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w. end ave.: an e-journal of culture and politics  

The first two essays in this issue are assessments of the extent to which the Bernard Madoff matter is incorrectly understood as a matter of betrayal, the first essay dealing with the Judeo-Christian concept of betrayal, and the second essay dealing with The Merchant of Venice as providing an understanding of how usury works.

The third essay is an appraisal by David Zucker of the work of John Updike, as that might be stated through the voice of Henry Beck, one of Updike's principal characters.


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.
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Issue No. 38
January 12, 2009


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A new issue of “w. end ave.: an e-journal of culture and politics” is published once every three weeks or so. It is edited, owned, and where not indicated as otherwise, written by Martin Wenglinsky. The rights to all materials published here are copyright © 2008 by Martin Wenglinsky