It is not only people living on islands who count as insular -- etymology notwithstanding. Consider a recent piece by New York Times columnist David Brooks, whose usual shtick might be called “Thornstein Veblen for Dummies.” Using the disaster in Haiti following the earthquake earlier this month as his peg, Brooks diagnosed the country’s poverty and imploding civil society as byproducts of Voodoo – which, with its magical worldview, discourages rational calculation and planning.
January 20, 2010
The psychiatric emergency room is where people have the worst day of their lives. Scott McLemee recommends a gripping memoir.
January 13, 2010
A black, gay professor is murdered in cold blood in Bloomington. Scott McLemee looks into a hate crime.
January 6, 2010
An unusual cultural journal has reinvented itself, both online and in print. Scott McLemee looks into its latest anthology.
December 30, 2009
A new book presents literary theorist Terry Eagleton in conversation. Scott McLemee eavesdrops with enthusiasm.
December 16, 2009
The Savage Detectives and 2666 make literature feel like a matter of life and death. Scott McLemee interviews a prominent Bolaño-logist.
December 9, 2009
Cornel West was in The Matrix, but cultural politics isn't a video game. Scott McLemee responds to the continuing discussion.
December 2, 2009
Cornel West's latest book is a memoir. Scott McLemee thinks it marks the end of the line.
November 25, 2009
It is possible that I have too many books. There, I said it. (That felt weird.)
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