Book reviews

Check out the latest reviews of University of Minnesota Press books.
Bookslut reviews Saint Genet
Josh Zajdman reviews SAINT GENET: ACTOR AND MARTYR by Jean-Paul Sartre for Bookslut.
bookstalkerblog: Culture molds us like nothing else.
Boston Globe: Lemon Jail
Over the years, Boston has been friendly to many upstart rock bands, notably the Velvet Underground, who were a mainstay at the Tea Party in the ’60s, and U2, whose first foray to America brought them to the Paradise in 1980. The Hub was also home away from home for the Replacements, according to a new book by the band’s longtime roadie and unofficial fifth member, Bill Sullivan, who says the misfits from Minneapolis felt like they belonged in Boston.
Boston Globe: Selling creativity to America’s kids
Why did we become obsessed with fostering childhood play? Look to the Cold War, says Amy Ogata, author of Designing the Creative Child.
Boston Globe: Smart, engaging videogame commentary
The conversation about video games is blossoming right now. It’s a million conversations, really, touching upon everything from arcane design philosophies to games’ political messages to the never-ending debates about free speech. Review of Ian Bogost's How to Talk about Videogames.
Boston Review: Brand Aid
Lisa Richey and Stefano Ponte, authors of BRAND AID, write for the Boston Review as part of its Citizen Consumer forum.
Boston Review: Geographer Milton Santos sought to redeem the field from its methodological fragmentation and colonial legacies
Nowhere are the dilemmas posed by the new old geography more provocatively explored than in several of the works, now available to an English-reading audience, of the late Afro-Brazilian geographer Milton Santos.
Boston Review: SIDE AFFECTS
The book provides an insider’s view of the bleaker and more frustrating aspects of transition, too often downplayed since transgender people were forcibly enlisted as combatants in the so-called culture wars.
Boston Review: The Black Panthers Versus the Medical Industry
An interview with Alondra Nelson, author of BODY AND SOUL: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination.
Boston Review: The Passion of Ellen Willis
“My deepest impulses are optimistic, an attitude that seems to me as spiritually necessary and proper as it is intellectually suspect,” the radical cultural critic and journalist Ellen Willis wrote in 1977. The sentence sums up the writer, the woman—and her contradictions.
Botanical Magic: Medicine Woman’s In-Depth Study Reveals Plants' Offerings
boundary 2: Seeing Ourselves, Loving Our Captors
a review of Mark Jarzombek, Digital Stockholm Syndrome in the Post-Ontological Age
The Marginalian: Why Science and Philosophy Need Each Other
Extended, illustrated excerpt of COSMIC APPRENTICE by Dorion Sagan, by Maria Popova in The Marginalian (formerly Brain Pickings)/
Brenda Langton on WCCO
Breuer and the Benedictines build a church
Feature on Victoria Young's book ST. JOHN'S ABBEY CHURCH.
Brewing history in the Land of Amber Waters
Business @ the U of M interviews author Doug Hoverson
Bright Lights reviews Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds
Maitland McDonagh's book is "one of the few extensive books on the Argento oeuvre."
Brooklyn Rail: Rene Magritte
Perhaps the greatest virtue of Selected Writings, beyond facilitating English-language access to Magritte’s writings, is its alignment of Magritte with the great polymath artists of 20th-century modernism, who bent styles and genres to ideological dictates rather than confine an ideology to a singular aesthetic form.
Brooks Hefner interviewed on the Skylight Books podcast
Bustle: 15 Books Set In Chilly Climates To Help You Beat The Heat This Summer
Environmentalist hero Sheila Watt-Cloutier has spent her life fighting to preserve the Arctic, both in terms of nature and culture.
BuzzFeed: At The End Of This Encanto Quiz You'll Get The Perfect Book Recommendation
Look, I know we're not supposed to talk about Bruno...but... Singular Images, Failed Copies
An impressive and well-researched study, which engages the philosophical and scientific milieu informing Talbot’s early photography. It is highly recommended to Talbot scholars.
CaMP Anthropology: Interview with David Parisi
The book’s narrative arc is organized around five successive phases of interfacing, beginning with touch’s productive interfacing with electrical machines in the 1740s, and concluding with touch’s expression in recent attempts to market digital touch technologies like vibration-enabled touchscreens.
Campus Compact: A Third University Is Possible
Interview with K. Wayne Yang on A Third University Is Possible
Can Hip-Hop Change The Style Of Politics?
Lester Spence, author of STARE IN THE DARKNESS, appears on NPR.
Can the Twin Cities revive their glory days of tech innovation?
Pioneer Press feature includes nod to Thomas J. Misa's DIGITAL STATE.
Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy: All Thoughts are Equal
The wide-ranging theoretical project of François Laruelle offers perhaps the most radical and ambitious program in contemporary Continental thought.
Canoeists: Here's a very satisfying literary expedition for the winter.
Hardcore canoeists often view the world in paddling metaphors. Reading through each chapter felt like an adventurous backcountry journey, sometime through familiar territory, but with pleasant surprises along the way.
Capitalism, No More: An excerpt from 'Red Skin, White Masks'
The New Inquiry features an excerpt from 'Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition' by Glen Sean Coulthard.
Capturing Prince's hope, heartbreak: Star Tribune on 'Gold Experience'
With his hero going astray again and again, Jim Walsh struggles with acceptance as he watches the brightest luminary of his age become eclipsed by much lesser lights.