New Reviews

Curating at the Edge: Artists Respond to the U.S./Mexico Border, by Kate Bonansinga, reviewed by Goldwynn Lewis. Having recently read The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir by Domingo Martinez and Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields by Charles Bowden, I was drawn to Kate Bonansinga’s book Curating at the Edge: Artists Respond to the U.S./Mexico Border as I was curious to see how contemporary visual artists are responding to the dynamic and complex socia... Read more.

Information and Intrigue: From Index Cards to Dewey Decimals to Alger Hiss, by Colin Burke, reviewed by Joseph E. Straw. Colin Burke in his book Information and Intrigue tells the story of a dynamic “information society” of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as it faced the problem of controlling science information. Burke combines intellectual history and biography to give a tour of this period through the life of the American information visionary Herbert Haviland Field (1868-1921). Field was born... Read more.

The Western Devaluation of Knowledge, by Charles Osburn, reviewed by Peter Ward. The Western Devaluation of Knowledge is an original critique of modernity. Here, Charles Osburn, dean and professor emeritus at the University of Alabama libraries, reverses the near ubiquitous association of the march of progress with the supposed advancement of knowledge, presenting a number of sometimes familiar complaints through an examination of how stages in the development of our modern way of life... Read more.

Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks, by Andrew L. Russell, reviewed by Stuart Shapiro. It is a commonplace that, however necessary, the development of technical standards is a rather dull business at the best of times. Andrew Russell’s Open Standards and the Digital Age is a useful corrective to this view. In reconstructing the evolution of American engineering standards organizations and processes and using these, as well as international standards institutions, to contextualize... Read more.