The first article in this issue is a critical analysis of A Lady's Money. The novel, by Wilkie Collins, has been so neglected that I have not been able to find any extended analysis of it. That is a shame, because the novel is an important link between Dickens and the Edwardians, not to speak of a substantial accomplishment on its own.
The second article in this issue is an exercise in art theory. It attempts to take the measure of Post-Modern art by comparing two exhibits currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, one about Jon Gossart, a Netherlandish artist, and the other about John Baldessari, an early practitioner of conceptual art.
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.