New Books Network

Matt Cook, “Sleight of Mind: 75 Ingenious Paradoxes in Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy” (MIT Press, 2020)
Paradox is a sophisticated kind of magic trick. A magician’s purpose is to create the appearance of impossibility, to pull a rabbit from an empty hat. Yet paradox doesn’t require tangibles, like rabbits or hats. Paradox works in the abstract, with words and concepts and symbols, to create the illusion... Read More
Andrew Ollett, “Language of the Snakes” (U California Press, 2017)
Andrew Ollett, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, argues in his book, Language of the Snakes (University of California Press, 2017), that Prakrit is “the most important Indian language you’ve never heard of.” In this book, subtitled “Prakrit, Sanskrit, and the Language... Read More
Dennis Baron, “What’s Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She” (Liveright, 2020)
Today Dennis Baron talks about his new book What’s Your Pronoun?: Beyond He & She (Liveright, 2020). Baron is professor emeritus in English at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has written many books about language and its connection to culture. What’s Your Pronoun addresses an important cultural question about... Read More
Elise Berman, “Talking Like Children: Language and the Production of Age in the Marshall Islands” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Since World War II, the fate of the Marshal Islands has been tied to the United States. The Marshalls were a site of military testing, host a US military base, and many Marshallese migrate to the US to pursue education and economic opportunity. Yet there are few books about Marshallese... Read More
Kate Lockwood Harris, “Beyond the Rapist: Title IX and Sexual Violence on US Campuses” (Oxford UP, 2019)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric and Communication at the State University of New York at Geneseo–interviews Dr. Kate Lockwood Harris (she/they)–Department of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota -on the courageous new book Beyond the Rapist: Title IX and... Read More
David Adger, “Language Unlimited: The Science Behind Our Most Creative Power” (Oxford UP, 2019)
David Adger is Professor of Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London. He has served as President of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain since 2015, and has authored a number of monographs on syntactic theory, in addition to the widely used undergraduate textbook Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach (Oxford... Read More
Eleanor Gordon-Smith, “Stop Being Reasonable: How We Really Change Our Minds” (PublicAffairs, 2019)
With today’s furious political and cultural divisions, it’s easy to shake our heads in exasperation at those who disagree with us. In this episode with Australian writer and philosopher, Eleanor Gordon-Smith, we take a journey to the limits of human reason. Her compelling new book, Stop Being Reasonable: How We... Read More
H. Suzanne Woods and L. A. Hahner, “Make America Meme Again: The Rhetoric of the Alt-Right” (Peter Lang, 2019)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric and Communication at the State University of New York at Geneseo–interviews Heather Suzanne Woods (she/hers), Asst. Prof. of Communication at Kansas State and Leslie A. Hahner (she/hers), Assoc. Prof. in Communication at Baylor University, on... Read More
Timothy J. Shaffer, “A Crisis of Civility? Political Discourse and its Discontents” (Routledge, 2019)
There are a lot of calls these days to “revive civility” in politics. While there are plenty of examples of uncivil behavior, there’s far less agreement about what civility should look like in 2019. Timothy Shaffer joins us this week to talk about work being done to create a new definition... Read More