Reading Is Critical

July 15th, 2017

John Corbett is a writer, curator, and producer based in Chicago.  He is the author of A Listener's Guide to Free Improvisation (University of Chicago Press, 2016), Microgroove: Forays into Other Music (Duke University Press, 2015), and Extended Play: Sounding Off from John Cage to Dr. Funkenstein (Duke, 1994), as well as several edited volumes on Sun Ra. The catalog he made, along with the curatorial team from the Smart Museum of Art, for the exhibition Monster Roster: Existential Art in Postwar Chicago, was awarded the award for excellence by the Association of Art Museum Curators in 2017.  Corbett has produced CDs and LPs for his Unheard Music Series and more recently for Corbett vs. Dempsey, the label associated with his art gallery.  He...

Reading Is Critical
July 9th, 2017

Catharine A. MacKinnon is Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (long-term). She holds a B.A. from Smith College, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale, specializing in equality issues, especially sex equality, under international and domestic (including comparative, constitutional, and criminal) law and in political theory.

Professor MacKinnon pioneered the legal claim for sexual harassment and, with Andrea Dworkin, created ordinances recognizing pornography as a civil rights violation and proposed the Swedish model for abolishing prostitution. The Supreme Court of Canada has largely accepted her approaches to equality, pornography, and hate...

Reading Is Critical
July 7th, 2017

The perfect collection for anyone seeking to understand the cultural importance of comfort food, Comfort Food explores this concept with examples taken from Atlantic Canadians, Indonesians, the English in Britain, and various ethnic, regional, and religious populations as well as rural and urban residents in the United States. This volume includes studies of particular edibles and the ways in which they comfort or in some instances cause discomfort. The contributors focus on items ranging from bologna to chocolate, including sweet and savory puddings, fried bread with an egg in the center, dairy products, fried rice, cafeteria fare, sugary fried dough, soul food, and others. Several essays consider comfort food in the context of cookbooks, films, blogs, literature, marketing, and tourism. Of course what heartens one person might put...

Reading Is Critical
July 7th, 2017

 

Laura Kipnis is a cultural critic and a professor at Northwestern University, where she teaches filmmaking. She is the author of six previous books, including Against Love: A Polemic and Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Yaddo, among others, and has written for Slate, Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and Bookforum. Her essay “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe” was included in The Best American Essays 2016, edited by Jonathan Franzen. She lives in New York and Chicago.

Reading Is Critical
July 3rd, 2017

Simon Critchley is Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research. His books include Very Little…Almost Nothing (1997), Infinitely Demanding (2007), The Book of Dead Philosophers (2009) and The Faith of the Faithless (2012)....

Reading Is Critical
June 24th, 2017

Edward Kelsey Moore has been a professional musician, performing with acclaimed midwestern orchestras including the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Chicago Philharmonic and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra.  He has played on many recordings, and has toured nationally and internationally. In addition to performing, Mr. Moore has been a popular professor of music, training and nurturing a new generation of cello players. Edward Kelsey Moore's essays and short fiction have appeared in the New York Times and in many literary magazines including Indiana Review, African American Review and Inkwell.  His essay "Piaf and Roadkill" received an...

Reading Is Critical
June 18th, 2017

Elise Levine is the author of the story collection Driving Men Mad and the novel ...

Reading Is Critical
June 18th, 2017


 

Since the release of her award-winning debut novel, ...

Reading Is Critical
June 13th, 2017

Haroon Moghul builds Muslim-Jewish engagement at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He’s written for the Washington Post, The Guardian, Time, Foreign Policy, Haaretz, and CNN. He and his wife want to move back to New York. Moghul discusses How to Be a Muslim: An American Story,...

Reading Is Critical
June 4th, 2017

 

Dr. Jack Gilbert is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago, Director of the Microbiome Institute, Associate Director of the Institute of Genomic and Systems Biology, Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History, and Senior Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory. He earned his Ph.D. from Nottingham University. Gilbert discusses Dirt Is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s...

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