In The Implied
Spider: Politics and Theology in Myth (Columbia University Press),
Wendy Doniger, a professor of religion and humanities, discusses
Western and non-Western myths, including examples from the Bhagavad
Gita and the Brothers Grimm's fairy tales. She argues that these
and other world myths bind people together, regardless of race,
culture, or religion, and shows how they give meaning and perspective
to life's monumental events, from birth to death. Her title metaphor-the
unseen spider-symbolizes the universality of human experience.
In a recent
report, U of C sociologist Linda Waite concluded that marriage is
beneficial not only to men-as has been previously argued-but also
to women. Using data from psychological assessments of 13,000 single,
married, and divorced adults across the U.S., Waite found that in
a five-year period, married couples reported less stress, better
physical health, better sex lives, and higher incomes than singles.
Her findings also suggest that married couples drink less alcohol
and use less cocaine and marijuana.
professor Albert W. Alschuler says the O.J. Simpson murder trial,
although atypical, shows how some defense lawyers are going too
far to win. In an article in the October issue of the University
of Pacific's McGeorge Law Review, he argues that lawyers "played
the race card" and used the media to promote their best interests
during the trial. He predicts such "Rambo" lawyering will flourish
unless strong standards prevail.
genes have it
team led by Judy Cho, assistant professor in gastroenterology, has
narrowed the search for a genetic cause of inflammatory bowel disease.
In the June 23 Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists,
the team identified the genes that they suspect trigger the incurable