From IASPM@Journal, a special issue on popular music performance. Anya Kurennaya (New School): “Look What the Cat Dragged In”: Analyzing Gender and Sexuality in the “Hot Metal Centerfolds” of 1980s Glam Metal. Chuyun Oh (Texas): The Politics of the Dancing Body: Racialized and Gendered Femininity in K-pop. From New York, a special issue on 100 years of pop music, including the town that put the pop in music: Jody Rosen on a look back at 100 years of New York sounds. Swedish Pop Mafia: Whet Moser on how a culturally conservative effort in the 1940s backfired to create the greatest engine of pop music in the world. Is it finally time to let go of the Beatles? James Marcus on a fan’s notes. Excerpts from X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story by Eve Epstein and Leonora Epstein: Gen X to Gen Y: We had the best music; and Generation Y to the world: Sorry about John Mayer. Ian Crouch on how people who like Celine Dion are people, too. Michael Reid Roberts on what everybody gets wrong about Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic”: It actually is ironic, and here's why. Hunter Schwarz on the secret history of Britney Spears’ lost album. Why is it cool to hate Coldplay? Kei Hiruta writes in defence of Avril Lavigne: Racism, cultural appropriation and the meaning of Hello Kitty. Three hit songs in the last few months have pushed the same message: You are awesome, you’re awesome just the way you are, even — no, especially — if you don’t fit in. I've got 99 problems, but Ariana Grande isn't one. These are the songs teens actually want to hear at prom. Counting couplets: What is the most common rhyme in the history of pop music? Julia Lipscomb on the life cycle of a pop song.
From Open Anthropology, a special issue on the social life of health, illness, medicine and health care: Anthropological views. Alasdair S. Roberts (Suffolk): How Railroads Changed American Government. Ajibola Ogunbadewa (Wales): The Virtues and Risks Inherent in the “Bitcoin” Virtual Currency. We all have the right to be forgotten: Europe is ahead of the United States in repairing the damage to privacy the Internet — and especially Google — has wrought. Kate Nocera on how North Carolina’s voter ID law could actually help Democrats this year. There’s a science to squashing rumors, and the Times did the opposite. Barbara G. Walker on the truth about funerals: Follow the money. Big Brother teams up with TMZ: Julie Scelfo on how celebrity culture is hastening privacy’s digital demise — our appetite for gossip has gotten way too big. No such thing as a sure thing: Adam B. Shniderman on neuroscience, the insanity defense, and sentencing mitigation. Jason Zasky reviews A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin: The Chilling True Story of S-Bahn Murderer Paul Ogorzow by Scott Andrew Selby. Hey, class of 2014, it's ok to shun commencement speakers, but please pick better targets — the rise of liberal intolerance is ruining debate on college campuses. "Americans want the two parties to get along, but they fail to understand that this requires one of them to acquiesce in its own defeat": Jonathan Chait on how Mitch McConnell hacked American politics. You can download What Counts and What Gets Counted by Robert J. Bloomfield of the Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
Tomasz Grzywaczewski (Lodz): Re-building the Empire: The Right of Secession in Public International Law in the Context of Quasi States: The Cases of the Republic of Crimea and Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR). Ivan Katchanovski (Ottawa): Stalin and Bandera: Politics of Totalitarian Leaders in Contemporary Ukraine. Niccolo Leo Caldararo (SFSU): Ukraine Neither a State Nor a Country. While we praise Ukrainian restraint, Putin builds his neo-Soviet empire. Get real, Nick Kristof: Happy talk isn't going to help Ukraine and Moldova deter Vladimir Putin. The (dis)integration of Moldova: Walter Kemp on five scenarios for Ukraine's fragile neighbor. Which former Soviet state could be the next Ukraine? Linda Kinstler on how Russia says it has an obligation to protect Russian speakers everywhere, which could be used as an excuse to make additional landgrabs. Who will be the president of Novorossiya? A power struggle has broken out among pro-Russian leaders in Ukraine — they're fighting for control of a country that doesn't exist yet. Edward P. Joseph on how Putin could achieve all of his designs on Ukraine — without sending a single tank across the border. Why is Ukraine's army so appallingly bad? Linda Kinstler wonders. The history of Jewish-Ukrainian relations hasn't been a happy one — but these days, the two sides are joining forces against Vladimir Putin. From TNR, Anne Applebaum on why nationalism is exactly what Ukraine needs: Democracy fails when citizens don't believe their country is worth fighting for; and Timothy Snyder on how the battle in Ukraine means everything: Fascism returns to the country it once destroyed. Jann Ingmire and Wen Huang interview Eric Posner and Stanislav Markus on the Ukraine crisis. Max Fisher on the speech Obama would give on Russia if he were brutally honest.