Culture

April 21, 2011

The Visitor
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Max Weber in America? The idea seems almost preposterous. We often think of Weber as the quintessential European thinker: abstract, worldly, brooding,

March 28, 2011

Quiet Desperation

No book is as closely associated with the rise of second-wave feminism as The Feminine Mystique, but many feminists regard it with deep ambivalence. I

March 23, 2011

When the Pot Melted
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In 2005, George Bornstein published a scholarly article titled “The Colors of Zion: Black, Jewish, and Irish Nationalisms at the Turn of the Century.”

March 22, 2011

Insiders and Outsiders
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The Monster is among a wave of books and films that attempt to shed light on the subprime crisis and the 2008 crash, but it is remarkably comprehensiv

March 16, 2011

Is Death Different?
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In this magisterial account of the origins, the development, and the transformation of capital punishment, David Garland rejects claims that the death

March 14, 2011

Of Human Umbrage
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This volume is only sixty-seven pages long, and small pages too, but Stefan Collini, a distinguished historian of ideas, has written a powerfully argu

March 08, 2011

Why Bombay Matters
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Gyan Prakash chronicles Bombay with verve and panache in his new book. Prakash was not born in the city; his interest and affection developed later. H

March 02, 2011

Domestic and Epic
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Garin Hovannisian has an important story at his disposal. It is, among other things, a case study in the circularity of family history. While determin

March 01, 2011

The Meet Market
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In a college campus study in 1989, physically attractive people approached opposite-sex students and asked, “Would you go to bed with me tonight?” Not

February 23, 2011

Davos Boy
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The biggest problem with "Davos Boys" is not their convoluted writing; it is their misguided thinking. They overestimate how unprecedented today’s wor

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