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farzana-versey's picture
Sep.06.2011
Is chronicling of history voyeuristic? Is a show of 9/11 relics to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the tragedy a chronicle or exhibitionistic? I find it disturbing, for history is not merely a static event. The 9/11 Museum and Memorial at Hangar 17 at JFK International Airport houses the...
bob-mustin's picture
Jun.25.2011
T.S. Eliot – Selected Essays, 1917-1932 Eliot was born in the U.S., but following grad work at the Sorbonne and Oxford, Europe must have seemed more comfortable, because he stayed there for years. During that time, he began to make his mark as a poet, dramatist, and literary critic. This book...
robert-grudin's picture
Apr.20.2011
With my wife, Michaela Paasche Grudin, I have co-authored Boccaccio's Decameron and the Ciceronian Renaissance, which is under contract with Palgrave Macmillan.  Our book has something to say, not only about Boccaccio's masterpiece, but also about the origins of modern thought. I have revised my ...
farzana-versey's picture
Jun.19.2010
Anri Suzuki wants to use her body to cure historical wrongs. She is not a card-holding pacifist but a history teacher and porn artiste who has offered to have sex with Chinese students at her college in Tokyo to make amends for the shameful Japanese invasion of China in 1937. Is it time to get...
danielle-ofri's picture
Nov.13.2009
Every illness is unique, and every person faces illness in his or her own way. Anna Deveare Smith, in her one-woman show “Let Me Down Easy,” slips into the persona of twenty individuals who have faced an aspect of illness or death. In ninety minutes, Deveare Smith takes the audience on an...
farzana-versey's picture
Nov.08.2009
I did not choose Claude Levi-Strauss; he was thrust upon me. Structuralism was far from my mind when I was gifted a bunch of his books. A couple of academicians were arguing over the merits of burdening me, a work in progress, with the abstractions of totemism. The argument did not take place...
jayne-lyn-stahl's picture
Feb.15.2009
I wasn't born a feminist. Life made me one. Don't get me wrong, I love men. I just wish we would see the likes of Nietzsche, Kafka, and Darwin in skirts. So far, this has yet to happen. There's always Susan Sontag, of course, Anais Nin, and Virginia Woolf, but there aren't nearly as many women in...