This issue deals in part with the current health care debate. The first article, by Arnold Birenbaum, cites Teddy Kennedy for why something important should be done now. My own answer to Birenbaum suggests that the public option confuses rather than clarifies what needs to be done. The third article is an analysis of Vermeer's "The Milkmaid".
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.