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After the Last Intellectuals

Bookforum Sept/Oct/Nov 2007   In 1997, writing in the journal Contemporary Sociology, Russell Jacoby passed along the pithy advice a literary agent once gave him. “Put ‘Intellectuals’ in your book title,” he was told, “and kiss sales good-bye.” Jacoby ignored the advice, or defied it, and wrote The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the Age … Continue reading After the Last Intellectuals

Reinvention

My long-defunct website from the ’00s was notable for its unfortunate design, but as a place to gather my work, it had its uses, while also encouraging a certain amount of writing beyond what I was publishing in more traditional venues. Nothing has taken its place in the meantime, apart from a very minimal portfolio. … Continue reading Reinvention