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As the New York Times has just pointed out, the late Richard Rorty wrote in 1998 about a increasingly disenchanted American working class ultimately turning to a strongman. That strongman, some now believe, is embodied by Trump. We asked Michael Bérubé—who studied with Rorty and wrote the introduction to a brand new book of Rorty lectures, Philosophy as Poetry—for his thoughts on the great philosopher's political prescience.
WATCH: New Trailer for Cartooning the Landscape
An utterly unique talent, Chip Sullivan has shared his vast knowledge of the landscape through his numerous courses at Berkeley, where his lectures are enormously popular, as well as a medium some would not expect: the cartoon strip. His new book, Cartooning the Landscape, collects countless panels from the celebrated comic strip he published for years in Landscape Architecture magazine and adds many more.
"A War of the Chamber Pots"
"A presidential election in the United States may be looked upon as a time of national crisis. . . . A fever grips the entire nation." Is this a comment on Hillz vs. the Donald? No, it's Alexis de Tocqueville, one of the most prescient minds in history, writing in the 1830s about American elections. What would he think about the 2016 election? We asked Olivier Zunz, editor of a new edition of Tocqueville's Recollections, for his thoughts on Tocqueville’s persistent relevance in the political discussion.
UVA Press Wins Three Awards from the APSA
The University of Virginia Press was well represented among this year's winners of book awards from the American Political Science Association. Congratulations to the authors and series editors!
The Only Way In
Published to coincide with the National Park Service's 100th anniverary—being celebrated this week—National Park Roads: A Legacy in the American Landscape looks at the history of the parks' vast network of roads. Authored by NPS historian Tim Davis, the book reveals how roads have been the crucial element not only in creating iconic views but the access for millions of people to enjoy the parks. Davis agreed to answer a few questions about his book and the fascinating story it tells.
Charles Dew on Diane Rehm Show
In his latest book Charles Dew provides an unfiltered view of the ruthlessly segregated world in which he grew up and how he escaped it. The Making of a Racist shows, from the inside, how a culture of racism is passed on from one generation to the next, contaminating even the lives of otherwise decent people—people who in some regards might remind us of our own families. Dew recently discussed his book on the Diane Rehm Show.
The Vice President Problem
Perhaps an infamous president deserves an infamous vice president. Richard Nixon's running mate, Spiro Agnew, has almost as tarnished an image in modern American history as Nixon himself. Through a series of events that eerily foreshadowed the president's own eventual exit, Agnew was forced to leave office in October of 1973 after charges of tax evasion. Less than a year later, Nixon would resign over the Watergate scandal. In a fascinating piece just posted on the Atlantic web site, Miller Center scholar Nicole Hemmer looks at the Nixon/Agnew team, revealing a complex and flawed relationship.
Your Guide to Savannah
Published in association with the Society of Architectural Historians, the celebrated Buildings of the United States series (BUS) has been covering the history of the built world in America, state by state. The latest title to emerge from this collaboration, however, looks at a single city in depth. Buildings of Savannah is the first volume in the SAH/BUS City Guide series. We caught up with lead author, Robin B. Williams, to ask a few questions about the book.
James Salter: The Invisible Miles
If you haven’t read any books by James Salter, should you read these lectures first? Maybe. Certainly the first one, “The Art of Fiction.” You would get a sense of his voice, of his rhythm–his perfectly timed abruptnesses, which are agreeable surprises–that is, you agree to stop and let the echo clarify. . . .
Nothing Escapes Jeffrey Greene
Jeffery Greene's latest book, In Search of Wild Edibles: A Forager's Tour, has been in the works for awhile. As he was writing this account of a life spent locating food in the unlikeliest spots, Greene sent us vignettes that we posted online—including the story of the elusive, and delicious, pied de cheval oyster as well as some helpful advice on how to introduce more seaweed into your Thanksgiving meal—and these were met with delight by readers who appreciated not only Greene's recipes and stories but the fact that he had begun foraging long before foodie culture had popularized it. Greene has prepared a video trailer for the book and was kind enough to answer some questions about his experience combing the land for wild edibles.