Z e t e o
The Journal of Interdisciplinary Writing

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. […]


The Visual Humanities and the Future of Communication By Maggie Sattler Review of Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production by Johanna Drucker (Harvard University Press, 2014)   In “How E-Reading Threatens Learning in the Humanities,” a July 2014 article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Naomi S. Baron, a professor of linguistics whose research interests […]

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Excerpt from The Professor of Ignorance Condemns the Airplane By William Eaton On 25 October 2014 Dixon Place presented a staged reading of this dialogue.   CYNTHIA: You know, thanks to the Internet — information technology — since I started working at the magazine, almost half of my colleagues have been laid off. And as far […]

courtesans and concubines

Men’s ideas for women in another time and place By William Eaton, in conjunction with Heather Luciano Review of Courtesans, Concubines, and the Cult of Female Fidelity: Gender and Social Change in China, 1000-1400 by Beverly Bossler (Harvard University Press, 2012)   “This book, the Introduction explains, “traces changing gender relations in China between the tenth and fourteenth centuries […]

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“The past is always fictional” Crypto-Jews and the Search for Identity in El Iluminado By Daniel Taub A review of El Iluminado: A Graphic Novel by Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin (Basic Books, 2012) “What interests me in all this is the way people create stories to survive, to affirm who they are, to make […]


Elizabeth Bishop and Howard Moss: A Question of Accuracy [Click for pdf] By Daniel D’Arezzo Among poets writing in English in the mid-twentieth century, Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979) has emerged as one of the most influential—an influence not only on later generations of poets but on her contemporaries as well. Her oeuvre was not large: she […]

poetry, writing

Kay Ryan sits very near the top of contemporary poetry’s list of “must-read” writers. Sure, recommending a two-term former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author should come as no surprise. But Ryan is also a poet to present to those who have no relationship with poetry. Her work has many layers, and perhaps only seasoned readers will […]


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 […]

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, […]

eye for AR porn

? 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?


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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distance fox

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 […]