The lead article in this issue is about whether Judge Roberts
shortchanged the concept of law, and not just the Senators
interrogating him, when he compared a judge to a baseball umpire. The
next article develops the idea that voters have more than enough
information on which to select a candidate for public office. The third
article asks what we might want of a public memorial at the World Trade
Center site. The last article addresses Ishiguro’s new novel as a
commentary on the particular beast within all of us.
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.