Columbia Ink: Fall 2018

September 12, 2018
book cover Southern Nation

Southern Nation: Congress and White Supremacy after Reconstruction
By Ira Katznelson, David A. Batement, and John S. Lapinski
Princeton University Press

Southern Nation examines how southern members of Congress shaped national public policy and American institutions from Reconstruction to the New Deal―and along the way remade the region and the nation in their own image. Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia, and his co-authors, David A. Bateman, an assistant professor at Cornell, and John S. Lapinski, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, show how the South’s representatives used Congress to forge a new relationship with the rest of the nation. Drawing on an innovative theory of southern lawmaking, in-depth analyses of key historical sources, and congressional data, the authors trace how southern members of Congress gradually won for themselves an unparalleled role in policymaking, and left all southerners―whites and blacks―disadvantaged to this day.


book cover The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath
By Leslie Jamison
Little, Brown and Company

With a deeply personal blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, Leslie Jamison, assistant professor of writing at the School of the Arts, offers a story of addiction and recovery in America writ large. At the heart of the book is an ongoing conversation with artistic geniuses whose lives and works were shaped by addiction, including Billie Holiday, Raymond Carver, and David Foster Wallace. Jamison demonstrates that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the path to addiction. She also offers a look at the larger history of the recovery movement and the complicated bearing that race and class have on our understanding of who is a criminal and who is ill.


book cover The Social Life of Inkstones

The Social Life of Inkstones: Artisans and Scholars in Early Qing China
By Dorothy Ko
University of Washington Press

An inkstone, a piece of polished stone no bigger than an outstretched hand, is an instrument for grinding ink, an object of art, a token of exchange between friends or sovereign states, and a surface on which texts and images are carved. The stones have been connected with elite masculinity and the values of wen (culture, literature, civility) in China, Korea, and Japan for more than a millennium. However, they are virtually unknown in the West. Barnard historian and Columbia Weatherhead East Asian Institute scholar Dorothy Ko explores the hidden history and cultural significance of the inkstone and places stonecutters and artisans at center stage, showing how collaboration between craftsmen and scholars created a new social order.


book cover Working for Respect

Working for Respect: Community and Conflict at Walmart
By Adam Reich and Peter Bearman
Columbia University Press

Walmart is the largest employer in the world and encompasses nearly one percent of the entire American workforce. It also presents one possible future for work—Walmartism, in which the arbitrary authority of managers mixes with a hyperrationalized, centrally controlled bureaucracy in ways that curtail workers’ ability to control their working conditions and their lives. In Working for Respect, Adam Reich, associate professor of sociology, and Peter Bearman, Jonathan R. Cole Professor of Sociology, draw on a wide array of methods, including participant-observation, oral history, big data, and analysis of social networks, to examine the nature of contemporary low-wage work, as well as the obstacles and opportunities such workplaces present as sites of struggle for social and economic justice.


book cover Notes from the Fog

Notes from the Fog: Stories
By Ben Marcus

In thirteen new stories, Ben Marcus, a School of the Arts writing professor, offers a dystopian vision of alienation in the modern world. Delving into sex, death, shame and the indignities of the body, he draws a bizarre but recognizable universe. In “The Grow-Light Blues,” a corporate drone finds love after being disfigured testing his employer’s newest nutrition supplement—the enhanced glow from his computer monitor. A father finds himself outcast from his family when he starts to suspect that his son’s precocity has turned sinister in “Cold Little Bird.” In “Blueprints for St. Louis,” two architects consider the ethics of artificially inciting emotion in mourners at their latest assignment—a memorial to a terrorist attack. It is a collection that showcases Marcus’ compassion, tenderness and humor.


book cover Critics, Compilers, and Commentators

Critics, Compilers, and Commentators: An Introduction to Roman Philology, 200 BCE-800 CE
By James E.G. Zetzel
Oxford University Press

“To teach correct Latin and to explain the poets” were the two standard duties of Roman teachers. Political and social advancement relied on a sense of Latin’s history and its importance contributed to the Romans’ understanding of their own cultural identity. In a comprehensive introduction to the history, forms, and texts of Roman philology, James Zetzel, Anthon Professor Emeritus of the Latin Language and Literature, traces the changing role and status of Latin as revealed in the ways it was explained and taught. Zetzel provides a descriptive bibliography of hundreds of scholarly texts from antiquity, listing editions, translations, and secondary literature. In the process he recovers a neglected but crucial area of Roman intellectual life.


book cover Aroused

Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything
By Randi Hutter Epstein
W. W. Norton & Company

Metabolism, behavior, sleep, mood swings, the immune system, fighting, fleeing, puberty, and sex: these are just a few of the things our bodies control with hormones. Armed with a healthy dose of curiosity, medical journalist Randi Hutter Epstein, adjunct assistant professor of journalism, takes us on a journey through the unusual history of these potent chemicals from a basement filled with jarred 19th-century brains to a 21st-century hormone clinic in Los Angeles. Brimming with anecdotes, new medical research, and humorous details, Epstein explores the functions of hormones such as leptin, oxytocin, estrogen, and testosterone, demystifying the science of endocrinology and introducing the leading scientists who made life-changing discoveries about hormones—and the charlatans who used those discoveries to peddle false remedies.


book cover Social Value Investing

Social Value Investing: A Management Framework for Effective Partnerships
By Howard W. Buffett and William B. Eimicke
Columbia University Press

In Social Value Investing, Howard W. Buffett and William B. Eimicke offer practical insights for any private sector CEO, public sector administrator, or nonprofit manager hoping to build successful cross-sector partnerships. Buffett, adjunct associate professor, and Eimicke, professor of professional practice, both at the School of International and Public Affairs, tell the stories of partnerships, including those that transformed Central Park and created the High Line in New York City, fostered community-led economic development in Afghanistan, and improved public services in cities across Brazil. The authors create a blueprint for effective, sustainable partnerships and bring to life the people and stories behind these ventures by giving readers access to case studies and video documentaries.