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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Retaking the American university

Roger Kimball. Nobody does a better job of tracking the heart-wrenching idiocy that so often passes for sane discourse at the contemporary American university. His latest piece ("Retaking the University: A Battle Plan") is must reading, especially in the wake of Harvard president Larry Summer's serial lynching by the inclusive, diversity-celebrating pluralists who've proved so successful at removing humanity from the university's Humanities enclave. If you're new to Kimball's work, you can do no better than to start off your summer reading with his classic (in the sense of widely respected, quoted, admired) book Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education, or his latest work The Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art. I heartily recommend adding Kimball's The New Criterion to your list of bookmarked sites.