Some real anthropology for a change

Blah blah blah technoscientific imaginaries anthropology at war ethics of conformed insent blah blah blah. How about some pressing news about some real anthropology for a change. Like say

“The Vanity Fair exclusive on Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull“:

Anthropologists have a love/hate relationship with Indiana Jones, just as cineastes have a love/hate relationship with Spielburg-Lucas. Its just fascinating to imagine an increasingly-venerable piece of pop culture maturing into “a franchise with a new lease on life”: At the moment, however, all of my obsessive fandom energy is going into staring at this pic of Cate Blanchett as the Big Bad of Indy IV, “Agent Spalko”:

Bangs… so… sharp…


Alex Golub is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His book Leviathans at The Gold Mine has been published by Duke University Press. You can contact him at