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Three Thoughts on Westerosi Political Economy

Two prefatory notes: First – no, I know nothing about the books. Everything I’m going to say here draws exclusively on the HBO version of Westeros. Second, the more theoretically committed of you will note that only one of these … Continue reading

25. January 2018 by cw
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Fractal Problems in Comparative Domestic Policy

After every mass shooting event in the US, charts like the one above (from gunpolicy.org) flood social media and the blogosphere. Proponents of stronger gun control policy use such visualizations to highlight the links between gun ownership and gun violence … Continue reading

25. January 2018 by cw
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Tough Questions, for Certain Values of “Tough”

No. Next question.

25. January 2018 by cw
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On Polarization

Following up on my notes yesterday regarding the use of out outmoded “liberal” and “conservative” labels within Catholic circles: Providence College’s Holly Taylor Coolman took to America magazine earlier this week to make an argument rather similar to mine. She … Continue reading

25. January 2018 by cw
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On “Rusty” Labels

To the extent I’m able, I try to be a conscientious objector in the culture wars. I’m an academic (read: liberal) by training but a scholar of nationalism and religion (fundamentally conservative institutions), so I find no home in any … Continue reading

25. January 2018 by cw
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Self, Image, Labor

I’ve written before about late capitalism and the labor-intensive maintenance of the self. But this One of the best, most uncanny museum selfies we’ve ever seen #poseMW pic.twitter.com/VCxaTuEVft — ALVA (@alva_uk) March 29, 2015 … this is some next. level. … Continue reading

25. January 2018 by cw
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Lumbersexuals and Homosocial Spectacle

The Advocate has an interesting, if brief, blurb on the illustrator Robert Riggs today. Riggs, not known to have been gay but clearly influenced by gay male artists of his time, sketched and painted oversized male bodies in dramatic, hyper-masculine … Continue reading

25. January 2018 by cw
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The New #DigitalHumanities

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25. January 2018 by cw
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Never Graduate

Every school year I hear rising college seniors express excitement about finally graduating. Every year I think this:

25. January 2018 by cw
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College is a Promise, Unless You’re a Humanities Major

Frank Bruni covers some familiar terrain in this column from the Sunday Times. He points to data demonstrating that the choice of college major increasingly determines income and employability just as much as access to higher education. In short: what … Continue reading

25. January 2018 by cw
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