As Gustave Flaubert realized in Egypt, the dream of social engineering will never come true as long as human beings are yearning and irresponsible creatures.
A scholarly look at how literature can help us to understand the hard work of being human.
Really, nobody is to blame for the unsustainable adjunct situation in academia. And so, nobody can fix it.
A new book from Oxford University Press takes a lively and engaging look at that bleakest of topics.
Two scholars do a service for intellectual history in arguing how a distinguished thinker could have been so misguided.
A book coming out next month turns the days leading up to Pearl Harbor into a nail-biter and exonerates the admiral who was made a scapegoat for the attacks.
Rufus writes perhaps too many words on gentrification after finding himself living in “the Brooklyn of Canada”.
Confessions of a public scribbler
How we write stories mirrors the strange and uncanny ways we make sense of our lives.
Is the literary class impoverishing literature?
Power, in the absence, of authority, can inspire some obedience, but no respect.
How does the unregulated “free market” determine the wages paid to prostitutes?
The memoir of an East L.A. barrio girl turned punk rock legend.
A recent film with unsimulated sex and simulated depth.
What university ephemera can tell us about how academia sees itself.
Thoughts on the work we do and how little it says about us.
May the Force not be against you.
What do you say to your young aspiring writer friend who just wrote The Sun Also Rises?
Don’t let them tell you otherwise- Canadians did something important yesterday.
yours truly rereads Nietzsche and wonders if we suffer from too much or too little historical awareness…
“With quiet men, it’s easy to forget that they have the same endless monologue of doubt and hope and sadness and fear running in their heads that the rest of us do.”
Sad serendipity given our recent documentary-film-as-art discussion
Rufus returns after a long summer of overwork to gripe about recent gripe-u-mentaries and rhapsodize on a beautiful piece of art disguised as a documentary about harvest paintings.
In the late 50s, Goodyear gave it a try.
Continuing with our discussion of the market-driven university, we discuss whether the right and the left can be mobilized around this issue.
An old friend of the site’s best friend needs medical support and it probably won’t be cheap.
Here’s “What Can this Lost Generation Learn from the Last One?” a piece I wrote for The Partially Examined Life, a highly recommended philosophy blog and podcast.
A passionate discussion with critical theorist, writer, academic, and teacher Henry Giroux about his book “Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education” and what’s being done to universities in the age of “crisis” and “austerity”.
Certainly, police work is stressful and dangerous. So is being arrested. Police officers need to experience being on that side of the equation.
would want to be an academic at this point.
But, if that’s too slow, it needs the muscle of the state to get results.
When we discussed Laura Kipnis’s article on “sexual paranoia” in academia here, most thought she was off base. Well, rest assured,
The punk activist scene in DC of the heady 80s and 90s is apparently inspirational to many people today. I was there and I’m still trying to figure it all out. Passing into history is strange.
A note scribbled in the margin of the internet.
The left proves brave enough to question its own assumptions on the issues that truly matter.
Today, Salon is reprinting the piece we ran about universities being run like a business.