The inaugural issue of AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom is now out. From The Chronicle, James Alan Fox on tenure and the workplace avenger; do the faculty shootings in Alabama say something about academic culture? (and more); and many observers are asking what role the stresses of academic life played in the Huntsville tragedy. From Academe, a review of Professing to Learn: Creating Tenured Lives and Careers in the American Research University by Anna Neumann; a review of The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities by Frank Donoghue; a review of Off-Track Profs: Nontenured Teachers in Higher Education by John Cross and Edie Goldenberg; a review of How Professors Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment by Michele Lamont; a review of Save the World on Your Own Time by Stanley Fish; and a review of Closed Minds? Politics and Ideology in American Universities by Bruce Smith, Jeremy Mayer, and A. Lee Fritschler. A look at why academe's left-of-center bias isn't so hard to explain. Thomas Benton on the big lie about the "life of the mind". 2 people, 1 job, 36 years: Husband-and-wife historians at Earlham have spent more than three decades sharing a job. A review of A Taste for Language: Literacy, Class, and English Studies by James Ray Watkins. Confessions of an Accidental Literary Scholar: Writers live on one side of the tracks, lit scholars live on the other — one crazed grad student dared to walk the rails. Manners, cigars and egos: Trevor Butterworth on when academics write for the masses. On academic writing: What does it mean to make something sound “Yale Post-Graduate like,” and why do people fetishize it so much? From WSJ, why the fetish about footnotes?: In the world of academe, Web clicking would be too easy.

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