Entries from January 2009

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Pornification

Meenakshi Gigi Durham, associate professor of journalism at the University of Iowa and author of The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can Do About It (Overlook, 2008), reviews in the January 9, 2009¬†Chronicle of Higher Education a new book on the ubiquity of sex in American culture: These complexities […]

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Field Notes on Shopping

After dropping off my holiday visitor at the airport, I undertook an expedition to post-holiday shopping in Buckland Hills, CT, where exhausted consumer tribes had assembled in the annual Gathering of the Nation of Shoppers. Banana Republic features clothes with “modern fit”; I suspect I am suited for “early-modern fit.” Anthropologie (a women’s clothing and […]

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

David Brooks, Sidney Awards

David Brooks (columnist for the New York Times) has announced his “Sidney Awards” for “long-form journalism and thought,” an antidote to the mental McNuggets of blogs and sound bites. His picks include: ¬†“In the Basement of the Ivory Tower” by Professor X, Atlantic Monthly, June 2008 Sending everyone under the sun to college is a […]