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Quick Studies: The Best of Lingua Franca by…

Quick Studies: The Best of Lingua Franca

by Alexander Star

Other authors: Ted Anton (Contributor), Robert S. Boynton (Contributor), Caleb Crain (Contributor), Emily Eakin (Contributor), Helen Epstein (Contributor)25 more, Hilary Frey (Contributor), Jack Hitt (Contributor), Jim Holt (Contributor), Frank Lentricchia (Contributor), Larissa MacFarquhar (Contributor), Colin McGinn (Contributor), Scott McLemee (Contributor), Daniel Mendelsohn (Contributor), James Miller (Contributor), Emily Nussbaum (Contributor), Rick Perlstein (Contributor), Eyal Press (Contributor), James Ryerson (Contributor), Michael Schudson (Contributor), Jennifer Schuessler (Contributor), James Schwartz (Contributor), Laura Secor (Contributor), Ruth Shalit (Contributor), Adam Shatz (Contributor), Christopher Shea (Contributor), Scott Sherman (Contributor), Alan Sokal (Contributor), James Surowiecki (Contributor), Margaret Talbot (Contributor), Daniel Zalewski (Contributor)

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I received this book as a gift, from someone who said "I thought you'd like this". Having never heard of a magazine called Lingua Franca, I was skeptical. Huzza! This book is wonderful! Some articles aren't my flavour, but I'd have to say the far majority were. We've got science, philosophy, arts (that section wasn't very good, but it's the shortest), politics, university life, oh boy! And we're not talking watered down stuff either. I mean, a whole article on Richard Rorty? Yes please! ( )
  weberam2 | Nov 24, 2017 |
Selected articles from Lingua Franca, the brilliant magazine which covered the academy in the 90s and early aughties. This was very much journalism about ideas rather than personalities. It begins with a bang: the Sokal Hoax, one of the biggest stories in the American academy in years, the tale of how po-mo science studies turned out to be the emperor with no clothes. It includes fascinating stories and some serious analysis of culture, science, literature, and philosophy. This is the kind of thing that both summarises a time and introduces a subject (the culture of the academy). ( )
  Fledgist | Mar 9, 2013 |
This book is a collection of essays from a defunct magazine for academics and is roughly 1/3rd very interesting because the topics are interesting, 1/3 dull, and 1/3 interesting because of the insight it gives into the mind of the academic when they let their public guards down. My own personal observations are here confirmed, the petty, overprivileged folks in the ivory tower (this coming from someone with two masters degrees) really need to get out more. I mean really, the pedantry involved in debating whether T.S. Eliot meant a lobster or a crab in one line of poetry is mind-boggling. Please, please, people, I understand that deconstructing literature is interesting, but for Christ's sake, sometimes it really doesn't matter all that much. ( )
  waitingtoderail | May 22, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374528632, Paperback)

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.

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