The Modest Proposal

Spring 2008

"In treating the general problems of culture one is consistently obliged to undertake predatory incursions into provinces not sufficiently explored by the raider himself. To fill in all gaps in my knowledge beforehand was out of the question for me. I had to write now, or not at all. And I wanted to write.
—Johan Huizigna, 1938 (From Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play Element in Culture)

In This Issue...


World-wise children and the suburban grotesque.

Review of Freedom of Expression

Examining an activist's stance on copyright in the digital age.

Smells like Middle Age: A Reflection on the Generation Gap

An engaged observation on negotiating the generation gap.

Review of The Pirate Queen

Elizabeth I and piracy in the Age of Sail.

Review of Charles Dickens (VIP: Very Interesting People)

A rumination on a bite-sized life of a literary giant.

Review of The Great Naturalists

A review of an important history of the early heroes of natural science.

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.