Book reviews

Check out the latest reviews of University of Minnesota Press books.
James J. Hill and the day the railroads roiled Wall Street
MinnPost interviews Larry Haeg, author of HARRIMAN VS. HILL.
Japanese Postmodernism and Fandom: The Rise of Raiden and What Kojima Really Meant
Features Hiroki Azuma (OTAKU): "What is important here is not really the content of theories of postmodernism but the fact that in Japan this highly complex body of thought turned into a kind of faddish media frenzy."
Jason Weems on Prairie Public Radio
How aviation changed the perception of the Midwest through art.
Jazz Lives: Rifftide
Jazz Lives features RIFFTIDE: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones, edited by Paul Devlin.
Jazz profiles: Celebrating Bird
Review of Gary Giddins' book on Charlie Parker.
Jazz Profiles: Fats Waller
Thomas “Fats” Waller is a Jazz immortal and I for one couldn’t be happier that the UMP has sought fit to reissue in an affordable paperback format his biography by his son Maurice in conjunction with Anthony Calabrese as a reminded of that fact.
JazzTimes: Rifftide
JazzTimes Magazine reviews RIFFTIDE: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones.
JazzTimes: Where are the female jazz critics?
"Women jazz musicians are ubiquitous today, but jazz journalism lacks a feminine voice." JazzTimes discusses female jazz journalists (and the lack thereof) and looks at OUT OF THE VINYL DEEPS: ELLEN WILLIS ON ROCK MUSIC.
Jesse LeCavalier discusses Walmart on Bloomberg Markets: What'd You Miss?
Jesse LeCavalier, author of The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of Fulfillment, discusses Walmart on Bloomberg TV's What'd You Miss?
'Jewels of the Plains' plants seeds of inspiration
"Fun to read straight through because (Claude) Barr’s descriptive writing is as entertaining as it is educational."
JiME: How to Do Things With Videogames
The Journal of Interactive Media in Education reviews Ian Bogost's short collection of essays. Early Blues
The early blues guitar legends Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Blake, Papa Charlie Jackson, Tampa Red, Sylvester Weaver, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie McTell, Lonnie Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson are the subject of this excellently researched book that will delight blues fans.
Joe Dimuzio: This year in music
The Michigan Daily features Ellen Willis's OUT OF THE VINYL DEEPS in its Year in Music roundup.
John Harwood talks IBM history on ROROTOKO
John Harwood is author of THE INTERFACE, about how IBM altered the face of corporate culture and design in America.
John Howe: How Frank Lloyd Wright's right-hand man flourished in Minnesota
Star Tribune: A book celebrates long-overlooked Minnesota designer John Howe, who served as the right-hand man to famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
John Whitman: Don’t overlook the flowers of vegetables, herbs and berries
The importance of flowers of many vegetables, herbs, and berries is often overlooked. They are an essential part of a vegetable garden’s beauty. Many of them are edible and can be used to add color and flavor to a wide variety of dishes, used as cut flowers, or added to a potpourri for an exquisite scent. Flowers offer the added bonus of drawing in a wide variety of beneficial insects critical to proper pollination of numerous plants in the landscape as well as the control of insect pests.
Journal of Architectural Education: Modernism as Memory
Journal of Design History: The Interface
Review of John Harwood's book on the surprising "inverse effect" computers and corporations, including IBM, had on the theory and practice of design.
Journal of Modern Literature: The key role of editors in the postwar era
Marking an end to the powerful trope of the editor as gatekeeper, The Editor Function demonstrates how practices of editing and publishing constitute their own kinds of thought, calling on us to rethink what we read and how.
Journal of Peace Research: "A timely contribution to the on-going nuclear debate"
PRIO Book Notes: Schwab certainly manages to make her readers acutely aware of the relevance of the legacies of the Manhattan Project in the early twenty-first century.
Journal of Sonic Studies: The Sound of Things to Come
Review of The Sound of Things to Come in the Journal of Sonic Studies
JSTOR Daily: Philanthropy and the Gilded Age
Laura R. Fisher’s scholarship on settlement houses shows how working class immigrants took issue with the power dynamics embedded in their funding structures. Wealthy Jewish philanthropists who funded the settlement houses expected them to be sites of assimilation and uplift.
Julia Lee on Fox 11
The author discusses OUR GANG with Tony Valdez on Midday Sunday.
Jump Cut: Lewd Looks
Review of Lewd Look by Elena Gorfinkel
Jumping Into the Field at the Deep End
The Chronicle reviews books that involve dangerous ethnographic research, including Jason Pine's THE ART OF MAKING DO IN NAPLES and Rane Willerslev's ON THE RUN IN SIBERIA.
Jussi Parikka's Insect Media reviewed in Leonardo
"In short, Insect Media outlines a posthuman media theory that blurs the boundaries between the natural and the technological, the human and the non-human, and the living and the non-living."
Kale will save the world, and other surprising assertions
Beth Dooley discusses her cookbook THE NORTHERN HEARTLAND KITCHEN.
Kanabec County Times: The Opposite of Cold
Review of Michael Nordskog and Aaron Hautala's book on Finnish sauna.
Kara Walker's Blood Sugar: A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby
Valerie Loichot's post-script to THE TROPICS BITE BACK.
Kare 11: Birchwood Cafe recipes at home
Pear Cranberry Chutney with Tracy Singleton and Marshall Paulsen of The Birchwood Cafe.