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Volume 36, Number 1
November/December 2014

Critical Lives

Henry Sussman’s Introduction to Focus: Writing the Life of Writing – Biography’s Exigency

Adelaide M. Russo reviews Benoît Peeters’s Derrida: A Biography

Richard Deming reviews Stanley Cavell’s Little Did I Know: Excerpts from Memory

Michael G. Levine reviews Howard Eiland and Michael W. Jennings’s Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life

Henry Sussman reviews Evelyn Barish’s The Double Life of Paul de Man

Jeffrey R. Di Leo reviews Marjorie Perloff’s Poetics in a New Key: Interviews and Essays

Terry Caesar reviews eds. Jeffrey J. Williams and Heather Steffen’s The Critical Pulse: Thirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics

Feature: Fractured Families

Kolby Harvey reviews Bonnie ZoBell’s What Happened Here

Judith Podell reviews Garnett Kilberg Cohen’s Swarm to Glory

Lavinia Ludlow reviews Michael J. Seidlinger’s The Fun We’ve Had

Book Reviews

Kurt Hemmer reviews Ian S. MacNiven’s “Literchoor is my Beat”: A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of new Directions

Dinda L. Gorlee reviews Marcel Danesi’s Signs of Crime: Introducing Forensic Semiotics

Myrdene Anderson reviews Will Ottley’s Mountain Garden

Patrick Wensink reviews John Griswold’s The Pirates You Don’t Know and Other Adventures in the Examined Life: Collected Essays

Claudia Smith Chen reviews Jac Jemc’s A Different Bed Every Time

Ron Capshaw reviews Michael Mewshaw’s Sympathy for the Devil: Four Decades of Friendship with Gore Vidal

Daniel T. O’Hara reviews Julia Kristeva’s Teresa, My Love: An Imagined Life of the Saint of Avila

Ellen Handy reviews Katherine A. Broussard and Jackie Higgins’s Unfamiliar Streets: The Photographs of Richard Avedon, Charles Moore, Martha Rosler, and Philip-Lorca DiCorcia

and The World Atlas of Street Photography

Stephanie Rauschenbusch reviews Emily E. Axelrod’s Minor Injuries

Beth McDermott reviews Alden Jones’s Unaccompanied Minors

Ron Riekki reviews Joe Amato’s Big Man with a Shovel

Tom Marshall reviews Jerome Rothenberg and ed. Heriberto Yepez’s Eye of Witness: A Jerome Rothenberg Reader

Duane Niatum reviews Davi Kopenawa and Bruce Albert’s The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman


Page 2 - Jeffrey R. Di Leo’s “Crisis? What Crisis?”

From Our Own – Douglas Field reviews John Tytell’s Writing Beat and Other Occasions of Literary Mayhem

Scenes – Sorry House: An Interview with Spencer Madsen


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