Reviews

Thoughts on books, articles, films, software, exhibits, and much, much more.

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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