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Reading Style: A Life in Sentences
Jenny Davidson

Read an interview with Jenny Davidson author of Reading Style: A Life in Sentences

Cloth, $25.00 / £17.50 208 pages , June 2014
ISBN: 978-0-231-16858-8


Capital of Capital: Money, Banking, and Power in New York City, 1784-2012
Steven H. Jaffe and Jessica Lautin

Read an interview with Jessica Lautin, co-author of Capital of Capital: Money, Banking, and Power in New York City, 1784-2012.

Cloth, $45.00 304 pages , May 2014
ISBN: 978-0-231-16910-3


Orphans
Hadrien Laroche

Read an interview with Henri Laroche, author of Orphans

Paper, $14.95 / £10.95 130 pages , October 2014
Dalkey Archive Press
ISBN: 978-1-62897-002-9


Umami: Unlocking the Secrets of the Fifth Taste
Ole G. Mouritsen and Klavs Styrbæk

Read an interview with Ole Mouritsen, coauthor of Umami: Unlocking the Secrets of the Fifth Taste

Cloth, $34.95 / £23.95 280 pages , June 2014
ISBN: 978-0-231-16890-8


What Is Relativity?: An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein’s Ideas, and Why They Matter
Jeffrey Bennett

Read an interview with Jeffrey Bennett, author of What Is Relativity?: An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein’s Ideas, and Why They Matter

Cloth, $25.95 / £17.95 208 pages , March 2014
ISBN: 978-0-231-16726-0


If A, Then B: How the World Discovered Logic
Michael Shenefelt and Heidi White

Read an interview with Michael Shenefelt and Heidi White, authors of If A, Then B: How the World Discovered Logic.

Paper, $29.50 / £20.50 352 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-16105-3


Cloth, $89.50 / £62.00 352 pages , June 2013
ISBN: 978-0-231-16104-6


The Cinema of Steven Soderbergh: Indie Sex, Corporate Lies, and Digital Videotape
Andrew deWaard and R. Colin Tait; Preface by Thomas Schatz

Read an interview with Andrew deWaard and R. Colin Tait, authors of The Cinema of Steven Soderbergh: Indie Sex, Corporate Lies, and Digital Videotape

Paper, $25.00 / £17.50 256 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-16551-8


Cloth, $75.00 / £52.00 256 pages , May 2013
Wallflower Press
ISBN: 978-0-231-16550-1


The Cinema of Richard Linklater: Walk, Don't Run
Rob Stone

Read an interview with Rob Stone, author of The Cinema of Richard Linklater: Walk, Don't Run

Paper, $25.00 / £17.50 192 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-16553-2


Cloth, $75.00 / £52.00 192 pages , May 2013
Wallflower Press
ISBN: 978-0-231-16552-5


Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight
Stephanie Hepburn and Rita J. Simon

Read an interview with Stephanie Hepburn, coauthor of Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight

Paper, $27.95 / £19.95 552 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-16145-9


Cloth, $89.50 / £62.00 552 pages , June 2013
ISBN: 978-0-231-16144-2


Radical Democracy and Political Theology
Jeffrey W. Robbins

Read an inteview with Jeffery Robbins, co-editor of the series Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture

Paper, $28.00 / £19.50 232 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-15636-3


Cloth, $55.00 / £38.00 232 pages , April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-231-15637-0


Hegel and the Infinite: Religion, Politics, and Dialectic
Edited by Slavoj Zizek, Clayton Crockett, and Creston Davis

Read an interview with Creston Davis on the Insurrections series.

Paper, $29.00 / £20.00 256 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-14335-6


Cloth, $90.00 / £62.00 256 pages , March 2011
ISBN: 978-0-231-14334-9


Bollywood: Gods, Glamour, and Gossip
Kush Varia

Read an interview with the Kush Varia on the past, present, and future of Bollywood

Paper, $20.00 / £14.00 144 pages , January 2013
Wallflower Press
ISBN: 978-1-906660-15-4


Deleuze Beyond Badiou: Ontology, Multiplicity, and Event
Clayton Crockett

Read an inteview with Clayton Crockett, author of Deleuze Beyond Badiou: Ontology, Multiplicity, and Event.

