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March/April 2014

Suzanne Berger leads a forum on how finance gutted American manufacturing, with replies from Dean Baker, Dan Luria and Joel Rogers, Dan Breznitz, Susan N. Housman, and others. Plus, Sarah Hill investigates utopias, Anne Fausto-Sterling questions biological norms, Stephen Burt lauds the Baroque aesthetic,  and Oded Na’aman asks what makes a meaningful death. Poets Robert Pinsky, John Ashbery, Rae Armantrout, and others on surveillance. And, April is National Poetry Month.

 

Forum 

How Finance Gutted Manufacturing 

Suzanne Berger — with responses from:

DEAN BAKER, JOEL ROGERS AND DAN LURIA, DAN BREZNITZ, SUSAN N. HOUSEMAN, MIKE ROSE, NICHOLA LOWE, J. PHILLIP THOMPSON, GARY HERRIGEL, CATHERINE TUMBER, AND DAVID WEIL. SUZANNE BERGER REPLIES.


Editors’ Note
Deborah Chasman and Joshua Cohen

Foundations

State of the Nation: CEO Jackpot
Sam Pizzigati
Dispatch: Stop and Look
Matthew Fishbane
Made in America: Eco-Puritans
Claude S. Fischer
Wonders: Letting Go of Normal
Anne Fausto-Sterling

Context

It’s Only Fair: And Other Reasons for a Minimum Wage Hike
Mike Konczal

Fiction

Mother Issues
Christa Romanosky

Books & Ideas

Roads to Utopia: Dan Hancox’s The Village Against the World
Sarah Hill
Mortal Risks: The Possibility of Self-Sacrifice
Oded Na’aman
The Big Dig: Steven Moore’s The Novel: An Alternative History (1600–1800)
Roger Boylan

On Poetry

On Surveillance
Poems by Robert Pinsky, Charles Bernstein, Harmony Holiday, Cathy Park Hong, John Ashbery, Rae Armantrout, Noelle Kocot, and Richard Greenfield. 

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