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The Case for Bardolatry
Harold Bloom's bold, idiosyncratic new book challenges the assumptions of today's Shakespeare scholars. With characteristic extravagance, the author of The Western Canon declares that the best critical approach to the bard is rapture. Should we bury Bloom, or praise him?
BY WILLIAM W. KERRIGAN
Black Like Me
Since the early 1970s, Adrian Piper's conceptual art has made bold statements about race, racism, and the ambiguities of racial identity. But now that the art world has finally caught up with her, the Wellesley philosopher is moving on.
BY ADAM SHATZ
The Second Sex and the Dismal Science
Is the study of Homo economicus notbing but economics by men, for men, and about men? Feminist economists are saying exactly that. If only they could get the high priests of the profession to listen.
BY MICHAEL STEINBERGER
Advertisements for Myself
As universities embrace the Internet, faculty members are building their own Web sites. These sites often raise academic self-display to the level of performance art.
BY VICKI HSUEH
Jim Holt asks, Is death necessary?