The keys to surfing—wetsuits, surf forecasting, and surfboard manufacturing—emerged from Southern California’s military-industrial complex.
Tag: University of Chicago Press
“Reading occupies a strange position in today’s world, being at once physiologically unnecessary and culturally central.”
The city’s ports may be physically located in the imperial core—inside the barricades of the USA—but their tendrils span the globe.
To ask what kind of city Los Angeles is today is, also, to wonder what kind of city it could be tomorrow.
When did we all become so empowered, passionate, and self-enterprising?
“Sometimes Latino urban history is thought of as the history of a cultural community and that’s a little dismissive. I examine people contesting and reshaping the use of space.”
The struggle between the use of math for benevolent or malevolent purposes carries from at least WWII into today’s debates on AI.
“Good afternoon, ma’am. Do you ever feel that it is so hard to know how to be happy?”
Wishing to end poverty “wherever it existed,” LBJ acted not with government aid, but with a non-profit. The results have been catastrophic.
The best poets tend to trouble conventions, including those they find necessary.
"One of the things that is interesting about Keats' letters to Fanny Brawne is that you can't infer a damn thing that’s happened between them."
What were the books of 2022 that dazzled, challenged, and inspired us?
If you want to support readers, the best hope will always be helping do away with economic compulsion and the division of labor.
The true purpose of austerity is to permanently and structurally extract resources from the many to the few.
“Disabled people have long made their own hacks.”
Three new poetry collections depart on a cosmic journey to reckon with ecology and our relations to a suffering earth.
Does loving a work of literature mean seizing it? How should critics feel about their feelings toward a text?
A powerful grassroots movement campaigned in the ’70s and ’80s for banks to reinvest equitably in red-lined urban communities. It failed—but why?
In the 1960s, Chicago’s white neighborhoods didn’t want Mexican Americans moving in. But one determined real estate broker changed everything.
Why are Anglophone novels more worthy of attention than Ottoman shadow puppetry or the art of knot-tying? Just what are the humanities for?