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The Sources of Morality By Walter Cummins Review of The Bonobo and the Atheist by Frans de Waal (W. W. Norton, 2013)   Primatologist Frans de Waal in his book The Atheist and the Bonobo (W. W. Norton, 2013) uses bonobos to take on God, or more precisely those people who are convinced moral standards would not exist without the […]


All ye know on earth, and all ye need to know? Perhaps not. What you will find if you click and scroll a little are: Articles and essays from the beginning of Zeteo time (2012) and the present. For a more exacting list, see our Archives. Reviews, mostly of books, and of the occasional events. […]

Working Mom

By Moorel Bey Review of All I Want Is A Job! Unemployed Women Navigating the Public Workforce System by Mary Gatta (Stanford University Press, 2014)   The Great Recession that began in 2007 has also been referred to as the “Great Mancession” due to the fact job loss was predominantly in male-dominated fields such as transportation, […]

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? What categorizes some things as art or marketing and others as pornography? What if we went beyond the “purely pornographic” and viewed marketing as a manipulation machine, seeking to both please and coerce consumers?


Last week, Eric Garner was subdued on a Staten Island street corner by five NYPD officers, one of whom placed him in a choke hold. Mr. Garner died, likely from cardiac arrest, as a result of the encounter. On Monday, Mychal Denzel Smith addressed this tragedy in a short editorial for The Nation, lamenting the […]


I’ve never been a big fan of the “soul mate theory.” I’m of the opinion that there are billions of likable people in the world, and the more of them that we may chance to come across, the more potential mates we will find. Something about this “many fishes theory,” in contention, it seems, with […]


Steps toward a larger, if alien view of what parenting involves By William Eaton   Click here for PDF version (1) Few parents, and only occasionally, allow themselves to think, It is because of me that my child must suffer. Rather we sometimes think of all the many others and other things—rapists, wars, car accidents, bad […]

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Revisiting this Proverbial Question of Equal Opportunity Review of No Citizen Left Behind by Meira Levinson (Harvard University Press, 2012) {click for pdf} By Moorel Bey And what I believe unites the people of this nation, regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor, is the simple, profound belief in opportunity […]

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Photo 317. Sarah Hine’s caption: “Wylie Mill, Chester S.C. Boy with calf is Pimento Benson. Raising it for beef. Has worked in mill 2 years. Mr. Benson said, “Just as soon as the boys get old enough to handle a plow, we go straight back to the farm. Factory is no place for boys.” Next to Pimento is Ray Benson. Helper in the mill. Next, Clarence Rust, works in the mill.”

Click for pdf.   History, Method, and Representation Photo-Elicitation and Lewis Hine’s Photographs of Child Labor in Chester County, South Carolina   By James L. Hughes   James L. Hughes is a documentary filmmaker, instructor in American Studies and an academic advisor in Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.   Whatever violence may […]


By Claire Stewart Review of The Cultivation of Taste: Chefs and the Organization of Fine Dining by Christel Lane (Oxford University Press, 2014) {click for pdf}   The Cultivation of Taste: Chefs and the Organization of Fine Dining is a dogged endeavor to categorize and analyze the world of Michelin-starred restaurants and the chefs who […]

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By William Eaton   A discussion of four Emily Dickinson poems in the context of Françoise Delphy’s French translations appearing in Poésies complètes : Edition bilingue français-anglais by Emily Dickinson and Françoise Delphy (Flammarion, 2009).     I.  The Articulate Inarticulate   An early reader of Emily Dickinson’s poems used this phrase—“the articulate inarticulate”—to describe […]

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In Zeteo‘s New York home, this year’s spring was delayed by a long, biting winter. Low temperatures forced us to walk through spring, as Joseph Conrad suggested, “with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts.” But earth is finally emerging from under the blankets of hibernation and so too does Zeteo, with a vibrant and warming Spring Issue. Walter Cummins uses […]

Breast Cancer Cell

Malignancy in an Imperfect World By Walter Cummins Click here for PDF version.   When the Stanford anthropologist S. Lochlain Jain received a diagnosis of breast cancer in her mid thirties, she did what many educated cancer victims do: she wrote a book, Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us (University of California Press, 2013). In Jain’s […]


The Racialized Other Moves Still The (Counter-)Power of Dance, Dance Floors, and Deejays By Ghaida Moussa Click here for PDF version.    My entry into the practice of deejaying stems from my deep-rooted relationship with music. I know firsthand the power of good soundtracks to pivotal moments in life. I think about a good drive […]

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An exploration of Song Dong’s Doing Nothing Garden and the possibility of renewing ourselves and our environment through not doing By Vanessa Badagliacca Click here for PDF Version.     I grew up hearing the recurring expression that if you—a general you—didn’t catch “the train” passing right at that moment you would miss it. You […]