by | 12.20.2016
Unlike democracy, rhyme’s mode of expectation invites a belief in inevitable and rapid fulfillment. Rhyme unfulfilled precipitates apocalyptic feeling, as in Cohen’s “The Future,” where fratricide hangs in the balance of a half-rhyme: "I’ve seen the future brother: / It is murder."
by | 11.30.2016
Assessing the benefits and pitfalls of historicizing, romanticizing or ignoring the past when imagining the future.
by | 11.22.2016
With culture as a space of action, artists can showcase alternative ways of being American in defiance of Trumpism.
by | 11.16.2016
A personal reassessment of the exodus of Jewish Iraqis to Israel through published histories, biographies, and novels.
by | 11.08.2016
An updated version of Shelley's "The Mask of Anarchy" reflecting the 2016 election and its Republican presidential candidate.
by | 09.19.2016
Cultural studies has turned out to be, in retrospect, a weirdly thorough success that is influencing the creation and reception of culture everywhere in the world, especially outside the academy.
by | 09.07.2016
In a place of diminished resources, cultural work takes on a different meaning as students learn for no credit and professors teach for no pay.
by | 08.26.2016
On the early modern history of the drug quinine and the links between bureaucracy and knowledge in the Spanish American empire.