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Q&A with Ilan Stavans, author of A Critic’s Journey

by University of Michigan Press January 5, 2010

Ilan Stavans has been a lightning rod for cultural discussion and criticism his entire career. In A Critic’s Journey, he takes on his own Jewish and Hispanic upbringing with an autobiographical focus and his typical flair with words, exploring the relationship between the two cultures from his own and also others’ experiences. Stavans has been hailed as a voice for Latino culture thanks to his Hispanic upbringing, but as a Jew and a Caucasian, he’s also an outsider to that culture —something that’s sharpened his perspective (and some of his critics’ swords). In this book of essays, he looks at […]

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Sarah Palin’s Resignation According to John White

by University of Michigan Press July 23, 2009

John White, author of the forthcoming book: Barack Obama’s America, provides a series of views on American society. Sarah Palin’s resignation is the biggest political story of the summer.  But the speculation as to why the Alaska governor resigned her post, misses an important story.  When Republicans have been successful, they have put forward leaders whose personal story is emblematic of the times.  Richard Nixon and his throughly middle-class background is a case in point.

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“A Holy Snooping” by Mardi Link

by University of Michigan Press July 7, 2009

Mardi Link is author of the forthcoming true crime novel Isadore’s Secret. Below is a posting that appeared on her blog Rusty Gun on July 2, 2009. July 1st the New York Times featured a story on naughty nuns. Well, not naughty nuns per se, but rather Rome’s decidedly dim view of the behavior of nuns in the U.S. According to the article, the Vatican has initiated two investigations into the workings of American convents. Specifically, those convents whose Sisters are out and about, working with the public. Cloistered nuns who shun our modern world are, apparently, still ok.

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America at Risk / Part 1: Wages of Empire

by kris bishop February 2, 2009

EXCERPTS from America at Risk, a new collection of writings by eminent thinkers and writers asked to address the question that must be addressed by the Obama Presidency: What are some of the greatest dangers facing America today and what might be done to meet them? The Transatlantic Predicament / p. 15 by Pierre Manent “The current lull in the transatlantic shouting match is a good time to survey the situation on the Western front, although relief at our renewed comity risks blinding us to the huge continental drift that has already taken place. The dispute about Iraq brought to […]

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America at Risk / Part 2: Creeds and Parties

by kris bishop February 2, 2009

EXCERPTS from America at Risk, a new collection of writings by eminent thinkers and writers asked to address the question that must be addressed by the Obama Presidency: What are some of the greatest dangers facing America today and what might be done to meet them? Defending Liberty: Liberal Democracy and the Limits of Public Power / p. 57 by William A Galston “Life would be simple in the political community of civic republican dreams, where religion is wholly ‘civil,’ where citizens fly to the assemblies, where parents care only whether their slain warrior sons fight bravely and whether their […]

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