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May 23, 2016

Ted Kaczynski, also known as The Unabomber, has reached out to media to respond to his brother’s book. In February, we published Every Last Tie: The Story of the Unabomber and His Family, by David Kaczynski. The book details the Kaczynski brothers’ childhood and the difficult and painful decision David and his wife Linda made to turn Ted in to the FBI.

In a handwritten letter to New Yorker reporter Lawrence Wright, which Wright posted on Twitter, Ted Kaczynski writes, “I am writing because I am ready to speak to someone from the media regarding my brother’s recent comments and to discuss how they are being used to torment me.”

David Kaczynski...

May 20, 2016



Today we are happy to present a guest blog post from Duke University Press author Nick Salvato, who is Associate Professor and Chair of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University, and the author of Uncloseting Drama: American Modernism and Queer Performance, and our recent book Obstruction. Here, Salvato discusses the privileges and un-obstruction of second book-writing.

obstructionLast year, colleagues at Williams College, participating in a reading group on affect theory, invited me to share material from my then-forthcoming book Obstruction, which has since been published by Duke University Press. As expected, we discussed affect, its relationship to sensation and intellection, and the role of each of these key terms in my book project. What I did not expect, but was grateful to have an opportunity to consider with smart fellow travelers in the...

May 17, 2016

Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. In solidarity, we’d like to share some of our scholarship on gender identity and sexuality.

legendaryIn Legendary, Gerard H. Gaskin’s radiant color and black-and-white photographs take us inside the culture of house balls: underground events where gay and transgender men and women, mostly African American and Latino, come together to see and be seen. In this exuberant world of artistry and self-fashioning, people often marginalized for being who they are can flaunt and celebrate their most vibrant, spectacular selves.

When imagined in relation to other regions of the United States,...

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