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From: Len Gutkin
Subject: The Review: Summer Reads Against the Dying of the Light
Summer’s over. You’re probably back on campus. Between beach, research, and recurring bouts of Covid, you may have missed out on some of The Review’s best coverage over the past three months. Don’t worry — we’ve rounded up some favorites here, so you can catch up. And below that, check out some of my favorite summer reads from beyond
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Summer’s over. You’re probably back on campus. Between beach, research, and recurring bouts of Covid, you may have missed out on some of The Review’s best coverage over the past three months. Don’t worry — we’ve rounded up some favorites here, so you can catch up. And below that, check out some of my favorite summer reads from beyond The Chronicle.
Best of ‘The Review,’ summer 2022
- “What Was Deconstruction?” by Timothy Brennan and “Deconstruction Isn’t Dead” by Ethan Kleinberg
- “In Praise of the Academic Cliché” by Julie Stone Peters
- “The Hysterical Style in American Academe” by Joseph M. Keegin
- “Princeton Betrays Its Principles” by Clifford Ando
- “Is Twitter Making Academe Stupid and Mean?” by Katherine C. Epstein, Irina Dumitrescu, and Rafael Walker
- “The Strange, Secret History of Tenure” by Adam Sitze
- “When Students Harass Professors” by Alicia Andrzejewski
- “Our Students Don’t Need Identitarian Paternalism” by Blake Smith
- “When Did Racism Begin?” by Vanita Seth, “Two Cheers for Presentism” by David A. Bell, and “History is Always About Politics” by Joan W. Scott
- “Why I’m Planning to Leave My Ph.D. Program” by Anonymous
Favorite non-Chron reads, summer 2022
- “I, The People” by Lynn Hunt (The New York Review of Books)
- “Gross Clinic: An Interview With David Cronenberg” by Amy Taubin (Artforum)
- “Cornel West’s Pragmatic America” by Sean Illing (Vox)
- “Why Casanova Continues to Seduce Us” by Judith Thurman (The New Yorker)
- “The World as a Game” by Justin E.H. Smith (Liberties)
- “The Master of Blame” by Alice Kaplan (The New York Review of Books)
- “I Want to Be the Baby” by Kasia Boddy (London Review of Books)
- “We would never produce extracts from texts. We would either publish the complete text, or we would not publish. That became a big headache in a few cases.” That’s Quentin Skinner in conversation with Ming Kit Wong on, among other things, the original aims and long-term transformations of the series “Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought.”
- “By the mid ’90s, Michael had found God and turned his back on the Mafia. How a capo did this without getting whacked remained an open question.” In Vanity Fair, which has a way with mafia reportage, Ned Zeman writes about the dysfunctional Franzese family.
- “It’s also not just the mass media and industry that’s behind the hype — scientists themselves are guilty of promoting it, according to Philip Corlett, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. ... ‘Some scientists really court this type of attention and don’t take responsibility at all for how their work is portrayed in the popular press.’” In Wired, Grace Browne on the misleading hype around the therapeutic potential of psychedelics.
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