“We need anthropology now more than ever. As Ruth Benedict once noted prophetically, ‘The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human difference.’”
"Beard avoids the temptation to lecture on what the author imagines as the meaning of the image.
“Trillions of dollars move through the world’s markets illegally, and millions of people work in extra-state activities.
"a delicious little book packed with erudition and pleasure . . ."
“a book not only fascinating but necessary for these trying times.”
“an important barometer of youth mental health and reminder of the insidious ways that technology can swiftly reshape society right under our noses.”
Local history can be rich, exotic, complicated, personal, and dark but especially when an incident like the Scopes Monkey Trial serves as an “island” in regional and national social currents.
Happy Anyway is a collection of short essays by current and past denizens of Flint, Michigan—the hometown of General Motors.
Plato asserted that “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.” If so, it could be argued that the U.S.A. today honors computers, social media, and the iPhone.
“one line in the book . . . perhaps sums up the vast journey . . . 'a gun gives that ultimate edge of authority to someone who lacks it through intelligence alone.'”
While academic readers interested in celebrity studies will want to pick up this slim volume, readers should be aware that the references made will be to primarily Indian culture and will be lost o
With every passing year, the media sends forth a new wave of apocalyptic predictions.
“mostly surface and anecdote, disorganized, and unserious.”
There are at least 40 baby name books currently listed on Amazon, touting upwards of 10,000, 50,000, even 100,000 names, so one can’t fault an author for trying to find a new angle to stand out fro
“Fry-Revere makes stark comparisons between the kidney donation program in the U.S. and Iran. Dialysis is portrayed as a very poor alternative to kidney transplants . . . Most U.S.
“Neanderthal Man forces us to consider how scientific knowledge is created. . . .
“Noble Savages continues to tell the stories of the Yanomamo, asking its readers to make sense of humanity’s place in nature.”
“The nine short works are not all theater masterworks, but they are a fair representation of the spectrum of styles and subjects being examined by contemporary playwrights.”
Dog stories are meant to tug at the heartstrings. But A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story does so in a down-to-earth way.