Every Fury on Earth
by John H. Summers
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The cult of intellectual collegiality that suffuses the contemporary university isn’t exactly stifling American culture. But that atmosphere sure keeps academic life a lot quieter. Blood sport over ideas is frowned on. Indeed, battles over office space and budgets leave more bruises than do scraps over monographs and essays. There are many reasons for this state of affairs; some of them are even good ones. Barbarians are always lurking at the gate, seeking to re-ignite culture wars that consume precious funding and public credibility. Why give them ammunition? Better to render cool judgments within carefully demarcated borders. Don’t rock the boat. Remember that tenure comes by making steady advances within your discipline.
In this uneasy near silence, John H. Summers, author of the new volume of essays Every Fury
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