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Black Mirror

The Cultural Contradictions of American Racism

[Lott] has important things to say about how race functions in contemporary U.S. culture.—D. C. Mauss, Choice

This is a rich book. Eric Lott made worlds I thought I knew look unexplored: more interesting, more cryptic, more threatening, more alive.—Greil Marcus

Eric Lott reveals the syncopated rhythms of racial fantasy that serve as the enduring backbeat of American culture. He posits that a ‘black mirror’ works overtime in American culture to produce a fantasy of white masculinity and plenitude. This book is insightful, timely, and stunningly written.—Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Northeastern University

The ‘Black Mirror’ does not exactly reproduce blackness; it activates fantasies of blackness that are crucial to the reproduction of white national selfhood. Lott begins with a timely, uncannily lucid account of Barack Obama’s usage of cross-racial mirrorings throughout his presidency. This book is poised to intervene in the most difficult and significant of contemporary and political questions. A monumental achievement.—Donald Pease, Dartmouth College

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Jacket: An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns, by Bruno Latour, translated by Catherine Porter, from Harvard University Press

Honoring Latour

In awarding Bruno Latour the 2021 Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy, the Inamori Foundation said he has “revolutionized the conventional view of science” and “his philosophy re-examines ‘modernity’ based on the dualism of nature and society.” Below is an excerpt from An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns. For more than twenty years, scientific and technological controversies have proliferated in number and scope, eventually reaching the climate itself. Since geologists are beginning to use the term “Anthropocene” to designate the era of Earth’s history that follows the Holocene