A behind-the-scenes look at what Public Books editors and staff have been reading this month.
Tag: Princeton University Press
“There are a lot of basic things that America has still not accepted in terms of how to live a happy urban life.”
“There is a deadly earnestness with which children take up whatever rules have been established for a particular context.”
“Keep your cosmetic change, if you’re making no attempt to deal with the underlying practices that perpetuate harm.”
What were the books of 2022 that dazzled, challenged, and inspired us?
"My first book was used by actual librarians, planners, architects. I realized, wow I can do work that matters beyond the academy."
“The diary has challenged every category of literary analysis for me.”
“What is the range of available measures to address our catastrophic future?”
“The everyday ways that people challenge environmental destruction can be quite powerful.”
COVID-19 highlights how the global order is built on, and excels in, closing the path of migrants unjustly.
Most authoritarian populists in power across the world are politicians, at the helm of parties that have won elections. Modi is more than that.
Many landowners view themselves as environmental stewards. But can the environment ever be protected within the frame of private property?
Many view Edgar Allen Poe as a uniquely gloomy, mad writer. But what if Poe was normal, simply representative of a gloomy, mad era?
Transhumanists want to transcend humanity. Where does that leave anthropology?
What right does a society have to extoll freedom as its highest virtue if that same society is dependent on the unfreedom of others?
Today is overwhelmingly defined by white-supremacist violence and the whiteness of AI technology. Can seeing them together help defeat them both?
Losing faith in Orthodox Judaism is an old story. But today it’s often the “heretics” who rely on faith, and the “faithful” who draw on science.
Does leaving the academy mean someone failed? Or does it mean, instead, that their scholarly strengths can now be made useful to the public?
The humanities can reveal the truth of the world’s crises, everything from contagions like the pandemic to apocalypses like right-wing violence.
What should schools teach about the Constitution? And should they teach feelings, aspiration, or fact?