Sonic Contents: Why I Let the Litmixer Die and Other Stories


Trace Reddell introduces Sonic Contents.

Critical Ecologies: Ten Years Later


Andrew McMurry looks back on ten years of ecocriticism and identifies
a “new physiocracy,” whose exclusive interest in technology is no better than the exclusive valuation of property that typified physiocrats of the Nineteenth-Century.

Fictions Present


Joseph Tabbi introduces the thread and gathers prior essays by fiction writers on fiction writing.

Finding Holes in the Whole


Jacob Edmond reviews Brian McHale’s The Obligation toward the Difficult Whole.

Notes from the Middleground: On Ben Marcus, Jonathan Franzen, and the Contemporary Fiction Combine


Davis Schneiderman revisits the non-debate between Jonathan Franzen and Ben Marcus, touches on recent flare-ups in the American Book Review and the NOW WHAT blog, and reflects on the economy of book jacket blurbs.

Global Politics and the Feminist Question


Ara Wilson writes a riposte on the gathering of “waves” essays; she points out that global feminist politics provides a necessary perspective on debates about the current state of feminism.

The Importance of Being Narratological


Dave Ciccoricco responds to Luc Herman and Bart Vervaeck.

Of the Cliché and the Everyday


Christopher Leise reviews Kenneth Bernard’s The Man in the Stretcher and Richard Kalich’s Charlie P, a work that is as much interested in the idea of the novel as it is a novel of ideas.

Free Culture and Our Public Needs


Francis Raven reviews Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity.

Postfeminism vs. the Third Wave


Alison Piepmeier examines the differences in postfeminism and third-wave feminism.