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The Atomization of America and Its Popular Music Culture Todd Rongstad   A significant cultural shift in the American community is underway that is reflected in dramatic form by a comparative consideration of popular music and its cultural processes over the last century. A fundamentally singular popular culture of the twentieth century is atomizing into […]

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What the Market Will Bear, Occupy Wall Street poster by Roger Peet

The Scandal of Democracy Chaotic Thoughts on the Occupied Squares By Pablo Bustinduy Verily at the first Chaos came to be, but next wide-bosomed Earth, the ever-sure foundations of all — Hesiod, Theogony (II 116) Zeteo asked me to write a piece about the relations between Occupy Wall Street and the 15M, a political movement […]

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A Parallel Narrative—Literature, Empire and Region at the Turn of the Twentieth Century A Review By Stephanie Tsank [Click for pdf] Review of: Schmidt, Peter. Sitting in Darkness: New South Fiction, Education, and the Rise of Jim Crow Colonialism, 1865-1920. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2008. Stecopoulos, Harilaos. Reconstructing the World: Southern Fictions and U.S. […]

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Penrhyn Stanlaws, Metropolitan, January 1916

Magazine Cover Images of Motorized Personal Transportation in the 1910s Reflecting and Effecting Changing Times By June S. Knopf Note to Readers: Layout of this piece is being updated. Most of the figures remain to be uploaded. Click for the full collection of images in slightly different order. — March 2016.   The automobile was invented […]

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Finding Ourselves in Oedipus Again and Again Ten views of human agency By William Eaton [Click for pdf] This paper will explore the extent of human agency: our capacity to make effective choices, choices that advance our true interests. It will do this by considering at least ten different readings of Sophocles’s Οἰδίπουσ Τύραννοσ (Oedipus […]

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Elizabeth Bishop seated

Elizabeth Bishop and Howard Moss: A Question of Accuracy 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 published […]

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Relativity and Quantum Theory in Virginia Woolf’s The Waves By Ian Ettinger In modernist fiction, several novels enfold similarly complex and indeterminate visions of reality. However, Virginia Woolf’s The Waves pushes the notion that reality is not as it appears further than perhaps any other modern novel. Amid the radical reconceptions proposed by physics, The […]

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James Baldwin (young)

“Next Time, the Fire in Giovanni’s Room” The Critical Reception of James Baldwin’s Second Novel in the Black Press By Rachel Corbman   In February of 1950, the most prominent and widely distributed black newspaper, The Pittsburgh Courier, published a supplely illustrated feature article that considered the history and future of African American literature. Penned […]

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“Next Time, the Fire in Giovanni’s Room” The Critical Reception of James Baldwin’s Second Novel in the Black Press By Rachel Corbman   In February of 1950, the most prominent and widely distributed black newspaper, The Pittsburgh Courier, published a supplely illustrated feature article that considered the history and future of African American literature. Penned […]

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July 26, 2018

A point of information... This book was translated as "A Fortnight in the Wilderness" and included as Appendix 2 in "Democracy In America: Historical-Critical Edition", edited by Eduardo Nolla. There this amazing text can be read in full. It is worth comparing the translation by James Schleifer to your own. In particular, the rendering of "désert" to "wilderness" is most intriguing.

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“Next Time, the Fire in Giovanni’s Room” The Critical Reception of James Baldwin’s Second Novel in the Black Press By Rachel Corbman   In February of 1950, the most prominent and widely distributed black newspaper, The Pittsburgh Courier, published a supplely illustrated feature article that considered the history and future of African American literature. Penned […]

ZiR

July 26, 2018

Thanks so much for this translation and excellent analysis.

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“Next Time, the Fire in Giovanni’s Room” The Critical Reception of James Baldwin’s Second Novel in the Black Press By Rachel Corbman   In February of 1950, the most prominent and widely distributed black newspaper, The Pittsburgh Courier, published a supplely illustrated feature article that considered the history and future of African American literature. Penned […]

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July 16, 2018

Thanks a lot, Steve. And, continuing the segue-ing, here's an old (and traditional) Gary Snyder poem I just came across yesterday: Seaman’s Ditty I’m wondering where you are now Married, or mad, or free: Wherever you are you’re likely glad, But memory troubles me. We could’ve had us children, We could’ve had a home— But you thought not, and I thought not, And these nine years we roam. Today I worked in the deep dark tanks, And climbed out to watch the sea: Gulls and salty waves pass by, And mountains of Araby. I’ve travelled the lonely oceans And wandered the...

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