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The Assault on American Excellence


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By Anthony Kronman ’68. Available on Amazon. Free Press, August 2019. Kronman makes the argument that to graduate as good citizens, college students have to be tested in a system that isn’t wholly focused on being good to them.


College Admissions Cracked: Saving Your Kid (and Yourself) from the Madness


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By Jill Shulman ’87. Little, Brown Spark, August 2019. Available on Amazon. Jill Margaret Shulman, a college admissions coach, application evaluator, college writing instructor, essayist, author, and empathetic parent, guides you through the entire crazy ritual that college admissions has become, month by month, breath by deep, cleansing breath, until you drop your kid off … Continue reading “College Admissions Cracked: Saving Your Kid (and Yourself) from the Madness”


Free Will, Responsibility, and Crime: An Introduction


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Ken Levy ’91. Routledge, July 2019. Available on Amazon. In his book, philosopher and law professor Ken Levy explains why he agrees with most people, but not with most other philosophers, about free will and responsibility. Most people believe that we have both―that is, that our choices, decisions, and actions are neither determined nor undetermined … Continue reading “Free Will, Responsibility, and Crime: An Introduction”


The Place of the Viewer


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By Kerr Houston ’92. BRILL, June 2019. Available on Amazon. In The Place of the Viewer, Kerr Houston offers a detailed chronological overview of art historians’evolving attempts to account for the physical position of the viewer in discussing works of art.


The Hungry Ghost


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Dalena Storm ’09. Black Spot Books, June 2019. Available on Amazon. A hungry ghost escapes from a dark realm into the human world, where it enters the unconscious body of a woman named Sam. When Sam appears to miraculously awaken from her accident-induced coma, her lesbian lover, alcoholic ex-husband, and well-meaning family must come together … Continue reading “The Hungry Ghost”


The End Note


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By Andrew Rimas ’95. Common Deer Press, June 2019. Available on Amazon. The planet is overwrought, overcrowded, and overcooked. Now the world looks to one, final summit of the world’s most powerful people to save humanity. Then this guy gets invited… Professor Magnus Adams has failed at literature, at love, and, it seems, at life. … Continue reading “The End Note”


Abstract Painting and the Minimalist Critiques: Robert Mangold, David Novros, and Jo Baer in the 1960s


Cover of the book Abstract Painting and the Minimalist Critiques: Robert Mangold, David Novros, and Jo Baer in the 1960s

By Matthew Levy ’00. Routledge, June 2019. Available on Amazon. This book undertakes a critical reappraisal of Minimalism through an examination of three key painters: Robert Mangold, David Novros, and Jo Baer.


L.A. River


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By Michael Kolster ’85. George F Thompson Publishing, May 2019. Available on Amazon. Three centuries ago, the Los Angeles River meandered through marshes and forests of willow and sycamore. Trout spawned in its waters, and grizzly bears roamed its shores in search of food. The river and its adjacent woodlands helped support one of the … Continue reading “L.A. River”


Conservatives and the Constitution: Imagining Constitutional Restoration in the Heyday of American Liberalism


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Ken I. Kersch ’86. Cambridge University Press, May 2019. Available on Amazon. Since the 1980s, a ritualized opposition in legal thought between a conservative ‘originalism’ and a liberal ‘living constitutionalism’ has obscured the aggressively contested tradition committed to, and mobilization of arguments for, constitutional restoration and redemption within the broader postwar American conservative movement. By … Continue reading “Conservatives and the Constitution: Imagining Constitutional Restoration in the Heyday of American Liberalism”


Hold Sway


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By Sally Ball ’90. Barrow Street Press, May 2019. Available on Amazon. Hold Sway reckons with the presence of menace or threat in daily life, even in moments when all seems well enough, or when things look beautiful. Climate anxiety, numbing corporate manipulations of our attention, crimes on both a personal and a grand scale … Continue reading “Hold Sway”