The lead article, an exercise in the sociology of
everyday life, suggests why we all are what we appear
to be. The second article explains why the United
Nations missed perhaps its last opportunity to show
that it was relevant to the system of nations. The
third article presents Phillip Roth’s The
Plot Against America as a love letter to America.
The last article explains why there were no great
civilizations on this continent before Columbus.
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.