The Modest Proposal

Winter 2012

"Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself."
—Doris Lessing

In This Issue...

Biography

Review of The Letters of T.S. Eliot, Volume 3: 1926 - 1927

Joseph Maddrey looks at the recent batch of Eliot letters, the last to be published during Valerie Eliot's lifetime.

Culture

The 4 Hour Phenomenon

Too good to be true? Robert V. Aldrich goes head-to-head with the efficiency expert Tim Ferriss.

Culture

Review of The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight by Christopher Schaberg

Bobby Schweizer learns to reflect on the stationary aspects of air travel.

Literature

Review of Canada by Richard Ford

James M. Welsh on a new novel of family and nation.

Fiction

Weird City Saint

Gabriel Ricard's tale of two friends, one of whom is crazy, the other of whom would be crazy without cigarettes.

History

Review of London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets

Kevin M. Flanagan examines the innards of Peter Ackroyd's favorite city.

Literature

Review of The Gothic Imagination: Conversations on Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction in the Media

James M. Welsh on John Tibbetts' new book of interviews. See last issue for more!




Elsewhere

Joseph Maddrey's TO HELL YOU RIDE, (a comic done in collaboration with Lance Henriksen and Tom Mandrake) is unleashed in early December! See Not Bad for a Human for details and read an interview about the genesis of the project.

Kevin M. Flanagan has recently written book reviews for Film & History, the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, and Special Affects.

Maddrey and friend John Kenneth Muir contributed to Back to Frank Black, a book on the cult TV series Millennium.

James M. Welsh recently co-edited The Oliver Stone Encyclopedia, out this month from Scarecrow Press.

Bobby Schweizer and Kevin M. Flanagan will be featured performers at MAGFest. Check out the convention's videogame themed improv!

The paperback edition of Newsgames: Journalism at Play which Bobby Schweizer co-authored with Ian Bogost and Simon Ferrari has been released from MIT Press.

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.