The opening article
questions the value of the doctrine of the just war,
reserving to it only a very restricted use as a way
to come to terms with a war once it is past. The second
article attempts to deflate the current concern with
illegal immigration over our southern border by considering
past waves of immigration. The third article honors
Vladimir Nabakov as the founder of literary Post-Modernism.
The last article takes the measure of what is now
emerging as a Post-Modern masterpiece, Woody Allen's
Crimes and Misdemeanors.
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.