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beware of the book

By Theana Kastens and William Eaton {Click for pdf}   At times book reviewers receive books that should not be reviewed at all because even bad publicity may prove “better” than no publicity. A reviewer might return such a book, largely unread, to the editor, saying, “Send me another. Leave this one alone.” But sometimes […]


Daniel Maldonado {Note: This is the last in Zeteo‘s Fall 2014 series of pieces related to borders.} LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US-Mexican Border Photographs by Stefan Falke, with captions by Stefan Falke and Alexia Raynal   Stefan Falke, a German photographer who lives in New York, has been visiting again and again the cities and […]

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The theme of this issue is that of every Zeteo issue: Borders. We are interested in transgressing the borders between the personal, the political, and the intellectual, and in pieces that cross the boundaries between academic fields. This Fall 2014 issue—our largest and most unified to date—makes our interest in borders explicit, as the contributing […]


The Physical and Psychological Journeys that the Children of Immigrants Make for their Families By Alexia Raynal Click here for PDF version. {Note: This is the sixth in Zeteo‘s Fall 2014 series of pieces related to borders, the borders here being between countries, between families, and between generations.}   One summer morning about two years ago, as […]

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The news media and social media: Together for better and for worse    By Sue Ellen Christian and Herbert Lowe {Note: This is the second in Zeteo‘s Fall 2014 series of pieces related to borders.}   St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch indicted both traditional news media and social media when he announced the […]

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  Some features of an ethics of tasting, good and bad   [I]t is muttered that whenever any government wants to dupe the peasants, it promises the abolition of the wine tax, and as soon as it has duped the peasants, it retains or reintroduces the wine tax. In the wine tax the peasant tastes […]


Real Science Imagined Through Fiction The Development of Terraforming during the Twentieth Century By Pete Schmidt {Note: This is one in Zeteo’s Fall 2014 series of pieces related to borders.}   In the 1950s “hard science fiction” authors began to develop ideas and processes for changing other planets into habitable, Earth-like worlds. Named terraforming, the […]

Lauren Gohara #11

From Lauren Gohara’s Do You Think You Can Tell series Reproductions of artworks and captions by Lauren Gohara Commentary by Gayle Rodda Kurtz Biographical information is from a written statement by Lauren Gohara in response to questions. {Note: This is the second in Zeteo‘s Fall 2014 series of pieces related to borders, one of the […]

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On not preventing a distancing awareness in the audience How scholarly work could be more informative and integrated, and what a challenge this is! By William Eaton {Note: The following text was prepared to be delivered at the 2014 annual conference of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, the theme of which was “Revolutions: […]


  Popular Music on the Contemporary Campaign Trail   By Justin Patch   {Editor’s Note: This is the first in Zeteo‘s Fall 2014 series of pieces related to borders, one of the borders here being between pop culture and politics. Or do we now best understand our democracy and its political campaigns as a genre […]


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 […]

hape kerkeling

“Who are you?” is the question a pilgrimage demands of the pilgrim. In this case, well-known European comedic entertainer, Hape Kerkeling, author of I’m Off Then: Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago. Herr Kerkeling walked the Camino de Francés, the most popular of many “caminos” — roads in Spanish — to the […]

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In his blog post last week for The New York Review of Books, David Cole marked the five-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. He noted that a total of eight public interest organizations also took note of the anniversary by publishing reports on the effect the decision has had on […]

Part I  (08 Jan ’15) – “Podunk and Toonerville” – introduces Blue HIghways In Blue Highways, author William Least Heat-Moon takes the “last exit to elsewhere” — Nameless, Tennessee or Remote, Oregon or Why, Arizona or Why Not, Mississippi, anyplace and no place. Heat-Moon’s narrative is travel writing at its best: self-discovery; observations painting a portrait […]

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Part II (15 Jan ’15) – “Last Exit to Elsewhere” – illustrates Mr. Heat-Moon’s superb writing   I was going to stay on the bent and narrow rural American two-lane, the roads to Podunk and Toonerville. Into the sticks, the boondocks, the burgs, backwaters… Into those places where you say, “My god! What if you lived […]