The Modest Proposal

Winter 2007

It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs."
from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1831)

Welcome to the convulsive birth prangs of The Modest Proposal!

In This Issue...

Review of The Omnivore's Dilemma

Hot topic science gets an ear-full from our vegetarian/biologist.

On 'The Ecstasy of Influence,' and The Modest Proposal

Lethem, the Internet, and our piece of the pie.

Review of Australia: A New History of the Great Southern Land

Recent historical scholarship on the grand scale.

Review of London: A Cultural History (Cityscapes)

A bounded review of a book about the infinite city.

The Modest Proposal is an electronic journal specializing in book reviews, emerging thought, and polemical essays of general interest. Direct all inquiries to the editor.