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News of the Week
July 29, 2015






Radio, Radio...
  • Not from Here Allan Johnson, author of Not from Here, has more interviews about his memoir this week. He will be a guest on the following radio stations:

    Arlington Public News (Arlington, MA) taped interview.

    KCBX (90.1 FM, San Luis Obispo, CA), "Ideasphere," on July 29 at 5:00 pm.

    WBTN "Books, Yarns & Tales"; (1370-AM, Bennington, VT) on August 3 at 9:00 am.

    WORT "The 8:00 Buzz" (89.9 FM Madison, WI) on August 4 at 9:05 am.

Authors penning articles


The Asian American Avant-Garde, by Audrey Wu Clark, was reviewed in Publishers Weekly
  • The Asian American Avant-Garde The review read, "In this admirable...volume, Clark explores the construction of Asian-American identity by Asian-American writers in the context of modernism; her subjects wrote during a period (1882-1945) notable both for fascination with 'the Orient' and intense, often institutionalized, anti-Asian racial prejudice. She studies an eclectic, intriguing group of writers.... Their works are likely to be lesser known or unknown to many readers, and afford Clark the chance to wrestle with issues of race, gender, class, and politics.... [T]he subject is a fascinating one."

The Temp Economy, by Erin Hatton, was featured in a combined review in the July 2015 issue of Contemporary Sociology
  • The Temp Economy The review read, "Hatton's study constructs an insightful historical analysis of the tactics used by the temporary help industry to institutionalize its presence in the U.S. labor market."

Two Translated Reviews
  • Reverse Engineering Social Media The review of Robert Gehl's Reverse Engineering Social Media, appeared in Culture Machine (2015). This review, which originally appeared in Spanish, read, "Reverse Engineering Social Media is another good example of the maturity of the field of social media studies. In it, Robert Gehl builds a careful argument to consider the cognitive and affective exploitation behind social media. Its main asset is its turn to a Marxian analysis of culture and economics in search of a solid theoretical ground on which alternative proposals can grow.... Gehl's main contribution lies in the introduction of Marxian perspectives in order to help us contextualize the study of social media as part of global capitalism. By integrating technological and sociological analysis, Gehl manages to situate and explain the complex processes of reification that are affecting users of social media."

  • Softly, with Feeling The review of Softly, with Feeling, by Ed Berger, was reviewed by Jazzinstitut. The review read, "Berger's biography is full of interesting facets between jazz and American cultural history.... [His] explorations into the world of New York studio bands, Broadway orchestras, television and recording studios, and symphonic music are, next to the main theme (i.e. Wilder himself), valuable extensions of an often much too limited jazz context.... Softly, with Feeling is a dignified portrait of perhaps one of the most dignified musicians of jazz."


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