Paper, $27.50 / £19.00 232 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-16269-2


Cloth, $82.50 / £57.00 232 pages , January 2013
ISBN: 978-0-231-16268-5


The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust
Marianne Hirsch

Read an interview with Marianne Hirsch, author of The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust

Paper, $27.50 / £19.00 320 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-15653-0


Cloth, $89.50 / £62.00 320 pages , June 2012
ISBN: 978-0-231-15652-3


The Making of Lee Boyd Malvo: The D.C. Sniper
Carmeta Albarus, MSW, LCSW, with forensic analysis by Jonathan H. Mack, Psy.D.

Read interviews with Carmeta Albarus and Jonathan Mack

Paper, $19.95 / £13.95 288 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-14311-0


Cloth, $26.95 / £18.95 288 pages , August 2012
ISBN: 978-0-231-14310-3


The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam
A. Azfar Moin

Read an interview with A. Azfar Moin about his new book The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam.

Paper, $28.00 / £19.50 368 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-16037-7


Cloth, $55.00 / £38.00 368 pages , October 2012
ISBN: 978-0-231-16036-0


The Critical Pulse: Thirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics
Edited by Jeffrey J. Williams and Heather Steffen

Read an interview with Jeffrey J. Williams and Heather Steffen, coeditors of The Critical Pulse

Paper, $27.50 / £19.00 288 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-16115-2


Cloth, $82.50 / £57.00 288 pages , September 2012
ISBN: 978-0-231-16114-5


River Republic: The Fall and Rise of America’s Rivers
Daniel McCool

Read an interview with Daniel McCool author of River Republic: The Fall and Rise of America's Rivers

Paper, $26.00 / £18.00 408 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-16131-2


Cloth, $34.50 / £24.00 408 pages , August 2012
ISBN: 978-0-231-16130-5


Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals
Stanley Aronowitz

Read an interview with Stanley Aronowitz in The Brooklyn Rail.

Paper, $26.00 / £18.00 288 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-13541-2


Cloth, $32.50 / £22.50 288 pages , July 2012
ISBN: 978-0-231-13540-5


The Beach Book: Science of the Shore
Carl Hobbs

Read an interview with Carl Hobbs, author of The Beach Book: The Science of the Shore

Paper, $19.50 / £13.50 192 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-16055-1


Cloth, $60.00 / £41.50 192 pages , June 2012
ISBN: 978-0-231-16054-4


The Birth of Conservative Judaism: Solomon Schechter’s Disciples and the Creation of an American Religious Movement
Michael R. Cohen

Read an interview with Michael R. Cohen, author of The Birth of Conservative Judaism: Solomon Schechter’s Disciples and the Creation of an American Religious Movement

Cloth, $50.00 / £34.50 232 pages , May 2012
ISBN: 978-0-231-15635-6


The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines
Michael E. Mann

Read an interview with Michael Mann.

Paper, $19.95 / £13.95 448 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-15255-6


Cloth, $28.95 / £19.95 448 pages , March 2012
ISBN: 978-0-231-15254-9


The Scandal of Reason: A Critical Theory of Political Judgment
Albena Azmanova

Read an interview with Albena Azmanova.

Cloth, $50.00 / £34.50 296 pages , April 2012
ISBN: 978-0-231-15380-5


The AIDS Conspiracy: Science Fights Back
Nicoli Nattrass

Read an interview with Nicoli Nattrass.

Paper, $25.00 / £17.50 240 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-14913-6


Cloth, $35.00 / £24.00 240 pages , March 2012
ISBN: 978-0-231-14912-9


Howard Andrew Knox: Pioneer of Intelligence Testing at Ellis Island
John T. E. Richardson

Read an interview with John T. E. Richardson, author of Howard Andrew Knox: Pioneer of Intelligence Testing at Ellis Island.

Cloth, $60.00 / £41.50 352 pages , November 2011
ISBN: 978-0-231-14168-0


Unlikely Collaboration: Gertrude Stein, Bernard Faÿ, and the Vichy Dilemma
Barbara Will

Read an interview with Barbara Will.

