The latest from Professor Gayle Kimball swings, and misses, when it comes to exploring youth culture and society.
Shannon Winnubst’s Way Too Cool is a theory-dense read, but a valuable look at neoliberal commodification of ‘cool.’
Sady Doyle’s Trainwreck explores the lurid fascination with celebrities behaving badly, and probes into the deep roots of gawking at rebellious women.
Sarah Jaffe’s Necessary Trouble is a sharp, insightful look at the state of activism in the US that goes beyond expected territory and into the heart of diverse communities.
In her 18th book, writer and Distinguished Professor of English at CUNY Staten Island Sarah Schulman takes on the weighty topic of interpersonal conflict, abusive behavior, the “overstatement of harm,” and how the continued mistaking of conflict for abuse leads to unnecessary escalation of various problems—often leading to cruel acts of isolation, shunning, scapegoating, and …
The title might sound intimidatingly dry, but this is a pivotal, challenging, thoughtful book about disability and society.
Time travel is a pervasive theme in pop culture, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is just the latest entry in the pantheon. What’s the deal with our time travel obsession?
Anna Hamilton reviews Andi Zeisler’s snappy, comprehensive look at the rise of corporate feminism, and the commodification of a social justice movement.
Though Small Acts of Disappearance is the odds-on favourite for the Stella Prize, due to be announced next week, the rest of the shortlist is well worth reading — consider it a guide to some literature you ought to take a second look at.
Former Marine Elliot Ackerman raises complicated questions about intellectualism in a time of war in a new novel about the Afghan War, GREEN ON BLUE.