Feminist ire in all the wrong places

February 26, 2015 nyupressblog 0

—Suzanna Danuta Walters [This piece originally appeared at the Chronicle of Higher Education.] Vaginas keep causing trouble. The latest labial kerfuffle involves none other than the mother of all things “down there,” Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina




The late trials of the Holocaust

February 19, 2015 nyupressblog 0

—Frank Tuerkheimer and Michael Bazyler Elizabeth Kolbert’s article in the February 16th issue of The New Yorker, “The Last Trial” is a wonderful summary of the belated and long overdue reaction of the German legal system to the atrocities committed by




Book giveaway: Plucked

February 11, 2015 nyupressblog 2

“Most of Earth’s mammals possess luxuriant fur. Only one seeks to remove it. Rebecca Herzig’s delightful history of hair removal in America helps explain why: smooth skin is a cultural imperative.” —The Economist “Plucked is an




Black Lives Matter, youth militancy, and resistance

February 2, 2015 nyupressblog 0

—Sekou Franklin [Note: This piece was originally published on Atlanta Blackstar.] Almost 100 years ago, the Harlem intellectual Hubert Harrison celebrated black resistance to racialized violence in the essay “As the Current Flows.” He described