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Do books make us cheat less?

A recent piece in The Globe and Mail on the increasing incidence of cheating on college campuses.  We’ve been hearing about this for a long time, and while it is disturbing, I want to think for a moment about the basic tenet behind such articles — that the internet is …

Is Global Criticism Possible?

A follow-up on the global novel based on a thoughtful piece at Design Observer on the future of architectural criticism by Nancy Levinson.  As Levinson writes in response to the challenges of reviewing the now infamous economy of global architecture: How can a critic attain deep experience and comprehensive knowledge …

Are Global Novels Dull?

A blog post by Tim Parks at the New York Review on the rising culture (and dullness) of the “global novel.”  It’s part of the larger liberal discourse about the general mediocrity that accompanies globalization — if it can be interesting everywhere, it really shouldn’t be read anywhere.  It sounds …

Book Was There is a space to reflect on the changing nature of reading through an understanding of its past. It is both a prelude and sequel to the new book by that title now out with University of Chicago Press. The author of Book Was There, Andrew Piper, is a professor of …