Year: 2021

  • Assessing Richard Hanania’s Conservatism

    by Robert Gressis ___ In this episode, Robert Gressis (philosophy, California State University, Northridge) and David Leitch (political science, California State University, Northridge) discuss the work of aspiring conservative public intellectual, Richard Hanania. 01:01 – Let’s talk about sex, baby! 04:44 – Hanania’s master idea—give the right a policy program. 15:57 – Wokeness and civil […]

  • New Year Musings

    by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ 2021 was dominated by Covid. But, competing for our attention has been the deepening and hardening of our political divisions, with Trumpers on one fringe, Social Justice lunatics on the other, and the bewildered, seemingly impotent majority of the country in between, wondering what the hell is going on and […]

  • The (Im)Possibility of Discussion on Social Media

    by Kevin Currie-Knight ___ Sheena Mason (SUNY Oneonta) and Kevin Currie-Knight dialogue about the perils and promises of discussion on social media. (Sheena is more optimistic about the potential than Kevin is.) Along the way, they talk about perspectives on truth and whether humans are capable of getting it in an objective way, the postmodern-y […]

  • Close Reading

    by Mark English ___ Young children are notoriously bad liars, but even mature and sophisticated users of language reveal themselves in ways of which they are all too often unaware. Listeners and readers inevitably make judgments based not so much on the literal meaning of what we say as on what they perceive to be […]

  • Should We Listen to Voices of Color or to Progressive Activists?

    by Jay Jeffers ___ Despite what many mainstream progressives would like to believe, the term “Latinx” has increased significantly in use over the last several years. While it seemed a good guess that most U.S. Hispanics would reject the term, actual data has not been readily available. Research has been ongoing, however, and some of […]

  • What is it like to be an art critic?

    by Ken Johnson ___ S: I would like to become an art critic. How should I proceed? C: Just start doing it. S: Shouldn’t I go to grad school to learn all the things I need to know in order to do it? C: No, it’s not like you need a license. There’s no exam […]

  • STARTUPS: BREAKING THROUGH THREE CULTURES, BY ALEXANDER KAUFMAN

    Part Three ___ From AMERICA ___ July 13, 1954 was a sizzling, humid, hot boiling day when I walked down the gangplank off the Queen Elizabeth and onto the West Side highway where Tom Friedman welcomed me to New York. Tom had acted as my agent in Israel selling my cartoons to newspapers and magazines, […]

  • STARTUPS: BREAKING THROUGH THREE CULTURES, BY ALEXANDER KAUFMAN

    Part Two ___ From MANDATORY PALESTINE ___ When he picked us up at the port upon our arrival, my uncle Max brought his daughter Ruth along, and she became my first playmate. She was my cousin, born in Mannheim too, but her family had moved to Stuttgart where I once visited and where we rode […]

  • StartUps: Breaking Through Three Cultures, by Alexander Kaufman

    Part One ___ Alexander Kaufman’s Startups: Breaking Through Three Cultures may look like a biography at first glance, but it really is the story of a distinctively 20th century man, and in that sense it is also a story of the 20th century itself. It is the tale of the trip that my father took […]

  • Growing Up Metal and Grunge

    by Daniel Kaufman & Kevin Currie-Knight ____ EA’s own Kevin Currie-Knight and I discuss our respective essays, Growing up Metal and Growing up Grunge. We talk about the appeal of heavy music and different conceptions of masculinity, the differences between early and late Gen Xers, growing up in the 1970’s and ’80’s, authenticity, and much […]