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Museum as Megamachine: On the 9/11 Memorial Museum, With a Nod to Lewis Mumford

The 9/11 Memorial Museum is a profoundly disorienting mash-up of recovery and loss, creation and destruction, holding on, letting go, righteous indignation, and if you’re not careful, some self-criticism, remembering, as well […]

Oct, 17 · Performance,Theory

The Architecture of Mourning

This September marks the thirteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and three years since the official opening of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, located in the footprint of the former World Trade towers. […]

Sep, 12 · Theory

Twelve Theses on Education’s Future in the Age of Neoliberalism and Terrorism

The following is an excerpt is taken from the book,  Neoliberalism, Education, Terrorism: Contemporary Dialogues,  co-authored by Jeffrey R. Di Leo, Henry A. Giroux, Kenneth J. Saltman and Sophia A. McClennen. It is offered […]

Sep, 08 · Education

Reworking the University

When Starbucks announced in June that the company would offer many of its employees a discounted online college education through Arizona State University, social theorists, business analysts, and education commentators quickly weighed […]

Aug, 24 · Education

Two Walks: Re-enacting Rivers and Exploding Farms

The art of walking is often a melancholy one. Its slowness breeds languid reveries, intense brooding, and earthbound ponderings that can tend toward a state of paralysis (think of Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia). […]

Aug, 22 · New Ecologies

Brenda Hillman’s Seasonal Works With Letters on Fire

I love this book so I want to explore the grounds of my pleasures. What is the volume’s power to modify our understanding and develop a distinctive sensibility, and why does it […]

Aug, 21 · Poetics

Literary maps: México, DF

I’m preparing for a research trip to Mexico City. As always when I travel, I’ve been looking at maps—maps of the metro, maps of neighborhoods, maps of the whole city and the […]

Antigone in Post-War Poland

“Ida” is an odd amalgam. Set in 1962, it brings together two female characters who could not be more incongruous as they negotiate a somber Polish landscape in their common effort to […]

Jul, 01 · Film

Redefining Success and Failure: Open-Access Journals and Queer Theory

Both the process and the very idea of publishing one’s work in an open-access online scholarly journal are fraught with irony. The realities of the job market for recent graduates, as well […]

Jun, 03 · Sexualities

Pure Language 2.0: Walter Benjamin’s Theory of Language and Translation Technology

Walter Benjamin once proposed that the “history of every art form has critical periods in which the particular form strains after effects which can be easily achieved only with a changed technical […]

May, 19 · Literature

Dueling on Quicksand: On Michel Serres’ The Natural Contract

Michel Serres begins The Natural Contract with a chapter simply titled “War, Peace.”  Right away, something is afoot here signaling that this will not be a story about opposition as usual, not […]

May, 16 · New Ecologies

Notes on Maps and War

I recently came across footage of the first twenty-four hours of CNN’s coverage of the Gulf War. It was an accident but no coincidence—I’ve lately been trying to understand the relationship between […]

Apr, 26 · Urbanities

Lexus and the Automotive State of Exception

As Roland Barthes famously put it in Mythologies, the 1955 Citroën DS 19 was a “superlative object,” that is, an object that exuded perfection while hinting that its origins were somehow mysterious, […]

Mar, 28 · Urbanities

Helen Tartar, Editorial Director, Fordham University Press, 1951-2014

Helen Tartar Editorial Director, Fordham University Press, 1951-2014 The critical community staggers at the news that Helen Tartar, Executive Editor at Fordham University Press, perished on March 3 this week in an […]

Recently Published: James H. Bunn, The Natural Law of Cycles

  The Natural Law of Cycles assembles scientific work from different disciplines to show how research on angular momentum and rotational symmetry can be used to develop a law of energy cycles as a local […]

Mar, 06 · Actualities

The Love of What May Be Lost: Martin Hägglund’s Dying for Time

In his recent book Dying for Time, Yale Professor of Comparative Literature Martin Hägglund has articulated a philosophical understanding of our experience of life and death that he has developed over at least […]

Feb, 28 · Theory

Seeing Spam: On the Logic of Permeable Binaries

On Christmas Day 2013, the New York Times printed “An Ode to Spam” by long-time columnist Gail Collins. In her article Collins presents some of the gems that she found on her […]

The History of Dust

A particle of dust holds many histories. There is the history of its own becoming. Everything in matter exists in a form waiting to be broken. Dust begets dust. The world has […]

Jan, 21 · New Ecologies

Subnature Writing

He believed that he could communicate with a network of non-human intelligences that had sought refuge in marginal and hidden locations. They were determined to preserve the possibility of life’s survival on the planet and […]

Jan, 21 · New Ecologies

Statement of Intent: Pluralizing Sexuality

Costumes and poses. A constellation of touches develops between hands, shoulders, and laps. Silhouetted, a latecomer to the party masks one of his fellow guests. The image is a still from Eva […]

Jan, 03 · Sexualities

“La Grande Bellezza”: “. . . a tattered life”

“La Grande Bellezza,” a current first-run Roman extravaganza by Paolo Sorrentino, is beautifully filmed, assembled, paced and choreographed. A loose narrative and rhizome of characters centering on journalist and high-society icon Jep […]

Jan, 01 · Film

McClane, Cultural Myth, Counter-Mythography

At a June 27, 2007 ceremony, Bruce Willis, the famous actor, donated to the Smithsonian the undershirt he sported as NYPD officer John McClane in the first movie of the Die Hard […]

Dec, 16 · Film

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