The first article this issue uses the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland as a way to consider the nature of the Irish as a people. The second article observes the various ways in which literature and televison turn ordinary life into a form of art. The third article gives short takes on a number of educational issues that have been covered, rather unintelligently, by The Times. The fourth article is a science fiction story.
The purpose of this e-journal is to use in tandem the techniques of literary criticism and social structural analysis to illuminate American politics and the various institutions in American society and sometimes matters more global, like religion or war, by turning an eye on the events and objects and performances that are considered art and entertainment, those defined broadly enough to include whatever is covered in newspapers and other media. Another concern is to pick up the texture of social life, both in the United States and in general, through the analysis of those events, objects and performances that are to be found in everyday life.