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Quick Studies: The Best of Lingua Franca

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Publisher Comments:

Lingua Franca covered the intellectual life of the 1990s--when American scholars took to the public stage as never before--with wit and passion and helped establish many of the leading voices in American journalism today.

Dedicated to the proposition that academia can compete for interest with Hollywood and Washington, Lingua Franca explained, in depth, the ideas of the decade--and told some of its least likely stories. In Quick Studies a physicist humiliates the gurus of postmodernism in an astonishing hoax; the "Dirty Harry" of literary theory renounces his calling; a Romanian dissident is assassinated in a faculty lavatory; and a leading feminist faces charges of sexual harassment.

Anyone concerned with the key debates of our time, and their idiosyncratic debaters, cannot afford to miss this book. It is nothing less than a collective portrait of the American intellectual in its native habits.

Book News Annotation:

In introducing 40 essays from Lingua Franca (1990-2001), Star, who edited this now defunct low-budget general academic interest magazine from 1995 until 2001, explains what made it such a lively, influential intellectual review. LF's forte was academic controversies such as "the Sokal hoax"; here its physicist perpetrator confesses to getting his scientific parody taken seriously by a postmodern humanities journal in 1996. There are Internet rumors of LF's possible resurrection.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Hailed by "The Washington Post" as "surprising, substantive, and sophisticated" "Lingua Franca" covered the intellectual life of the 1990s with wit and passion and helped establish many of the leading voices in American journalism today. This is a collective portrait of the American intellectual in its native habitats.

About the Author

Alexander Star edited Lingua Franca from 1995 until 2001. He is currently the Ideas editor of The Boston Globe. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, and the London Review of Books.

Table of Contents

Alexander Star: Introduction

PART I

THE REACTION TO THEORY

Alan Sokal: A Physicist Experiments With Cultural Studies

Mystery Science Theater (A Forum)

Scott McLemee: The Reality Gulf

Frank Lentricchia: Last Will and Testament of an Ex-Literary Critic

Michael Schudson: Paper Tigers

Robert S. Boynton: Enjoy Your Zizek

Larissa MacFarquhar: Putting the Camp Back Into Campus

James Miller: Is Bad Writing Necessary?

PART II

THE TRIBULATIONS OF THE ACADEMIC LIFE

G. Kindrow: The Candidate

Michael S. Wardell: The Candidate's Story

Margaret Talbot: A Most Dangerous Method

Emily Nussbaum: Thanks for Nothing

Daniel Mendelsohn: The Stand

Christopher Shea: Letterheads

Jack Hitt: In the Franklin Factory

Ruth Shalit: The Man Who Knew Too Much

PART III

THE POLITICAL PROFESSOR

Ted Anton: The Killing of Professor Culianu

Hillary Frey: The Critique of Pure Pop

Rick Perlstein: Who Owns the Sixties?

James Surowiecki: Genovese's March

Laura Secor: Testaments Betrayed

Eyal Press: The Color Test

Jennifer Schuessler: Moo!

Scott Sherman: A Return to Java

PART IV

SCIENTIFIC SUBJECTS

James Schwartz: Oh My Darwin!

Jim Holt: Dream On

Jim Holt: Little Big Man

Helen Epstein: Bonobos in Paradise

Daniel Zalewski: The Gossip Instinct

Jim Holt: The Looking-Glass War

PART V

PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS

Colin McGinn: Out of Body, Out of Mind

Jim Holt: What's So Funny?

Jim Holt: Whose Idea Is It, Anyway?

Emily Eakin: Habeas Corpus

James Ryerson: The Quest for Uncertainty

Jim Holt: Higher Superstitions

James Ryerson: The Mystery of the Millionaire Metaphysician

PART VI

ARTS AND LETTERS

Adam Shatz: Black Like Me

Shell Game (A Forum)

Caleb Crain: Infidelity

Contributors

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374528638
Subtitle:
The Best of Lingua Franca
Editor:
Star, Alexander
Editor:
Star, Alexander
Publisher:
Libri
Location:
New York
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Questions & Answers
Subject:
Learning and scholarship
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
107-8
Publication Date:
20020930
Binding:
TP
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.56x6.30x1.00 in. 1.29 lbs.

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