Books

THE ART OF THE HUG

Everyone sells. Whether you are on a date or meeting a potential employer, you sell yourself. On the job, you sell your ideas to accomplish your goals or get promoted. You may sell physical objects, software, professional services, your intellectual property, your company’s brand, your political positions—selling is pervasive. It’s not a stretch to say…

DEMOCRACY IS NOT AN ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCT

By Steve Almond ’88, author of Bad Stories Shortly after graduating from Wesleyan, back in 1988, I read a book that radically altered my view of American culture. Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death was billed as a scathing critique of television’s influence on our national life, but his central thesis was far more profound.…

WELL READ, by Laurie Kenney

Stephanie Mohr ’93 First in Fly: Drosophila Research and Biological Discovery Harvard University Press, 2018 Tiny, short-lived, and, in a word, annoying, fruit flies probably aren’t the first things that come to mind when you think of advances in biomedical and genetic research. But as Stephanie Mohr explains in First in Fly, they’ve more than…

WELL READ: REVIEWS AND NEWS

Daniel Raimi ’04 The Fracking Debate: The Risks, Benefits, and Uncertainties of the Shale Revolution Columbia University Press, 2017 Is fracking to blame for earthquakes in Oklahoma? For flaming faucets? For worsening global climate change? Depending on your point of view, you may see fracking as either a boon to oil and gas production unfairly…

WELL READ: BOOK REVIEWS & NEWS

Mark Bray ’05 Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook (Melville House, 2017) Mark Bray explores the historical record and cultural context of the current conversation about anti-fascist organizing in Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook. The book, based on Bray’s extensive research, including interviews with more than 60 current and former anti-fascists from 17 countries across North America and…