Category Politics and Culture

Manuel DeLanda’s Assemblage Theory published — Progressive Geographies

I’m re-posting this welcome bit of news regarding the new book by Manuel DeLanda, with whom I studied and whose writings continue to inspire, innovate and delight. Manuel DeLanda’s Assemblage Theory has been published in the Speculative Realism series at Edinburgh University Press. Clarifies and systematises the concepts and presuppositions behind the influential new field […]

Richard Purcell discusses Barack Obama’s First Book

The article linked below is the first published news story about Barack Obama’s Literary Legacies: Readings of Dreams from My Father. In this article Purcell, the volume’s co-editor, discusses the new book, which is a diverse collection of critical and scholarly essays. The book is now available to order. In the coming days, I will […]

Nick Levey on Post-Press Literature

In this new piece, Australian critic Nicholas Levey engages what he terms post-press literature, offering analysis of self-publishing as it strains the economic and aesthetic parameters of contemporary writing. His writing about “value” in this piece is of interest to my own thinking about literary commodities, which can be found over in the “Bibliotaphy” section […]

“Still Ahead Somehow:” Paul Amar’s The Security Archipelago

Here is a new book review by Neel Ahuja, which I edited in my work as advisory editor for the journal boundary 2 (the review’s title, from a poem by Langston Hughes, was my doing). It is posted to my “Literature/Politics” section of the journal website. Neel’s piece engages Amar’s book on bio-politics in a […]

Adjunct Professors and the Myth of Prestige (from Pacific Standard, 2015)

Here is the link to an essay I wrote in the spring of 2015 when I was asked to offer some perspective on the national discussion over the exploitation of contingent faculty in American higher education. Dispirited by the rancor I had witnessed at the MLA in Chicago the previous year, and in particular the […]

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