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Weekly Round-Up: Elizabeth Warren, Postmodernism, Swift, Stein, Wilde, and “That Fucking Tree”

The Oxonian Review presents the Weekly Round-Up, featuring articles the editorial staff have found interesting, illuminating, or otherwise noteworthy.

1. “John Cassidy: ‘Elizabeth Warren’s Moment’“, The New York Review of Books: Will the reforming Massachussets Senator take on Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination? “She’s an indomitable battler for the underdog, and she doesn’t take no for an answer.”

2. “Tim Crane: ‘Postmodern philosophy and truth on the go’“, The Times Literary Supplement: Tim Crane deconstructs the deconstructionists. “There is really no such thing as the postmodern critique of the Enlightenment idea of truth.”

3. “James Ward: ‘This Life a Long Disease’“, The Dublin Review of Books: A new biography reassesses Jonathan Swift. “Samuel Johnson wrote in a poem that Swift died ‘a driveller and a show’… Damrosch’s balanced, informative book provides thoughtful relief from that tradition.”

4. “Edward White: ‘The Making of an American’“, The Paris Review: How Carl van Vechten burnished the legend of Gertrude Stein. “In Stein he found the perfect cause to champion: a unique artist whose mercurial work pulsated with the spirit of the age, but also one whose public image he could shape and bind himself to.”

5. “Alison Flood: ‘Oscar Wilde’s gift to governor who let him read in Reading gaol up for auction’“, The Guardian: Perhaps the Home Secretary should read a letter addressed to one of his predecessors over a century ago. “Horrible as all the physical privations of modern prison life are,” Wilde wrote, “they are as nothing compared to the entire privation of literature.”

6. “Michael Silverberg: ‘Why Every Book About Africa Has the Same Cover’“, The Atlantic: “The covers of most novels ‘about Africa’ seem to have been designed by someone whose principal idea of the continent comes from The Lion King.”

 

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