That’s So Endogenous: 5 Economic Terms You Should Know (Bloomberg)

Noting that the most commonly used economic terms are also the vaguest, Bloomberg View columnist Noah Smith offers five more precise and useful economic terms to add to your vocabulary. There will be a quiz. Get started here.

Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will

Bible-bookCharlotte Brontë: An Independent Will has just a few more days to run in New York City at the Morgan Library and Museum. The exhibition, which opened at the end of September 2016, coincided with the 200th anniversary of Brontë’s birth and is a tour of her life and work.

For the first time, the original manuscript of Jane Eyre has come to America, on loan to the museum. Read more.

Bowdoin’s Kitch on William Shakespeare’s Racial Imagination


William Shakespeare

The enduring attraction of William Shakespeare, say scholars, is his ability to touch on so many subjects and themes which resonate today: jealousy, ambition, betrayal, revenge, and of course, love. But what do The Bard’s plays tell us about the issue of race? It’s a question of particular interest to Associate Professor of English Aaron Kitch.

Was ‘Lolita’ About Race? Nabokov’s Take on Race in the US (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Books stacked128The Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) explores racism and sexuality in Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. Nabokov spent twenty years in the US and ultimately considered himself to be an American writer, despite his Russian roots.

The LARB questions his authority as an “important cultural critic of American life” due to his specificity of subject, mainly the “posh New England schools and the trivialities of white upper-middle class ennui.”

Yet through his novel, Nabokov explores how white men—even pedophiles—were observed with less scrutiny than black men, specifically relating to the Mann Act and sex crimes. Lolita also explores America’s fascination with racism through science, as well as the role racism plays in the country’s southern states. Read the review here.