The state of international studies

Lucian M. Ashworth (MUN): How Should We Approach the History of International Thought? Shahar Hameiri (Murdoch) and Lee Jones (Queen Mary): Murdoch International: The “Murdoch School” in International Relations. Clare Lovett (Kingston): Why Feminism is the Most Convincing Theory in International Relations. Adam Humphreys (Reading): The Promise of Critical Empiricism in International Relations. Patricia Owens (Sussex): Method or Madness? Sociolatry in International Thought. Emma Hutchison and

Paper Trail

Jason Fine, the current editor of Men’s Journal, will be the new managing editor of Rolling Stone, taking over from Will Dana, with whom publisher Jann Wenner says he has had “a conscious uncoupling” after the magazine’s difficulties over its retracted UVA article. The once-scrappy Charlie Hebdo doesn’t know what to do with all its


Feminism, Dominance, and Submission

Catherine ScottIt can seem a tall order to find literature about BDSM (Bondage and Discipline, Domination and Submission, Sadomasochism) that is both erotic and cerebral, and that can depict a woman playing the

Daily Review

Will the Real American Psycho Please Stand Up: Why Donald Trump Was Patrick Bateman’s Hero

Recently, I had cause to reread Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 bestseller American Psycho. A lot has been said about this controversial comic novel’s violence, but I think it’s best classified with social satire like Vile Bodies or Speedboat (just with, you know, a homicidal narrator). And as it turns out, despite its twenty-four years, some


Jessica Hopper

In 2003, Jessica Hopper, who had been writing about music since she was in ninth grade in the early 1990s, published her first longform essay, "Emo: Where the Girls Aren't," in Punk Planet, This landmark piece confronted the emo scene's inherent sexism, and established Hopper as one of the nation's foremost feminist music critics, Since then, she has written hundreds of pieces—on her blog and for an array of magazines, tackling everything from intimate musician profiles to deeply reported features on rock in advertising.


Not Writing

Anne Boyer

I am not writing a scandalous memoir. I am not writing a pathetic memoir. I am not writing a memoir about poetry or love. I am not writing a memoir about poverty, debt collection, or bankruptcy. I am not writing about family court. I am not writing a memoir because memoirs are for property owners and not writing a memoir about prohibitions of memoirs.