From the inaugural issue of Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, a special section on classics and contemporary popular culture, inckuding Mary Economou Bailey Green (Ryerson): The Odyssey and Its Odyssey in Contemporary Texts: Re-visions in Star Trek, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and The Penelopiad; and Geoff Bakewell (Rhodes): Ovid and Mel Gibson: Power, Vulnerability, and What Women Want. Victor Fleischer (San Diego): Curb Your Enthusiasm for Pigouvian Taxes. The Not-So-Jolly Rancher: Jon Ralston on how federal officials botched the Bundy cattle roundup. Christine Baumgarthuber on the art of Antarctic cooking: It’s a dog-eat-dog world down there at the South Pole. Matthew Yglesias on how America's real racism problem doesn't look like Donald Sterling. Want to reboot civilization? Annalee Newitz on the knowledge, tools, and seeds we’ll want if disaster strikes. Justice Scalia makes epic blunder in Supreme Court opinion. Today’s anti-Obamacare talking point, debunked in two charts. From New York, Justin Davidson on the long, slow death of Midtown glamour. If freedom from the marketplace is a good thing for culture, then it surely should be spread around among a wider variety of people. Terror Incognita: Mike Mariani on the paradoxical history of cosmic horror, from Lovecraft to Ligotti. Tim Donovan on the right’s paranoid tribalism: New poll reveals how the left should attack extremists. “Normally I wouldn’t bother pointing you to a single wingnut comment, but this one is such a perfect distillation of white male victimhood, that I couldn’t resist sharing”.

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