I've lately written:
on writing and reading marginalia.
on John Kenneth Galbraith's
forgotten alter ego
of a lazy book
about DC lobbyists
of a good book
about the Ford administration
on the sublime
of Intellectual Affairs
than anyone will ever read
on Lu Xun and "the canon"
(Thursday's IHE column)
(Tuesday's IHE column)
Radio Free Moby:
Dennis Loy Johnson
is up to now
about the Lisbon
earthquake of 1755
of E. H. Gombrich's
history of the world for children
about "rule of law" (RIP)
about group blog
run by academic librarians
of George Packer's
book about Iraq
My short tribute
to Joseph McCabe, whose wry prose and work ethic I greatly admire. (His writings about the wonderfulness of the USSR, from
late in his career, not so much.)
of various essays,
blog entries, etc.
of the "re-launch"
of Intellectual Affairs
of new book
Some items from late June:
An interview with Deborah Reed-Danahay,
author of Locating Bourdieu
The death of Jimmy Weinstein
Oscar Wilde and Michael Jackson? I think not.
My column, called Intellectual Affairs, runs on Tuesday and Thursday at Inside Higher Ed.
The debut column is available here.
And the second one is here.
Hard News by Seth Mnookin is getting the thumbs-up from a lot of book reviewers. Actually,
by pretty much all of them, it seems like. But not from me.
How much can you say about anything by V.S. Naipaul in eight hundred words? Gave
it my best shot here.
A review of Gertude Himmelfarb's latest book
An introduction to Hardt and Negri
of a new translation of Gilgamesh
on the National Book Awards (in particular, the nomination of the 9/11 report for its nonfiction category).
The full-length Derrida obituary
. Roughly twice as long as the one that appeared online immediately following his death.
of a collection of psychiatric interviews with the Nazi leadership. (This one is getting a lot
hits. If you write about the Nazis, they will come.)
about Michael Mann. The historical sociologist. Not the guy who makes the blockbuster movies.
MELANCHOLY DANE UNDERGOES FEAR AND TREMBLING...HILARITY ENSUES!
Hot Type column
on The Humor of Søren Kierkegaard.
Yet another attempt to subvert the cynical logic of "I realize that this conforms to
the law of the spectacle, but I am doing it anyway" by, you know, doing it anyway. That trick never works.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING DISAGREEABLE:
on some recent books concerning the Sartre/Camus dispute.
Review of The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer's Block, and the Creative Brain by Alice Flaherty
Review of The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard J. Evans
Hot Type (publishing column from the Chronicle) about the journal Oral Tradition.
Review of Leo Braudy's From Chivalry to Terrorism: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity.
I'll list items from the last couple of months in the Archive, sooner or later....Dealing with deadlines (or not dealing
with them, at the case may be) takes up too much time for me really to keep track of stuff that has actually already appeared
in print. Over the next few weeks, I should have article appearing on Sartre/Camus, on Castoriadis, and on William T. Vollmann's
gigantic mess of a book on violence. Plus some things in Newsday.
We had the regular story conference for the Research section at the Chronicle in late February. A couple of my proposals
got a really good response -- more so than I would have figured -- and all of them are pieces that will be interesting
to do. "Continuing your education in public," as somebody once put it.
Published a review of Leo Braudy's book on war last month. My Chronicle profile of Paula Moya, a Chicana cultural theorist, is a lot shorter than I wanted it to be. But so it goes. Might need to come back to the
postpositivist-realist school for another article at some point. The work of Satya Mohanty is far more interesting than my
piece lets on.....
This year marks the tenth anniversary of my first piece for The New York Times. Just finished a fairly long review
that will appear in the first issue of March....by which point, I may have recovered my eyesight from the labor involved.
That's all I can say for now.
Winning the Balakian Citation means I need to find something to say at the NBCC award ceremony in early March. Have already done a bit of pontificating on critical journalism as something besides a branch of the publicity machine. But there's plenty more where
that came from. Within a few weeks, I may have an essay sketched out -- then will cut it down to whatever
can be presented in a speech of five minutes at most.
Time to put together a list of story ideas for our regular section meeting at the Chronicle. Several interesting topics
have piled up over the past few months -- more than will ever make it into print, unfortunately. You do what