Paper, $26.00 / £18.00 320 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-15263-1


Cloth, $35.00 / £24.00 320 pages , September 2011
ISBN: 978-0-231-15262-4


The Quest for God and the Good: World Philosophy as a Living Experience
Diana Lobel

Read an interview with Diana Lobel.

Paper, $28.00 / £19.50 312 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-15315-7


Cloth, $85.00 / £58.50 312 pages , August 2011
ISBN: 978-0-231-15314-0


Chinese Women’s Cinema: Transnational Contexts
Edited by Lingzhen Wang

Read an interview with Lingzhen Wang.

Paper, $29.00 / £20.00 448 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-15675-2


Cloth, $90.00 / £62.00 448 pages , August 2011
ISBN: 978-0-231-15674-5


The Quest for the Cure: The Science and Stories Behind the Next Generation of Medicines
Brent R. Stockwell

Read an interview with Brent Stockwell.

Paper, $22.00 / £15.00 284 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-15213-6


Cloth, $32.95 / £22.95 284 pages , June 2011
ISBN: 978-0-231-15212-9


Creaturely Poetics: Animality and Vulnerability in Literature and Film
Anat Pick

Read an interview with Anat Pick, author of Creaturely Poetics: Animality and Vulnerability in Literature and Film.

Paper, $28.00 / £19.50 264 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-14787-3


Cloth, $85.00 / £58.50 264 pages , April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-231-14786-6


Melancholy Order: Asian Migration and the Globalization of Borders
Adam M. McKeown

Read an interview with Adam McKeown.

Paper, $28.00 / £19.50 472 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-14077-5


Cloth, $85.00 / £58.50 472 pages , December 2008
ISBN: 978-0-231-14076-8


Classical Indian Philosophy: A Reader
Deepak Sarma

Read an interview with Deepak Sarma, author of Classical Indian Philosophy.

Paper, $32.00 / £22.00 288 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-13399-9


Cloth, $95.00 / £65.50 288 pages , April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-231-13398-2


Indie: An American Film Culture
Michael Z. Newman

Read an interview with Michael Z. Newman, author of Indie: An American Film Culture.

Paper, $28.00 / £19.50 304 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-14465-0


Cloth, $85.00 / £58.50 304 pages , April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-231-14464-3


A Philosophical Retrospective: Facts, Values, and Jewish Identity
Alan Montefiore

Read an interview with Alan Montefiore, author of Philosophical Retrospective: Facts, Values, and Jewish Identity.

Cloth, $35.00 / £24.00 216 pages , March 2011
ISBN: 978-0-231-15300-3


Genetic Justice: DNA Data Banks, Criminal Investigations, and Civil Liberties
Sheldon Krimsky and Tania Simoncelli

Read an interview with Sheldon Krimsky and Tania Simoncelli, authors of Genetic Justice: DNA Data Banks, Criminal Investigations, and Civil Liberties:

Paper, $24.00 / £16.50 448 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-14521-3


Cloth, $29.95 / £19.95 448 pages , November 2010
ISBN: 978-0-231-14520-6


Truth, Errors, and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World
Grzegorz W. Kolodko

Read an interview with Grzegorz W. Kolodko, author of Truth, Errors, and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World.

Paper, $28.95 / £20.00 464 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-15069-9


Cloth, $39.95 / £27.50 464 pages , January 2011
ISBN: 978-0-231-15068-2


Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange
Alexander C. Y. Huang

Read an interview with Alexander Huang, author of Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange.

Paper, $28.00 / £19.50 368 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-14849-8


Cloth, $85.00 / £58.50 368 pages , June 2009
ISBN: 978-0-231-14848-1


Serious Play: Desire and Authority in the Poetry of Ovid, Chaucer, and Ariosto
Robert W. Hanning

Read an interview with Robert W. Hanning.

