Culture

November 17, 2010

Tongues Twisted
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Before Nicholas Ostler’s own ideology—entailing a fanciful technological determinism—takes hold of his argument, The Last Lingua Franca is wide-rangin

November 11, 2010

Titillated and Pixelated
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Laura Kipnis purports to set forth a “theory of scandal,” though this feels like scholarly pretense to prop up her real intent, which is to tell salac

October 27, 2010

The Monster
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A famine is frightful thing to contemplate, not least because we have the ability to contemplate it. If you have not experienced war, the veteran info

October 13, 2010

The Call to Service
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Butterfly’s Sisters is obsessed with how Western reformers, writers, and artists confuse prostitutes and geishas. Much of the book outlines how this c

October 05, 2010

The Integration Jitters
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This book is Eugene Robinson’s two cents on the dissolution of the old-school black identity, an identity largely based on grievance.

September 21, 2010

Talking to Bastards

Gary Noesner’s engrossing first-hand look inside the world of kidnapping negotiations charts the rise, fall, and resurgence of negotiation as a valued

September 13, 2010

A Secret History of Violence
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Of the ethnic cleansing campaigns and massacres that Oliver Bullough describes, perhaps the only one familiar to the outside world is Russia’s three-h

September 06, 2010

Does This Man Deserve Tenure?
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Marc C. Taylor, the chair of the Department of Religion at Columbia, has enveloped his argument in an overblown, cliché-ridden theoretical framework a

August 30, 2010

Guidance Counselors

Higher Education? is brilliantly timed for the spirit of the Great Recession, but the book itself is highly uneven. It is rather reminiscent of a fre

August 10, 2010

What Hope?
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This book is depressing because it is so persuasive. There is a school of thought in America which argues that the government must be the main force t

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