Defense of physical books

“You read all those books?” The question occurs only to nonreaders. For bibliophiles, a personal library of unread books is a reminder that they will never be smart enough…
“You read all those books?” The question occurs only to nonreaders. For bibliophiles, a personal library of unread books is a reminder that they will never be smart enough… [More]

Object as Subject

Driver’s License, Drone, Remote Control, Blanket, Phone Booth: Academic studies of everyday things aren’t new. And the new ones aren’t good…
Driver’s License, Drone, Remote Control, Blanket, Phone Booth: Academic studies of everyday things aren’t new. And the new ones aren’t good… [More]

Liberal Arts vs. Neoliberalism

Words that used to mean something – ideals, character, self, soul – now mean nothing. The very idea of an inner life is passé at institutions of higher learning…
Words that used to mean something – ideals, character, self, soul – now mean nothing. The very idea of an inner life is passé at institutions of higher learning… [More]

France’s Grand Illusion

In the late 19th century, August Bebel called anti-Semitism the socialism of fools. Today it is the anti-Zionism of fools, and nowhere more so than in France…
In the late 19th century, August Bebel called anti-Semitism the socialism of fools. Today it is the anti-Zionism of fools, and nowhere more so than in France… [More]

Rethinking extinction

Extinction is not a helpful way to think about conservation. It’s alarmist, simplistic, and inaccurate. Nature is as robust as it ever was – maybe more so, says Stewart Brand…
Extinction is not a helpful way to think about conservation. It’s alarmist, simplistic, and inaccurate. Nature is as robust as it ever was – maybe more so, says Stewart Brand… [More]

On Cornel West

He’s stopped writing new work, been betrayed by Obama, alienated his friends. What’s become of Cornel West? asks Michael Eric Dyson…
He’s stopped writing new work, been betrayed by Obama, alienated his friends. What’s become of Cornel West? asks Michael Eric Dyson… [More]

Mind of Poetry

The anti-aphorism, a seemingly wise but ultimately meaning-resistant turn of phrase, is a literary staple. It is also the stuff of great poetry…
The anti-aphorism, a seemingly wise but ultimately meaning-resistant turn of phrase, is a literary staple. It is also the stuff of great poetry… [More]

Death of the university

The slow death of the university proceeds steadily and not always visibly, writes Terry Eagleton. He blames bean counters, bureaucrats, and barbarians….
The slow death of the university proceeds steadily and not always visibly, writes Terry Eagleton. He blames bean counters, bureaucrats, and barbarians…. [More]

Philosophy and the real world

Studying with Stanley Fish and Richard Rorty, Crispin Sartwell couldn’t help but detect a sense of the end. It was the 80s, and it was an end for philosophy…
Studying with Stanley Fish and Richard Rorty, Crispin Sartwell couldn’t help but detect a sense of the end. It was the 80s, and it was an end for philosophy… [More]

H.L. Mencken’s Merry Days

Those who claim Mencken was incapable of writing a boring sentence haven’t read the 1,200 pages of post-publication notes he appended to his memoirs…
Those who claim Mencken was incapable of writing a boring sentence haven’t read the 1,200 pages of post-publication notes he appended to his memoirs… [More]