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Negative review of Hunt & Lipo's _The Statues that Walked_ by Flenley & Bahn.
easter_island  book_review 
7 weeks ago by PeterErwin
The Man Who Led the Harlem Renaissance—and His Hidden Hungers | The New Yorker
Review of a biography of Alain Locke, who promoted and helped publish many of the writers and artists of the Harlem Renaissance, but whose relationship to them and the debates of the day was strained and full of tensions.
harlem_renaissance  alain_locke  writers  writing  race  history  literature  book_review  biography 
8 weeks ago by johnmfrench
Minecraft over Marriage | Mark Regnerus | First Things
But it’s Harari’s discussion of the collapse of the family and the territorial grab of state and market that garnered my quickest attention. We’ve become a nation of isolated individuals, and we are voting against marriage and families:

With the individual wielding unprecedented power to decide her own path in life, we find it ever harder to make commitments. We thus live in an increasingly lonely world of unraveling communities and families.

Harari attributes the collapse in family authority to the active colonization of state and market, going where even I would fear to tread:

Over time, states and markets used their growing power to weaken the traditional bonds of family and community. . . . In order to really break the power of family and community, they needed the help of a fifth column. The state and market approached people with an offer that could not be refused. ‘Become individuals,’ they said. ‘Marry whomever you desire, without asking permission from your parents’. . . . You are no longer dependent on your family or your community. We, the state and the market, will take care of you instead.
book_review  social_engineering 
april 2018 by anaximander
Jordan Peterson & Fascist Mysticism | by Pankaj Mishra | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
-- Mishra knows how to insult with style. He hates western intellectuals and elites and has fun *roasting* Peterson.

But the more I read Mishra, the more I get a feeling that he overfits his post-colonial narratives. Someone should start a new field of empirically driven post-colonial studies. Maybe there is one already and I just don't know about it.
post-colonialism  book_review  critique  right-wing_populism  alt-right  fascism  history_of_ideas  cultural_history  nybooks 
march 2018 by rvenkat
Squaring the Conservative Circle - Los Angeles Review of Books
Peter Kolozi, "Conservatives Against Capitalism"
Corey Robin, "The Reactionary Mind," recently reissued and updated for the Trump era... its claim that modern conservatism — whether that of Edmund Burke or Sarah Palin — is essentially a reaction against the egalitarian movements of the left.
book_review  conservatism  LARB 
february 2018 by suitable

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