Category Archives: Academia

Brace yourself: the latest, greatest edition of Mark Twain’s Autobiography is almost here

[Slate] At Slate, I’ve got an essay on the crazy behind-the-scenes history of Mark Twain’s Autobiography and its various editions. The latest one just arrived, and, over the last six months, it’s been getting some unbelievable hype, thanks in large … Continue reading

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The Dabbler

[New York Press] In one of several recent cover stories — this one in The Advocate — James Franco complained about the early reactions to Palo Alto, his new collection of short stories: If websites like Gawker.com or PerezHilton.com don’t like … Continue reading

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The College-Exploitation Machine

[Lexington Herald-Leader] Dustin Sinclair, an old college roommate and current good friend, and I co-wrote an op ed in the Lexington Herald-Leader on higher education’s growing costs and shrinking access. This is an enormously complex issue, of course, but we tried … Continue reading

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Sex, Lies, and Athletic Tape

[Deadspin] Over at Deadspin, I’ve got a dispatch from this year’s Harvard-Yale game. It’s the 126th time the two have met, and, in both pretension and pageantry, it lives up to your expectations. One of my favorite details from this … Continue reading

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Lewis Hyde Practices What He Preaches

[The Millions] Over at The Millions, I’ve got a post on Lewis Hyde and his absurdly overlooked “Frames from the Framers: How America’s Revolutionaries Imagined Intellectual Property.” It’s a great essay with real-world relevance—both to downloading music, which Hyde examines … Continue reading

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Why Are Were Artists Poor?

[x-posted at The Rumpus] Reading Jeremy Hatch’s post on Andrew Keen and starving artists, I couldn’t help but think of Joel Barlow (1754-1812). Barlow was a poet, one of the Connecticut Wits, to be precise, so my mental leap probably … Continue reading

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An Interview with Sam Anderson

[The Rumpus] Over at The Rumpus, I’ve got a long interview with Sam Anderson, the book critic at New York magazine. He had a lot of interesting things to say about reading and reviewing, online and off, so check it … Continue reading

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