"When You Just Want to Be Alone: The History of Solitude in America"
Eric Slauter (English Language and Literature) discusses how personal desire for solitude and independence threatened national unity in 18th-century America.
"Two Catalonias's Pact of Forgetting"
Los Angeles Review of Books
PhD student Brandon Truett (English Language and Literature) reviews Netflix original documentary Two Catalonias.
"How Did 'Baby Shark' Swim Its Way to Billboard's Top 100?"
Steven Rings (Music) explains how "Baby Shark" climbed to the Billboard Hot 100 and why you can't seem to get the tune out of your head.
"Working Through the Apocalypse: An Interview with Ling Ma"
In interview, Ling Ma (Creative Writing) talks about writing Severance and "keeping the faith."
"Don't Overthink It"
Agnes Callard (Philosophy) reviews Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most by Steven Johnson.
"The Politics of 'Roma': A Journey Through Mexico City's Turbulent Past and America's Divided Present"
The Hollywood Reporter
Mauricio Tenorio (Romance Languages and Literatures) discusses Alfonso Cuarón's Roma and the political history it addresses.
"Theaster Gates Is a Toast of the Fashion and Art Circuit"
New York Times
Theaster Gates (Visual Arts) talks style, race, and his recent exhibit "The Black Image Corporation."
"Challenges for Small Literary Journals"
Inside Higher Ed
W. J. T. Mitchell (English Language and Literature) and a panel of editors consider how small publications can find support and reach audiences.
"Playing the Past: Video Games and American History"
Patrick Jagoda (English Language and Literature) unpacks the early history that shaped contemporary gaming and gamification.
"To Whom Does Ariana Grande’s ‘7 Rings’ Owe Its Sound?"
Appropriation or appreciation? PhD Student Lauren Michele Jackson (English Language and Literature) examines Ariana Grande's "7 Rings" music video.
"Ling Ma’s “Severance” Captures the Bleak, Fatalistic Mood of 2018"
The New Yorker
Review of Severance, the debut novel by Ling Ma (Creative Writing).