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Contra Instrumentalism: A Translation Polemic

by Lawrence Venuti

Review in the Los Angeles Review of Books:

“…many of us who teach world literature encourage our students to think about translators as interpretive cocreators whose agency can be felt in every word. The reader’s deeper understanding of the origins of the texts before them begets deeper investment. It’s no wonder, then, that Venuti’s works on translation are among the most assigned in college classrooms. Contra Instrumentalism will be no different.”

Celeste Holm Syndrome: On Character Actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age

David Lazar

Review from Publishers Weekly:

“Fans of Hollywood’s Golden Age will delight in this affecting look at what makes actors truly memorable, even if they’re not in the spotlight.”

The Mysteries of Haditha: A Memoir

M. C. Armstrong

Feature in Yes! Weekly:

“The skilled memoirist notices when someone says something resonant and revealing. . . . he can make, in a couple of sentences, paragraphs, or pages, his reader care deeply about these people.”

Delusions of Grandeur: American Essays

Joey Franklin

Praise from Kirkus Reviews:

“Intelligent reading well suited to this moment.”


David E. Lowe

Author writes a tribute to John Lewis for The Algemeiner.

Peter Nye

Author on Good Seats Still Available podcast.

Jeremiah Unterman

Author essay for Center for Hebraic Thought.

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