Reviews

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Resilience in post-war Southeast Asia

Resilience after Catastrophe? Five Reflections on “Apocalypse Then”

How do humans cope with disaster? Can ecologies recover after catastrophe? Five reflections on resilience in the aftermath of the Vietnam Wars.

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Blaser, Missing Microbes

Review: Martin Blaser’s Missing Microbes

Martin Blaser worries that “missing microbes” may be responsible for a whole host of modern ailments.

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Daniel Arsham

The Future Relics of Daniel Arsham

What can James Franco and a fossilized camera tell us about geology, labor, and objectivity?

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Jennifer Colten Wasteland Ecology 9522

Photographing Urban Margins: Jennifer Colten’s “Wasteland Ecology”

Jennifer Colten’s photographs of wasteland environments challenge some of our deepest cultural values about nature and landscape.

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barber, third plate

Review: “The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food”

Dan Barber’s “The Third Plate” resists the ethical pitfalls of farm-to-table dining, instead proposing an ethics of flavor to orient agriculture and its cuisine. What are the implications of a land and sea ethic guided by flavor?

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Review Essay: Taking the Long View

Two new books in history and geography remind scholars to think on the large scale—both in time and space.

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Kanna, Dubai: The City As Corporation

Book Review: Dubai: The City as Corporation

Dubai: The City as Corporation is a significant contribution within the field of urban studies in the Arabian Peninsula. Dubai is often represented in both popular and academic writings as the proto-type of a global city, a desert landscape decorated by non-contextual extravagances—architectural structures varying in the form of skyscrapers, shopping malls, and museums.

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