News of the Week
July 29, 2015
- 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
- George Yancy, author of Look, a White!, interviewed Joe Feagin for his Opinionator column, The Stone, on the New York Times blog on July 27.
- Tarry Hum, author of Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood, wrote about Sunset Park's industrial small businesses for the Gotham Gazette on July 23.
- Darrel Wanzer-Serrano, author of The New York Young Lords and the Struggle for Liberation, penned an open letter on his blog on July 27 to the editors of the New York Daily News about a recent article on the Puerto Rican community and the New York Young Lords. On July 28, the New York Daily News published some of the letter, which Wanzer-Serrano also discussed in his blog.
- Beth Kephart's blog on July 28 about an excerpt of her new book One Thing Stolen, mentions her forthcoming book, Love.
The Asian American Avant-Garde, by Audrey Wu Clark, was reviewed in Publishers Weekly
- 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 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
- 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."
- 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."
North Philly Notes
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