Cloth, $50.00 / £34.50 312 pages , September 2010
ISBN: 978-0-231-15210-5


Disaster Deferred: A New View of Earthquake Hazards in the New Madrid Seismic Zone
Seth Stein

Read an interview with Seth Stein, author of Disaster Deferred: How New Science Is Changing our View of Earthquake Hazards in the Midwest

Paper, $22.00 / £15.00 296 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-15139-9


Cloth, $27.95 / £19.95 296 pages , October 2010
ISBN: 978-0-231-15138-2


Eating History: Thirty Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine
Andrew F. Smith

Andrew Smith discusses breakfast cereal on "The Leonard Lopate Show."

Paper, $19.95 / £13.95 392 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-14093-5


Cloth, $29.95 / £19.95 392 pages , September 2009
ISBN: 978-0-231-14092-8


Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control
James Rodger Fleming

Read iinterviews with James Fleming from SciCom, ABC Radio National, and New Books in History.

Paper, $24.95 / £17.00 344 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-14413-1


Cloth, $27.95 / £19.95 344 pages , September 2010
ISBN: 978-0-231-14412-4


Pomodoro!: A History of the Tomato in Italy
David Gentilcore

Read an interview with David Gentilcore in the Boston Globe.

Cloth, $26.95 / £18.95 272 pages , June 2010
ISBN: 978-0-231-15206-8


Displacing the Divine: The Minister in the Mirror of American Fiction
Douglas Alan Walrath

Read an interview with Douglas Alan Walrath.

Cloth, $60.00 / £41.50 400 pages , May 2010
ISBN: 978-0-231-15106-1


The Mutual Fund Industry: Competition and Investor Welfare
R. Glenn Hubbard, Michael F. Koehn, Stanley I. Ornstein, Marc Van Audenrode, and Jimmy Royer

Read an interview with Stanley Ornstein and Mark Egland.

Cloth, $34.95 / £23.95 256 pages , April 2010
ISBN: 978-0-231-15182-5


The Racial Discourses of Life Philosophy: Négritude, Vitalism, and Modernity
Donna V. Jones

Read an interview with Donna V. Jones.

Paper, $26.00 / £18.00 240 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-14549-7


Cloth, $75.00 / £52.00 240 pages , March 2010
ISBN: 978-0-231-14548-0


Smart Growth: Building an Enduring Business by Managing the Risks of Growth
Edward D. Hess

Read an interview with Edward Hess.

Cloth, $27.95 / £19.95 248 pages , March 2010
ISBN: 978-0-231-15050-7


Programs to Reduce Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault: Perspectives on What Works
Arlene N. Weisz and Beverly M. Black

Listen to an interview with the authors on Joy Keys.

Paper, $36.00 / £25.00 336 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-13453-8


Cloth, $110.00 / £76.00 336 pages , May 2009
ISBN: 978-0-231-13452-1


China, Cambodia, and the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence
Sophie Richardson

Read an interview with Sophie Richardson.

Cloth, $55.00 / £38.00 344 pages , December 2009
ISBN: 978-0-231-14386-8


Soul and Form
György Lukács, Edited by John T. Sanders, and Katie Terezakis; Introduction by Judith Butler and Translated by Anna Bostock

Read an interview with the editors of Soul & Form, Jack Sanders and Kate Terezakis.

Paper, $29.00 / £20.00 264 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-14981-5


Cloth, $90.00 / £62.00 264 pages , January 2010
ISBN: 978-0-231-14980-8


Islam in America, Second Edition
Jane I. Smith

Read an interview with Jane I. Smith on Religion in American History.

Paper, $26.00 / £18.00 256 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-14711-8


Cloth, $80.00 / £55.00 256 pages , November 2009
ISBN: 978-0-231-14710-1


Community Practice Skills: Local to Global Perspectives
Dorothy N. Gamble and Marie Weil

Read an interview with Dorothy N. Gamble and Marie Weil.

Paper, $47.00 / £32.50 496 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-11003-7


Cloth, $135.00 / £93.00 496 pages , November 2009
ISBN: 978-0-231-11002-0


The Moral Fool: A Case for Amorality
Hans-Georg Moeller

Read an interview with Hans-Georg Moeller on Religion Dispatches (December 10, 2009)

Paper, $26.00 / £18.00 224 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-14509-1


Cloth, $79.50 / £55.00 224 pages , July 2009
ISBN: 978-0-231-14508-4


Open Secret: Postmessianic Messianism and the Mystical Revision of Menahem Mendel Schneerson
Elliot R. Wolfson

How do you define Jewish mysticism and Jewish philosophy? What’s the relationship between them?

