In one half of a pair of critical reviews looking at recent titles in animal studies, Karl Steel examines Nicole Shukin's Animal Capital (Shukin reviews Steel in the other half). In particular, Steel looks at Shukin's biopolitical framework, and considers how that framework challenges not only our conception of what constitutes the animal, but also--and more to the bone--our conception of the capacity of fields like animal studies.
This formulation by Joseph Tabbi is being reprinted with permission from the University of Minnesota Press's remixthebook. The original online version can be found here.
Linda Brigham offers a Deleuzean take on Independence Day.
Sandy Baldwin on music in the new media ecology.
Joseph Tabbi reviews the essay collection Simulacrum America.
Richard Schechner remembers the real-life side of interaction.
Theories of performance, training, and psychology explain simulation - or do they? - in the third section of First Person.