The first article in this issue represents the view that the current
debate about evolution shows that there really is a conflict between
science and religion. The second article presumes that every moment is
a good moment for rethinking where social policy should go. The third
article looks at Frank McCourt's Teacher Man as a valuable
addition to the literature of what goes on in classrooms. The last
article suggests that a phenomenological psychology has to deal with
hallucinations as a distinctive product of the mental apparatus.
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.