September 27th, 2020


In our fiction and poetry selections, explore the meanings of home: a mother whose house and privacy are invaded by a mysterious stranger; a nose that leaves its face to make its way in the world; Ursula K. Le Guin's poetic celebrations of the Pacific Northwest; and more. Browse anytime at

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September 24th, 2020

On our Front Table this week, find reflections on scholarly and artistic method with a study of medieval Christian devotional objects that culminates in a critique of comparativism, a meditation on the temporal conditions of the creative process, and an exploration of the tensions between the emancipatory claims of scholarship and its implication in structures of domination. Browse anytime at...

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September 17th, 2020

On our Front Table this week, explore the relation of lives and letters with a history of the Chicago school of sociology, a memoir of a writer's childhood in East Berlin, an account of a philosopher's engagement with literature, and a new biography of a long-overlooked Russian master. Browse anytime at ...

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September 10th, 2020

On this week's front table, explore the forces that drive historical change, including the impact of the internet on linguistic innovation, the interrelation of artistic avant-gardes with the development of counter-liberal feminisms, the vicissitudes of capitalist globalizaton, and the tensions in Frantz Fanon's view of revolutionary transformation. Browse anytime at ...

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September 3rd, 2020

On this week's front table, encounter thought-provoking juxtapositions of scale: an astrophysicist grappling with personal loss; the global reception of intimate artistic works; a remote Tibetan community facing large-scale historical transformations; and more. Browse anytime at

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August 29th, 2020

Fiction and poetry selections from The Seminary Co-op, including a feminist reimagining of Ovid, the poetry of an imaginary Portuguese shepherd, and more. For more, browse anytime at

Be Holding: A Poem (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Ross Gay

Be Holding is a love song to...

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August 27th, 2020

On this week's front table, experience travels through time and space: a people's history of Ellis Island; a 19th century Japanese woman's daring move to Edo; a study of English-French language exchange; a journalist's travels following the movements of forests; and more. Browse anytime at

The Anatomy of Grief (Yale University Press)
Dorothy P. Holinger
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August 20th, 2020

On this week’s Front Table, explore histories that reverberate through our current moment: an analysis of Reagan-era transformations of the American right; lessons from the life of James Baldwin; the role of the potato in the development of capitalist food systems; and the scholarly impact and historical decline of the polymath.  Find the following titles and more at


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August 17th, 2020


On this week's front table, reexaminations of films by Spike Lee and Alfred Hitchcock, family letters from a prominent philosopher, myriad political...

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August 10th, 2020

On this week’s Front Table, we take a dazzling look into the role of race in art circulation, read the posthumous letters from an esteemed French philosopher, investigate the nature of U.S. Islamophobia, and delve into the world of artistic possibility. For more, browse anytime at

Anger: The Conflicted History of an Emotion (Yale University Press)
Barbara H. Rosenwein

Barbara H. Rosenwein traces our many conflicting ideas about and expressions of anger, taking the story from the Buddha to our own time, from...

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