October is National Arts and Humanities month, and at USA Today, poet Elizabeth Alexander reflects on how art is essential to addressing the most pressing issues of our time. “Salvation is not a word to be used lightly given the crises we face,” Alexander writes. “But even as we come together to address them—through civic engagement, through work toward racial justice, through the development of new technologies and scientific breakthroughs—I believe that it is the arts and humanities that can save us: the essential us, the who-we-are-as-human-beings us.”
Male bonding can take many forms, among them the rarely-seen joint book tour, which Mike Harvkey and Josh Weil decided to undertake in support of their new novels. The two write about meeting each other, travelling around America and bouncing ideas off trusted friends in a Salon essay. FYI, our own Bill Morris wrote a piece about his own book tour for The Daily Beast.
“One hears, in the news, that one new fad after another is sweeping the academy. World literature, digital humanities, book history, cognitive science. Perhaps everyone will just watch TV (there are twenty-seven panels on The Wire, and at least a paper, I recall, on Rizzoli and Isles, a TNT show)…The elephant in the room, or the one that has left the room a while ago (but whose stinking presence everyone still inhales deeply or holds their nose after), is Theory.” N + 1 reviews MLA 2013.