LA Times: Spring Arts Preview 2014

By David L. Ulin
Los Angeles Times

Willis_Essential coverEllen Willis is my role model: a music critic turned essayist and academic (she created New York University's Cultural Reporting and Criticism program) who consistently challenged herself and her readers, framing engagement as both aesthetic and political stance. Although she only published three books before her death in 2006 at 64, her influence lingers, as evidenced by the success of "Out of the Vinyl Deeps," a posthumous selection of her rock criticism, released in 2011. Now, there's "The Essential Ellen Willis," edited by her daughter Nona Willis Aronowitz. Gathering 53 career-spanning pieces, this is an act of reclamation, a reminder of what a piercing and brilliant writer Willis was.

University of Minnesota Press Podcast

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Art and Posthumanism: Cary Wolfe in conversation with Art after Nature series editors Giovanni Aloi and Caroline Picard.

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Life in Plastic: Petrochemical fantasies and synthetic sensibilities, with Caren Irr, Lisa Swanstrom, Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, and Daniel Worden.

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Live: A book launch for We Are Meant to Rise at Next Chapter Booksellers features Carolyn Holbrook, David Mura, Douglas Kearney, Melissa Olson, Said Shaiye, and Kao Kalia Yang.