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Writing Against Time Writing Against Time by Michael Clune, PhD, assistant professor of English (Stanford University Press, paperback, $20.99). The brain naturally obliterates the thrill of artistic sounds, images and words by making them familiar over time. Clune explains how neurobiological forces designed for our survival make interest fade, and examines how some of the world’s most ambitious writers strive to create timeless works in spite of that challenge. Get the book.

Designing to Avoid Disaster Designing to Avoid Disaster by Thomas Fisher (GRS ’80), dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota (Routledge, paperback, $34.95). Catastrophic events from the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis to the foreclosure crisis stem from what Fisher calls fracture-critical design, in which structures and systems fail completely if one part does not perform as intended. He traces the impact of fracture-critical thinking on everything from the economy and politics to educational and infrastructure systems. Get the book.

Nothing to Confess Nothing to Confess by Michael Clune, PhD, assistant professor of English (Stanford University Press, paperback, $20.99). The brain naturally obliterates the thrill of artistic sounds, images and words by making them familiar over time. Clune explains how neurobiological forces designed for our survival make interest fade, and examines how some of the world’s most ambitious writers strive to create timeless works in spite of that challenge. Get the book.

Money and Banks in the American Political System Money and Banks in the American Political System by Kathryn C. Lavelle, PhD, Ellen and Dixon Long Professor of World Affairs (Cambridge University Press, paperback, $29.99). Lavelle argues that the political sources of instability in finance emerge from the nexus between market innovation and regulatory arbitrage. She explores monetary, fiscal and regulatory policies within a political culture characterized by the separation of business and state, and mistrust of the concentration of power in any one political or economic institution. Get the book.

Super Boys Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of
Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—the Creators
of Superman
by Brad Ricca, PhD, SAGES fellow (St. Martin’s Press, hardcover, $16.79). Drawing on 10 years of research, Ricca’s book is the first-ever full biography about Superman’s creators, Siegel and Shuster. It reveals the initial stories and pictures published by the two men, where the first Superman story originated, the real inspiration for Lois Lane and the template for Superman’s costume. Super Boys also tracks their lives after they left Superman, including Siegel’s secret work during World War II and never-before-seen work from Shuster. Get the book.

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