Both Jewish mysticism and Jewish philosophy are complex and multifaceted phenomena that cannot be easily defined. In general terms, however, we could demarcate mysticism as an intensified path (encompassing both ritual and knowledge) that facilitates the individual’s communion with or direct experience of what is considered in a particular cultural context to be ultimate reality, whereas philosophy is the pursuit of knowledge and truth about the world and the human through the mediated exercise of reason and logical argument (even irrationality is examined philosophically through the prism of the rational).

Moses of Burgos, a kabbalist active in the second half of the 13th century, famously said that the kabbalists stand on the head of the philosophers. This statement underscores the intricate relationship between the two worldviews, marking the point of their convergence and divergence. In my own scholarly practice, I have elicited mystical elements from philosophical works and philosophical insights from mystical sources.

This is an excerpt from an interview with Elliott Wolfson that was published on Mixed Multitudes. To read the full interview.

Paper, $26.50 / £18.50 472 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-14631-9


Cloth, $50.00 / £34.50 472 pages , October 2009
ISBN: 978-0-231-14630-2


The Lower East Side Remembered and Revisited: A History and Guide to a Legendary New York Neighborhood (Updated and Revised)
Joyce Mendelsohn

Joyce Mendelsohn: Aggressive development has changed the character and streetscape of the Lower East Side since the first edition of this book was published eight years ago. In the new edition I examine the dynamics of the neighborhood reinventing itself. As a culture of youth and affluence emerges, it is becoming a place of stark contrasts between locals and newcomers.

Read the full interview with Joyce Mendelsohn.

Paper, $18.95 / £13.00 328 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-14761-3


Cloth, $65.00 / £45.00 328 pages , September 2009
ISBN: 978-0-231-14760-6


Programs to Reduce Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault: Perspectives on What Works
Arlene N. Weisz and Beverly M. Black

Beverly Black: Between 9 and 30 percent of high school students have been victims of teen dating violence and sexual assault.... A recent survey, commissioned by Liz Claiborne Inc. and the Family Violence Prevention Fund, found that 67 percent of teens whose families have experienced economic problems in the past year have experienced abuse in their own relationships.

Read the full interview with the authors.

Paper, $36.00 / £25.00 336 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-13453-8


Cloth, $110.00 / £76.00 336 pages , May 2009
ISBN: 978-0-231-13452-1


The Aid Trap: Hard Truths About Ending Poverty
R. Glenn Hubbard and William Duggan

Q: What is the Aid Trap?

R. Glenn Hubbard:  The road to hell is paved with good intentions. The vast majority of aid is well intentioned, but it works against the prosperity of poor countries.  Conventional aid sounds worthy, but it’s a trap; it crowds out, suppresses, or corrupts the local business sector, which is the source of mass prosperity everywhere in the world.  

Read the full interview with R. Glenn Hubbard.

Cloth, $22.95 / £15.95 216 pages , August 2009
ISBN: 978-0-231-14562-6


Juggling Identities: Identity and Authenticity Among the Crypto-Jews
Seth D. Kunin

Seth Kunin: Crypto-Judaism presents us with a unique form of Judaism, different from any other form found in the world. It thus provides a new view of what Judaism can be and what it can mean....

Read the full interview.

Cloth, $55.00 / £38.00 288 pages , July 2009
ISBN: 978-0-231-14218-2


A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America
Greg Robinson

Q: Why do you call the book “A Tragedy of Democracy”?

GR: It is my way of reminding people what is important about the wartime treatment of Japanese in North America. What these people went through is not in a class with the great crimes of the war years. There were no real atrocities: no mass murders, no deliberate torture, and some provision for schools and health care. Rather, what is most troubling about their confinement is the failure of democracy under pressure....

Read the full interview.

Paper, $25.00 / £17.50 408 pages
ISBN: 978-0-231-12923-7


Cloth, $29.95 / £19.95 408 pages , June 2009
ISBN: 978-0-231-12922-0