say about us?
April 26, 2014

If we blame Helen for the Trojan War, what does it say about us?

Thomas Jefferson Was a Muslim
A candidate was accused of being a closet Muslim. In the 18th century, not the 21st.
April 25, 2014

In the smear campaign before the U.S. presidential election, a candidate was accused of being a closet Muslim. The time was the 18th century, not the 21st.

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