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February 3, 2011
Jesús Ángel García is the author of badbadbad (forthcoming May, New Pulp Press), a “transmedia novel about sex, God, rock ‘n’ roll and the social web.” It will appear in print and ebook formats but will also have a soundtrack and a five-part series of interconnected short films related to its themes. It explores issues of sexual morality, self-destruction and redemption, and intimacy in a culture dominated by electronic communication. This podcast is a mashup of live readings and excerpts from soundtrack and film.
February 3, 2011
Roy Kesey’s first novel, Pacazo, comes out this month from Dzanc Books. It tells the story of “John Segovia, an American historian who teaches English at a small university in Piura, on the desert coast of Peru. The narrative moves between John's obsessive search for his wife's killer and his attempts to build a new life for himself and his infant daughter.
February 3, 2011
Sandra Beasley is the author of I Was the Jukebox, winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Joy Harjo and published by W. W. Norton. This podcast, “A Public Space,” is an audio essay by poet Dana Burchfield, on the occasion of reading Beasley’s book.
February 3, 2011
Bob Shacochis, National Book Award winner, is one of those living writers I most admire.
February 3, 2011
Xu Xi, finalist for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize, reads here from her novel Habit of a Foreign Sky at the Asia Society New York, November 8, 2010.
February 3, 2011
Shameless hucksterism here: Tonight, Dan Solove, John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law George Washington University Law School, on The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet!Go to www.ucpl.cornell.edu for a link to live streamed video, 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.Can't make it? The talk will be archived within 24 hours :-)I will try to take questions from remote audience. Email me at tbm3@cornell.eduTracy
February 3, 2011
As always, simply e-mail me (only once today—you can and should enter once each day!) at oronte.churm@insidehighered.com to enter. Today only, be sure to include in your title these secret words: Day Two Raffle***The Prizes:
February 2, 2011
Still marooned by snow -- seriously, guys, the bloom is off the rose -- I had the chance to devour Academically Adrift, by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa. It’s a study of student performance on the Collegiate Learning Assessment exam, focusing particularly on demonstrated critical thinking skills. It’s the book that made headlines with its claim that most students don’t learn anything during their first two years of college. As someone who works at a two-year college, I considered the gauntlet thrown.
February 2, 2011
From the archives - this post was originally published at http://uvenus.org on 2010.02.17.
February 2, 2011
If you’ve been snowed in and have a little time on your hands -- as I do in Chicago — then I bet you’ve either read or heard about Stephanie Coontz’s new book, A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s.

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